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PTAC Resources & Links

Federal Contracting Resources

Internet Access
Government contracting is conducted mostly online. Having a reliable internet connection and ease of use on the computer is necessary. Having your own company website is also important. This access helps the government research your company and then reach out to you.

Market Research
Is the government buying what you sell? How often? In what quantities? Conduct market research to find the answers to these questions. Check out USA Spending, Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), and DLA Internet Bid Board System.

The government uses codes to identify the products and services available for government contracting. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) provides six-digit numbers (NAICS codes) to classify the type of work performed or products sold. Product Service Codes (PSC) are another code is also used for classifying businesses. The two work together to identify the type of work involved in federal government contracting. Use the links above to determine the codes that fit your business.

System for Award Management - SAM
SAM registration is required of all who wish to contract with the federal government. It involves self-certification of your business. This includes everything from your NAICS codes to your deposit bank account for accepting payment from the government, from contact information to agreeing to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) clauses for your business. SAM is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is no fee to register for this site.

State Contracting Resources

Market Research
Is the State of Michigan buying what you sell? How often? In what quantities? Find the answers to these questions by conducting market research at SIGMA VSS - Doing Business with the State and SIGMA Homepage to register and find bidding opportunities.

Additional Information

Be Careful What You Pay For – Government Contracting Registration Is Free

Be skeptical – Ask a PTAC

Government Contracting Resources

PTACs of Michigan
Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC)
Acronym Finder
Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy (DPAP)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - Internet bid board for Defense Logistics Agencies Supply Centers in Philadelphia, Columbus, and Richmond.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FedBizOpps (FBO) - Solicitations over $25,000
Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) - Contract award of $3,000 or more
General Services Administration (GSA) - Purchasing commercial supplies and services
HUBZone Information and Registration
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
SBA Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS)
Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)
  - Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR Online Portal
  - Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR Program Overview Animated Video
  - Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR Training Website
  - Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR Virtual Training Workshop Videos
  - SBIR-Relevant Upcoming Events Calendar
State of Michigan (DTMB) - Contract Connect
System for Award Management (SAM)
USA.Gov - Easy access to government services for U.S. businesses

Government Forms and Publications

Department of Defense (DoD) Forms
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARs)
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs)

Professional Organizations

Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC)
Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

Specifications, Standards, and Drawings

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
American Welding Society (AWS)
Document Center
Global Engineering Documents
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)