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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I become an FBI vendor?

A. Potential vendors are encouraged to visit Federal Business Opportunities (https://www.fbo.gov/) for FBI announcements of contract opportunities, events (industry days), and requests for information to industry.

Small business vendors are invited to attend the Department of Justice’s vendor outreach sessions, which are held approximately 10 times per year in Washington DC. Appointments can be made by contacting DOJ staff at (202) 616-0521. Please visit the DOJ webpage to view the upcoming schedule and further information: http://www.justice.gov/osdbu/meet-small-business-specialist.

Small business vendors are also encouraged to contact the FBI’s Small Business Program 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 ThresholdTypeAction
(Less than) $3,500 Micro-purchase Not advertised
$3,500 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 SAP 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 $700,000 ($1 million for construction). The plan must be approved before award of a contract. 

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 30% prime contracting; 40% subcontracting
Small disadvantaged business 5%
Women-owned small business 5%
Service-disabled veteran-owned small business 3%
Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program 3%