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Contracts and Procurement Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Is there a Vendor/Bidder list for DGS?

Once a business is included in the District’s procurement system and provided tax information, they are searchable in the database under the NIGP codes under which they registered.  Be sure to include as much information as possible so if we are looking for businesses that offer a specific service, our procurement staff will be able to locate your business.

Q. Where does DC DGS publish current solicitations for goods, services and construction?

DGS Solicitations with an estimated value in excess of $100,000 may be viewed on the Contract Awards page. See the listings under DGS Solicitations.

Q. What is an Invitation for Bid (IFB), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ)?

  • IFB: The solicitation method used for competitive sealed bidding for the purchase of equipment, materials, goods and construction.
  • RFP: The solicitation method used in the competitive sealed proposal process. The RFP procedure permits negotiation of proposals and prices.
  • RFQ: The solicitation method used in competitive procurements awarded to the lowest bidder.  Factors such as technical or professional skills and experience are also considered when making awards to vendors.

Q. Where do I find information on the new First Source law and how do I get the new agreement?

Information on the new First Source law is available through the First Source office by calling the Department of Employment Services at (202) 724-7000. DGS Contract Specialists also provide copies of First Source Agreements and Employment Plans to all prime contractors and require a completed form to be submitted prior to contract award. 

Q. What if a vendor has a question while filling out a request for quote, bid or proposal document?

Please phone or email the point of contact (PoC) identified in the solicitation.

Q. How do I obtain Bid results?

After final award, telephone or send an e-mail to the point of contact (PoC) identified in the solicitation. If you have bid on a solicitation, you will be notified via mail on the results.  You can also review Contract Awards and Small Purchases from the DGS website.

Q. How do I obtain copies of DGS solicitations?

Vendors interested in solicitations may download solicitation announcements from this website.

Q. How do I obtain information on the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) certification program in DC?

Information may be obtained by calling the District of Columbia's Department of Small and Local Business Development at (202) 727-3900, or visiting their office at:

Department of Small and Local Business Development
441 4th Street NW, Suite 850N
Washington, DC 20001

Q. What is the difference between an Open Market and Sheltered Market procurement?

An open market solicitation is a procurement that is open to all vendors. A sheltered market solicitation is a set-aside procurement open to the CBE community.

Q. What are CBE preference points?

Preference points are awarded to proposals and bids that are received from a Local, Small and Disadvantaged Business that meet certain criteria. Bids and proposals are evaluated using a preference point system in the form of points (in the case of proposals) or percentage reduction in price.  More information is available by contacting the District of Columbia's Department of Small and Local Business Development at (202) 727-3900, or visiting their office at:

Department of Small and Local Business Development
441 4th Street NW, Suite 850N
Washington, DC 20001

Q. What are the procedures for changing a contractor name?

The contractor must submit a written request to the Contracting Officer, including all pertinent documents relating to the request for change of name.

Q. How do I find out more information on upcoming business opportunities?

Solicitations are published on the DGS website at DGS Solicitations. Forecasts can be viewed at the Procurement Planning and Forecasting Page.

Q. How do I get general assistance on the procurement process or to discuss how I can do business with DGS?

You may contact procurement staff for specific questions by email at [email protected] or by calling (202) 727-2800.