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About the Industry Liaison Program

The Industry Liaison Program (ILP) establishes strategic relationships with suppliers and stakeholders; serves as an information provider for suppliers seeking to do business with FEMA; and connects suppliers with program offices in support of FEMA’s mission.

If you are seeking to do business with FEMA in support of a disaster recovery effort, please be aware that in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Act, FEMA’s goal is to seek local companies within the disaster area for goods and services related to a specific disaster when practical and feasible.

How to do Business with FEMA

The ILP created a process that ensures information about your company’s product(s) and/or service(s) is routed to the appropriate FEMA program office. The ILP encourages you to review the information referenced below.

  1. Register with System for Award Management (SAM)

    What is SAM? The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. Official Federal Government registration is processed within SAM (www.sam.gov). Direct all questions regarding the SAM registration process to the SAM Service Desk at 1-866-606-8220.
     
  2. Voluntary submission of the Vendor Profile form

    ILP Vendor Profile form and submit to fema-industry@fema.dhs.gov
    The vendor profile form can serve as supplemental market research for the agency. Information supplied should not be proprietary or sensitive in nature. Please be specific about how your products and/or service can support FEMA’s mission.

    ***Please note: Submission of the vendor profile form does not place you on a preferred list of vendors to be considered for procurements.  FEMA does not maintain such a list. The form is used to assist in secondary market research and is voluntary***

    *** Please Note: FEMA does not charge any company a basic registration fee.  There are companies that replicate services of Federal Government entities and there are typically fees associated with their services.  Most Federal Government services, if not all, are free of charge.  Always make it a practice to reach out to the appropriate Federal agency first to inquire about the validity of the service, specifically if a fee is associated with it***
     
  3. Monitor the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) site.

    Free web based portal which allows vendors to review Federal Procurement Opportunities over $25,000; www.fbo.gov.

Look for Contracting Opportunities at the Following Sites

FAQs During a Disaster

If you are seeking to do business with FEMA in support of a disaster recovery effort, please be aware that in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Act, FEMA’s goal is to seek local companies within the disaster area for goods and services related to a specific disaster when practical and feasible.

Q: How do I contact my local Emergency Management Agency or Office

A: If you're looking for specific State Emergency Management Agencies and Offices.

Q:  My company provides debris removal services.  How do I sign up to become a contractor?

A:  Become a member of the Corps of Engineers Contractor Registry if you are interested in performing disaster response and recovery work; e.g. debris removal.  Follow this link to access their website //www.usace.army.mil/Missions.aspx.  We encourage you to explore all the links under “Emergency Operations”.  Useful information is provided there regarding the Corps of Engineers support role to FEMA during disasters.

Q:  My company provides transportation services.  How do I register?

A:  Please follow this link, www.moveit.gsa.gov, to the General Services Administration (GSA) Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) to seek GSA approval.  FEMA procures many of its transportation needs through the General Services Administration (GSA).

Q:  My company would like to do business with FEMA.  How do I find contract opportunities?

A:  You are encouraged to visit the Federal Business Opportunities Website – www.fbo.gov (also known as FedBizOpps or FBO). FedBizOpps is the single point-of-entry to search, monitor, and retrieve Federal procurement opportunities. You will also find subcontractor, supplier and teaming opportunities here.

Q.  I am interested in providing housing to disaster survivors.  Who should I contact? 

A.  Sign up on-line at https://ela.corplodging.com/index.php using the Hotel Enrollment section.

Q:  Who do I contact to volunteer and/or donate goods?

A:  Visit FEMA’s Volunteer & Donate Responsibly page.

Q: What are the top commodities procured in disasters?

  • Infant/Toddler Products
  • Durable Medical Equipment Kits
  • Consumable Medical Supplies Kits
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Tarps
  • Blankets
  • Comfort/ Hygiene Kits
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Forklift Rentals
  • Cargo Vans
  • Generators
  • Cots
  • Joint Field Office Kit
  • Leased Copiers
  • Leased Generators
  • Office Supplies
  • Shredded Bins
  • Portable Potties
  • Sign Language
  • Temporary Labor
  • Janitorial Services
 

Learn more About

  • FEMA Small Business Program - All Small Business inquiries should be directed to FEMA-SB@fema.dhs.gov.
  • Department of Homeland Security Vendor Outreach Session - www.dhsvoms.moriassociates.com.
  • Desire to provide transportation services to FEMA. Please follow this link, www.moveit.gsa.gov, to the General Services Administration (GSA) Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) to seek GSA approval.  FEMA procures many of its transportation needs through the General Services Administration (GSA).  The types of transportation services FEMA procures via GSA include: truckload, less truckload, air charter, barge, air freight, air ambulance, heavy hauler, ocean, freight, rail, power only, limousine, chartered bus, vehicle rental, truck rental, travel trailers, and mobile homes.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Obtain information that assists small businesses in preparing for and navigating business opportunities.  Visit SBA at www.sba.gov.
  • Seek Acquisition Insight.  Acquisition.gov is an E-Gov Initiative that aggregates federal acquisition content by providing one website for regulations, systems, resources, opportunities, and training.  Visit www.acquisition.gov.
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC).  Reach out to your state Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) nearest your location.  These centers offer a variety of resources that prepare you for work with the Federal Government, as well as procurement opportunities at the state and local levels.  Following this link www.aptac-us.org/new/index.php will assist you in locating the PTAC in your area.
  • Become a member of the Corps of Engineers Contractor Registry if you are interested in performing disaster response and recovery work; e.g. debris removal.  Follow this link to access their website //www.usace.army.mil/Missions.aspx.  We encourage you to explore all the links under “Emergency Operations”.  Useful information is provided there regarding the Corps of Engineers support role to FEMA during disasters.
  • Seek construction, facilities management, leasing and retail services opportunities with the General Services Administration (GSA).  Visit GSA’s website at www.gsa.gov/portal/category/22013.
  • Interested in donating or volunteering. Visit FEMA’s Volunteer & Donate Responsibly page at https://www.fema.gov/volunteer-donate-responsibly
  • Desire to extend your facility to house FEMA qualified disaster survivors. Sign up on-line at https://ela.corplodging.com/index.php using the Hotel Enrollment section. 

Useful Information for Suppliers

  1. Promote your services in governmentwide databases. FEMA uses the System For Award Management (SAM) database. Registering with this database will allow FEMA and other federal agencies to locate your business.
  2. Federal Business Opportunities Website – www.fbo.gov (also known as FedBizOpps or FBO). FedBizOpps is the single point-of-entry to search, monitor, and retrieve Federal procurement opportunities. You will also find subcontractor, supplier and teaming opportunities here.
  3. Accept the government credit card. The government buys more than $5 billion in goods and services annually with the purchase card. Most Contracting Officers prefer the purchase card for purchases.
  4. Promote your business in electronic catalogs. GSA Advantage and other electronic commerce initiatives will allow you to list your product(s)/service(s) for government browsing.
  5. Link your catalog listing to your Web site. Having a website will allow interested buyers to access additional information regarding your company after reviewing product descriptions.
  6. Make your website sell. Brag on your experience and past performance record, as well as your product listing and financial stability.
  7. Request a debriefing on unsuccessful awards. You will receive important feedback regarding your proposal including pricing, teaming, suggestions, and experience.
  8. Pursue state opportunities. Federal grants to the states make up half an agency’s budget in some cases.
  9. Team, partner, or form a joint venture. If you are strong in one business area, but inexperienced in another, find a subcontractor or teaming partner who can compensate in your areas of weakness.
  10. Persevere. Making the right connection can take time.

Contact Information

If you are a contractor and desire to send correspondence, please contact the following FEMA programs:

FEMA - Industry Liaison Program
500 C St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-646-1895
Email: FEMA-Industry@fema.dhs.gov

Last Updated: 
10/28/2016 - 09:25