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This guide has been designed for one purpose -- to assist you, the prospective contractor, in doing business with the U.S. Department of Education. Our intent is to explain who we are and what we buy. Most importantly, we want to help you market your products or services to this agency.

Your abilities, potential, and willingness to participate are important to the accomplishment of the Department’s mission.  We are eager to know who you are and what you do.  We welcome your inquiry and hope that your efforts will be profitable to both of us.


Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Education is intended to provide businesses and other organizations with basic information about contracting opportunities at the Department of Education (ED).  It is available electronically at http://www.ed.gov/fund/contract/about/booklet1.html .

This publication includes an overview of the mission of ED and its programs and procedures and emphasizes business opportunities for the following types of organizations:

Small businesses

Small disadvantaged businesses (including 8(a) firms)

Women-owned small businesses

HUBZone small businesses

Service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses

Small and small disadvantaged subcontractors

This publication is issued by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Contracts & Acquisitions Management  (CAM), and by the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).  The latter office is responsible for implementing the Department's activities on behalf of small businesses in accordance with Public Law 95-507, Public Law 100-656, Public Law 105-135, Public Law 108-183, Executive Order 12138, and Public Law 106-50.

The guide is divided into three chapters: Chapter 1 outlines the major mission and offices of ED; Chapter 2 gives general contracting information and marketing help; and Chapter 3 explains the preferential acquisition programs available.

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