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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?

Go to: Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)

What is FEDBIZOPPS? It is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government contract opportunities. What you’ll find on FEDBIZOPPS are Synopsis, Sources Sought, Requests for Quotations over $10,000, Requests for Proposals, and information on recent NSWC IHD contractual awards.

Copies of open solicitations are available only through downloading from FedBizOpps. Requests for emailed, faxed, mailed or provided in person copies of solicitations will NOT be acknowledged.

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, 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.

Types of Contracts

DoD generally uses fixed-price contracts to acquire products and services. Cost-reimbursement contracts are used only when fixed-price contracts are not feasible. Most research and development (R&D) contracts are of the cost-reimbursement type. Fees under cost-reimbursement contracts are either fixed at the outset or subject to adjustment in accordance with a formula established in the contract.

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 weapons 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?

What is SAM? It stands for System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is NO fee to register for this site at https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/#1. User guides and webinars are available under the help tab. 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 DoD’s SAM database.

Once your company is registered in the SAM, we still can’t award a contract without valid Representations and Certifications (Reps and Certs) on file. To assist in easing the award process, when you register in the SAM click the link to the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) and complete the Reps and Certs form.

What is iRAPT? It stands for Invoicing, Receipt, Acceptance and Property Transfers (iRAPT). It is a secure web-based system located within Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) module at https://wawf.eb.mil/ for electronic invoicing, receipt and acceptance.

How do I find out more on registering within the SAM, iRAPT and other requirements to do business with the Department of Defense?

Go to: http://www.dfas.mil/ecommerce.html

Additional information concerning doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense is available within “Guide to DoD Contract Opportunities” located at http://www.defense.gov/landing/contract_resources.aspx

Please review the Vendor Getting Started Help on the iRAPT website and if you have additional questions or need assistance contact one of NSWC IHD's WAWF Group Administrators at 301-744-6677 or 301-744-6550.

Contact Information

Front Office Fax

Postal address
4072 North Jackson Road
Suite 132
Indian Head, MD 20640-5115

POCs for Procurement Actions are listed in each requirement on FedBizOpps