Important Government Contracting Links

Important Government Contracting Links

The following URL's are important web sites to be aware of for federal acquisition purposes. Included are some comments on the sites to help you understand their purpose. Each link below will open in a new browser window.

Federal Government Product and Service codes

Use the web sites below to find appropriate codes.

The Federal Supply Code (FSC) is the first four digits of the 13 digit National Stock Number (NSN) that is used to identify categories of supplies and equipment. This code is important for inventorying items in the federal supply system.

North American Industrial Classification codes

The SBA uses this code to classify a business as a small business. When included in a company profile it helps the government determine if there are a sufficient number of small businesses available to set the requirement aside for small business bidding only. Supplies or equipment company sizes are determined based on the average number of employees over a 12-month period. Service company sizes are determined based upon the average annual sales over the previous three years.

  • NAICS code revisions for 2002:

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Vendor coding

Use the web sites below to find appropriate codes.

The government automatically assigns the CAGE Code when a company registers in CCR. The CAGE Code is a five-position code that identifies contractors doing business with the Federal Government, NATO member nations, and other foreign governments. The CAGE Code is used to support a variety of mechanized systems throughout the government and provides for a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location. The code may be used for a facility clearance, a pre-award survey, automated bidders lists, identification of debarred bidders, fast pay processes, etc.

The DUNS Number is a distinctive nine-digit identification sequence, which links you to a wealth of quality information products and services originating exclusively from Dun & Bradstreet 800.333.0505, and more recently used within the federal government to identify your company for federal acquisition processes.

The DUNS number, free for the asking, is an internationally recognized common company identifier in EDI and global electronic commerce transactions. You must have your DUNS number assigned before you can register in the CCR.

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Business opportunity databases

This Department of Defense (DOD) database contains award information on only DOD contracts. This database contains excellent marketing information.

Defense Link provides a number of links to DOD activities

FedBizOpps is the official federal web site for posting business opportunities of $25,000 or more. It's searchable using keywords, FSC codes or NAICS codes. You can also search by buying office.

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Credit card information

Purchase Cards provides a list of contacts for credit card managers for the Department of Defense.

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Important vendor databases

PRO-NET lists only small businesses and can be searched for potential vendors. It's a great passive marketing tool for a small business. Since November 1, 2002, the site is a search tool for potential small businesses. Note: You must register for all federal contract opportunities will be through CCR.

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the major registration site for all Federal Government and a one-stop registration point. Registering here will ensure that federal contract documents will have proper vendor information placed in the federal document. Also, Small Businesses can have their data placed into PRO-NET automatically once the reguired information has been inputted.

Get the CCR registration form from our downloads page to help make your online registration process easier.

The Department of Defense E-mall (DOD EMALL) is a site where DOD buyers look for off-the-shelf, finished goods from the commercial marketplace. Vendors who want to market their products to the DOD create an online store in this electronic mall for government buyers to browse.

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Electronic Commerce Help

  • Electronic Commerce:

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Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)

This is the resource everyone should go to first. Assistance is provided at the local level through co-operative agreements between the Federal Government and state, local or non-profit entities. Most of the cost of the services provided is covered through cost sharing arrangements under the co-operative agreement. All businesses, large and small, should give PTACs a try. You'll be surprised at the caliber of service offered.

These individuals are employees of the buying office and a great inside resource for you. If you don�t know who else to ask for at a buying office ask for the Small Business Specialist.

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Small Business Administration (SBA) resources

This web site is the home page for the government agency that looks out for the interests of small businesses in the United States.

This sub-web site lists the SBA regional offices by region.

These two sub-web sites provide a variety of information of interest to women-owned small businesses.

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Subcontracting opportunities

You can find subcontract opportunities at these two web sites. They list large businesses that have a contract requirement to provide help to small business in doing business with them. These directories list over 5,000 large businesses with federal contracts. Contact information for each listing is provided.

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General Services Administration (GSA) resources

These sites provide a lot of information on the General Services Administration. The FSS site will help you get a GSA number.

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Special small business programs

These web sites are geared toward small businesses in the  research and development field.

These sites provide information about working with large prime contractors to enhance your business capabilities.

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Learn the rules for contracting with the federal government.

DFARS is a user- friendly web site to look up the DOD supplement to the FAR.

Opportunities in Chicago and Illinois


Cook County, IL

Illinois state government

  • Department of Commerce and Economical Development (DCEO)
    -Links to other DCCA Info
    -DCCA calendar of events

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Other web sites worth knowing about

FirstGov is the most important portal for government web sites, and includes an excellent search tool.

An online companion to the award winning book, we think this is a great site to learn the steps involved in winning government contracts.


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