8 Public Procurement Notices That Totally Inspired Us in 2023

Old business man in suit with headphones on celebrating with his arms up while dreaming about parrots, a steamroller, and a wolf

Wow, what a year. With 2024 just around the corner we are looking back at some of the most exciting requests for proposals, goods, or services in government or quasi-government spaces in 2023. Here are eight procurement listings and notices that absolutely blew our socks off.

8: Purchase and Delivery of Steam Roller for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, NPS

Photo of cacti in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona getting plowed over by a steam roller

Now that’s smooth! Congratulations to the National Park Service for coming in at number eight with an order of a road roller for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. Inspiring!

Notice posted on September 2nd by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS)

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7: 1,200 Jungle Hammocks, Department of Defense

Woman enjoying a relaxing hammock over a dark colorless jungle background photo

Swingin’ on through to our number seven spot is the Department of Defense with a comfortable order of 1,200 jungle hammocks back in February. Relaxing and inspiring!

Notice posted on February 24th by the Department of Defense

6: Cinematographic Equipment in Venezuela, UNDP

Old school minimalist camcorder on white background next to colorful blue and yellow parrots

Wow! Were they making a fun commercial or something? Amazing.

Notice posted on December 18th by the United Nations (Unidad de Licitaciones UNDP Venezuela)

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5: Procurement of Locally Made Furniture in South Sudan, UNDP

A simple wooden chair  sitting in a dark room with a handsaw over it on a black background

So cool! Supporting local economies is very important. Inspired.

Notice posted on May 2nd by the United Nations (UNDP office South Sudan Procurement Unit)

4: Gray Wolf Consulting Services, USFWS

A couple of very smiley consultants looking at a laptop next to a seemingly angry gray wolf

Wolf politics. What exactly is going on with wolves these days? Is there an underground bourgeoning wolf economy? Are wolves the client or the customer or some new third thing? Inspiring!

Notice posted on June 8th by the Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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3: Office Cubicle Reconfiguration/Redesign by the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Region

Retro cubicles and chairs in an office that looks like it's from the 1980s with a cutout yellow measuring tape over the photo
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C

Back to the office! Thank you BLM Colorado Region for inspiring us by seeking interest for a cubicle reconfiguration/redesign. Brave.

Notice posted on December 22nd by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office

2: Geese Deterrent Service Contract in Rhode Island, Department of Defense

A group of geese and ducks gather by a pond at prospect park in Brooklyn with a cutout photo of a rake over the top

We’re being invaded! Just kidding. Apparently the Newport, Rhode Island Naval Station “has consistently had an increasing problem with residential Canada Geese on and around the base property” and needs help. I’m sure it’s nothing the world’s most advanced and well-funded standing army can’t handle. Inspiring!

Notice posted on December 1st by the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy

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1: Aquarium System for Fluorescent Zebrafish, National Institutes of Health

Very colorful and purple-hued active underwater aquarium scene with a jellyfish and lots of coral and glowing creatures

Way to glow! Congratulations, National Institutes of Health for making it to number one on our list of inspiring requests for services, contracts, proposals, goods, and/or services by governments or government-adjacent organizations in 2023. Well done.

Notice posted on May 26th by National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Acquisitions

This concludes our retrospective look at some of the most inspiring public procurement notices by government or quasi-government agencies of 2023. If you think we unfairly ranked these or missed some really beautiful moments please write to us. Here’s to a 2024 full of inspiring procurement notices!