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Opportunities Don't Always Knock

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Federal Government Contracting

August 2004
Updated January 2013

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Portals, Gateways, Search Engines, etc.

The Business to Government Market External Link
Receive government bids that match your product or service ... Research and track teaming partners or competitors ... Know the agency you are targeting ... use the Government Bid Opportunities Search to review federal contract histories, analyze purchasing histories of government agencies, learn about companies who have been selling to the government, and more. Find bid opportunities from federal, state, local government agencies plus international governments by receiving bid notification emails or searching them instantly. Some services require subscription.

DoD TechMatch External Link
DoD TechMatch is a web-based portal aimed at industry and academia to improve access to research & development opportunities, licensable patents, and information on nearly 120 DoD Labs located across the U.S. Users can either browse or search for information. With registration, users can receive a daily e-mail taking them to their matching R & D opportunities from FedBizOpps,, SBIR/STTR solicitations, calendar events, and licensable patents.

Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP)
DPAP is responsible for all acquisition and procurement policy matters in the Department of Defense (DoD). Profides links to FAR, DFAR, case studies, and Procedures, Guidance, and Information. There is also Cost, Pricing & Finance including Contract Pricing Reference Guides.
Government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25K. As of July 1, 2003, all DoD solicitations requiring notice can now be found here. A portal for commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services: Search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

System for Award Management (SAM)
The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. It is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of Central Contractor Registration (CCR)/ Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). There is NO fee to register for this site.

The CCR the primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions. Includes ORCA (Online Representations and Certifications Application) and links to SBA's Dynamic Small Business search.

The purpose of EPLS is to provide a single comprehensive list of individuals and firms excluded by Federal government agencies from receiving federal contracts or federally approved subcontracts and from certain types of federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits.

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Business Opportunities

Small & Disadvantaged Business

US Marine Corps Systems Command
Marine Corps Systems Command is responsible for providing research, development, and acquisition of equipment, information systems, training systems, and weapon systems to satisfy all approved material requirements of the Marine Corps. Links to current opportunity notices.

Navy Small Business Innovation Research Program External Link
This program provides funding to stimulate technological innovation in small businesses to meet DoD research and development needs. Includes information on who can participate, how to get started, solicitations, a searchable database, and more.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Guidance and other information on doing business with the Federal government. Information on marketing, small business programs, and other basic information pertinent guidance to small businesses. Also includes subcontracting opportunities.

SUB-Net Small Business Administration
Prime contractors use SUB-Net to post subcontracting opportunities. These may or may not be reserved for small business, and they may include either solicitations or other notices. Database of solicitations is searchable by NAICs code, description, or solicitation number.

USAF Small Business External Link
Air Force Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
Resource-rich page with links for SB to information on getting started, current opportunities, tools, and more. Subscribe to bulletin for news to your desktop.

Department of Defense - General

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Source for vendors interested in competing for Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) telecommunications and information technology requirements and solicitations. Provides vendors with up-to-date information regarding contractor actions. Registered vendors receive direct orders via email and the web. Vendors can upload quotes through the Contracting Opportunities site.

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) - Doing Business with DLA
Links provide information on how to do business with DLA, information for small businesses, and solicitations for work and contracting services.

Department of Defense Contracts
Contracts valued at $5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m. Contract announcements issued within the past 30 days are listed here. Older contract announcements are available from the contract archive page. Announcements are also available by e-mail subscription. Go to DoD News for more information and for links to other news items.

Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)
This site provides small business owners or business developers who would like to know how to work with the Department of Defense. There is a general overview as well as specific information for veteran and women owned businesses.

Department of Defense - Agency-Specific

Air Force Contracting
Exhaustive links list on all aspects of Air Force contracting.

MARCORSYSCOM Business Opportunities
US Marine Corps
Current contract opportunities, updated procurement information, links to the small business office, technical sharing information, and information about upcoming Marine Corps programs and requirements. MARCORSYSCOM manages major systems for the Marine Corps.

Naval Logistics Library
Naval Supply Systems Command
Contains Navy publication knowledge management features and provides supply support for Navy publications, instructions, directives, technical manuals, forms, and other digital documents.

Navy Business Opportunities Search
Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO)
Database which contains current procurement transactions such as Request for Quotations (RFQs) and Request for Proposals (RFPs) as well as amendments and cancellation notices.

Navy Small Business Innovation Research Program External Link
This program provides funding to stimulate technological innovation in small businesses to meet DoD research and development needs. Includes information on who can participate, how to get started, solicitations, a searchable database, and more.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Includes the Navy Acquisition, Research and Development Information Center (NARDIC), and a How to Do Business With the Navy page of links.


Interagency Contract Directory
Interagency Contract Directory (ICD) is a central repository of Indefinite Delivery Vehicles (IDV) awarded by the Federal agencies where the IDV is available for use at both the intra agency and interagency levels.

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. Site provides guides for grant and application submissions and includes search functionality for previous awards.

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Research & Development/Technology Transfer

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
How to apply for grants or contracts, research opportunities, minority business and small business opportunities, forms, publications and more.

Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Under the Research Opportunities link, view the current Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as well as current opportunities in the Collaborative Technology Alliance program, and other opportunities made possible through the ARL Technology Transfer Office.

Army Research, Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM)
RDECOM coordinates research activities around the world for the Army.

Army Research Office (ARO)
The ARO program is the designated organization for the entire spectrum of Army activities extending from research to development to acquisition.

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
Army Corps of Engineers
Includes technical documents and reports from the various programs and divisions on topics of interest to the Corps. Also includes contracting information for the Laboratory.

Defense Research & Engineering
Office of Director Defense Research & Engineering
Contains a PDF version of the "Technology Readiness Assessment Deskbook" as well as links and information on various initiatives such as Energy and Power Technologies, Surveillance and Knowledge Systems, and the National Aerospace Initiative and various research offices with the DoD.

Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Army Corps of Engineers
Publications section has reports and links to the various R & D labs for the Corps. Productions section has special and technical reports, factsheets, and other PDF documents.

Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer External Link
Nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking the laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. Site resources include search engine, FLC Technology Locator, Library, Opportunities, and more.

Federal R & D Project Summaries
The U.S. Government is accountable to the public for its multi-billion dollar R & D investment; this system is a consortium of federal agencies providing R & D summaries ... DOE, NIH, NSF ... Search across databases with a single query.

Information Technology Laboratory
Army Corps of Engineers
Development and application of advanced information technology for military engineering and Army civil works.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Contains the strategic plan for 2003-2009 and their publications section contains other technical documents.

Naval Research Laboratory - Doing Business With NRL
Technology transfer, contracting and small business information.

Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA)
Department of the Navy
Download list of programs, full text of 1999-2004 Strategic Plan.

Technical Support Working Group (TSWG)
TSWG operates as a program element under the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). The site presents the organizational chart and highlights the agency involvement with each of the subgroups. Each subgroup maintains an online catalog of products, technologies, and publications that are available to Federal, State, and local government agencies, law enforcement, and national first responders.

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E-Business and E-Commerce

Acquisition Community Connection
Defense Acquisition University
A collaborative online resource for professionals in the field, registration required.

Defense Business Board
Established in 2001 as a complement to broader efforts at transformation in the Department of Defense. The Defense Business Board consists of approximately twenty private sector executives with a vast range of experiences in business management and provides independent advice and recommendations on effective strategies for the implementation of best business practices of interest to the Department of Defense. Includes case studies and other information.

E-Government and Cross-agency Reports
Office of Electronic Government and Technology (GSA)
GSA's IT Strategic Plan, Annual E-Government Status Updates, and information on various cross-agency IT initiatives can be found here.

Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO)
Register, view opportunities, submit a bid -- online.

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Acquisition & Procurement


Acquisition Community Connection
Defense Acquisition University
Acquisition, technology and logistics information from DAU.

Acquisition Central
Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP)
Acquisition Reform Network (ARN)
Extremely comprehensive resource: the Virtual Library has links to everything from Pre-Solicitation to Awards, Laws, Policies, Administration, and more.

Federal Acquisition Institute (GSA)
Provides information and management tools in support of the Federal acquisition workforce; seeks to ensure availability of exceptional training, provide compelling research, promote professionalism, and improve acquisition workforce management. Online documents include publications, research and policy in PDF and HTML formats.

Federal Procurement Data System - Next Generation
Federal Procurement Reports are available for download back to fiscal year 1981. The site includes contracts whose estimated value is $3,000 or more and includes modifications to contracts regardless of dollar value. Also available are reports for top 100 contractors and small business data by funding/contracting agency. Works best with Internet Explorer.

General Services Administration (GSA)
Includes in Purchasing Programs area the GSA Schedules, the eLibrary (with the Alphabetical Listing of Available Contractors, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedules, etc.). This is a good first stop for people interested in contracting with the federal government.

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing External Link
Nonprofit educational organization; research section has reports, survey results and other free content. Other resources require membership. Online documents in PDF format.

Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Office of Management & Budget in the White House; several important documents available in PDF format. Also a Users Guide to The Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act (FAIR).

Procurement Reference Library
Good source for FAR supplements, including Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, etc.

he Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006, full text of the Transparency Act (PDF File ), requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) establish a single searchable website, accessible to the public at no cost, which includes for each Federal award: the name of the entity receiving the award; the amount of the award; information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc; the location of the entity receiving the award; and a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award. Also included is subcontacting data. There is also the related which is the official website that provides easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending where data can be searched by recipent, geography (state, city, etc.), and agency.

Where in Federal Contracting External Link
Acquisition and assistance information such as contracting laws and pending legislation, current and proposed regulations, guidance, courts and boards of contract appeals, bid protest decisions, contracting newsletters, selected analysis of federal acquisition issues, federal assistance policy, daily listings of grants and cooperative agreements, archived listings of grants and cooperative agreements, and federal assistance sites.

OMB Circular A-76
OMB Circular No. A-76 sets the policies and procedures that executive branch agencies must use in identifying commercial-type activities and determining whether these activities are best provided by the private sector, by government employees, or by another agency through a fee-for-service agreement. The term typically used to describe this process is "competitive sourcing." On May 29, 2003, the Office of Management and Budget unveiled long-awaited revisions to OMB Circular A-76, which went into effect immediately.

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