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How to do Business with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thank you for your interest in doing business with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS or the Service). The following guide provides you with information on how to find and compete for business with the FWS.

Step 1: Identify your Product or Service

Know the Federal Supply Classification (FSC) Code and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for your product or service.

Step 2: Obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number

The DUNS Number is a unique nine character identification number required to receive a Federal contract. If you do not have a DUNS Number, you may obtain one through the Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. website.

Step 3: Register with Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

You must be registered in CCR to be awarded a contract from FWS. CCR is a database designed to hold information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. CCR affords you the opportunity for fast electronic payment of your invoices.

Step 4: Familiarize yourself with Federal and DOI Contracting Procedures

Become familiar with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Department of the Interior Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DIAR).

Step 5: Identify your target market within the FWS Regional Offices.

FWS programs are decentralized. Each regional office normally purchases products and services that support its own programs. Become familiar with each regional office programs, as well as the products and services procured by that regional office.

Step 6: Identify Current Business Opportunities

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. The best way to learn about opportunities at the Service is to view FedBizOpps and submit a quote/proposal if your company is able to meet the requirements of the solicitation.

Step 7: Consider Becoming a General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contractor

One of the best ways for your organization to be noticed is to become a GSA schedule contractor. Many FWS contracts are awarded through GSA Schedule contracts. For more information, visit the GSA website.

To become a GSA Schedule contractor, a vendor must first submit an offer in response to the applicable GSA Schedule solicitation. GSA awards contracts to responsible companies offering commercial items at fair and reasonable prices.

In order to fully understand the process involved in "Getting on Schedule," GSA recommends that all vendors take the online, self-paced training course, "How to Become a Contractor — GSA Schedules Program." The course describes:

  • Various features of the GSA Schedules Program;
  • How to submit an offer;
  • The evaluation and contract award process;
  • How to successfully market supplies and services; and
  • Sources of information related to Schedule contract administration.

Access the training course through GSA's Center for Acquisition Excellence.

Step 8: Explore Subcontracting Opportunities

One way to identify subcontracting opportunities with DOI Prime Contractors is to view the Subcontracting Directory. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)'s SUB-Net is another valuable source for obtaining information on subcontracting opportunities.

Step 9: Review DOI Small Business Programs

There are a number of small business programs that may be of interest to you. Information on the small business programs is available on the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization website.

Step 10: Market your Product or Service

Market your products or services to the regional offices by reaching out to the Small Business Specialist assigned to that region. The Small Business Specialist is the focal point for upcoming procurements and source for information on small business matters at that particular regional office.


Last updated: November 6, 2014