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Procurement Basics

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2. Procurement Basics

2.1 Evaluating Market Potential

2.2 Acquisition Laws and Regulations

2.3 Trade Agreements

2.4 Barriers Guide

Barriers - Other Considerations

2.5 Export Controls

Over US$500 billion in contracts are awarded annually.

U.S. government contracts offer extensive contracting opportunities for Canadian firms. The U.S. government buys services and products offered in the commercial market as well as, highly specialized systems and custom-tailored professional services. U.S. government contracts can be profitable.

Opportunities in the Market

All federal departments and agencies must procure a wide range of items and services. The acquisition arm of the federal government, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) connects the private sector to the federal agencies and departments to fulfill their procurement needs. The GSA offers professional services, equipment, supplies, telecommunications, and information technology from commercial businesses to government organizations and the military through acquisition solutions from its Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

All future, current and past business opportunities are centrally posted on the database FedBizOpps. This resource is a comprehensive database of all major government solicitations, contract awards, subcontracting opportunities, surplus property sales, and foreign business opportunities with the federal government. Please note however, at the bidding stage of the process it may be too late to participate as major U.S. prime contractors have already identified their subcontractors prior to the formal solicitation.

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