US government contracts?
Thread poster: Maria Silvestri

Maria Silvestri  Identity Verified
United States
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Jan 4, 2016

Hello,
Has anyone ever bid on any US government contracts for translating or interpreting?
The process seems quite complicated, from getting vetted to be a vendor to finding the bids themselves - any tips or tricks?

Thanks in advance!


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Srini Venkataraman
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workaround Jan 5, 2016

Instead of trying to access government work directly, you should approach vendors who do govt jobs only like SCHREIBER TRANSLATIONS, Lionbridge etc. But the prerequisites are a) be a US citizen, b) jump through the hoops: I mean you have to get security clearance, if the vendor wants c)background check- mandatory for any vendor.
I am nether a) or b) so I don't bother them!!!


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liviu roth
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correct Jan 5, 2016

Srini is right! I work with several agencies that have US govt. contracts for both interpreting and translation. As an individual it is difficult to get a contract.

If you need more info, you can contact me directly.

Best,
Lee


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Bad advice Jan 5, 2016

Srini Venkataraman wrote:

Instead of trying to access government work directly, you should approach vendors who do govt jobs only like SCHREIBER TRANSLATIONS, Lionbridge etc. But the prerequisites are a) be a US citizen, b) jump through the hoops: I mean you have to get security clearance, if the vendor wants c)background check- mandatory for any vendor.
I am nether a) or b) so I don't bother them!!!


1) If you approach vendors who do government jobs you lose one of the main advantages (fairly high rates paid by the US government for translation jobs), and are paid at the same low rates that such agencies usually try to impose on translators.

2) For many (though not all) translation jobs there is no requirement of being a US citizen (but it is true that one needs to be a permanent US resident).


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Srini Venkataraman
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further info, pl Jan 6, 2016

I am a permanent resident since 2008, but have been told that citizenship is a must. Are there any agencies you are aware of that I can try( without need for security clearance).
I would prefer to do interpretation work.
My point was getting a govt contract is difficult.


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liviu roth
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In the legal field (trans. + interpr.) Jan 6, 2016

Riccardo Schiaffino wrote:


1) If you approach vendors who do government jobs you lose one of the main advantages (fairly high rates paid by the US government for translation jobs), and are paid at the same low rates that such agencies usually try to impose on translators.

2) For many (though not all) translation jobs there is no requirement of being a US citizen (but it is true that one needs to be a permanent US resident).



For the better paying translation and interpreting jobs, there is a requirement to be permanent resident or US citizen + security clearance. The agencies I work with(6), pay between $375-450 for interpretation + travel accommodation and $ .05/.15 for review/translation.

As an individual contractor it is difficult to obtain, let's say, an extradition package from the DOJ.


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