In order to competitively bid on and win open solicitations, contractors must have access to instant notifications and information on new award opportunities. Regardless of the way a company currently employs its sourcing practices, it is impossible for one to uncover EVERY contract possibility. Most of the time, you usually end up missing something.
Many times, when starting the process of procurement, one can find themselves stumbling across some of the steps required to obtain a government contract. For starters, one has to know when looking to make an offer, how should you respond to a Request for Quote (RFQ), or a Request for Proposal (RFP), and what the differences between the two are?
Benefits of efficient NSN Search
In PartsBase Government Data, the NSN search is defined as the National Stock Number. NSN is a 13-digit code that identifies the standardized material items of supply that are recognized by all NATO countries including the DOD (Department of Defense). The NSN has come to be widely used by all treaty countries and are essential to the military’s logistics supply chain.
What is PartsBase Government Data?
PartsBase Government Data is a company that strives to provide members with the highest level of insight to promote your business. We leverage technology to give government contractors a way to meet their criteria given by the DoD (Department of Defense).
What is DIBBS
The DLA Internet Board System (DIBBS) is the main supplier through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) where procurements are conducted. In other words, DIBBS provides access to 85% of DLA’s solicitations supporting America’s combat logistics. Food, uniforms, medical supplies, fuel and energy, and construction and barrier equipment are some of the consumable items it supports along with 85% of military parts.
If you have already contacted Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and went through the short application process of obtaining a D-U-N-S number, the next step in making your business eligible for participation in government contracting with the DoD is to register your business with the System for Award Management, or SAM. SAM Registration is a requirement for all businesses and potential vendors as set forth in the Federal Acquisitions Regulations, or FAR. Familiarizing yourself with FAR is not a requirement, but we definitely recommend a comfortable familiarity, as the entire bidding and acquisition process often refers to the stipulations of FAR.
If you are considering entering your business in government contracting, there are a number of advantages to working with the U.S. government. Lucrative, sizable contracts across multiple product or service areas, timely payment, and opportunities for renewals make government contracting an excellent source of revenue and prolonged success for your business.
The Department of Defense (DoD) maintains a sizable contracting marketplace vehicle. However, to participate in Defense Market Bidding, a business needs to go through multiple steps to be registered and approved to work with the DoD. Prior to registering your business with the DoD marketplace, you must first obtain a Data Universal Number System number. The Data Universal Number system is sometimes abbreviated as DUNS, but most of the time, is represented with dashes as D-U-N-S. The number itself is represented a unique, nine-character number, at times represented with dashes for readability, for example: “12-345-6789,” but officially represented as “123456789.” The federal government uses the D-U-N-S number to identify your business and track the allocation process of federal funds.