Subcontracting Opportunities


Federal Prime Contractors have unique obligations and requirements.

Federal Prime Contractor Training
Federal contractors are required to maintain an acceptable subcontracting plan if they are a large business (including all affiliates) and the estimated dollar value of the base contract and all option periods exceeds, or is expected to exceed, $700,000 ($1.5 million for construction). Contractors that meet the above criteria must establish a subcontracting plan with specific dollar and percent goals for subcontracting to small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, small women-owned, veteran-owned small, and service-disabled veteran-owned small business firms. This plan must be in place prior to contract award and is updated annually.

Ostensible Subcontracting
It is common for contractors to join together to compete for government contracts under teaming agreements. Teaming arrangements allow companies to compete for government contracts that they might not be able to obtain and perform individually. A properly structured teaming arrangement allows the participating companies to work together in seeking an award, but avoids the companies being deemed affiliated” for purposes of size standards. Improperly structured teaming arrangement, however, can cause the companies to be deemed “affiliated” and lose their ability to compete for the government contract.

Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (ESRS)
The electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (ESRS) is the official site for reporting federal subcontracting accomplishments.

The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, traditionally known as the “big green books” and “Thomas Registry”, was a multi-volume directory of industrial product information covering 650,000 distributors, manufacturers and service companies within 67,000-plus industrial categories that is now published on ThomasNet.

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