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Each district has Contracting and Small Business Offices. The Northwestern Division does not award contracts directly.  Contracts are awarded by districts within Northwestern Division. 

Small Business

District Small Business Offices will assist with small business contracting/subcontracting opportunities. The Small Business Office can be found under the Business With Us menu on each district's website.

The Corps of Engineers has a strong commitment to the Small Business Program and uses set-aside and evaluation preference programs authorized by Federal procurement regulations. Set-aside programs protect small firms from having to compete with large firms, and evaluation preference programs allow the Federal government to award contracts to smaller firms even if their offered price is slightly higher than a large firm’s price.

The Northwestern Division supports the Government's policy of placing a fair proportion of contracts with qualified small, small disadvantaged, women owned, HUBZone, Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions, service disabled and veteran owned business concerns. 

Contractor and Vendor Resources

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  • Contractor's construction quality management training. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires all contractors performing construction for them to comply with the “Contractor Quality Control”, provisions in their contracts. The purpose of this course is to familiarize all quality management personnel with the USACE construction quality management policies and procedures. The course details the requirements of the government and contractor personnel assigned to the project and the reasons for those requirements. The certificate issued upon successful completion of the CQM class is good for 5 years and is valid for USACE, Navy and other Federal agency projects. It is recommended that contractors review contract specifications to ensure changes have not been made to the requirements.

  • Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System hosts web-enabled applications that are used to collect and manage the library of automated contractor performance evaluations completed in accordance with FAR Parts 36 and 42. In general, contractor performance assessments or evaluations provide a record, both positive and negative, for a given contract during a specified period of time.

  • Defense Acquisition Information and Tools
  • Federal Business Opportunities is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet. Through one portal - FedBizOpps (FBO) - commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

  • Oregon's Procurement Technical Assistance Center - The Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers working to help small businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.
  • General Services Administration Forms Library: SF330 There is a new Architect-Engineer Qualifications Standard Form (SF) 330. It replaces old SF 254 and SF 255 starting June 8th, 2004. Download or print the new SF 330 free of charge here. Federal agencies use this form to obtain information from architect-engineer (A-E) firms about their professional qualifications.

  • Under the GSA Schedules (also referred to as Multiple Award Schedules and Federal Supply Schedules) Program, GSA establishes long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial firms to provide access to over four million commercial services and products.

  • Past Performance Information Retrieval System. PPIRS is a web-enabled, government-wide application that provides timely and pertinent contractor past performance information to the Federal acquisition community for use in making source selection decisions. Contractors my view their own data. Contractor access to PPIRS is gained through the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) process. A contractor must be registered in CCR and must have created a Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) in the CCR profile to access their information.

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center(PTACs) provide a wide range of government contracting help — most free of charge! Contact your local PTAC for government contracting help with topics such as: Determining Suitability for Contracting:  A PTAC counselor can help you determine if your company is ready for government opportunities and how to best position yourself to succeed.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

  • System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS.

  • Dive safety requirements. Domestic commercial dive contractor must meet the minimum standards set forth in the most recent edition of the USACE Safety and Health Requirements Manual, EM-385-1-93, to compete for routine diving work.

Contact us

Contracting: 503-808-3797

Small Business: 503-808-3798

DUNS Information

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Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) provides DUNS numbers, a unique nine-digit identification number, for each physical location of your business. A DUNS number is required by the Federal government for all businesses interested in Federal procurement related activities. Obtain a DUNS number by calling (866) 705-5711 (7am-8pm CST). The automated process has several steps before connecting you to a live person who will assign the DUNS number(s). The process takes between 5 and 10 minutes.

Information about D&B, DUNS numbers, frequently asked questions and to obtain a DUNS number(s). Please note that obtaining a DUNS number via the website takes 1 business day.

  • Legal Name
  • Trade style, Doing Business As (DBA), or other name by which your organization is commonly recognized
  • Physical Address, City, State and Zip Code
  • Mailing Address (if separate)
  • Telephone Number
  • Contact Name
  • SIC Code (Line of Business) 
  • Number of Employees at your location
  • Headquarters name and address (if there is a reporting relationship to a parent corporate entity)
  • Is this a home-based business?