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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I become an FBI vendor?

A. There are no pre-registration requirements to become an FBI vendor. Interested vendors are encouraged to attend the Department of Justice’s monthly vendor outreach sessions and review opportunities in FedBizOpps and the DOJ Procurement Forecast. Vendors are also encouraged to contact the FBI’s Small Business Program Office at: .

Q. Does the FBI buy information technology services and supplies?

A. Yes, the FBI procures information technology services and supplies.

Q. What other goods and services does the FBI buy? 

A. For a comprehensive list of services and supplies that the FBI procures, visit the Products and Services Purchased by the FBI page.

Q. Does the FBI buy from General Services Administration (GSA) schedules?

A. Yes, the FBI takes advantage of GSA schedules as well as other government-wide acquisition contracts.

Q. What procurement preferences are available to small business?

A. The federal government utilizes several procurement preference programs for small businesses including:

    • Small business set-asides;
    • Small disadvantaged business (SDB) program, which includes the 8(a) business development program;
    • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program;
    • Women-owned small business program;
    • Service-disabled veteran-owned small business program.

Q: What other contract methods are used? 

Dollar Threshold



(Less than) $3000


Not advertised

$3000 to $25,000

Simplified acquisition procedures (SAP)

Not always advertised, oral, or request for quotation (normally reserved for small businesses)

More than $25,000 but less than $150,000


Advertised in FedBizOpps, oral, or request for quotation (normally reserved for small business)

More than $150,000

Formal large contract

Advertised in FedBizOpps, invitation for bid, or request for proposal; set-aside if two capable small firms will submit offers at fair market price. 


Q. How can a small business learn about subcontracting opportunities at the FBI?

A. Large businesses file subcontracting plans for contracts valued at $550,000 ($1 million for construction). The plan must be approved before award of a contract. 

Q. Does a vendor need a security clearance prior to bidding on FBI procurements?

A. No, a vendor does not need a security clearance prior to bidding on FBI procurements. However, all contractors must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance once a contract is awarded.

Q. Are the FBI’s contracting officers located in the field offices? 

A: No, the FBI has a centralized procurement section, organized into six buying units. The six units are: Facility Logistics Services Division; the National Security Contracts Unit; The Information Technology Contracts Unit; Operational Support Contracts Unit; the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Contracts Unit; and the Science and Technology Contracts Unit. FBI field offices are staffed with an administrative officer and a buying technician that have limited buying authority. 

Q. Does the FBI have small business contracting goals?

A: Yes, the director of DOJ’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization negotiates small business goals on behalf of all DOJ agencies. Current goals are: 



Small business


Small disadvantaged business


8(a) business development program


Women-owned small business


Service-disabled veteran-owned small business


Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program