Tips for Bidding a Job Order Contract

TIPS FOR BIDDING A JOC – Job Order Contract

A more predictable revenue stream and long term relationships with owners are just two of the many benefits that Job Order Contracts provide to construction contractors.

If you are one of the many contractors are not familiar with locating, bidding, and winning job order contracts, the following may be of some help.

  1. Talk with owners, contractors, and professional/support organizations familiar with job order contracting.
  2. Locate JOC opportunities in Federal, County/State/Local Government publications (i.e.
  3. Carefully review Job Order Contract solicitations, requests for proposals, and requests for information. Key factors include: contract term, location, service requirements, experience requirements, past contract history, and mobilization costs.
  4. Document your past performance history. If you don’t have any prior JOC experience, consider teaming agreement and/or acting as a subcontractor on a JOC.
  5. If your firm qualifies, consider registering as a set-aside organization – HUBZone, 8(a), woman-owned, small business, etc.
  6. Attend training/workshops on line item unit price estimating using unit price guides.
  7. Consider hiring a consultant that is skilled in preparing JOC proposals and setting coefficients.
  8. Attend pre-proposal conferences and site visits if available.



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