The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations’ (OCED) procurement professionals are committed to obtaining the best value supplies and services. In a cost-effective, timely manner, we seek competition and are dedicated to the highest standards of ethical conduct throughout the acquisition process.

All OCED acquisitions comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations.

OCED supports the U.S. Department of Energy's socioeconomic objectives by striving to award a fair portion of our total contracts to qualified small businesses, businesses owned by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals and woman- and veteran-owned small firms.


How to obtain information regarding proposed purchases? Contract Opportunities website at is the website where organizations within the federal government publish notices on proposed contract actions valued at more than $25,000. These notices, or contract opportunities, cover announcements through official solicitations in the pre-award process. Anyone interested in doing business with the government can use this system to research active opportunities.

FedConnectFedConnect is the perfect complement to SAM Contract Opportunities ( FedConnect goes beyond the basic features of those systems to provide full lifecycle support including the ability to post opportunities, receive responses, deliver awards, and communicate throughout the pre-award, award, and post-award phases using FedConnect's secure 2-way messaging. Register with FedConnect ( accept the award and receive award documents.

Unsolicited Proposals: In rare cases, funding may be provided non-competitively through the DOE unsolicited proposal process. An unsolicited proposal is an application for support of an idea, method, or approach, which is submitted by an individual, business, or organization based solely on the proposer's initiative rather than in response to a DOE competitive solicitation. Funding of unsolicited proposals is considered a noncompetitive action. DOE's central point for unsolicited proposals is the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Learn more at NETL's Solicitations and Business Opportunities page.

What registrations are required to apply to OCED contracting opportunities?

System for Award Management (SAM): The Federal Acquisition Regulation (subpart 4.11) requires that contractors be registered in the SAM database prior to being awarded a contract. Detailed information about SAM is available online at The SAM Customer Assistance Center can be contacted toll free at 1-888-227-2423.

All entities doing business with the federal government must use a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). The UEI is a 12-character alphanumeric ID that automatically assigns all registered entities.

Use the SAM Status tracker to verify whether your organization is already registered. New registration requires a notarized letter that identifies an entity administrator, and it takes at least 10 business days to process registrations. 

FedConnectFedConnect a one-stop location where you can find opportunities for federal contracts. It provides full lifecycle support including the ability to post opportunities, receive responses, deliver awards, and communicate throughout the pre-award, award, and post-award phases using FedConnect's secure 2-way messaging. Register with FedConnect ( accept the award and receive award documents.

** The required registrations can take several weeks, so plan to complete them well in advance of submission deadlines listed in the solicitation.

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of Central Contractor Registry (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).

  • There is NO fee to register for this site. Entities may register at no cost directly from this page. User guides and webinars are available under the Help tab at
  • The information in SAM is entered and maintained by each vendor.
  • Each vendor is responsible for the accuracy and currency of its information.
  • Vendors must renew/update their data annually to keep their SAM registration active.
  • Vendors must have an active registration in SAM to do business with the Federal Government.

Please note that registration in SAM does not guarantee business with the Federal Government.

DOE's Forecast of Opportunities - tentative procurement projections over $1 million in value.

  • Single point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000
  • GSA e-Buy: Facilitates the request for and submission of quotes or proposals for commercial products, services, and solutions offered through GSA Federal Supply Schedules and Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs).
  • SEWPSEWP V contracts are firm fixed price contracts that offer a wide variety of IT products and product-based services.

  • Small businesses can take several steps to improve the chances of winning contracts with Federal agencies.
  • Register at System for Award Management. Be sure your banking and payment information is correct and complete your company’s Online Representations and Certifications Application. Be sure your socioeconomic data is current and correct.
  • Get familiar with Federal e-commerce procedures. The Federal government announces business opportunities using electronic methods. OCEDs solicitations may be issued electronically on FedConnect,, and SEWP web sites. Visit these sites regularly and register to receive automatic e-mail notices of solicitations of interest to your firm.
  • Become familiar with procurement integrity issues. Do not contact technical personnel to talk about specific requirements. You may disqualify your firm from contract opportunities. 
  • Make appointments with procurement personnel. Showing up unannounced can make a negative first impression, and you may not be able to meet with the appropriate person. 
  • Prepare for your meetings with agency representatives. Be ready to provide details about your firm’s capabilities. Bring a product line card or list of major projects your firm has completed.
  • Make sure you advise procurement personnel of your business classification, i.e. small, minority or woman-owned, 8(a) certified, HUBzone, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, etc. 
  • Check OCED’s contract forecast to learn about potential contract actions.  
  • Become involved in professional organizations, various chambers and committees such as the regional Small Business Councils and the Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Committees.
  • Become familiar with Federal Acquisition Regulations.  
  • Many agencies use the a Government credit card for making purchases. Consider participating in the credit card program if you are targeting Federal government opportunities. 
  • Be positive, patient, and persevere. The government procurement process can be complex and confusing, but the Small Business Administration is there to help you through the process. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Good luck!

Small Business Administration: Visit for information on Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC). For instructions regarding unsolicited proposals see FAR 15.6. Unsolicited proposals should be sent to the appropriate DOE office for consideration in accordance with DOE policy.

Programs for Small, Disadvantaged, and Woman-Owned Businesses: Provides information on how to obtain guidance and technical assistance for small businesses interested in participating in the OCED's procurement and program activities.

USA Spending: the official open data source of federal spending information. USA Spending tracks how federal money is spent in communities across America and beyond.

Procurement Forecast: The DOE Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) posts an annual forecast showing a range of procurement opportunities at OCED and can be found by viewing the DOE's Management and Operating Contractors' and DOE Field Offices' Forecasts.