How To Feature – How to Find Government Contracts and Business Opportunities

There are many opportunities for substantial contracts with the US Government. However, finding your way through all the Govt. websites and learning some of the unique Govt. nomenclature can be a time-consuming task.

 In this article I will discuss some basics and key indicators that should save you a considerable …  

First, some basic terms you should know:

A. Dun and Bradstreet (B&D) Registration

  • You probably already have this but if not your company needs to apply


B. Contractors Central Registration (CCR)

  • You must be registered in CCR to do business with the Govt.

  • Their website is:


C. Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA)

  • Required to receive an award from the Govt.


D. Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website

  • This is your main website for finding opportunities for Govt. contracts


E. Business Partner Network

  • A very helpful source of information

  • Contains links to CCR,SBA, ORCA and FBO


F. The Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code

  • Required for Govt. contracts

  • The CAGE request process is incorporated into the CCR registration


G.  Federal Service Desk

  • Contains great info on how to register in CCR


H. Small Business Administration

  • Registration is very helpful in getting awards as many contracts are set-aside for small businesses


I. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes

  • ORCA and CCR require you to select these codes that describe your business

  • You will find the codes are non-specific but adequate to describe the kind of work or services you can provide (check

  • Check out categories under codes 221, 236, 237,and 238 for a start


J. Product Service Codes (PSC) and Federal Supply Classification (FSC) codes

  • Only a few of these apply to construction work, for example:

  • Y — Construction of structures and facilities

  •  Z — Maintenance, repair, and alteration of real property


The foregoing is a lot to take in at first glance.  Don’t be discouraged, you only need to accomplish each step one at-a-time.  The most time-intensive tasks are getting registered in CCR and ORCA.

If you have never searched for Request for Proposals (RFP) or Request for Quotations (RFQ) from the Government; the best place to get a feel for how things work, is FBO.  This will be the main emphasis of this article.

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About the Author: Mr. Paul F. Hahn has more than 30 years of experience in the positioning industry. He has worked as a land surveyor, construction surveyor, in
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