By evaluating data from more than 4,000 unique industry tags, Onvia’s market research team determined the top 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2017.
Our study revealed that bids and RFPs related to serving those with disabilities was the 8th-ranked hotspot for government contracting leads issued by state, local and education (SLED) government agencies.
We found that a key driver behind this growth was the importance of compliance. Legislation of certain standards will always be a factor in the growth of certain areas within the SLED market, and the continually evolving focus area of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one major example.
ADA Compliance Sees Growth Due to New Regulations
The first ADA compliance law was legislated in 1990. The main revision to the law, setting design guidelines for new buildings and structures, began taking effect in 2012. Since then, existing facilities have been required to be modified on an ongoing basis.
ADA compliance is a trend that has recently seen significant growth due to further developments in regulations and their interpretation.Paul Irby, Market Analyst
Recent court cases have set further precedent and broadened the areas where ADA regulations apply. For example, in 2015, a Supreme Court decision affirmed an earlier ruling that open air parking should be subject to the same ADA standards as parking garages. As the California League of Cities writes: “While most city personnel are familiar with the Americans Disabilities Act, they are not always prepared for the far reaching impacts that this law has on virtually all of the facilities and operations of a city.”
Data curated in Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System (B2GIS) found that California, at 16%, was the leading state in issuing bids and RFPs for disability services and products. Other opportunities were widely spread throughout the United States.
Examples of Bids and RFPs for Serving Those with Disabilities
As the data in Onvia’s B2GIS shows, the number of bids and RFPs issued by state and local government agencies for serving those with disabilities rose 13% from 2015 to 2016.
The areas for serving those with disabilities are broad, including wheelchair ramps, ADA compliant handrails, paratransit services and other ADA compliance services and products. Web accessibility is another recently trending topic, as civic-minded government agencies are taking steps to ensure people with disabilities are able to participate equally on the internet.
Access to civic life by people with disabilities is a fundamental goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).U.S. Department of Justice
Below are several recent examples of bids and RFPs for disability products and services, drawn from data curated in Onvia’s B2GIS.
- On-Call ADA – Virginia Department of Transportation
Some bids and RFPs, like this one, call for a vendor for as-needed ADA compliance services.
- 2017 Road and Sidewalk Program – Borough of Fair Haven, NJ
This project includes multiple road and sidewalk improvements, including installation of ADA compliant curb ramps.
- Mobility and Accessibility Plan – Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
This government agency put out an RFP for an accessibility plan for downtown Detroit.
- Consulting Services for City Website Management Project – City of Minneapolis, MN
As part of their web development bid, the City of Minnesota asks for vendors that can “Make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities.”
The B2G Market Offers Leads for a Wide Variety of Vendors
Serving those with disabilities is one area of increasing growth in government contracting. In our latest market research report, we revealed 9 other hotspot areas that are likely to see higher numbers of bids and RFPs in 2017.
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