Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wanted: Cheese Crackers

You’ve probably heard the old saying “curiosity killed the cat,” right? Since you are reading this article, you’ll be relieved that curiosity did not kill the Wizard, but it did lead the Wizard to kill some time learning about the things Customs and Border Protection purchases. While perusing various web sites for newsworthy or at least entertaining tidbits for the blog, an article about the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) caught the Wizard’s eye. The article announced that ICE was outsourcing its disaster recovery planning and preparations. The government outsources a lot of functions, but for some reason, the outsourcing of disaster recovery planning by an agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which also responsible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seemed a little ironic. Since CBP is also part of this group, the Wizard followed the trail (not the yellow brick road) over to the Federal Business Opportunities web site. Here you can find all sorts of opportunities to provide goods and services to the government. Not to be sidetracked by the all of the wonderful opportunities for a wise old wizard, I selected the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Customs and Border Protection. The list included some of the items you would expect to find, such as office furniture and supplies. The following is a list and links to some of the more interesting products and services sought by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. After skimming a few of these, you’ll probably be grateful you can go down to the local grocery store to buy cheese crackers without preparing a lengthy proposal. Enjoy and don’t let curiosity kill too much of your time!

C-TPAT Membership Survey Seeks a company to perform surveys of C-TPAT Members
Membership - Seeks executives to share financial best practices
SUV Floor Mats – Seeks rubber floor mats for SUVs.
Cross-Occupational Training – Seeks variety of management and writing skills training
Flu Shots – Seeks 400 flu shots for employees
Cheese Crackers – Seeks 6400 cases of cheese crackers

No comments: