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Acquisition Resources
Federal agencies must obtain the goods and services they need to function through the federal acquisition process. Below are some general acquisition resources that can help small businesses in determining how this process works and how they can participate in it.

General Resources

Resource Description
Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) OFDT solicitations and awards over $25,000 are posted on the FedBizOpps website. It is the single government point-of-entry for Federal Government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to register for notifications of solicitations in their area of expertise and are responsible for monitoring this site for the most up-to-date information about OFDT acquisitions.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) OSDBU is responsible for fostering the use of small businesses as federal contractors.  To accomplish this task, it develops and implements appropriate outreach programs aimed at heightening the awareness of the small business community to the contracting opportunities available within the Department.
Acquisition Central (AcqNet) AcqNet is an integrated acquisition environment where you can access shared systems and tools to help you conduct business efficiently. From this site you can learn about regulations, systems, resources and business opportunities.
System for Award Management (SAM) The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. This consolidation is being done in phases. The first phase of SAM includes the functionality from the following systems:
  • Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
  • Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg)
  • Online Representations and Certifications Application
  • Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
General Services Administration (GSA) GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) advocates for small, minority, veteran, HUBZone, and women business owners. Its mission is to promote increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities.
Small Business Administration (SBA) The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.
Updated: June 2013
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NOTE: On October 1, 2012 the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee merged with the United States Marshals Service (USMS). This web site will no longer be maintained. The documents that are currently on this site may contain dated information. They remain available to provide access to historical materials.

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