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Potential Contracting Opportunities

Where do I find out about potential contracting opportunities that are being handled by the command's Contracts Department?

Visit SAM.gov. SAM stands for System for Award Management (SAM). SAM.gov is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government contract opportunities. What you’ll find on SAM.gov are Synopsis, Sources Sought, Requests for Quotations over $15,000, Requests for Proposals, and information on recent NSWC IHD contractual awards. The SAM is also the official U.S. Government system for Contract Data, Wage Determinations, Federal Hierarchy, Assistance Listings, Entity Information and Entity Reporting. There is NO fee to register for this site at SAM.gov | Home. User guides, checklists and webinars are available on the page to assist you. Your company has to be registered in the SAM in order to sell goods and services to DoD under contract. All offerors will be ineligible for award unless they have registered in the SAM database.

DoD Contracting Principles & Practices

Only a warranted Contracting Officer acting within the scope of their authority may enter into contracts on behalf of the government. No contract may be entered into for the government unless the requirements of law, executive orders, regulations, and applicable procedures have been met. The basic contracting rules for all federal government agencies are set forth in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Additional rules unique to DoD are set forth in the DOD FAR Supplement (DFARS). To be a successful DoD contractor, you must have a working knowledge of both of these regulations.

Contractor Responsibility

Contractors have a responsibility to ensure that the work they are performing under their contract is within the scope of the contract. When unusual circumstances exist, a letter of intent issued by a warranted Contracting Officer may be used to authorize a contractor to start or re-direct work before the final contract or contract modification is executed. Only a warranted Contracting Officer has the authority to enter into a contractual agreement or alter the terms of an existing contract. Representatives of the government such as Contracting Officer’s Representatives are NOT warranted Contracting Officers. If a contractor is uncertain as to whether work is within scope call the Contracting Officer for that requirement.

Special Help for Small Businesses

It is national policy that a fair proportion of the products and services used by DoD shall be purchased from small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses. Certain factors limit DoD's ability to contract with small business. Vast amounts of facilities and working capital are required to produce major weapon systems. In many cases, even the resources of large businesses can be strained by performance and cost risks. To offset these factors, DoD has implemented a major program to ensure the award of a fair proportion of its contracts to small businesses.

Learn more about our Small Business Office

Want to do business with Department of Defense (DoD) as a contractor?

Information concerning doing business with DoD is available at Guide to working with DoD (defense.gov).

Contact Information

Postal address
NSWC IHD (Code 02)
4081 N. Jackson Road
Suite 103
Indian Head, MD 20640-5115

POCs for procurements are listed in each requirement on SAM.gov.