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CONTRACTING WITH USDA

How to Obtain Information Regarding Proposed Purchases

Contract Opportunities

The Contract Opportunities website at https://beta.sam.gov (formerly FBO.gov) is the website where organizations within the federal government publish notices on proposed contract actions valued at more than $25,000. These notices, or contract opportunities, cover announcements through official solicitations in the pre-award process. Anyone interested in doing business with the government can use this system to research active opportunities.

For Businesses Working with the General Services Administration (GSA)
GSA has programs and initiatives that provide additional support to vendor segments doing business with GSA. GSA provides options for vendors by leveraging numerous methods for procuring products and services.

Selling Opportunities through GSA
GSA purchases goods and services for U.S. Government agencies, buying both nationally and in local markets, through its Washington, DC headquarters and its regional offices throughout the country. Information about selling to the Government through GSA is available at www.gsa.gov.

System for Award Management (SAM)
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (subpart 4.11) requires that contractors be registered in the SAM database prior to being awarded a contract. Detailed information about SAM is available online at www.sam.gov. The SAM Customer Assistance Center can be contacted toll free at 1-888-227-2423.

Programs for Small, Disadvantaged, and Woman-Owned Businesses
Provides information on how to obtain guidance and technical assistance for small businesses interested in participating in the USDA's procurement and program activities.

Procurement Forecast
The USDA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) posts an annual forecast showing a range of procurement opportunities at USDA and can be found by clicking here.

Qualification Requirements
Lists qualification requirements for various goods and services.

Other Related Links and Information

  • Visit SBA.gov for information on Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC).
  • For instructions regarding unsolicited proposals see FAR 15.6. Unsolicited proposals should be sent to the appropriate Mission Area Senior Contracting Official for consideration in accordance with USDA policy.