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Link The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is one of the major contracting websites across all federal agencies. Registration is required for the vast majority of contractors and research firms. Registrants are required to keep their information updated (at least once per year). Information is used for contract awards as well as electronic payment, among other things.
Link The federal government's DUNS number portal. A DUNS number is required in order to register with the CCR.
Link FedBizOpps is one of the major sites in the federal government procurement network; contracts over $25,000 are funneled by all federal agencies into this single source portal. An excellent, albeit lengthy, guide to newcomers (and a great refresher more experienced users) to FBO is a PDF located under "Getting Started" and then "User Guides" on the left--it's also linked here. This guide describes methods for searching, setting up watch lists, and making the most out of FBO to find business opportunities.
Link The General Services Administration (GSA) uses Schedules as a contracting resource across many major departments. GSA schedules provide a one-stop shopping source for contracting officers seeking commercial items. They allow vendors to sell to many different departments at once. This page gives great information about the GSA Schedules and how to begin the process of obtaining one.
Link The GSA's Vendor Support Center contains vendor training tools and other information vendors can use to obtain a GSA Schedule.
Link The GSA's Federal Acquisition Service allows you to submit or modify offers online for certain goods and services. A list of applicable goods and services is available via this FAQ.
Link Information about the GSA's Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Express Program can be found here.
Link The GSA describes its Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) system here. BPAs are designed for contracting officers who seek recurring goods and services and want volume discounts.
Link GSA eBuy is an online RFP/RFQ management system that allows contracting officers and vendors to submit and respond to requests for goods and services.
Link The Small Business Administration has published its size standards here as well as information about how such standards are formulated.
Link The Small Business Administration size standards FAQ is located here.
Loan information compiled by 6 agencies: Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Small Business Administration.
Link The Online Representations and Certifications Application system complements the Central Contracting Registry (CCR), and registration with both is mandated by the FARs (specifically in the case of ORCA, FAR 52.204-8) in order to do business with the federal government. ORCA allows contractors to keep in one place records of their Representations and Certifications ("Reps and Certs") so they do not have to be resubmitted with each bid.
Link The Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS) was originally started by the DoD to give contracting officers better ability to evaluate vendors they were considering for single-source contracts.
Link The CPS is a multi-agency repository for contractor performance information. FAR 15.304 and FAR 42.1502 provide for evaluations of contractor performance. Registration is free and you can review your evaluations here for a short while after they are posted.
Link GovPay is the federal government's electronic invoice and payment system. Vendors can create and submit invoices securely and paperlessly. Several vendor training materials are available on the front page, including the a powerpoint presentation and a PDF Vendor Manual, also located here.
Link The Excluded Parties List System is essentially a blacklist of federal contractors. It covers individuals and entities that are in some way ineligible from receiving federal assistance, contracts, and certain subcontracts.
Link The SBA Office of Advocacy is an advocacy group within the government for small business concerns. Statistics and reports are also available here.
Link The Catalog of Fedreal Domestic Assistance contains information on various federal programs both for state and local governments as well as private enterprises.
Link Wage Determinations OnLine (WDOL) provides contracting officers wage information for contract actions. It contains a library of regulatory information for wage determination that can be used by businesses in general and vendors specifically.

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