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The Acquisition Virtual Library contains a wealth of information about contracting with the government and what contacting opportunities are available. It also contains links to CCR, FedBizOpps, SBA, and many of the other sites referenced in this guide. You can access it on the World Wide Web at http://acquisition.gov/.

ED Market Research and Solicitation Dissemination

The Department of Education (ED) no longer uses solicitation mailing lists. Instead, ED now requires potential contractors to register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system, a centrally located, searchable database, accessible via the Internet, as the tool of choice for developing, maintaining, and providing sources for future procurements. The CCR database enables prospective contractors to update their corporate information, including goods and services offered, in one place via the CCR website. As a single validated source of data on contractors doing business with the Government, ED procurement officials are now able to access, via the Internet, contractor data and industry information for the purpose of conducting market research, i.e., to identify sources for contracting opportunities. Through CCR's Dynamic Small Business Search feature, ED procurement officials can conduct market research on small and disadvantaged businesses wishing to do business with ED.

Furthermore, in most cases, ED no longer mails paper solicitations. Paper solicitations are only mailed to firms that request them. Instead, ED posts most solicitations on FedBizOpps (FBO) http://www.fedbizopps.gov, the designated single Governmentwide point of entry for public access to notices of procurement. Firms can also view and download complete solicitations from FBO. FBO also has an "Interested Vendors" functionality, which allows vendors to register as an interested party for a particular solicitation. FBO has the capability to generate a list of vendors who are interested in a specific solicitation, which promotes teaming opportunities, subcontracting opportunities, and other business relationships among organizations interested in a particular solicitation.

SBA-certified 8(a) small or socially/economically disadvantaged business firms may wish to contact OSDBU for more information about “set-aside” opportunities. The OSDBU staff can be contacted by telephone at (202) 245-6300, by fax at (202) 245-6304, by email at: small.business@ed.gov, or by mail at:

U.S. Department of Education OSDBU - PCP, Room 7048 550 12th Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-0521

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