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How to Do Business with DGS

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Vendors must meet the following requirements to do business with the District of Columbia and Department of General Services.

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 Bradstreet (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:

  • The Office of the Financial Officer / Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) at (202) 727-4829 or otr.cfo.dc.gov

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:

  • The Department of Employment Services (DOES) at (202) 724-7000 or does.dc.gov

Enter Into First Source Agreement

For contracts exceeding $300,000, 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:

  • The Department of Employment Services (DOES) at (202) 724-7000 or does.dc.gov

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 (on OCP website). DGS encourages all eligible District businesses to consider certification.

For more information, please contact:

  • The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) at (202) 727-3900 or dslbd.dc.gov

View Solicitation Notices

Opportunities are advertised on the DGS website. Paper copies are no longer available at the Office of Contracts and Procurement. Vendors are responsible for checking DGS Solicitations, daily, in the event that amendments are made to a solicitation. 

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

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:

  • The Office of Risk Management at (202) 727-8600

Show Proof of Valid Business License

Any vendor seeking to do business with the District of Columbia must be current with District and federal taxes or has worked out and is current with a payment schedule approved by the District or federal government, and is in compliance with business and corporate license requirements.

For more information about business licensing, please contact the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs at 202-442-4400.

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