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How to Do Business with the Department of Energy

Thank you for your interest in doing business with the Department of Energy (DOE).

Partnering with the federal government is much different than partnering with the private sector. In order to become a service provider, a contractor must clearly and convincingly demonstrate that it can fulfill a government requirement in an advantageous manner. To this end, we ask all businesses that are interested in contracting with DOE to complete the following introductory steps:

  1. Register your firm on the System for Award Management (SAM): www.sam.gov. This process is free. Please report any request for payment to https://energy.gov/gc/action-center-office-general-counsel/report-fraud-inspector-general.
  2. Contact your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and your local SBA Small Business Development Center.  In order to find the closest to you, see https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ogc/resources/362381 and https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc
  3. Visit DOE’s Acquisition Forecast: https://energy.gov/osdbu/acquisition-forecast. Here you can browse upcoming procurement opportunities. If you find an opportunity that is applicable to your firm’s capabilities, feel free to reach out to the point of contact for more detailed information.
  4. Visit the SBA’s Government Contracting Classroom web page to familiarize yourself with the basics of government contracting: https://www.sba.gov/contracting/resources-small-businesses/government-contracting-classroom.
  5. Reach out to your Procurement Center Representative (PCR) for information pertaining to training, outreach, and research: https://www.sba.gov/contracting/contracting-officials/procurement-center-representatives.
  6. Visit the Minority Business Development Agency’s website to obtain technical assistance, information on access to capital, and more: http://www.mbda.gov/.
  7. Visit the website for DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to familiarize yourself with our office and how we can further assist you: https://energy.gov/osdbu/office-small-and-disadvantaged-business-utilization.
  8. Consider submitting an unsolicited proposal. An unsolicited proposal is an application for support of an idea, method, or approach, which is submitted by an individual, business, or organization based solely on the proposer’s initiative rather than in response to a DOE solicitation: http://www.netl.doe.gov/business/unsolicited-proposals.
  9. Consider attending an event at which a small business liaison will be present. OSDBU’s calendar of events can be found here: https://energy.gov/osdbu/calendars/office-small-and-disadvantaged-business-utilization-events.

In addition to the above, please take some time to go through the documents below:

  1. Small Business Program Manager (SBPM) Directory. SBPMs are useful points of contact who can provide information pertaining to upcoming procurement opportunities. They can also help small businesses market themselves to program elements.
  2. List of Administrative Services procured in DOE Headquarters (Washington, DC and Germantown, MD)
  3. Map of DOE Laboratories and Field Facilities
  4. OSDBU Tri-Fold Brochure
  5. Additional DOE initiatives/resources for consideration

DOE Program Offices, Sites and Laboratory Forecasts:

Name of Program Office, Site and Laboratory Link
Ames Laboratory https://www.ameslab.gov/operations/purchasing/small-business-program
Argonne National Laboratory http://www.anl.gov/work-argonne
Bonneville Power Administration https://www.bpa.gov/Doing%20Business/Pages/default.aspx
Brookhaven National Laboratory https://www.bnl.gov/partner/
Bechtel National Inc. Waste Treatment Plant Project http://www.HanfordVitPlant.com/business-opportunities
Carlsbad Field Office http://www.wipp.energy.gov/proc/html/sourcessought.htm
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory https://web.fnal.gov/organization/Finance/business/SitePages/Home.aspx
Golden Field Office http://www.energy.gov/eere/services/funding
Idaho Operations Office http://www.id.doe.gov/PSD/PSDHomepage.htm
Idaho National Laboratory https://procurement.inl.gov/SitePages/Procurement%20Opportunities.aspx
Kansas City Plant https://fmt.kcp.com/nice/display/portal/KCP+Supplier+Portal
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory http://procurement.lbl.gov/welcome-to-procurement-property/small-busines…
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory https://supplychain.llnl.gov/small-business-program/subcontract-opportun…
Los Alamos National Laboratory http://www.lanl.gov/business/
National Energy Technology Laboratory http://www.netl.doe.gov/business
National Nuclear Security Administration http://hqlnc.doe.gov/support/NNSAForecast.nsf
National Renewable Energy Laboratory http://www.nrel.gov/workingwithus/procurement-opps.html
Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program http://www.bettislab.com/diversity.htmlhttp://www.bmpc.com/procurement/index.html
New Brunswick Laboratory http://science.energy.gov/funding-opportunities/
Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) http://nstec.com/ppmgt/procure_index.htm
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education http://orise.orau.gov/working-with-us/default.aspx
Oak Ridge National Laboratory http://info.ornl.gov/sites/sbpo/Shared%20Documents/majorprocs.pdf
Oak Ridge Y-12 and Pantex http://www.y12.doe.gov/suppliers/procurement/subcontracting/subcontracti…
Office of River Protection http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/ContractsProcurements
Office of Science Field Offices http://science.energy.gov/funding-opportunities/
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory http://www.pnnl.gov/contracts/homepage.aspx?area=Small_Business_Program
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office http://energy.gov/pppo/pppo-services/pppo-program-management/contracts-p…
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory http://www.pppl.gov/organization/procurement-division
Richland Operations Office http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/RL/RLContractors
Sandia National Laboratories http://www.sandia.gov/working_with_sandia/index.html
Savannah River National Laboratory http://srnl.doe.gov
Savannah River Operations Office http://sro.srs.gov
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) http://www.srremediation.com/procurement/Potential%20Procurements%20upda…
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/ocfo/purchasing/supplier-program/doin…
Southeastern Power Administration http://energy.gov/sepa/services/acquisition-program
Southwestern Power Administration http://www.swpa.gov
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility https://misportal.jlab.org/ul/bus_ops/
URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) http://info.ettp.energy.gov/90day/index.html
Western Area Power Administration http://www.wapa.gov/DoingBusiness/Pages/doing-business.aspx

Opportunities and other information is also posted to each of these Fluor operated DOE sites:

For a list of DOE/NNSA Site Facility Management Contracts with current site Prime contractors, the composition of the prime, and the DOE procurement representative and DOE contracting officer information at each site click here


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