Checklist for Doing Business with DISA

  1. 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 2017 representing the majority of all contract award actions:

    • 54 PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND TECHNICAL SERVICES- Computer Systems Design and Related Services

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 their 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 detail and explain your solution and how you can provide the service to DISA. 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.

    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.

  5. Attend the Small Business Orientation

    Small Businesses are required to attend the Ubiquitous Universal Understanding (U3) of DISA orientation before requesting a Small Business Appointment. To request an invitation please send an email to disa.meade.osbp.mbx.disa-small-business- Your subject line should be “U3 Orientation” and include the month you are requesting to attend the orientation in the body of your email. Please keep in mind we get many requests and may not be able to accommodate your chosen date.

    If you are outside of the National Capital Region, please call 618-229-9667 to schedule a telephonic appointment.

  6. 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.

  7. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

  8. Participate in our Industry Days and AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium

  9. The government is using more Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and pre-awarded vehicles. Watch for the recompetes and consider submitting a proposal; these are some of the contract vehicles DISA uses:

    • GSA 8(a) STARS II 
    • GSA IT Schedule 70
    • GSA VETS
    • GSA. Alliant 2 Small Business