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There's no denying the benefits private-sector capabilities and skills bring to our work. Sometimes, the best thinking comes from fresh directions, and we are looking for companies with the skill and expertise to help us meet the challenges of the future.

Think you can help? Start by learning about us, who we are, and what we do. Knowing about us allows you to discern whether your firm possesses the capabilities to assist in our challenging mission.

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Acquisition Planning Forecast System (APFS)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acquisition Planning Forecast System (APFS) provides the DHS Forecast of Contract Opportunities in accordance with Public Law 100-656, Section 501. The forecast data is for planning purposes and is not a commitment by the Government to purchase the desired products and services.

Contractors may view each fiscal year’s procurement forecast through the Advance Acquisition Plan (AAP) input into the DHS Acquisition Planning Forecast System (APFS).

Generally, procurement forecast data is entered into the APFS in accordance with Department of Homeland Security guidance. AAPs are developed for all acquisitions over the $150,000.   AAPs are developed on a fiscal year basis.  The AAP contains the integrated/coordinated efforts of all personnel engaged in managing the acquisition process and is meant to provide a summary description of the upcoming requirement, so that small businesses can prepare possible proposal approaches or devise strategies for subcontracting opportunities.

System for Award Management

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The System for Award Management (SAM) is the primary vendor database for the United States Government. SAM collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency missions.  SAM includes:  Data collected from prospective Federal awardees required for the conduct of business with the Government;  Prospective contractor-submitted annual representations and certifications in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 4.14; and identification of those parties excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain types of Federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits.

Both current and potential government vendors are required to register with SAM in order do be eligible for contract awards and payments by federal agencies.  Vendors are required to complete a one-time registration to provide basic information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. Vendors must update or renew their registration annually to maintain an active status.

The System for Award Management (SAM) validates the vendor's information and facilitates electronic payments by sharing the secure and encrypted data with the federal agencies' finance offices to facilitate paperless payments through electronic funds transfer (EFT). Additionally SAM transmits and distributes necessary data with other required government procurement and electronic business systems.

Generally, prior to award of a contract, the contractor must register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database, which means that—

The Contractor has entered all mandatory information, including the DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number or the DUNS+4 number, the Contractor and Government Entity (CAGE) code, as well as data required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 into the SAM database; The Contractor has completed the Core, Assertions, Representations and Certifications, and Points of Contact sections of the registration in the SAM database;  The Government has validated all mandatory data fields, to include validation of the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Contractor will be required to provide consent for TIN validation to the Government as a part of the SAM registration process; and the Government has marked the record “Active”.

Dun & Bradstreet may be contacted via the internet at  or if the contractor does not have internet access, it may call Dun and Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711 if located within the United States; or contractors may obtain additional information on registration and annual confirmation requirements at

What is TSA Looking for?

  • Sometimes, the best thinking comes from fresh directions, and we are continually looking for new ideas. Submit your ideas to us.
  • Do you have a unique service to offer? We do accept unsolicited proposals. Read our Unsolicited Proposal Manual (pdf, 62kb) to learn how.
  • Is your firm ready for the opportunity to provide security screening directly? The Screening Partnership Program, also called Opt Out, takes advantage of private-sector operational experience and our security know-how. Find out how you can join this team.
  • Technology, particularly in the area of biometric identification, is an important part of how we approach our work. We now provide a testing process for biometric subsystem device qualification, and in order to be considered for this testing, manufacturers should submit a pre-qualification application. Learn more about our Biometric Sub-System Qualification Testing.

Where to Look

Looking for opportunities? Like our counterparts across the Federal Government, we utilize Federal Business Opportunities, commonly called Fed Biz Opps to offer opportunities. Fed Biz Opps is the single government point-of-entry for Federal Government procurement opportunities over $25,000. We publicize business opportunities by posting information directly to the Fed Biz Opps Web site at

Rules and Regulations

The TSA is subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and supplemental guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security under its Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation. Generally, the TSA publicly announces its procurement opportunities via the web-based Government-wide Point of Entry (FedBizOpps) and seeks offers from responsible sources through full and open competition.

Latest revision: 27 August 2013