Might want to read his original post again. He has been on dibbs and looking at DOD work.The OP asked about doing government contracting, not DOD or DOE specifically. (Even then, not all DOD and DOE work requires JCP.)
Pick away either here or you can pm me.Hi AS9100d.
Thank-you for the response. The machine shop is registered in SAM, the rest of the items do need to be checked off. Would love to pick your brain more about this as well. Thank you and happy New Year!!
Government contracting is actually rather easy, but the government tries to make it hard. A few simple facts...if you make large or small parts, the government has huge demand. The hot spot for demand is Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). They issue several thousand new solicitations each day. You can find their daily lists at https://www.dibbs.bsm.dla.mil/RFQ/RFQDates.aspx?category=recent. You submit your bid electronically on their website and awards are made usually in less than 10 days. In order to bid you need three free registrations...CAGE code, DIBBS and C-Folders. The CAGE takes some time (30 min or so) but the other two take only a minute or two. The CAGE registers you as a govt supplier, DIBBS is where you bid and C-Folders is where all the drawings and spec reside. All these registrations are FREE. Just register, sort thru opportunities and bid. There are some useful instructions on these registrations at Registration Guide
I am really interested in all of this. I do art and weird stuff primarily, but would like to do some government work. Can you please provide me some websites where I can begin registering all of this. I looked online and it's a little confusing what domain is legit and what is not. Also is itar registration free. I'll do more research I am very new to this.
The "weird"is MIL spec finishes from 1958 that nobody is currently certified for.
Or are so dangerous they are out lawed.
Material specs that haven't been used since the 40's.
Sourced components from a company that has been out of business
since the 70's
Prints where "Best Copy Available" looks like it was found at the bottom of
a bird cage.
Contracts where 3/4 of the pages are all about how to package the stupid thing...
Quick story on packaging. Place I used to work at. Kid in sales bids on 14,000
O-rings. Quick $1000 profit.. Right? WRONG!!!!!
These were big o-rings, and had to be fastened to a piece of "Mil-Spec" cardboard
in a certain way with "Mil Spec" tape at certain points, then into a heat sealed
plastic bag, then into the heat sealed paper bag with a printed sticker on it.
The packaging showed up on a Semi. 3 or 4 pallets, 8 feet tall $3700. It took
everybody on the warehouse side almost 2 months to get all of those o-rings packaged,
and they were even taking the stuff home at night. One of the ladies in packaging
worked at my local watering hole, and there she was bartending on a slow Saturday,
taping O-rings to cardboard. Ended up being about a $14k loss due to packaging.
My favorite were always the small fasteners that needed individual bag and tag, when you know someone on the other end was probably using dozens at a time or maybe hundreds. I last did DOD work in 2012 and back then they were starting to require RFID tags on a lot of shipments, since the government never makes anything easier on vendors I would assume everything needs them now. So figure $2k + for a printer to sell machined parts to the government
Bob, your PM box is full. Curious about tier 2/3 work.
The RFID thing. I remember when that came in, and it wasn't on everything at first, the company I worked for at the time would just buy them, they were like 100 for $99 or something. I didn't pay much attention to it.
... Have you ever had to explain to somebody that the parts are correct, and the problem is that they are reading the depth mic backwards?
So in my limited time in Govt work, it seems like there are a lot of "companies" that just leach off of anyone that produces anything. I'd say it's similar to the used machine tool market, and walking in having never made a chip. Do you have any suggestions of who might be a trustworthy middleman?
You can search jobs and look at the procurement history to see what they went for in the past.
Your local PTAC probably has a free service where you give them a list of keywords and they will send you a daily e-mail with everything that matches, state and federal. Our PTAC's system is call mybidmatch, I assume other PTACs use it as well.
PTAC will also help you with paperwork, contract term (FAR/DFARS) questions, etc. They are well trained, and if they don't know the answer, they know who to ask. And best of all, they're free (DoD funded).