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Contracting with the Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Administrative and Financial Management Staff of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has prepared this web page to assist you, the prospective contractor, in marketing your business to us. This web page also provides some background on our mission area: who we are, where we are, and what we buy. We welcome your personal or written inquiries.
- Learn About REE: Who We Are, What We're Here For
- What We Procure
- Supply a Capability Statement
- Perhaps Your Firm Can Subcontract
- ARS Contracting Offices
- Other Resources
The Research, Education, and Economic (REE) Mission Area is a cluster of four agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sharing one mission: REE is dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system and strong, healthy communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis, and education.
REE consists of:
- Agricultural Research Service (ARS), formed by the merger of ARS, the Human Nutrition Information Service (HNIS), and the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture, formerly the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)
- Economic Research Service (ERS), formed by the merger of the ERS and the Office of Energy
- National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
In the conduct of their programs, REE agencies procure a wide variety of supplies, equipment and services through the use of simplified acquisition procedures under the Simplified Acquisition Threshold and through sealed bidding and negotiated procurements. Some examples include:
- ADP equipment and services
- Architect-engineer (A-E) services
- Books and periodicals
- Construction: buildings and laboratories
- Enviornmental Remediation Services/Hazardous waste removal
- Facilities management services
- Guard services
- Hay, feed, seed, and grain
- Janitorial services
- Laboratory/scientific equipment and supplies
- Management and professional services
- Office machines and supplies
- Refuse collection
- Repair and maintenance services
- Tractors and other farm vehicles/equipment
Firms or individuals wishing to do business with REE should provide a capability statement identifying their areas of expertise. Standard Form 129, Solicitation Mailing List Application, is available for this purpose.
Completed copies of the SF-129 should be sent to the Business Service Center Acquisition and Property Branch servicing the geographical area in which you wish to do business.
Architectural-engineering firms that wish to do business with ARS should file a Standard Form 330, Architect-Engineer Qualifications.
Completed copies of the SF-330 and any inquires relating to A-E should be directed to Business Service Center Acquisition and Property Branch servicing the geographical area in which you wish to do business.
In submitting the appropriate form, your firm should provide enough supplemental information to ensure that the agency can fully comprehend your firm's products and capabilities.
Recognizing that small firms often do not have the capability to perform as prime contractors on certain large contracts, ARS promotes involvement of small businesses at the subcontracting level. Special contract clauses that require the prime contractor to maximize small business and minority business subcontracting opportunities are included in large ARS prime contracts. Many prime contractors are encouraged to advertise subcontracting opportunities in the Commerce Business Daily. Small and disadvantaged business firms are, therefore, encouraged to identify their capabilities to major prime contractors. For further information, visit the REE Subcontracting Directory.
A Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization Coordinator is located at Headquarters and each Business Service Center.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in its programs on
the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, and marital or
familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print,
audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Office of Communications at (202) 720-2791.
To file a complaint, write the Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 20250 or call (202) 720-7327 (voice) or (202) 720-1127 (TDD). USDA is an equal employment opportunity employer.
For additional information on how to contract with the U.S. Government or USDA, please the contact the following offices, or visit the following web sites:
- General Services Administration (GSA)
7th and D Streets, SW, Room 1050
Washington, DC 20407
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
409 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
"SBA's Small Business Planner"
“SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership”
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
South Agriculture Building, Room 1323
Washington, DC 20250
“USDA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)”
- Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOps)
All offerors are responsible for the complete solicitation package and any subsequent amendments. If you have any questions regarding any solicitations, please contact the Contracting Officer or Contract Specialist for that particular solicitation.
Last Updated: 07/12/2010