Today, fully accessing federal contracting opportunities requires a computer with Internet access. Listed below is information about how to find federal and state contracts, and paperwork required to contract with the federal government.
Finding Federal and State Contracting Opportunities
- File a VETS-100 Report
This is required for Contractors receiving a new contract on or after December 1, 2003 in excess of $100,000. Must be filed annually (except for contracts for commercial items).
- Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA)
Complete representations and certifications electronically at the System for Award Management (SAM) website. Must be updated annually.
- Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Phone: (800) 634-0245
At SCORE, experienced leaders provide you with advice and resources to help build your business.
- Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOps)
Phone: (877) 472-3379
FedBizOps lists most federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Businesses may view solicitations by agency and region, and register to receive solicitations by email. The federal goverment no longer publishes paper copies of the bid abstracts. FedBixOps replaces Commerce Business Daily.
- Forest Service Region 6 Acquisition Management
Phone: (503) 808-2468
This website gives access to a variety of procurement information including current contact solicitations in Oregon and Washington. Each forest of procurement zone also has its own website.
- Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington Procurement
Phone: (503) 808-6218
To learn about contracts under $25,000 from the BLM, businesses may apply online to be included in the state-wide Bidders Mailing List System (DUNS number required; see below).
- Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN)
ORPIN provides access to procurement and contracting information issued by the State of Oregon, local governments, and political subdivisions. See also the Oregon State Procurement Office website.
- Oregon Department of Transportation
Phone: (503) 986-3016
Emerging Small Businesses (ESBs) are firms with 20 or fewer employees whose average annual gross receipts over the last three years do not exceed $1.5 million for construction firms and $600,000 for non-construction-related firms. Firms are required to be a certified ESB to participate in the ESB Program. The application is free.
- Contracting Requirements
- Central Contractor Registration
- Dunn & Bradstreet D-U-N-S
The D-U-N-S Number (Data Universal Numbering System) is a nine-digit number required by the federal government and some private industries in addition to the Employee Identification Number.
- Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)
Phone: (503) 731-4200 ext. 2 then press 4
To undertake labor-intensive forest work in Oregon, you must have a Forest/Farm Labor License. The Farm/Forest Labor Unit of BOLI's Wage and Hour Division processes contractor licensing, and provides information on related state and federal labor regulations. Call (503) 378-3292 for information on licensing, regulations or apprenticeships.
- Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
The federal acquisition regulations are the rules that govern federal contracting.
- Farm Labor License
Business Development & Business Capital
- Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP)
Phone: (800) 497-7551
GCAP provides technical assistance and training for businesses interested in doing business with government agencies. The first stop for information on licensing, bonding, regulations and access to solicitation information.
- Oregon Small Business Development Center Network
Phone: (541) 463-5250
The SBDC Network can put you in touch with local SBDCs, usually based at community colleges, for general business assistance.
- Business Development Team, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department
Phone: (800) 233-3306 (in Oregon only)
The Business Development Team works with businesses and local government partners to develop collaborative strategies to improve business capacity and utilization.
- ONABEN: A Native American Business Network
Phone: (800) 854-8289
ONABEN provides general business assistance for Native American businesses.
- Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)
Phone: (503) 249-7744
OAME is a resource for minority owned businesses, especially in learning about SBA 8(a) contracting opportunities.
- Small Business Administration
Manages federal contracting and business assistance programs for small businesses. Provides access to capital and business development assistance for certain types of qualified small businesses.