Small Business Program

Program Mission

Our mission is to develop small businesses and maximize opportunity through our procurements within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District area of responsibility for construction (vertical and horizontal) and architect engineering services at military installations and facility support services for Corps-owned public use areas.

Business with USACE

All contractors wishing to do business with the Mobile District must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).  SAM is a free website where you will find the Central Contractor Registration, Federal Agency Registration, Online Representations and Certifications Application, and the Excluded Parties List System.  While at the SAM website, small business owners also have the opportunity to learn how the Corps of Engineers conducts business and get the latest information on other marketing opportunities. 

Companies seeking solicitation, awards or other opportunities with the Corps of Engineers should visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website. FEDBIZOpps is a public website used by federal agencies to advertise solicitations that are valued at $25,000 and over. Procurements valued between $2,500 and $25,000 are generally not advertised and procurements under $2,500 are usually procured using the Government Purchase Card (GPC).

The Corps of Engineers is required to conduct its procurements subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), as well as Department of Defense, U.S. Army and Corps of Engineers supplements. Visit the FAR website to learn more.

Contracting with the Corps of Engineers

Corps of Engineers procurements are conducted by Contracting Offices located at Districts and Division Centers. Firms can obtain the location of the centers in their state by visiting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters website. Often, more than one district performs work within a state. 

The first point of contact to do business with Corps of Engineers is the Deputy of Small Business, who can assist vendors in identifying contracting opportunities and establish meetings with the technical, contracting, and project management staffs if necessary.  

Subcontracting Opportunities

Firms should also consider subcontracting opportunities available with prime contractors who have been awarded contracts from the Mobile District and from other organizations within the Department of Defense. The best places to locate information on subcontracting opportunities with the Mobile District are through the SBA’s Sub-Net program and Mobile District Forecast.

The SBA’s Sub-Net is a valuable resource for obtaining information on subcontracting opportunities and to receive notices of sources sought. Prime contractors as well as other government, commercial, and educational entities, post solicitations for small businesses.

The Mobile District Forecast provides information on the Army Medical Command Program, A&E Construction, Operational and Maintenance Support Program, Facility Support programs, as well as a list of prime contractors for subcontracting opportunities and information on upcoming solicitations. 

Subcontracting Plan Requirements

Statutory and Subcontracting plan requirements are clearly defined in the FAR 19.702 and 19.704.   Large business concerns receiving contract awards valued in excess of the statutory requirements are required to have an approved subcontracting plan.

A subcontracting plan contains separate percentage goals and dollar amounts and procurement requirements for each of the socio-economic categories for the length of the contract.  Your selected plan should describe the program administrator's duties, as well as the steps to enhance the company’s program and ensure competitive fairness.

Participation in Outreach Events

Outreach events ranging from national conferences to local workshops provide an opportunity for small business firms to meet with procurement specialists from military and civilian agencies, as well as federal prime contractors. The Corps of Engineers conducts small business conferences on an annual basis in different regions across the country. At these annual events, Corps of Engineers division and district representatives come together to speak with small businesses about contracting opportunities with the Corps of Engineers.