The Federal Government is obligated to seek competition to the maximum extent practicable when it comes to contracting opportunities. To accomplish this, the Government uses the World Wide Web to post contracting opportunities.
Contractors can search for business opportunities and sub-contracting opportunities on the website Federal Business Opportunities located at www.fbo.gov. Additionally, the Department of Interior also posts business opportunities on FedConnect at the website https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/.
In order for the Government to issue an award to a Contractor, the Contractor must be register in a Federal database called the System for Award Management (SAM) located on the web at https://www.sam.gov/. Contact the SAM helpdesk at https://www.fsd.gov/ for assistance. It is beneficial for contractors seeking business with the Government to register in SAM at any time, as this is the database that Government contracting officers will search when seeking sources.
The Federal Government also enters into Assistance Agreements with partners for projects and programs that benefit the public. These financial assistance opportunities are posted on www.Grants.gov. Recipients of financial assistance must also be registered in SAM as well as Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) located at http://www.fms.treas.gov/asap/, which allows the recipient to obtain their funds electronically as needed.