Useful Steps for Aspiring Manufacturers to Get Military Contracts

Obtaining a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and registering with the System for Award Management (SAM) is the first step toward increasing the chances of doing business with the DoD.

Fremont, CA: Every year, the Department of Defense (DoD) grants contracts worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Although several military contractors are large companies, the DoD also grants contracts to small businesses and private civilian contractors. Aspiring manufacturers trying to get a piece of the DoD pie must take the necessary measures to fulfill a product need of the department. They must also ensure that the goods meet government requirements.

Let us look at the steps for getting a military contract and manufacturing goods for the Department of Defense.

Completing Initial Registration Process

Obtaining a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and registering with the System for Award Management (SAM) is the first step toward increasing the chances of doing business with the DoD. Before manufacturers can be eligible for a military contract, they must first register to do business with the federal government. To obtain their DUNS number, manufacturers should contact the financial reporting firm Dun & Bradstreet.

They can register for contracts in the System for Award Management (SAM) once they have their DUNS number. SAM is an official government website that manufacturers can use for free to register to do business with the US government, update or renew their entity registration, keep track of their registration, and also search for entity registration and exclusion information.

Conducting Extensive Research

Learning about federal codes and aligning themselves with agencies that have received military contracts are two wise moves in search of a contract. To begin, One must be familiar with the Federal Supply Class or Service (FSC/SVC) codes, Product Service Codes (PSCs), as well as North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for their services, goods, or industry. PSC identifies many government product and service listings and potential procurements, so reading the PSC Manual is also beneficial.

Manufacturers can also be aware of new DoD procurement opportunities by accessing the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) page and registering to obtain electronic access to government-wide procurement opportunities.

See also : Contract Manufacturing Service Companies

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