- Determine how your capabilities fit into DISA’s mission.
Below is a list of the top three North American Industry Classification System Codes (NAICS) Codes for Fiscal Year 2018 representing the majority of all contract award actions:
- 51 INFORMATION
- 54 PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND TECHNICAL SERVICES- Computer Systems Design and Related Services
- 33 MANUFACTURING METALS, MACHINERY, COMPUTER, ELECTRONICS ELECTRICAL TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT, FURNITURE, MISCELLANEOUS
Go to the DISA Website and become familiar with DISA’s mission, its component elements and various supporting efforts. Small businesses should be prepared to articulate how their business can help DISA accomplish its mission, vision, objectives, goals, solve technical problems, address cyber security system gaps, and foster new cyber security capabilities.
- Become familiar with government contracting procedures.
Be familiar with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and the DISA Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DARS), especially FAR Part 19, DFARS Part 219 and DARS Part 19.
- Explore subcontracting and joint venture/teaming opportunities.
Regardless of your product or service you are encouraged to look at subcontracting opportunities with the Department of Defense (DOD).
This website lists all major DOD prime contractors by state and provides a point of contact (Small Business Liaison Officer) within each firm. In addition to subcontracting, we also encourage you to learn about joint ventures and teaming, and investigate potential opportunities with the firms under contract with DISA.
- Respond to Sources Sought notices or Request for Information (RFI’s) on FedBizOpps.
DISA posts RFI’s and Sources Sought Notices (SSN) on FedBizOpps.
DISA uses SSNs to determine if the capability necessary for a requirement exists in the marketplace, and whether or not the small business community can provide it. As a small business, you will want to take every opportunity you can to respond to these notices as DISA uses these responses to determine its acquisition strategy. What does that mean to you? If no small businesses responds to a SSN, the assumption is that the capability does not exist in the small business marketplace and the requirement will not be set aside for small business participation only.
When responding to a Sources Sought, it is important to fully answer and provide a submission that responds to the specific request. If your company can only provide part of the service, and you will be partnering with another business to provide the complete solution, please be sure to explain that in your response. You want your submission to give the program office the complete confidence that you understand the requirement and can provide the total solution. Additionally, be sure to include your federally designated small business categories as well as the contract vehicles that you have been awarded.
In addition to submitting a complete solution, it is also our recommendation that you contact some of your competitors and encourage them to also submit capability statements in response to the SSN. This may sound counterintuitive to you, but in order to do a small business set- aside, there must be two or more capable small businesses.
- Attend the Small Business Orientation
To request an invitation to the DISA 101 Small Business Orientation, please send an email to disa.meade.osbp.mbx.disa-small-business- firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subject line should be “DISA 101 Small Business Orientation Request”. Also specify if you prefer an in-person session or an online offering. If you are located outside of the National Capitol Region: We will provide you with the option of either online training or we will redirect you to our geographically separated office at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois to participate via teleconference.
- Make sure your data is up to date in the SBA Dynamic Small Business search tool, and fully details your business and capabilities.
DISA uses this database for market research purposes.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
- Participate in our Industry Day and AFCEA TechNet Cyber.
The government is using more existing contract vehicles like DISA’s Premier Contracting Vehicles and Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and pre-awarded vehicles. Watch for the recompetes and consider submitting a proposal; below are some of the contract vehicles DISA uses.
DISA Premier Contracting Vehicles:
- Systems Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI)
- ENCORE III
- Adobe JELA II
- Cisco Smart Net and SWSS JELA II
- Agency Program Support (APS) BPA
- DISN Transmission Services-Pacific (DTS-P II)
- Global Network Services (GNS)
- Global Information Grid Services Management-Engineering, Implementation, Transition (GSM-ETI)
- Global Information Grid Services Management-Operations (GSM-O)
- Workstation BPAIII (HP BPA)
- Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) BPA
- Microsoft Enterprise Technical Support Services-II (METSS-II)
- Microsoft Joint Enterprise License Agreement (MS JELA II)
- Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Internet Café Program (MWR ICP)
- Palo Alto Enterprise Agreement (EA)
- Software Development (SWDEV) BPA
- Test, Evaluation, and Certification (TEC) Services
- DISA Premier Contracts Information Session, featuring SETI, ENCORE III AND GSM-O II
Additional Contracting Vehicles:
- GSA 8(a) STARS II
- GSA IT Schedule 70
- NITAAC NIH CIO SP3 SB
- GSA OASIS
- NASA SEWP
- GSA VETS
- GSA Alliant 2 Small Business