Doing Business with DFAS
Are you looking to do business with DFAS? The first step is to 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-see links under “Getting started as a Contractor”
The DFAS Contract Services Directorate (DFAS-CSD) provides contract support to five primary DFAS sites (Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Limestone ME, Rome NY) and DFAS Europe and DFAS Japan.
What does DFAS purchase?
- System Architecture
- Auditing Services/CFO Compliance
- Training - Leadership, Management, Computer, and Program/Project Management
- IT supplies and services, software and software licensing maintenance and support
- Mailing and Distribution Services
- Office supplies / furniture
What is the role of the DFAS Small Business Office?
The DFAS Small Business Office acts as the agency's small business advocate and provides guidance and technical assistance for small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women owned, HUBZone, and veteran-owned, and service disabled veteran firms. DFAS-OSBP also assists the DFAS Contract Services Directorate and DFAS Program offices in locating small businesses for utilization consideration for its supplies and service requirements.
What happens after registering as a federal contractor?
Once your company is registered as a federal contractor, you may compete for applicable DFAS contract opportunities. DFAS uses three main acquisition sources to obtain goods and services through the contracting process:
- Federal Business Opportunities
All "open market" opportunities or "full and open" competitive purchases are posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOps) website. You can start the process of finding and bidding on federal business opportunities by following the instructions, user guides, frequently asked questions and demonstrational videos posted in the "Getting Started" section of the FedBizOpps website.
- General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule
The GSA Schedules Program establishes long-term government wide contracts for a wide variety of products and services including IT solutions. These contracts allow DFAS and other federal agencies to acquire multiple supplies and services directly from commercial suppliers. GSA's website outlines the process to become a GSA Schedule contractor.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP, pronounced 'soup')
The NASA Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contracts are focused on commercial IT products and product based services consisting of 145 Competed Prime Contract Holders, including 119 small businesses. The SEWP V contracts are 5 year contracts with one five year option and are due to end April 30, 2025. If your company has products or services that you wish to add to a current SEWP V contract or if you would like to partner with an existing Contract Holder, please contact one or moreof the current contract holders and determine what opportunities are available under their contracts. A list of Points of Contact for each company can be found on the SEWP Website.
*Note the primary contracting vehicles DFAS-CSD primarily utilizes are the GSA Federal Supply Schedules and NASA SEWP IDIQ contracts.
More on doing business with DoD:
The Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs website contains valuable information on doing business with other DoD agencies and lists current service and agency component Small Business Program Office Director contact points.
Who can I contact with questions?
If you are either a large** or small business and have questions about doing business with DFAS, contact:
Michael E. Turner
Director, DFAS Office of Small Business Programs
614-701-2789 / firstname.lastname@example.org
**note: while The DFAS Small Business Office will meet with other than small businesses interested in doing business with the agency, please realize the primary focus of DFAS-OSBP is for small business advocacy.
Page updated December 18, 2017.