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How to Do Business with DGS

How to do Business with DGS

Vendors must meet the following requirements to do business with DGS and the District of Columbia.

Provide a Federal Identification Number and Dun and Bradstreet Number

Prior to the award of a contract, vendors must provide a Federal Tax ID Number and D&B number. Additionally, DGS may request a copies of Dun and Bradshreet (D&B) reports.

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Prove Tax Compliance

For contracts exceeding $100,000, vendors must show proof that their taxes are current and that, if in arrears, an approved payment schedule exists.

For more information, please contact:

Office of the Chief Financial Officer - Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR)

941 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 727-4829

Show Proof of Unemployment Tax Compliance

For contracts exceeding $100,000, vendors must show proof of current Unemployment Tax payments.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Employment Services (DOES)

609 H Street, NE, Suite 353-367
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 698-7550
Fax: (202) 698-5706

Enter Into First Source Agreement

For contracts exceeding $100,000, vendors must enter into a First Source Agreement. This agreement requires the vendor to utilize DOES as the first source for employee recruitment, referrals, and placement in jobs created under the proposed contract. Please review the updated DC First Source Policy regarding social security numbers.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Employment Services (DOES)

609 H Street, NE, Room 427
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 698-6001
Fax: (202) 698-5717

Submit an Affirmative Action Plan

For contracts exceeding $25,000, vendors must submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Local vendors may qualify for the District's Small, Local, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Resident Business Owner Certification. Vendors who are certified receive preference points in the competitive solicitation process. DGS supports the Mayor's initiatives to enhance economic development in the District. DGS encourages all eligible District businesses to consider certification.

For more information, please contact:

Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

441 4th Street, NW, Suite 970 North
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-3900
Fax: (202) 724-3786

View Solicitation Notices

Opportunities are advertised on the DGS website. For solicitations over $250,000, regulations require at least one notice in a newspaper of general circulation. Currently, business opportunities are advertised in the classified section of The Washington Examiner. DGS now uses an electronic solicitation system. Paper copies are no longer available at the Office of Contracting and Procurement. For capital construction and related architectural and engineering projects, copies are available at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

Vendors are responsible for checking DGS's website daily in the event that amendments are made to a solicitation.

Note: Internet access is available through branches of the District of Columbia Library.

Register With eSourcing

Select the Vendor Registration Process link for information on how to register for our electronic solicitations program called eSourcing.

Meet Minimum Insurance Requirements

Before awarding a contract, DGS determines the risks and minimum insurance required for supplies or services contracts.

For additional information, please contact:

Office of Risk Management 
Phone: (202) 727-7805

For additional information or assistance on the Department of General Services (DGS) procurement process, please send an email to procurement.dgs@dc.gov.