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Order Code RS22280
Updated October 21, 2005
CR8 Report for Congress
Received through the CRS Web
Hurricane Katrina Recovery:
L. Elaine Halchin
Analyst in American National Government
Government and Finance Division
Companies unfamiliar with the federal procurement process may find useful
information at several government websites, including those of the General Services
Administration (GSA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Usually, agency
solicitations for goods and services valued at amounts over $25,000 may be found on
the government's Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website. However,
some agencies may not be posting solicitations on FedBizOpps yet. Monitoring several
federal government websites, instead of just FedBizOpps, may be an effective way to
track contracting opportunities related to Hurricane Katrina recovery and reconstruction
efforts. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42
U.S.C. 5150), preference is to be given, in the expenditure of federal funds for major
disaster or emergency assistance activities, to private organizations, companies, and
individuals residing or doing business primarily in the affected area.
Overview of the Federal Procurement Process
To be eligible to compete for contracts, companies that are new to federal contracting
must fulfill three requirements: obtain a data universal numbering system (DUNS)
number', and register with the federal government's Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
and Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) website.2 Links to
'A DUNS number is a nine-digit number used to identify unique business entities. (Federal
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 2.101(a).) "FAR" refers to the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Rules governing the federal procurement process are codified in the FAR, which consists of Parts
1-53 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), and which is available at
2 FAR 4.11 and 4.12. Under certain circumstances, companies may not need to register with
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