Federal Contracting

Any entity wishing to do business with the federal government under a contract or applying for federal grants must be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM). Completing the online registration can take some time depending on the size and complexity of your company. The Norcal PTAC (and all PTAC's nationwide) can walk you through your SAM registration and help you understand the complex language, always at no cost to you.


Before you begin registration you will need required information about your business available for reference:

1. DUNS Number

If you don't have already one, you will have to register for a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet. You can get your DUNS Number here, or apply to be a PTAC client and we can typically expedite your DUNS number request. In most circumstances, we can request a DUNS number for you and get it to you the same day.

2. Tax ID Number

A Taxpayer or Employer Identification Number (TIN or EIN) is an identification number used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the administration of tax laws. All businesses domiciled in the U.S., including sole proprietorships, are eligible to request an EIN from the IRS here.

3. NAICS and FSC Codes

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) categorizes products and service codes by industry sectors.  These are mandatory 6 digit codes that identify what type of activity an entity performs, as well as the type of product or service offered. To find your NAICS code(s), visit: http://www.census.gov/naics or apply for PTAC services for assistance.

FSC Codes are optional 4 digit codes included in the Product Service Code (PSC) list found in the Assertions section of a SAM entity registration. To locate the right one for your entity, go to FSC Codes.

4. Other business information on hand, including your Bank Account and Routing numbers.

5. Determine whether your business is considered to be a small business: https://www.sba.gov/sizestandards.

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To receive one-on-one counseling, complete our online application and a member of Norcal PTAC will follow-up with you and help you achieve your procurement goals.
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This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency