Responding to an Opportunity

Once you have reviewed an opportunity and have joined your company's response team, you can create a response to an opportunity. When you respond to an opportunity, a record of your response is stored in the system.

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Note

The steps described below assume that you have already reviewed the opportunities available via the All Opportunities tab.

For more information, see Managing Response Team Tasks.

A response comprises several components, including:

Completing the Response's Cover Page

Your response's cover page includes general information about your response and your company, such as your company's name, DUNS number, mailing address, and point of contact.

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response)

The following picture illustrates how the Cover Page page might look. Your results might vary.

Cover Page

 

Cover Page Fields and Descriptions
Field Description

Description

In the Description field, type a description of the response. This description will only be seen by members of the response team; no one at the opportunity's agency will see it.

Company Name

In the Company name field, your company's name displays.

UEI SAM

In the UEI SAM field, your company's Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), which is used by the System for Award Management (SAM) displays.

DUNS

In the DUNS field, your company's Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System number displays.

Mailing Address

City

State

Postal Code

Country

In the Mailing address, City, State, Postal code, and Country fields, type your company's full mailing address, city, state, ZIP code, and country, respectively.
Contact In the Contact field, type the name of the person at your company who is the point of contact for the response.
Phone In the Phone field, type the phone number that should be considered the main contact phone number for the response.
Fax In the Fax field, type the fax number that should be considered the main contact fax number for the response.
Email In the Email field, type the email address that should be considered the main contact email address for the response.

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Important

When you submit a response to a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation (a.k.a. "opportunity") in FedConnect, a cover page is required. This response is likely a white paper. When you send a white paper via FedConnect to an agency, it is assigned a tracking number if it is a new response. This enables the agency to differentiate between responses as each one will have a unique identification number.

Adding Pricing Information to a Response

For each of the line items in a response, you can add separate pricing information to help agency personnel understand the complete breakdown of pricing in a response.

The Pricing page also includes a toggle button labeled Detail View. When you click Detail View, FedConnect refreshes the Pricing page to display information for one line item at a time. This gives you the flexibility to look at and update the entire list of line items, or be more focused and work on only one line item at a time.

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response) | click Pricing

The following picture illustrates how the Pricing page might look when you use it to see the list of line items in a response (the table on the Pricing page that displays the list of line items is colloquially called a "grid"). Your results might vary.

Pricing Page in Grid View

The following picture illustrates how the Pricing page might look after you click Detail View and refresh the Pricing page to see details for only one line item. Your results might vary.

Pricing Page in Detail View

Adding Attachments to a Response

You can add attachments to your response that will be submitted as part of the response to the opportunity's issuing agency, and that can be opened and/or downloaded by members of the response evaluation team. You use the Attachments page for responses to add attachments to a response.

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Note

The recommended individual file size for attachments is 100 MB or less with a total size for all attachments included in a response of 2 GB or less.

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response) | Attachments

The following picture illustrates how the Attachments page might look. Your results might vary.

Attachments Page for Responses

 

 

Attachments Columns and Descriptions
Column Description

Title

Displays the title of the attachment as it was recorded in the Title field on the Attachment Details page.

File Name

Displays the attachment's file name, as it was recorded in the File Name field on the Attachment Details page.

To view an attachment, click its link in the File Name column. Follow your browser's file download prompts to open the attachment, or save it to your computer.

[Details]

Displays a link labeled "Details." To view details about your attachment, click Details. The Attachment Details page displays.

[Delete]

To delete an attachment, click X. At the, "Are you sure you want to delete this record?" prompt, click OK.

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response) | Attachments | Attach File

The following picture illustrates how the Attachment Details page might look. Your results might vary.

Attachment Details Page for Responses

 

Attachment Details Fields and Descriptions
Field Description

Title

In the Title field, type a title for your attachment.

File Name

In the File Name field, click the lookup button (...). The Attachment - Upload File page displays.

Browse to the file you want to attach, then click Upload. The system uploads the file and its name displays in the File Name field.

Created By

The Created By field displays the name of the person who originally uploaded the file.

This field displays only when you view details about an attachment. It does not display when you are adding an attachment.

Last Updated

The Last Updated field displays the name of the person who most recently updated the file.

This field displays only when you view details about an attachment. It does not display when you are adding an attachment.

Adding Cost-Sensitive Attachments to a Response

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Note

The recommended individual file size for attachments is 100 MB or less with a total size for all attachments included in a response of 2 GB or less.

You can add cost-sensitive attachments to your response that will be submitted as part of the response to the opportunity's issuing agency, but that can only be viewed by members of the response cost proposal evaluation team.

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response) | Cost Sensitive Attachments

The following picture illustrates how the Cost Sensitive Attachments page might look. Your results might vary.

Cost Sensitve Attachments Page

 

Cost Sensitive Attachments Columns and Descriptions
Column Description

Title

Displays the title of the cost sensitive attachment as it was recorded in the Title field on the Cost Sensitive Attachment Details page.

File Name

Displays the attachment's file name, as it was recorded in the File Name field on the Cost Sensitive Attachment Details page.

To view an attachment, click its link in the File Name column. Follow your browser's file download prompts to open the attachment, or save it to your computer.

[Details]

Displays a link labeled "Details." To view details about your attachment, click Details. The Cost Sensitive Attachment Details page displays.

[Delete]

To delete an attachment, click X. At the, "Are you sure you want to delete this record?" prompt, click OK.

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response) | Cost Sensitive Attachments | Attach File

The following picture illustrates how the Cost Sensitive Attachment Details page might look. Your results might vary.

Cost Sensitive Attachment Details Page

 

Cost Sensitive Attachments Fields and Descriptions
Field Description

Title

In the Title field, type a title for your attachment.

File Name

In the File Name field, click the lookup button (...). The Attachment - Upload File page displays.

Browse to the file you want to attach, then click Upload. The system uploads the file and its name displays in the File Name field.

Created By

The Created By field displays the name of the person who originally uploaded the file.

This field displays only when you view details about a cost sensitive attachment. It does not display when you are adding a cost sensitive attachment.

Last Updated

The Last Updated field displays the name of the person who most recently updated the file.

This field displays only when you view details about an attachment. It does not display when you are adding a cost sensitive attachment.

Viewing a Response's Summary

You can view a summary of your response before submitting it to the opportunity's issuing agency. Most of the information on the Response Summary page is read-only, although you can open the attachments cited on the page.

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Note

You can print a copy of the Response Summary page:

Just click the Print button (This is a picture of the Print button that displays on the Summary page for responses in the FedConnect product.).

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response) | Summary

The following picture illustrates how the Summary page might look. Your results might vary.

Summary Page for Responses

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Note

To edit any of the information that displays on the Summary page, click the link associated with that information.

For example, if you want to edit a field that displays in the Cover Page section of the Summary page, click the Cover Page tab. The Cover Page page displays; you can edit the information on that page.

Submitting a Response

The final step in responding to an opportunity is to submit your response to the opportunity's issuing agency.

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Navigation

Sign in to FedConnect | My Opportunities | click the opportunity's link in the Title column | click Add Response in the Responses section (or click a link in the Description column if you want to edit an existing response) | complete the steps described above | Complete

The following picture illustrates how the Complete page might look. Your results might vary.

Complete Page for Responses

Once you have accessed the Complete page:

  1. In the Offer valid for (days) field, type the number of days that your response is valid.
  2. Click Submit Response to Agency. The Response Complete Confirmation page displays.
  3. On the Response Complete Confirmation page:
  1. In the Confirmation Number field, your confirmation number that confirms that your response was submitted to the agency displays.
  2. In the Sent field, the time and date that your response was submitted to the agency displays.
  3. In the Status field, your response's current status displays.
  4. In the Picked up by Agency field, the time and date that your response was actually received by the agency displays.
  5. Click Print to print a copy of the Response Complete Confirmation page.
  6. Click Return to Opportunity Summary to return to the Opportunity: [Title] page.

Congratulations! You just completed the process for responding to an opportunity!

The following picture illustrates the Confirmation page—note that the unique bid ID that FedConnect sends to its sister product PRISM is the number that displays in the Confirmation Number field. Your results will vary as each confirmation number is unique.

Confirmation Page

About the Unique FedConnect Bid ID

The data in the Confirmation Number field on the Confirmation page is the unique bid ID that FedConnect sends to its sister product, PRISM.

See Also

You might also be interested in the following related topics.

My Opportunities