The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acquires goods and services in support of the agency's multiple-use mission.
Through the links below, learn how to find and compete for business with the BLM.
Doing Business with BLM
To successfully conduct business with the BLM, contractors should complete the following ten steps.
1. Identify your Product or Service:
Know the Federal Supply Classification (FSC) / Procurement Classification Code and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for your product or service.
2. Obtain a Data Universal Numbering 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 can obtain one through the Duns & Bradstreet, Inc website.
3. Register with System for Award Management(SAM):
You must be registered in SAM to be awarded a contract from BLM. SAM is a database designed to hold information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. SAM affords you the opportunity for fast electronic payment of your invoices.
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).
5. Identify Your Target Market:
BLM programs are decentralized; each state or center normally purchases products and services that support its own programs. Become familiar with the products and services procured by the BLM's states and centers.
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 the BLM's contracting opportunities is to view FedBizOpps and submit a quote/proposal if your company is able to meet the requirements of the solicitation.
7. Consider Becoming a General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contractor:
Many BLM 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.
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.
9. Review Small Business Programs:
Information on the small business programs is available on the BLM's website and on the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization website.
10. Ensure That You Can Accept Credit Card Payments:
Ensure that you can accept credit card payments because many purchases, particularly micrpurchases, are made with the Government charge card. Learn more information about GSA SmartPay.