Small and Disadvantaged Business Office
Are you ready to do business with us?
Now that you know that your unique expertise and products can help us complete our work, you'll need to learn more about what resources are available to you.
Small Business Policy
Our small business policy serves as our guide for tapping the strength of our small business community. Be sure to read this important document.
We participate with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), in a series of monthly small business vendor outreach sessions called Vendor Outreach Sessions (VOS). These sessions feature pre-arranged 15-minute one-on-one appointments with a small business specialist. These sessions provide the small business community an opportunity to discuss their capabilities and to learn about potential procurement opportunities.
Doing Business with the Purchase Card
DHS purchase cardholders have been mandated to use the Department of Defense Electronic Mall (EMALL) for the purchase of office supplies. DHS has partnered with the DOD EMALL Program Office to make a tailored version of their EMALL available for use DHS-wide. DHS EMall is an online ordering portal that provides access to 150 catalogs, 12 million items and 5.5 million national stock number items. The EMALL may be a fit for you. More information on the DOD EMALL is available.
What is the DOD EMALL?
In January of 1998 the Department of Defense launched an expanded internet-based electronic catalog system known as the DOD EMALL. The DOD EMALL uses a powerful search engine to access product information from a wide variety of Government and supplier-managed catalogs. DOD EMALL now has over 150 commercial catalogs (this increases each month) with over 12 million items available to our registered users.
How do I get my products on the DOD/DHS EMALL?
If your catalog is already available under an existing Government contract, then the next step is to allow the DOD/DHS EMALL access to your product database. For suppliers who do not currently have a Government contract, three DLA Supply Centers that supply the bulk of common supplies for military departments and other DOD agencies write contracts for DoD E-Mall. Each supply center has released a DOD EMALL Request for Proposal (RFP) for a specific group of federal stock categories (Federal Supply Classification - FSCs). Each Center will award multiple Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to manufacturers or distributors of commercial products. (Note: IT suppliers do not require contracts). Military services also write contracts and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA’s) or, with a Government sponsor, some situations will allow open contracts. Getting your products on the DOD/DHS EMALL requires that you do one of the following:
- Locate the Defense Supply Center that handles the types of products you sell and download the RFP
- Work with a military service contracting officer to obtain a contract or BPA
- Sign a DOD EMALL agreement form for IT or GSA schedule suppliers
All E-Mall Suppliers must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration database system.
Our Small Business Goals
Small businesses are a vital part of our nation’s economic strength, and provide us with a tremendous resource with which to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. We want to fully realize the benefits small business offers, and so we set these goals for small business contracting.
Prime Small Business Goals
23% Small Disadvantaged Business 5% Women-Owned 5% Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned 3% HUBZone 3%
Subcontracting Small Business Goals
Small Business 40% Small Disadvantaged Business 14.5% Women-Owned 5% Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned 3% HUBZone 3%
Doing Business with TSA
Like our counterparts across the Federal Government, we utilize Federal Business Opportunities, commonly called FedBizOpps to offer opportunities. FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry for Federal Government procurement opportunities over $25,000. We are able to publicize business opportunities by posting information directly to the FedBizOpps Web site at www.fedbizopps.gov. FedBizOpps also provides a vendor notification service that will send to you via email solicitations of interest. To receive email notification of upcoming procurement opportunities, register at the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. You should register under the product classification codes that best match your company. Then select all agencies so you will receive notifications of acquisitions best meeting your company's profile from all government agencies. All of TSA's requirements over $25,000 (that are not small business directed buys) are listed in FedBizOpps.
Doing Business with the Department of Homeland Security
In addition to seeking contracting opportunities with us, you should explore opportunities within DHS too. DHS is comprised of five major divisions, and each component is decentralized and autonomous in their buying. To explore small business contracting opportunities with DHS, access the small business portion of the DHS website.
DHS Small Business Specialists
DHS also has individuals who provide advice to small business owners on individual procurement opportunities. To reach one of the folks visit the small business portion of the DHS website.
TSA Small Business Contact Information