Defense Logistics Agency Sources of Information

Introduction

The following are important sources from which you can obtain information pertinent to doing business with the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense, the Military Services, the Small Business Administration, and the General Services Administration.

Pr Pocurement Technical Assistance Centers  

The DoD Procurement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program or PTAC program was established by Congress in 1985.  The PTAC program is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Department of Defense and with local, in-kind and/or cash support.  The DLA Director of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is responsible for the management of the PTAC program.  

The purpose of the PTAC program is to generate employment and to improve the general economy of locality by assisting business firms in obtaining and performing under Federal, State and local government contracts. 

Visit the Web site for a list of PTACs and the regions they serve.  www.dla.mil/pta

Defense Logistics Agency Web page  

Vendors can check here for links to buying and selling opportunities.  http://www.dla.mil/ 

DLA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization   

Reports directly to the Director, DLA, and is responsible for ensuring that small businesses have an equitable, fair, and impartial opportunity to participate in the DLA acquisition program. http://www.dla.mil/db/

DLA Procurement Regulations   

DLA's official source for all procurement related regulations.  http://www.dla.mil/j-3/j-336

Office of the Secretary of Defense Small And Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSD SADBU)  

Mission is to enable the Warfighter to gain access to Small Business' efficiency, innovation, and creativity.  http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu


Military Services Small Business Sites

The addresses for the Military Services Small Business sites are provided below:

Director of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Office of the Secretary of the Army  
106 Army Pentagon, Room 2A712
Washington, DC 20310–0106
(703) 697–2868
http://www.sellingtoarmy.info/

Small Business Administration  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created by Congress to help America's entrepreneurs form successful small enterprises. http://www.sba.gov/

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) 

The SBA administers the Small Business Development Centers Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. http://www.sba.gov/sbdc/.

Dynamic Small Business Search

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Office of Management and Budget, and the General Services Administration took steps to simplify the federal contracting process by creating an integrated database of small businesses that want to do business with the government.

The integration of SBA’s PRO-Net and DoD's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) databases has created one portal for entering and searching small business sources. This integration assists small businesses with marketing their goods and services to the federal government.  Procuring agencies and contracting officers, to conduct market research and confirm eligibility for SBA's procurement preference programs, now go to the CCR Web site at http://www.ccr.gov/ and click on the "Dynamic Small Business Search" button.

SBA’s Tech-Net (Technology Resources Network)

Tech-Net is an electronic gateway of technology information and resources for and about small high tech businesses. It is a search engine for researchers, scientists, Federal, State, and local government officials;a marketing tool for small firms; and a potential "link" to investment opportunities for investors and other sources of capital.

Tech-Net is an Internet-based database of information containing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards, Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards, Advanced Technology Program (ATP) awards, and Manufacturing Extension Partners (MEP) centers. It is a free service for those seeking small business partners, small business contractors and subcontractors, leading edge technology research, research partners (small businesses, universities, federal labs and non-profit organizations), manufacturing centers, and investment opportunities. http://tech-net.sba.gov/

General Services Administration (GSA) 

GSA is the Federal Government’s business manager, buyer, real estate developer, telecommunications manager, and IT solutions provider.  They contract for billions of dollars worth of products and services for Federal agencies.  Examples of items managed by GSA: environmental products; furniture and furnishings; IT/telecom products, services and products; office, imaging and document solutions, products and services; travel and transportation; and vehicles. http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/home.do?tabId=0

FirstGov

FirstGov.gov, the official U.S. gateway to all Government information, is the catalyst for a growing electronic government. Their work transcends the traditional boundaries of Government and their vision is global—connecting the world to all U.S. Government information and services. With a powerful search engine and ever-growing collection of topical and customer-focused links, FirstGov connects you to millions of Web pages—from the Federal Government, local and tribal governments, and to foreign nations around the world.   http://www.first.gov/

Regulations Governing Federal Procurements

The basic contracting rules for most Federal Government agencies are set forth in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). The FAR outlines procurement policies and procedures that are used by members of the Acquisition Team.  The Acquisition Team consists of all participants in Government acquisition including not only representatives of the technical, supply, and procurement communities but also the customers they serve, and the contractors who provide the products and services.  The role of each member of the Acquisition Team is to exercise personal initiative and sound business judgment in providing the best value product or service to meet the customer's needs. http://www.arnet.gov/far/

FAR Subpart 1.101—Purpose

The Federal Acquisition Regulations System was established for the codification and publication of uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all executive agencies. The Federal Acquisition Regulations System consists of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the FAR.

DFARS Subpart 201.104—Applicability

The FAR and DFARS also apply to purchases and contracts by DoD contracting activities made in support of foreign military sales or North Atlantic Treaty Organization cooperative projects without regard to the nature or sources of funds obligated, unless otherwise specified in this regulation.

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)—General

The FAR is prepared, issued, and maintained, and the FAR System is prescribed jointly by the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under their several statutory authorities.  It is divided into parts (each of which covers a separate aspect of acquisition), subparts, sections, and subsections.

FAR—Numbering

The numbering system allows for the discrete identification of every FAR paragraph.  The digits to the left of the decimal point represent the part number, which is a separate aspect of the acquisition.  The numbers to the right of the decimal point and to the left of the dash represent, in order, the subpart (one or two digits), and the section (two digits).  The number to the right of the dash represents the subsection.  Subdivisions may be used at the section and subsection level to identify individual paragraphs.  The following example illustrates the make-up of a FAR number citation (note that subchapters are not used with citations):

Subdivisions below the section or subsection level consist of parenthetical alpha numerics using the following sequence: (a)(1)(i)(A)(1)(i).

Using the FAR coverage at 9.106-4(d) as an illustration, reference to the

Part would be "FAR Part 9"
(ii)     Subpart would be "FAR Subpart 9.1"
(iii)    Section would be "FAR 9.106"
(iv)    Subsection would be "FAR 9.106-4"
(v)     Paragraph would be "FAR 9.106-4 (d)"  

FAR Part 19 and DFARS Part 219—Small Business Programs

FAR Subpart 19.201 General Policy—These parts contain the policy of the Government to provide maximum practicable opportunities in its acquisitions to small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, and women-owned small business concerns.  Such concerns must also have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in the contracts awarded by any executive agency.

 

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