Small Business and Other Small Entities
Division of Policy and Directives Management
Procurement and Contracting
NOTE: If you are searching for first-time contracting opportunities, your first step is to register with the Business Partners Network (BPN)--see "Contractor Registration," below. After you are registered with BPN, you must contact the servicing BEDP Manager in your region prior to making an appointment with any Program personnel. To find your region's BEDP Manager, go to: 
http://www.fws.gov/cfm/Small%20Business/RegionalOffices.html

Note that contractors in the Washington, DC, metro area should contact Jim McKoy first for an appointment and/or BEDP questions. Contractors that do business in only the Washington metro area should contact Jim McKoy prior to making an appointment with any FWS Program personnel. 

Contractor Registration
Effective October 1, 2002, all businesses who are interested in conducting business in the Department of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Service must be registered in the Business Partners Network (BPN), formerly the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), prior to award. For more information, go to: http://bpn.gov/

Procurement/Contracting Offices
Headquarters Office: The Fish and Wildlife Service's headquarters for contracting is currently located at: Division of Contracting and Facilities Management, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington Square 212, Arlington, Virginia 22203. 

Primary Offices: The Regional Contracting Offices are located in Portland, Oregon, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Twin Cities, Minnesota, Atlanta, Georgia, Hadley, Massachusetts, Denver, Colorado, and Anchorage, Alaska. For complete addresses, go to: http://offices.fws.gov/

Marketing
If you are a contractor interested in conducting business with the Fish and Wildlife Service, you should familiarize yourself with the Fish and Wildlife Service Web site. Go to: http://www.fws.gov/ 
Then familiarize yourself with http://www.fws.gov/cfm/Small%20Business/sba_home.html
Contact Al Moore, our Small Business Specialist, at small_business_opts@fws.gov or 703-358-2500.

DOI/FWS Procurement Opportunity Sources
Federal Procurement Conferences, Trade Fairs, and Seminars: Contractors should attend as many conferences, trade fairs, and seminars as possible. Most of these events have several Agency representatives. Attendance at such events will allow you to identify a specific point of contact in a specific Agency. Following the events, initial appointments should be arranged with the Agency Business and Economic Development Program (BEDP) Managers. Appointments with program personnel will be arranged by the BEDP Manager if appropriate. For more on the BEDP, see below.
Federal Procurement Conferences, Trade Fairs, and Seminars: Contractors should attend as many conferences, trade fairs, and seminars as possible. Most of these events have several Agency representatives. Attendance at such events will allow you to identify a specific point of contact in a specific Agency. Following the events, initial appointments should be arranged with the Agency Contacts. Appointments with program personnel will be arranged by the Agency Contact if appropriate. For more on the Agency Contacts see below. 
Advance Acquisition Plans (AAPs): AAPs are occasionally referred to as forecasts. Each year the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) publishes a forecast for contractors to review and ascertain if there are any procurement opportunities. To obtain a point of contact for each FWS requirement, go to: https://ideasec.nbc.gov/j2ee/forecast.jsp 

Remember that the forecast is carefully developed prior to budget approval. Therefore, the forecast is to be perceived as FWS' "best estimates" for a fiscal year. Contractors may contact the designated point of contact provided in the forecast or the Agency's servicing Regional BEDP Manager: http://www.fws.gov/cfm/Small%20Business/RegionalOffices.html

FWS Acquisition Requirements Profile :http://www.fws.gov/cfm/Small%20Business/BusinessWith.html
If you have a question or concern about an existing business arrangement with FWS, visit the Division of Contracting and General Services’ Contracting and Facilities Management (CFM) website (http://contracts.fws.gov)
Other Procurement Opportunity Sources
SBA Pro-Net (Procurement Marketing and Access Network)-- procurement information for and about small businesses, search engine for contracting officers, marketing tool for small firms, and link to procurement opportunities and information:
http://www.pro-net.sba.gov/
FedBizOpps-- Single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000: http://fedbizopps.gov/
Acquisition Information, including Business Partner Networks: https://www.acquisition.gov/
Central Contractor Registration:https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
Division of Finance/Electronic Funds Transfer

Two important financial forms are: SF-3881 and SF1199A 

ACH/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form (SF-3881)
This form is used for Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments with an addendum record that contains payment-related information processed through the Vendor Express Program. Recipients of these payments should bring this information to the attention of their financial institution when presenting this form for completion.

Access SF-3881 online (you can type your input into this form and then print it; includes instructions): http://www.fms.treas.gov/pdf/3881.pdf

Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) Form (SF-1199A)
This form is used to sign up for Direct Deposit. Read the back of this form and fill in the information requested in Sections 1 and 2. Next, take or mail this form to the institution. The financial institution will verify the information in Sections 1 and 2, and will complete Section 3. 
The completed form will be returned to the appropriate Government agency. 

For additional information regarding the above forms and other financial management issues, go 
to http://www.fws.gov/cfm/

Access SF-1199A online (you must first print this form before you can fill it in; form includes instructions): 
http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/download/115702

If the above link does not work, go to: http://www.gsa.gov/

Small and Disadvantaged Businesses and Entities
Business and Economic Development Program (BEDP): The Business and Economic Development Program encompasses the Small Business Program, 8(a) Program, Small Disadvantaged Business Program, Women-Owned Business Program, HUBZone Small Business Program, Veteran-owned Small Business Program, and the Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business Program. For detailed information on the above programs, you should contact the Fish and Wildlife Service's Business and Economic Development Program (BEDP) Manager and Regional BEDP Managers. Find the manager for your region at: 
http://www.fws.gov/cfm/Small%20Business/RegionalOffices.html

The Fish and Wildlife Service's BEDP Manager and Regional BEDP Managers are periodically involved in, but not limited to, Regional Acquisition Management Reviews. The purpose of the reviews is to ascertain if the Regions are adhering to the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Department of the Interior Acquisition Regulations. BEDP Managers do not annually evaluate Fish and Wildlife Service's enforcement activities and rate FWS' responsiveness to small businesses. Such evaluation is the full responsibility of the National Ombudsman, currently located at the U.S. Small Business Administration. For information, go to: 
http://www.sba.gov/ombudsman/

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Educational Institutions, and Tribal Councils: Contractors, colleges, universities, and tribal councils who are interested in doing business with the Fish and Wildlife Service should contact the servicing Regional BEDP manager. Your Regional BEDP Manager directory is located at:
http://www.fws.gov/cfm/Small%20Business/RegionalOffices.html

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) provides continuous outreach and assistance to small, disadvantaged, and/or women-owned business concerns. For information, go to: http://www.doi.gov/osdbu/

Greening Opportunities
Contractors who can provide greening buildings, products, and services should contact the Fish and Wildlife Service's Procurement Greening Coordinator and/or the servicing Regional Coordinator via telephone or e-mail. Go to http://www.fws.gov/cfm/

For additional information on Greening, contractors with greening expertise may go to: 
http://www.doi.gov/

Duck Stamp Licensee
If you want to become a Duck Stamp licensee, joining a progressive and unique Government program that forms partnerships with U.S. businesses to create and market products and generate revenue for the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, go to: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/ or contact Laurie Shaffer, Manager of Stamp Development & Marketing, Federal Duck Stamp Program, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP-4070, Arlington, VA 22203-1622; phone: (703) 358-2002; e-mail: Laurie_Shaffer@fws.gov
Grants
FWS administers a variety of natural resource assistance grants to governmental, public, and private organizations, groups, and individuals: http://grants.fws.gov/

Federal Grant Opportunities: This site gives grantors a means to post solicitations for grants. It also gives applicants a single site for obtaining these solicitations. Go to: 
http://grants.gov/

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: A database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply. Go to: http://www.cfda.gov/

U.S. Census Bureau Federal, State, and Local Governments Federal Assistance Award Data System: After the close of each quarter of the Federal fiscal year, the Federal Assistance Award Data System (FAADS) produces a file of standardized data records on all types of financial assistance awards made by Federal agencies to all types of recipients during the indicated quarter. 

You can view this statistical information at: http://www.census.gov/govs/www/faads.html

Note that this source is not involved--in any way--with receiving applications for, approving, or awarding grants or loans of any kind. 

Other Helpful Links
http://offices.fws.gov/orgcht.html
http://offices.fws.gov/
http://www.epa.gov/
http://www.gsa.gov/
http://www.doc.gov/

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Last updated: January 15, 2013

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