Federal Contracting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you provide a specific line of products or services, the federal government likely has use for it. The federal government buys everything from paperclips to spaceships, but only from registered federal contractors. Becoming a registered contractor can be difficult, but we include below answers to frequently asked questions. If you have a question that we don’t answer, then call us today at 877-252-2700 ext. 1 and we’re glad to help.


How do I register as a federal contractor?
What information do I need to have in order to register as a federal contractor?
Do I need a DUNS Number?
What is a DUNS Number?
Does a DUNS Number cost anything?
What do I need to get my DUNS Number?
How do I get a DUNS Number?
What is SAM?
What are the benefits of SAM Registration?
How long will my company’s SAM Registration last?
How long does the SAM Registration process take?
I don’t have between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete SAM Registration. What can I do?
What is an NAICS Code?
Why do I need an NAICS Code?
Can I bid on opportunities that don’t reference my specific NAICS Code?
What is Past Performance?
Where do I get past performance evaluations?
Am I a small business?
Are there other standards my business must meet?
How do I become certified as a small business?
What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?
Why should I enroll in the 8(a) Business Development Program?
What are the 8(a) Business Development Program goals?
How will the SBA help my 8(a) Business meet its goals?
Do I get anything from the SBA after enrolling in its 8(a) Business Development Program?
What are the 8(a) Business Development Program certification requirements?
How does the SBA define “socially disadvantaged”?
What if I don’t belong to one of these “presumed groups”? Can I still enroll in the 8(a) Business Development Program?
What does the SBA count as evidence?
Are there other requirements?
What does economically disadvantaged mean?
How do I prove that I’m economically disadvantaged?
The SBA found me to be socially disadvantaged. What now?
What does the SBA consider when determining economic disadvantage?
I’m married/The majority owner of my business is married. How will that affect the SBA decision?
An entity owns my firm. How can the entity prove it is economically disadvantaged?
Where can I find more information about the 8(a) Business Development Program?
What is the HUBZone program?
How does the HUBZone Program Work?
What are the Benefits of the HUBZone Program?
How do I qualify for the HUBZone Program?
How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register for the HUBZone Program?
What is the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program?
Who is eligible for the SDVOSBC?
What else should I know about SDVOSBC?
How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register for SDVOSBC?
What is the criteria for self-certifying as a Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs)?
What are the eligibility requirements to be certified as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)?
How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register as a WOSB?
What is the General Services Administration (GSA)?
How much does the federal government spend using GSA Schedules?
What’s in it for me?
How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register on a GSA Schedule?
What is DAPA Registration?
What is Wide Area Workflow (WAWF)?
What is the Simplified Acquisition Program?
Why do I need to enroll in US Federal Contractor Registration’s Simplified Acquisition Program?
So I get a government-branded website. What else do I get?
What is the GSAP (General Services Administration – Simplified Acquisition Program)?
What does the GSAP include?
What do I get by enrolling in GSAP?


How do I register as a federal contractor?

  • Obtain a DUNS Number
  • Register your business with the System for Award Management (SAM)
  • Find the NAICS Codes for your company
  • Obtain past performance evaluations

What information do I need to have in order to register as a federal contractor?

  • Your NAICS codes
  • Your Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Your Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN or EIN)
  • Your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes
  • Your Product Service codes
  • Your Federal Supply Classification codes

DUNS NUMBER

Do I need a DUNS Number?

Yes. Before you can bid on government and federal contracts, you must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number.

What is a DUNS Number?

A DUNS Number is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business.

Does a DUNS Number cost anything?

A DUNS Number is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants.

What do I need to get my DUNS Number?

  • When registering for your DUNS Number, have on hand:
  • Your legal name
  • Business name and address (of headquarters)
  • Doing Business As (DBA) or other name you use to identify your business
  • Business’s physical address, city, state and ZIP Code
  • Business’s mailing address (if different from headquarters and/or physical address)
  • Business’s telephone number
  • The name and title of the business contact person
  • Number of employees at your business’s physical location
  • If your business is a home-based business

How do I get a DUNS Number?

Visit the Dun & Bradstreet DUNS request service here.

SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM)

What is SAM?

In July 2012, the General Services Administration (GSA) combined the Central Contractor Registration (CCR/FedReg), Online Representations & Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) into one main contractor database. The SAM registration was designed to incorporate government contractor information into one system to eliminate overlays between multiple systems, limit the potential of errors, and lower operation costs.

What are the benefits of SAM Registration?

One login now provides access to all the information needed to make an award determination, simplifies and/or reduces the time required to compete a procurement, and eliminates all artificial information categories and divisions for data entry. Of course, this all depends on a business correctly entering its registration information. Input one piece of incorrect information, and a business can be shut out of government contracting completely.

How long will my company’s SAM Registration last?

The federal government requires every business renew its SAM registration at least once a year. The SAM registration will send notifications to registered users 15 days, 30 days, and 60 days prior to expiration. Procurement officers recommend that a business renew its SAM registration one to two months in advance of its expiration date.

How long does the SAM Registration process take?

SAM Registration can take between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

I don’t have between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete SAM Registration. What can I do?

A US Federal Contractor Registration case manager can complete the SAM Registration for you initially and then handle the renewal each year. For more information, call a case manager today at 877-252-2700 ext. 1.

NAICS Codes

What is an NAICS Code?

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classifies business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. economy. The NAICS industry codes define an establishment based on the activities in which it is primarily engaged; is production oriented (not product oriented); and categorizes businesses with others that have similar methods of production. NAICS codes are also used for administrative, contracting, and tax purposes.

Why do I need an NAICS Code?

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) uses NAICS Codes as a basis for its size standards. When the federal government intends to acquire goods or services, it identifies the NAICS code that describes the principal purpose of that procurement, and it includes this information in its solicitations and requests for quotes/proposals.

Can I bid on opportunities that don’t reference my specific NAICS Code?

Your business may have myriad capabilities, and the NAICS code for a given procurement opportunity may not be the same as your primary NAICS code. You still can bid and make an offer, so long as you meet the procurement’s size standard and can provide the goods and/or services.

PAST PERFORMANCE

What is Past Performance?

Your business’s past performance includes information about recently completed or ongoing contracts for the same or similar products and/or services. The request for quote (RFQ) or procurement solicitation will include information about the Past Performance information to include with your bid.

Where do I get past performance evaluations?

Open Ratings, a Dun & Bradstreet Company, conducts an independent audit of customer references and calculates a rating based upon a statistical analysis of various performance data and survey responses.

U.S. Federal Contractor Registration also can perform an evaluation and provide you with a Past Performance report to use when bidding on federal contracts.

SMALL BUSINESS

Am I a small business?

The SBA defines a “small business” in terms of its average number of employees during the past 12 months, or average annual receipts over the past three years.

You can download a PDF of their size standards table here: Size_Standards_Table

Are there other standards my business must meet?

The SBA adds that to meet its “small business” standards, a business must:

  • Be organized for profit
  • Be based in the US
  • Operate primarily within the U.S. or make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials, or labor
  • Be independently owned and operated
  • Not dominant in its field on a national basis

How do I become certified as a small business?

As you register as a government contractor in the System for Award Management (SAM), you will also self-certify your business as small.

SBA PROGRAMS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

8(a) BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?

The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Why should I enroll in the 8(a) Business Development Program?

Participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing.

8(a) firms also can form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts. This enhances the ability of 8(a) firms to perform larger prime contracts and overcome the effects of contract bundling, the combining of two or more contracts together into one large contract.

What are the 8(a) Business Development Program goals?

The SBA says its overall program goals for its 8(a) Business Development Program is to help 8(a) firms thrive in a competitive business environment.

Program goals require 8(a) firms to:

  • Maintain a balance between their commercial and government business
  • Agree to a $100 million (or five times the value of its primary NAICS Code) limit for the total dollar value of sole-source contracts it can receive while in the program

How will the SBA help my 8(a) Business meet its goals?

To make sure 8(a) firms are on track to accomplish their goals and are following requirements, the SBA district offices monitor and measure progress through:

  • Annual reviews
  • Business planning
  • Systematic evaluations

Do I get anything from the SBA after enrolling in its 8(a) Business Development Program?

You may take advantage of specialized business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development that the SBA and its resource partners provide. You can also be eligible for assistance in obtaining access to surplus government property and supplies, SBA-guaranteed loans, and bonding assistance for being involved in the program.

What are the 8(a) Business Development Program certification requirements?

  • Your business must meet these eligibility requirements:
  • The business must be majority-owned (51 percent or more) by one or more individual(s).
  • The individual(s) must be an American citizen, by birth or naturalization.
  • The business must be majority-owned (51 percent or more) and controlled/managed by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s).
  • The individual(s) controlling and managing the firm on a full-time basis must meet the SBA requirement for disadvantage, by proving both social disadvantage and economic disadvantage.
  • The business must be a small business.
  • The business must demonstrate potential for success.
  • The principals must show good character.
  • Separate eligibility requirements exist for a business that American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, or Certified Development Companies own.

Before SBA can approve an 8(a) Business Develop program application, the disadvantaged individual(s) also must show (prove) how he or she is socially disadvantaged. To prove social disadvantage, the individual(s) owners must ultimately show that such personal experiences had a negative impact on entry into or advancement in the business world.

How does the SBA define “socially disadvantaged”?

Under federal law, socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identification as members of groups without regard to their individual qualities.

According to the SBA, for purposes of the 8(a) Business Development program, the following individuals are presumed socially disadvantaged (called “presumed groups”):

  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Asian Pacific Americans
  • Subcontinent Asian American

In the absence of evidence to the contrary, an individual applicant is presumed socially disadvantaged if:

• He or she holds him or herself out to be a member of a presumed group
• He or she is currently identified by others as a member of a presumed group

What if I don’t belong to one of these “presumed groups”? Can I still enroll in the 8(a) Business Development Program?

An individual who is not a member of one of the “presumed groups” can be admitted into the 8(a) Business Development program. The business must prove to the SBA that the individual(s) meeting SBA’s ownership and control requirements is/are socially disadvantaged. The individual(s) must show personal experiences where applicable in education, employment, and business history. The individual must also provide evidence to SBA proving one’s individual social disadvantage.

What does the SBA count as evidence?

According to the SBA, evidence of individual social disadvantage must include:

  • At least one objective distinguishing feature such as race, ethnic origin, gender, physical handicap, long-term residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society, or other similar causes not common to individuals who are not socially disadvantaged
  • Personal experiences of substantial and chronic social disadvantage in American society, not in other countries
  • Negative impact on the individual’s entrance into the business world or advancement in the business world because of the stated disadvantage(s)

Are there other requirements?

All individuals that the SBA finds socially disadvantaged – including all “presumed group” members — also must meet these requirements:

  • SBA’s economic disadvantage requirements — including presumed group members
  • SBA’s ownership requirements
  • SBA’s control and management requirements
  • SBA’s character requirements. This requirement actually extends to all principals, which include
    • owner(s) of more than 10%
    • officers
    • directors
    • members
    • partners
    • key employees
  • All principals will undergo a Federal Bureau of Investigation background check before SBA can admit the firm into the SBA 8(a) Business Development program.

In addition, to be approved, all firms must meet:

  • SBA’s small business size requirements
  • SBA’s potential for success requirement

What does economically disadvantaged mean?

According to the SBA, “economically disadvantaged individuals are socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities.”

How do I prove that I’m economically disadvantaged?

The SBA cannot determine if an individual is economically disadvantaged unless it has already found the individual to be socially disadvantaged. The individual majority owner(s) must prove both social disadvantage and economic disadvantage.

The SBA found me to be socially disadvantaged. What now?

To determine if an individual is also economically disadvantaged, each socially disadvantaged individual must provide to the SBA:

  • Narrative statement of economic disadvantage
  • Personal financial information (including tax returns and certain SBA forms)
  • In every case, when married, the socially disadvantaged individual must submit separate financial information to SBA for his or her spouse (including tax returns and certain SBA forms).

What does the SBA consider when determining economic disadvantage?

The SBA reviews several factors, including:

  • All income for the past three years, including any unusual income levels
  • Fair market value of all assets
  • Personal net worth (assets and liabilities)
  • Transfer of assets to an immediate family member, directly or via trust
  • Availability of individual retirement account (IRA) funds or other official retirement accounts
  • Income received from the firm when filing taxes as an S corporation or partnership
  • Reinvestments into the applicant firm
  • Tax payments for the firm

I’m married/The majority owner of my business is married. How will that affect the SBA decision?

According to the SBA, it takes into account a spouse’s financial situation when determining whether the applicant is economically disadvantaged and also looks at whether the spouse:

  • Has a role in the business
  • Has lent money to the firm
  • Provided credit support to the firm
  • Guaranteed a loan

The socially disadvantaged individual must submit separate financial information to the SBA for his or her spouse (including tax returns and certain SBA forms).

An entity owns my firm. How can the entity prove it is economically disadvantaged?

According to the SBA, firms owned by an entity have different requirements and generally do not have to prove economic disadvantage for individual owners. Eligible entities are American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians and Certified Development Companies.

Before SBA can approve an application, the individuals claiming to be disadvantaged must submit supporting documents to prove their assets, income, and net worth fall below certain threshold amounts. These include:

  • Assets cannot exceed $4 million
  • Personal income cannot exceed $250,000, averaged over 3 years
  • Adjusted net worth must be less than $250,000

Where can I find more information about the 8(a) Business Development Program?

You can read more about the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program here.

HUBZone PROGRAM

What is the HUBZone program?

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The federal government has a goal of awarding 3 percent of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns.

How does the HUBZone Program Work?

The SBA regulates and implements the HUBZone program.

The SBA:

  • Determines which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts
  • Maintains a listing of qualified HUBZone small businesses that federal agencies can use to locate vendors
  • Adjudicates protests of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts
  • Reports to the Congress on the program’s impact on employment and investment in HUBZone areas

What are the Benefits of the HUBZone Program?

Program benefits for HUBZone-certified companies include:

  • Competitive and sole source contracting
  • 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities

How do I qualify for the HUBZone Program?

To qualify for the program, a business (except tribally owned concerns) must:

  • Be a small business by SBA standards
  • Be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe
  • Have a primary location within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone,” which includes lands considered “Indian Country” and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act

At least 35 percent of its employees must also reside in a HUBZone.

How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register for the HUBZone Program?

We will:

  • File your HUBZone Employment and Principal Requirement Eligibility Forms
  • Submit identity verification paperwork; tax returns; and proof of citiezenship
  • Process business ownership verification paper/File applicable trust agreement(s)
  • Submit validation of lease/rental agreement/deed of principal office location
  • Submit copies of business utility bills
  • Verify your paid and unpaid employees, and prove that at least 35 percent of your employees reside in a HUBZone
  • Help maintain payroll records (which the SBA needs in order to verify you qualify for the program and remain qualified)

SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN PROGRAM

What is the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program?

The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 established an annual government-wide goal of awarding not less than 3 percent of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards to small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.

Also, on December 16, 2003, the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 established a procurement program for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSBCs). This procurement program provides that federal contracting officers may restrict competition to SDVOSBCs and award a sole source or set-aside contract where certain criteria are met.

The SBA established criteria that federal procurement officers must use when determining service-disabled veteran status; business ownership and control requirements; sole source and set-aside procurement opportunity guidelines; and protest and appeal procedures for SDVOSBC procurements.

Who is eligible for the SDVOSBC?

To be eligible for the SDVOSBC, you and your business must meet the following criteria:

  • The Service Disabled Veteran (SDV) must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense
  • The SDVOSBC must be small under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement
  • The SDV must unconditionally own 51 percent of the SDVOSBC
  • The SDVO must control the management and daily operations of the SDVOSBC
  • The SDV must hold the highest officer position in the SDVOSBC
  • One or more SDVs must manage and control daily business operations

What else should I know about SDVOSBC?

The program has helped:

  • Eliminate veteran homelessness
  • Enable delivery of benefits and services
  • Automate GI Bill benefits
  • Create virtual lifetime electronic records
  • Improve veterans’ mental health
  • Build veterans’ relationship management capability
  • Design a veteran-centric health care model and help veterans navigate the health care delivery system and receive coordinated care
  • Establish strong U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) management infrastructure and integrated operating model
  • Transform human capital management

How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register for SDVOSBC?

We will:

  • Submit paperwork that verifies your identity and proves your veteran status
  • File applicable license applications
  • Help verify and classify your employees (if applicable)
  • Submit verification tax paperwork
  • Submit and keep on file copies of past contracts and proposals
  • Help you maintain a payroll distribution ledger summary
  • File and document any services and operating agreements
  • Help you complete applicable legal structure agreements

SMALL BUSINESS DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES

What is the criteria for self-certifying as a Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs)?

  • The firm must be 51 percent or more owned and control by one or more disadvantaged persons.
  • The disadvantaged person or persons must be socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged.
  • The firm must be small, according to SBA’s size standards.

WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS

What are the eligibility requirements to be certified as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)?

  • The firm must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women.
  • The women must be U.S. citizens.
  • The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry.
  • In order for a WOSB to be deemed “economically disadvantaged,” its owners must demonstrate economic disadvantage in accordance with the SBA eligibility requirements.

How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register as a WOSB?

We will:

  • Submit paperwork that verifies your identity’
  • Complete joint venture applicable paperwork (if applicable)
  • Complete organization, corporation, or partnership agreements (if applicable)
  • File applicable license applications
  • Submit verification tax paperwork
  • Submit and keep on file copies of past contracts and proposals
  • Help you maintain a payroll distribution ledger summary
  • File and document any services and operating agreements
  • Help you complete applicable legal structure agreements

GSA SCHEDULE PROGRAM

What is the General Services Administration (GSA)?

The largest government-wide contracts are procured through the General Services Administration (GSA). Businesses list their available goods and services, which procurement officers can access. Instead of issuing an RFQ or RFP, a procurement officer simply can order goods and services directly from you. Think of the GSA Schedule as a catalog from which procurement officers can order for goods and services up to a certain value.

How much does the federal government spend using GSA Schedules?

The federal government spends between $30 billion and $40 billion on GSA Schedules, which is roughly 9 percent of its annual procurement expenditures.

What’s in it for me?

GSA schedules are a great way for businesses to establish long-term connections with contracting officers. The GSA even recommends government contractors use a professional service to help them with all of the paperwork and filing that goes into a GSA Schedule as it is a prolonged and extensive process. Each GSA Schedule is designed to act like a regular private sector commercial buying process. GSA Schedules make it easy to network with federal procurement officers, reduce inventories, create shorter lead time between projects, and provide procurement with more choices.

How can US Federal Contractor Registration help me register on a GSA Schedule?

We will:

  • Issue your Pathways to Success certificate
  • Perform a readiness assessment and issue you a signed copy of it
  • Perform a past performance evaluation
  • Verify finance statements, balance, sheet, and income statement
  • Create GSA-formatted pricing list (including SINs; available product/service/training/labor; description,;commercial price list; MFC list; MFC discounts; MFC pricing; GSA pricing; and GSA discount)
  • Submit discount proposal spreadsheet
  • Verify technical data and business account history
  • Submit relevant project experience/past performance
  • Provide GSA course training
  • Certify your Small Business Subcontracting Plan (if applicable)
  • Create a custom simplified acquisition marketing campaign
  • Create a government-branded website

DAPA REGISTRATION

What is DAPA Registration?

DAPA Registration is an agreement between DLA Troop Support and Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) Program suppliers. Registering in DAPA will allow your goods and/or services to be used through the MSPV, which in turn is supplied to the DLA. DAPA will create the selling price of a contractor’s services/goods and will legally allow the DLA to distribute the contractor’s products/services to government-wide customers.

The MSPV Program is broken down into two different sections: general DAPAs and equipment DAPAs.

The general DAPA supports the distribution of medical procedure pharmaceuticals and medicines.

The equipment DAPA covers medical items that run on multiple power sources (batteries, electric, etc) and include materials such as exam tables, carts, infusion pumps, pulse dosimeters, etc. This program makes it easy for registered government contractors to sell their items to federal consumers as a pricing instrument.

WIDE AREA WORKFLOW REGISTRATION

What is Wide Area Workflow (WAWF)?

The purpose of WAWF is to streamline communication (including reports and invoices) between a business and government agencies. Registering for WAWF also speeds up the payment process when a business has completed a contract. With WAWF, a government contractor can correct and/or resubmit rejected documents, receive e-mail notifications of awaiting actions, and view their status history with each federal agency for which they have conducted business.

US FEDERAL CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION PROGRAMS

SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROGRAM

What is the Simplified Acquisition Program?

The Simplified Acquisition Program is a program offered only by US Federal Contractor Registration. It is designed to help small businesses still in the dark about government contracting and help get them on the path to winning federal contracts.

This program streamlines the SAM registration process and gives enrolled members a government-branded website complete with business references, past performance, testimonials, business pictures, and more. It also includes registration in the SAM, if a business is not yet registered with it.

Why do I need to enroll in US Federal Contractor Registration’s Simplified Acquisition Program?

The Simplified Acquisition Program helps businesses more easily reach procurement officers. Having a government-branded website helps inform government buyers of your capabilities, and some purchasing officers may even require it. Often, government buyers must perform market research before awarding a contract for products or services. Having your information easily available gives you a leg up on the competition.

Tell me more about this government-branded website.

We develop a government-branded website for you, complete with branded domain name, web hosting, unlimited updates (for the first year), search engine optimization, and Google Places set up. Your site will be mobile ready and compatible with all iOS and Anrdoid devices.

So I get a government-branded website. What else do I get?

You get a complete government business plan designed to provide your business direct access to buyers and prime vendors in your industry. We add your business to the federal government search database, send you a monthly e-mail of bids and solicitations for which you may be eligible, and provide a year of contract support. We create a business plan (including a list of procurement officers who buy the goods and/or services your business supplies) and a SBA resume for you.

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION – SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROGRAM (GSAP)

What is the GSAP (General Services Administration – Simplified Acquisition Program)?

The GSAP is a contracting program that US Federal Contractor Registration created to provide a business with valuable procurement outreach and small business simplified acquisition processing.

What does the GSAP include?

GSAP includes the completion of a GSA schedule in one of the major 41 categories. GSA Schedules make it easy to network with federal procurement, reduce inventories, create shorter lead time between projects, and provide federal procurement with more choices.

You also get a government-branded website and automatic email notifications about available government contracts in your business’s trade.

What do I get by enrolling in GSAP?

We will:

  • Complete your SAM registration
  • Verify your DUNS Number
  • Create a FEMA vendor profile
  • Issue your Pathways to Success certificate
  • Perform a readiness assessment and issue you a signed copy of it
  • Perform a past performance evaluation
  • Verify finance statements, balance, sheet, and income statement
  • Create GSA-formatted pricing list (including SINs; available product/service/training/labor; description,;commercial price list; MFC list; MFC discounts; MFC pricing; GSA pricing; and GSA discount)
  • Submit discount proposal spreadsheet
  • Verify technical data and business account history
  • Submit relevant project experience/past performance
  • Provide GSA course training and describe the GSA labor categories
  • Certify your Small Business Subcontracting Plan (if applicable)
  • Create a custom simplified acquisition marketing campaign
  • Create a government-branded website