There is good reason to fear bid rigging in the public procurement field, as it's not only pervasive but it could be costing the public billions. For instance, even as far back as 1986, the Florida attorney general's department became concerned with suspicious-looking bid patterns in relation to the supply of milk to public school districts in that state. The department contacted the Department of Justice Antitrust Division's Atlanta field office and requested an investigation.
There is good reason to fear bid rigging in the public procurement field, as it’s not only pervasive but it could be costing the public billions. For instance, even as far back as 1986, the Florida attorney general's department became concerned with suspicious-looking bid patterns in relation to the supply of milk to public school districts in that state. The department contacted the Department of Justice Antitrust Division's Atlanta field office and requested an investigation.
As more municipalities continue to issue RFP and tender documents that transfer all the risk to the contractors, the bidding pool is getting increasingly smaller. As I travel the country talking to contractors, the general feeling is that it is no longer viable to bid on municipal contracts. I was in New York City recently talking to contractors and it would appear that the United States is experiencing the very same issue.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".