DOING BUSINESS WITH DLA
The Defense Logistics Agency's Office of Small Business Programs is committed to promoting the use of small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, HUBZone certified businesses, woman-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in procurements throughout the Agency.
DLA is the Department of Defense's largest combat support agency. It provides worldwide logistics support in both peacetime and wartime to America's Military Services as well as civilian agencies and foreign countries.
DLA is responsible for nearly every consumable item used by our military forces worldwide. This includes fuel, medical supplies, aviation requirements, land and maritime weapon systems spare parts, construction equipment and material, and critical troop-support items involving food, clothing, and textiles. DLA also procures depot level reparables.
DLA is committed to encouraging and assisting small businesses seeking contracts with the Agency and ensuring small businesses have the maximum opportunity to participate in DLA's acquisition program both as prime contractors and subcontractors.
This site contains information to inform and educate small businesses about the requirements and procurement practices of DLA whose mission is to "Support the Warfighter".
Are you new to DLA/DOD Contracting? Take a look at the resources below.
Overview for Vendors (Detailed) Doing Business with DLA (Condensed)
DUNS NUMBER 1-800-333-0505
http://www.dnb.com/US/duns_update/index.html Before you can bid on government proposals, you need to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet, or D-U-N-S, Number, a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants.
SAM (formerly CENTRAL CONTRACT REGISTRATION)
Contractors must be registered in the System for Award Managemet (SAM) database prior to award of any federal government contract, basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchase agreement.
Exception: Vendors who deal only in credit card purchases at a local level do not need to be registered in SAM.
CCR is now housed at SAM.GOV https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/
Register with DLA DIBBS
DLA's Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) is a web-based application that allows vendors to search for, view, and submit secure quotes on Requests For Quotations (RFQs) for DLA supply items. DIBBS also allows users to search and view Request For Proposals (RFPs), Invitations For Bid (IFBs), Awards, and other procurement information related to DLA.
To register with DIBBS, go to https://www.dibbs.bsm.dla.mil/ and follow the instructions.
Below are helpful resources to educate you on the basics of doing business with DOD.
Government Contracting: The Basics - http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/docs/government_contracting_the_basics.pdf
Marketing to the Department of Defense: The Basics –
DOD Subcontracting Program: The Basics –
Listing of All DLA Small Business Offices
Doing Business with DLA - a quick, concise "How to Do Business" Brochure
Overview for Vendors - a detailed Resource Booklet for vendors that includes DLA, DOD, and SBA information
What is a National Stock Number? - useful information on National Stock Numbers (NSN)