Government Contracting & Certification

Businesses engaged in government contracting are in good company in Montgomery County. 

Montgomery County Procurement Resources

Montgomery County Department of Government Services, Office of Procurement, provides information and guidelines regarding the purchase of services and products by Montgomery County government.   

The Montgomery County Inter-Agency Central Vendor Registration System is a collaborative effort between Montgomery County Government, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Housing Opportunities Commission to provide a one-stop registration system for companies who are interested in providing goods and services to all 4 County agencies’ procurement offices.

Montgomery County Minority, Female, Disabled (MFD) Program.  Montgomery County, in an effort to increase the amount of contracts awarded to minority vendors, has developed an initiative to support and assist MFD firms in obtaining government contracts.   

Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP).  The LSBRP was established to increase purchases to Montgomery County-based small businesses and requires County departments to seek local businesses for procurement opportunities. 

State and Local Procurement Resources

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Montgomery College

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

eMaryland Marketplace

Federal Government Procurement Programs and Resources

FedBizOpps.gov is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the primary vendor database for the Department of Defense (DOD) and an increasing number of Federal Agencies. Current and potential government vendors are required to register in CCR in order to be eligible for contract awards and payment.

GSA's Federal Supply Schedules also known as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), are contracts that allow federal customers to acquire more than 4 million services and products directly from more than 8,600 commercial suppliers.  Under the schedules program, GSA enters into contracts with commercial firms to provide supplies and services at stated prices for given periods of time.

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) Business Development Program assists socially and economically disadvantaged business owners to obtain or increase government contracts.

List of Federal Government Prime Contractors in Maryland

Procurement Assistance and Support

Veteran Institute for Procurement is a training and assistance program established by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce to help Veteran-owned businesses to access government contracts.

The Mario Loiederman Procurement Center (MLPC) is a non-profit initiative to provide counseling to the small and minority business owners interested in government contracting.

Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) helps companies to identify, bid and perform on government contracts with federal, state, and local government. 

Minority Business Certification

Government agencies and many private employers have programs to encourage procurement by local, women-owned, minority, veteran, and/or disabled firms.  Certification by an independent third party is often required.  The following organizations offer certification, as noted:

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) offers certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), which include women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE).  This certification is recognized by Maryland and many local governments and agencies, including Montgomery County.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), offers certification for Women Business Enterprises (WBE), which is widely recognized by the private sector and some governments.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), offers certification for Hub Zone, 8(a), Women Owned, and Veteran & Service Disabled enterprises that seek to qualify for federal contracting opportunities with the federal government.

Minority Supplier Development Council, offers certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), offers certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) recognized by the private sector and some governments.