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Below you will find information for the pre-award or bidding stage, post-award information for existing vendors and technical/quality assurance information regarding items procured in C&T.

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

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

2. Who do I contact about making (name of item)?
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.

3. How do I look up a specification?
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.

4. How to I obtain a copy of a particular specification or a sample size drawing or pattern?
Submit your Specification/Pattern/Drawing request here.

5. Can I obtain a sample of an item?
Item samples are not provided.

6. What items will you buy in the near future?
All proposed competitive contract actions over $25,000 are publicized at the System for Award Management website.

7. What items are you currently purchasing?
Open solicitations are posted on the DLA Internet Bid Boards System, or DIBBS.

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

9. Where can I get more information on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging?
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
1. What is your current fiscal year forecast/spending plan?

Revised FY21 Forecast (updated 4/15/2021)

2. How do I invoice?
C&T vendors use VIM-ASAP for printing labels, DD250s, and invoicing at https://vim.dla.mil/.
Vendors may also use Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) for invoicing at https://wawf.eb.mil.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Contractor and Vendor Payment Information Guidebook is available here under the "Find it Fast" section.

3. Who’s my QAR?
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.

4. What should I do if I’m going to be late on my contract delivery date?
Please notify your contracting officer as soon as you realize you may be late on your required delivery date.

Technical/Quality Assurance FAQ
1. How do I look up a specification?
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.

2. How to I obtain a copy of a particular specification or a sample size drawing or pattern?
Submit your Specification/Pattern/Drawing request here.

3. What is the C&T Value Management Program?
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:

  • Email DLACTVMP@dla.mil
  • Value Management program manager, 215-737-7441
  • Value Management specialist, 215-737-7698

4. What is the “Shade Council of Colonels and Captains”?
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.