Doing Business with Frederick County
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in doing business with Frederick County Government. The Procurement and Contracting Department operates a Vendor Registration System that allows vendors to register online, view, update, and continually maintain their own business information, including all commodities and services provided. Based on the commodity and service information you provide, you will receive notification via email, of current Invitations for bid and requests for proposal, and may be contacted for requests for quotation.
Frederick County Workforce Services
Businesses that apply for contracts with Frederick County Government are encouraged to take advantage of the many programs and resources available through Frederick County Workforce Services. The professionals at FCWS can provide you with swift and efficient recruitment and placement assistance as you begin the process of employing new workers. FCWS can also connect you with other valuable business services such as employee training programs, tax credits, and more. Please visit Frederick works or call 301-600-2255 to learn how to save time and money by partnering with your local 1-stop workforce center.
Requests for Quotations (RFQ’s)
Requests for quotations are used for purchases valued below $30,000, unless the complexity of the terms and conditions requires the added controls of the formal bid process. The quotation is awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible vendor.
Formal Competitive Sealed Bids
Formal competitive sealed bids are used for purchases valued at $30,000 or higher. The invitation for bid (IFB) is a formal procurement method utilizing detailed specifications, advertising and a public bid opening at a prescribed time and date. Bid openings are held in the Procurement and Contracting Department, unless otherwise stated. Contracts resulting from the bid process may be for a 1-time purchase or a term contract. All vendors registered within the commodity will be emailed a notice of an invitation for bid.
Requests for Proposal (RFP’s)
Requests for proposal are used when it is not possible to identify exact specifications and/or if the issue of "how to achieve the desired result" is best left up to the vendor to propose. The RFP may also be used when factors other than price must be considered in selecting a vendor. Awards are based on the evaluation of a selection committee, which rates each proposal against the published selection criteria.