Subcontracting can be a great way for small businesses to get started in federal contracting. To promote small business participation in larger contracts, Congress enacted Public Law 95-507 requiring all contractors, other than small businesses, receiving federal contract awards over $700,000 ($1,500,000 for construction) to submit acceptable subcontracting plans prior to contract award.
Subcontracting plans must specify goals and demonstrate contractors' best efforts to subcontract to small, small disadvantaged, HUBZone, service-disabled veteran-owned, and women-owned small businesses. The subcontracting program creates real opportunities for small firms.
To be eligible as a subcontractor, a concern must represent itself as a small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, or women-owned small business concern. For more information about the Subcontracting Program, go to FAR Subpart 19.7 .
Explore this Department of Defense (DoD) Prime Contractor Directory that identifies large prime contractors that are required to establish subcontracting plans with goals. The list includes company names, prime contract numbers, contract periods of performance, NAICS codes, company points of contact (POCs), POC phone numbers and POC email addresses. You can use this directory to find the contact information of prime contractors for potential subcontracting opportunities. The directory is generated from data contained in Individual Subcontract Reports (ISRs) reported by prime contractors in the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) and data contained in within SAM.gov .
The SBA's SUB-Net is a valuable resource for information on subcontracting opportunities. Solicitations or notices are posted by prime contractors as well as other government, commercial, and educational entities.
The DoD Subcontracting Program: The Basics of Subcontracting provides information on regulatory, subcontracting, and reporting requirements. It also includes the types of subcontracting plans and the categories included in the subcontracting plan goals.