State offers free mobile application for electronic procurement program
- August 14, 2012
The commonwealth has begun offering a free mobile application for eVA, Virginia’s electronic procurement system.
The eVA Mobile 4 Business app allows anyone with an Internet-enabled mobile device (such as a smartphone or tablet) to have real-time access to business opportunities with the state government.
State officials said Virginia is the first to launch a mobile app for its procurement program.
“Success in business today requires real-time, mobile access to business opportunities,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “The eVA Mobile 4 Business app turns every smartphone into a portal to Virginia’s cutting edge e-procurement system. This app increases access and transparency for businesses and individuals, and by expanding the pool of potential bidders, will save taxpayer dollars.”
Officials said the eVA Mobile 4 Business app will give businesses immediate access to all bid opportunities and solicitations published on eVA’s public Virginia Business Opportunities (VBO) page.
The app also includes personalized features allowing businesses to follow specific opportunities by adding them to a Watch List.
The app can be found at Apple and Android app stores by searching for eVA Mobile 4 Business or using a mobile browser to access the web version at http://www.eva.virginia.gov/evamobile.
The state’s eVA Program also recently launched Quick Quote Reverse Auction, which allows suppliers to bid multiple times offering better pricing for a single business opportunity, increasing their chances to receive a contract
King George County was the first to take the new tool for a “test drive.” Auction prices for a specialized fire department vehicle, which began at a high of $67,890, resulted in a winning low bid of $37,100, a savings of 45 percent.
Currently more than 53,000 suppliers and over 22,000 state, higher education and local government users are in the system and use eVA daily to process procurements.