Courtesy Sample Evaluations: Dress Clothing Only

For Dress Clothing items only, vendors can make a sample of an item and request a courtesy evaluation and/or request a specification for an item and pattern(s) to review and have technical questions addressed. These evaluations need to be requested well in advance of solicitation issuance, and cannot be requested/evaluated once a solicitation is issued. In addition, approved courtesy samples cannot be submitted as a product demonstration model (PDM) in response to a solicitation.  A separate sample shall be manufactured for the solicitation PDM submission. For Dress Uniform items (coats, trousers, slacks, skirts), requests for a list of upcoming solicitations and requests for courtesy evaluations can be directed to For dress outerwear, shirts and headwear items, requests can be directed to

Vendor FAQs

Pre-Award FAQ: Information before doing business with C&T

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For general information on how to do business with DLA, please see the DLA Small Business page.

A description of each buying team, the products they procure, and the appropriate phone number to contact can be found on this C&T vendor contacts page.

The DLA Assist Quick Search tool allows users to view and download copies of military specifications. You can search by text terms, federal supply class or the actual document number.

Item samples are not provided.

All proposed competitive contract actions over $25,000 are publicized at the System for Award Management website .

Open solicitations are posted on the DLA Internet Bid Boards System , or DIBBS.

The solicitation will address how offers will be evaluated. Large C&T acquisitions generally follow the Department of Defense Source Selection Procedures .

Read the Manufacturer’s Guide to RFID which provides information on passive RFID at the pallet and case level. Item RFID tag requirements will be addressed in your solicitation or contract.

Post-Award FAQ: Information for current C&T contractors

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FY23 Forecast (updated 10/05/2022)

C&T vendors use VIM-ASAP for printing labels, DD250s, and invoicing at .
Vendors may also use Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) for invoicing at .
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Contractor and Vendor Payment Information Guidebook is available here  under the "Find it Fast" section.

If you haven’t been contacted by a representative from the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), use the Contract Management Team viewer  to find out who is assigned to your contract.

Please notify your contracting officer as soon as you realize you may be late on your required delivery date.

Technical/Quality Assurance FAQ

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The DLA Assist Quick Search tool  allows users to view and download copies of military specifications. You can search by text terms, federal supply class, or the actual document number.

Do you have a current contract with Clothing and Textiles and have any ideas on how to reduce the acquisition cost of the contract item without sacrificing function or quality? If you do, Clothing and Textiles invites you to participate in our Value Management Program by submitting a Value Engineering Change Proposal. Your successful participation results in royalty payments to your company and helps us to offer competitive prices to our military and civilian customers, so it's a "win-win" situation for everybody.

Visit C&T's Value Management webpage for more information. Or contact our Value Management team:

The Shade Council was chartered in 2012 and includes the O-6 level military leaders from DLA Troop Support Clothing & Textiles and the clothing program offices from the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy. Various working groups include civilian members of these organizations as well as industry partners. The tasks established by the initial charter were:

  • Establish Shade Critical and Non-critical Items
  • Establish Shade Criteria in Correct Substrate Prior to Solicitation
  • Empower DLA to make rational decisions on Shade Failures
  • Establish Shade Waiver time and Consistent Shade Waiver Fees
  • Establish Shade Tolerance Ranges for Solid Colors
  • Incorporate the Use of Spectrophotometric Color Measurement
  • Adopt a tiered Shade Approval Process based on Past Performance

The first five have been completed. More information can be obtained on the Shade Evaluation page of the DLA Troop Support Product Testing Center - Analytical site.