FEMA’s Small Business Program (SBP) is one of eight programs under the DHS Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). The SBP office actively engages with FEMA’s procurement personnel to ensure that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in contracts.
FEMA’s SBP’s mission is to assist small businesses in their pursuit of federal procurements and continuous learning of small business programs to include policies and procedures that affect small business federal contracting.
How to do Business with FEMA
FEMA acquires goods and services in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) component agencies:
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA has ten (10) Regional Offices)
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Transportation Security Agency
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- United States Secret Service
Within DHS and each of the component agencies, there is a Small Business Specialist ready to assist you with vendor related inquiries.
Small Business Resource Links
- Strategic Sourcing
- DHS - Acquisition Planning and Forecast System
- Federal Business Opportunities
- DHS Vendor Outreach
- Unison Marketplace
Regarding procurement activities during disasters, FEMA and all other federal agencies adhere to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 18 – Emergency Acquisitions, FAR Subpart 26.2 – Disaster or Emergency Assistance Activities and the Robert T. Stafford Act, Section 307. Vendors seeking to do business with FEMA or other federal agencies during disasters should familiarize themselves with the FAR Parts and the Robert T. Stafford Act section mentioned above.
Acquisition flexibilities used during disasters are specific techniques or procedures that may be used to streamline the standard acquisition process. Additional flexibilities may be authorized in an executive agency supplement to the FAR. Acquisition flexibilities include:
- Applying FAR Part 18
- Utilizing local sources
- Utilizing disaster support tools
- Utilizing Government Wide Area Contracts, GSA Schedules, Strategic Sourcing Contracts, Multi-Agency Blanket Purchase Agreements, Multi-Agency Indefinite Delivery Contracts, etc.
There are three (3) phases of disaster contracting that take place, Response (1-30 days), Recovery (30+days) and Long Term Recovery (beyond 90 days).The Response phase can include activities to meet basic human needs such as Joint Field Office setup, Search and Rescue support, Individual Assistance support and Public Assistance support.The Recovery phase includes efforts to return communities back to self-sufficiency such as Housing and Medical support.Long-Term Recovery is established when the needs of the community and individuals extend beyond the initial 30 to 90 days.Vendors should contact the state’s Emergency Management Office where the disaster has been declared when seeking to do business with FEMA and other Federal agencies during a disaster.The state’s Emergency Management Office will be actively engaged with first responders, FEMA Regional Offices located near the disaster, and other federal agencies that have been rallied to respond to the emergency.Often, the state’s Emergency Management Office will have valuable information on its website for vendors who want to provide goods or services to the areas affected by the disaster.Other points of contact for potential resource disaster partners include:
- Army Corps of Engineers
- American Red Cross
- Small Business Administration-
Office of Disaster Assistance
- Defense Logistics Agency
- Faith Based Information
FEMA Small Business Program
500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472-3210