General Services Administration (GSA)
The GSA Provides assistance to small, minority and large businesses that wish to sell their goods or services to the Federal Government. It provides assistance by first pre-qualifying businesses and then posting company marketing information on their online store (GSA Advantage), where thousands of government employees purchase goods and services annually. The actual pre-qualification process is challenging but advantageous to businesses that market effectively to government.
- GSA Home
- GSA Schedule Solicitations
- General Service Administration Acquisition Regulations (GSAR) (501.0-570.7)
- Standard Form 1449
- GSA Forms Library
- GSA Advantage – Look up products and services being offered by companies on GSA schedules.
- GSA Steps to Success – For contract holders wanting to learn how to market their products and services to government.
The Project Spectrum platform provides up-to-date cybersecurity compliance and policy best practices and educates users on relevant topics that can affect business risk management.
The NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Methodology, Version 1.2 documents a standard methodology that enables a strategic assessment of a contractor’s implementation of NIST SP 800-171, a requirement for compliance with DFARS clause 252.204-7012.
The Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE) is the primary enterprise procure-to-pay (P2P) application for the Department of Defense and its supporting agencies and is trusted by companies.
The DCAA provides audit and financial advisory services to Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal entities responsible for acquisition and contract administration. DCAA operates under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the DLA-funded Procurement Technical Assistance Programs. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them important information, professional networking, comprehensive training opportunities, and a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was established to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in government contracts. The program is administered by DLA’s Office of Small Business in cooperation with states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
Under the program, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), help businesses pursue and perform under contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and with government prime contractors. Most of the assistance the PTACs provide is free.
PTAC support to businesses includes registration in systems such as the System for Award Management (SAM), identification of contract opportunities, help in understanding requirements and in preparing and submitting bids. Read reviews from businesses about the support they received from the PTACS.
Rules, Regulations, & Forms
Federal Acquisition Regulations are the rules for government acquisition. Created by the government, these rules provide instruction, forms and guidance on government contracting.
Although the FAR is the primary rulebook for acquisition regulation, each agency may issue supplements to the FAR. To name a few:
- Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DSARS) (201.1-253.303)
- General Service Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM) (505.0-770.7)
- National Aeronautics Space Administration Regulations (NASFAR)
Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs)
The Code of Federal Regulations is the collection of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.