The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) encourages capable firms to consider doing business with the Agency. As you prepare to compete for an upcoming opportunity with DOE, please first review the following suggested steps to success:
1. Research the government market. Does your business supply what DOE buys?
- Search for current contracting opportunities on FedBizOpps or FedConnect
- View upcoming prime contracting opportunities on DOE’s Headquarters Acquisition Forecast
- View upcoming subcontracting opportunities by visiting the websites for each of DOE’s Facility Management Contractor forecasts
- Use the Federal Procurement Data System to view historical purchasing information
- View a list of expiring DOE contracts
2. Determine your eligibility.
- Is your firm a small business? The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a size standard tool to help you answer this question.
- Are you eligible for socioeconomic certifications? Use the SBA’s certification website to answer this question.
3. Register your business. All businesses seeking to contract with the Federal Government must first register in the System for Award Management (SAM). This process is FREE. Businesses are responsible for ensuring that their information is current and correct in SAM. For information regarding recent fraudulent activity within SAM, please see the FAQ page.
4. Understand security clearance reciprocity. It may be possible to transfer clearances to and from other agencies.
5. Understand how DOE buys.
- Facility Management Contracts – Approximately 80% of DOE’s annual procurement base is allocated to the Agency’s Facility Management Contractors.
- Category Management – Small businesses are encouraged to learn about strategic sourcing initiatives.
- GSA Schedules – General Services Administration Schedules are a multiple-award contract tool hosted by GSA for commercial products and services. For access to these Schedules, please go to GSA e-Library. For more information on contracting through GSA, please see GSA Schedules and Contracts.
6. Discover other DOE partnering opportunities.
- The Mentor-Protégé Program enables small businesses to partner with current DOE contractors.
- The Small Business Vouchers Program enables small businesses to tap into National Laboratory intellectual and technical assets to overcome various commercialization challenges.
- The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear provides vouchers to small business involved in the application of advanced nuclear technologies.
- The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR and STTR) spur technological innovation through DOE grants to small businesses.
- The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) helps federal agencies meet energy-related goals by facilitating streamlined partnerships with small Energy Service Companies.
- The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) empowers America's energy researchers with funding, technical assistance, and market readiness.
- Unsolicited Proposals allow businesses to share innovative ideas and solutions to DOE’s requirements.