Searching for agencies

Starting a new search

To search for agencies, go to platform.onvia.com and log in. Click the "Agency Center" tab, choose your search parameters (keywords, location and level of government) and click the "Search" button. For a more refined search, click the "Advanced Search" link below the "Search" button; you'll be taken to a search page where you'll be able to apply a number of additional parameters to your search, such as agency function, annual expenditures, population served, fiscal-year end, and more.

You can return to the Agency Center search page at any point by clicking either the Agency Center tab or the Onvia logo at the top-left corner of the page.  You can also start a new search by entering keywords in the text field at the top of the page and clicking the "Search" button (note: make sure "Agencies" is selected in the drop-down menu next to the text field).

Search Parameters

If you enter keywords, the search will look for these keywords in agency names. The Agency Center search page has one field for keywords, and all of them will be found in each agency name in your search results. The Advanced Search page has three fields for keywords; all three can be used at the same time.

The geographic location of the agency. Search by states, cities, counties, and MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas).

Level of Government
Search for agencies at the city/town, county, state and federal level as well as agencies that are special districts or school districts.

Agency Function
You can refine a search for agencies according to their area of focus or jurisdiction, such as Education, General Purpose, Public Safety, and Transportation.

Annual Expenditure
You can specify a range of agencies' annual spending in your search (for example, search only for agencies with expenditures of between $50 million and $100 million).

You have the option of narrowing your search by the population that the agencies serve (for example, search only for agencies whose constituencies have populations of between 500,000 and 1 million).

If you're searching for school districts, you can specify a certain range of student population (e.g., districts whose schools have total enrollments of between 1,000 and 5,000 students).

Number of Employees
You can specify a range of how many people work for the agencies you're searching for (for example, between 500 and 1,000).

Fiscal Year End
You can choose one or more months in which the agencies you're looking for close out their books for the year.

Agencies That Have
These checkboxes allow you to search only for agencies that have the following included with their agency pages in the Online Database:

  • Decision maker contact information
  • Spending forecast documents
  • "How to Do Business With" information links (i.e., to webpages for vendor registration, vendor best practices, procurement procedures, etc.)

Narrowing down search results

To refine your search results, you can click one or more of the search-refinement links located in the "Narrow Results By" section of the left column – this will limit your search results to the selected categories.  Please note that if you click the "View More" link in the search-refinement links section, you will see more categories that you can choose from. Also, you can search within results by typing additional keywords in the search field at the top of the left column.

Expanding search results

To expand your search, you can remove the search criteria by clicking the "X" buttons next to the criteria in the left column of the search-results page. You can also click the "Refine" link at the top of the left column to access the Advanced Search page, where you can further modify your parameters.

Searching Within Results

You can search within results by typing additional keywords in the search field at the top of the left column.

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