Doing Business with DFAS

Defense Finance
and Accounting Service
Providing payment services of the U.S. Department of Defense

Getting Started...

This is the "how-to" section of working with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Information includes basic contracting information, where DFAS contracts are advertised and types of products and services DFAS purchases. Additional information on working with and marketing to the Department of Defense can be found on the DoD Office of Small Business Programs website.

The Process

The first step is to get a D-U-N-S Number, a unique nine digit identification number for your business. Visit the D&B DUNS Numbers website for US Government Contractors & Grantees.

Next, register on the System for Award Management (SAM). You must be registered prior to the award of a contract.

Then, become a registered federal contractor. The U.S. Small Business Administration website,, provides step-by-step instructions to help guide all contractors, regardless of business size, through the registration process. Already a registered federal contractor? Take a look at the DFAS Opportunities section to find our current service and product needs. Once your company is registered as a federal contractor, you may compete for opportunities.  DFAS uses three main sources to obtain goods and services:

  1. FedBizOpps
    All “open market” opportunities or “full and open” competitive purchases are posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website -  Start the process by following the instructions, user guides, frequently asked questions and demonstrational videos posted in the "Getting Started"section of the
  2. GSA Federal Supply Schedule Contracts
    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules Program establishes long-term government wide contracts.  The contracts allow DFAS and other federal agencies to acquire multiple supplies (products) and services directly from commercial suppliers. GSA’s website,, outlines the process to become a GSA Schedule contractor.
  3. NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)
    The NASA Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) IV contract purchases a variety of Information Technology (IT) related products and/or services. The SEWP IV Contracts have been extended and have an end date of April 30, 2015 and consist of thirty-eight pre-competed prime contract holders.

    How can I get a product or service listed on the NASA SEWP contract?
    In order for a vendor who is not a prime Contract Holder to have their product on a NASA SEWP contract, the individual vendor must contact and negotiate with the appropriate prime contract holders.

What does DFAS purchase? 

  • System Architecture
  • Auditing Services/CFO Compliance
  • Training  - Leadership, Management, Computer, and Program/Project  Management
  • Banking/Purchase Card Systems
  • Mailing and Distribution Services
  • Telecommunications Supplies and Services

How will I receive payment?
Your contract will state when and how payments for product/services are made.

Are you a small business?
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides general information, guidance and support. Your local SBA office can provide more specific support; simply enter your zip code on the website to find resources for your area.

DFAS has a Small Business Advocate to provide guidance and technical assistance for small, disadvantaged, women owned, 8(a), HUBZone, and veteran-owned firms as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions. If you have questions about doing business with DFAS, contact:

Small Business Advocate, Michael Turner

Where can I find a list of non-competitive contracts?
In accordance with FAR 6.303-1, all Justification and Approval documents are posted to FedBizOpps,

Current contracts with DFAS
Current awarded contracts can also be found at the Federal Business Opportunities (FEDBIZOPPs) site:


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Page updated May 19, 2015