US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center Website

Small Business Office

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fully supports the government policy of placing a fair proportion of the Corps contracts for supplies, design engineering, construction and support services with qualified Small, Small Disadvantaged,  Veteran-Owned business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business Women-owned, and HUBZone small business.  In addition, such concerns are to be afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in qualifying contracts awarded to large business.

What does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buy?

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers buys a variety of supplies, services, construction and engineering services. Examples of some of these acquisitions are provided below: 
  • Construction: Barracks, storage facilities, family housing, maintenance shops, hangers, bridge runways, roads, levees, dams, hazardous and toxic waste remediation, and dredging.
  • Engineering services: Concept studies, master planning, engineering studies, all types of surveying and mapping, engineering design and construction and inspection services.
  • Other services: Power, grass mowing, janitorial, oversee and maintain recreational parks, stenographic, and real estate appraisal.
  • Supplies and equipment: Generators, turbines, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, electronic gear, petroleum products, repair parts, lumber, cement, computers and peripheral equipment, and publications.

Steps for doing business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers is very interested in doing business with qualified small, small disadvantaged, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran owned small business,  woman-owned  and HUBZone small business business concerns. Below are tips to selling/marketing to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • 1. Visit the web site for the District(s) with which you desire to do business in order to learn about the district's missions and the types of services/supplies each procures. Call, write or visit the Corps of Engineers Deputy for Small Business with each district.
  • 2. Discuss your capabilities, interest and capacities to perform with the Deputy for Small Business.
  • 3. Be alert to the announcements of Business Opportunity Conferences, Trade Fairs and other federally attended or sponsored liaison meetings in your area. Make it a point to attend whenever possible. The Corps of Engineers is represented at most such meetings. This is an excellent opportunity to meet on a person-to-person basis with procurement and small business specialists who can assist small and small disadvantaged businesses with the selling of their services or products.
  • 4. Visit the Corps of Engineers websites. The Headquarters site is located at The Philadelphia District website also contains information about upcoming projects on and other general information of interest to firms seeking business opportunities with the federal government.
  • 5. The Federal Government requires all contractors to create a user account and register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database. Contractors must be registered in the SAM before they can be awarded a DoD contract. The only exceptions will be for purchases made with the Government wide commercial purchase card, contracting offices located outside the U.S., classified contacts, and contracts executed to support contingency or emergency operations. Create an Individual User Account to perform tasks such as register/update your entity (legacy CCR/FedReg and ORCA functionality).
  • 6. DUN and Bradstreet (DUNS) numbers and Contractor Entity Codes (CECs) can be obtained by calling 800-333-0505 (8am-6pm EST). Both the call and service are free. DUNS numbers can be obtained online at
  • In order to certify itself as a small disadvantaged business for prime contract awards, firms must be certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA). See information on this certification requirement,

Contact Information

Deputy for Small Business
Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390
(215) 656-6867

Subcontract Opportunities

A listing of all Department of Defense Prime Contractors with Subcontract Plans is located at the SBA internet address stated on the front page of this booklet.  Large business concerns receiving contract awards valued in excess of the following are required to submit small business subcontracting plans for review by the Deputy for Small Business and approval by the Contracting Officer.

* $1,500,000 for construction
* $650,000 for other than construction

The plans include dollar and percent goals for small business, small disadvantaged business, veteran-owned small business, services-disabled veteran-owned small business, woman-owned business, historically black colleges/universities and minority institutions, and HUBZone small business.

- Firms can locate small, small disadvantaged, and small women-owned business firms for subcontracting by accessing SBA Dynamic Small Business search. Firms can be searched for by NAICS codes, key words, location, government and self certifications, business type, socio-economic category and more.

Info for AE Firms

  1. Standard Forms 330 are available on the Internet at: Under Standard and Optional Forms, click on Forms by Number, and continue through the listing to the A-E forms.

    They are in both Adobe Acrobat PDF and FormFlow formats. With either format, the forms can be filled in on the screen and printed out.  However, the format of the forms can not be altered. This site also tells how to order the hard copy forms from the Government Printing Office.

  2. Engineer Pamphlet (EP) 715-1-7, How to Obtain Consideration for Architect-Engineer Contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, dated Feburary 2012, can be found here.

    The pamphlet describes the Corps' A-E acquisition procedures, including how primary and secondary selection criteria are applied by preselection and selection boards, debriefings of unsuccessful firms and performance evaluations. It also contains a listing of Internet addresses relevant to A-E Contracting. This EP is very useful information for firms seeking A-E contracts with the Corps.

Small Purchase Procedures

$150,000 and less

- Acquisitions valued between $3.000 and $150,000 are required (with few exceptions) to be solicited via the Army Single Face to Industry (ASFI) and Beta.SAM.Gov 

GSA Multiple Award orders are solicited using eBuy: 

- Simplified purchasing procedures are utilized.

- FAR Part 13 and its supplements apply.

Acquisitions valued at $3,000 or less do not require competition and are classified 
as micro-purchase requirements. These requirements are generally purchased 
using the Government wide purchase card. 

a) Solicitation, evaluation of quotations, and award.

(1) To the extent practicable, micro-purchases shall be distributed equitably among qualified suppliers.

(2) Micro-purchases may be awarded without soliciting competitive quotations if the contracting officer or individual appointed in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 1.603-3(b) considers the price to be reasonable.

(3) The administrative cost of verifying the reasonableness of the price for purchases may more than offset potential savings from detecting instances of overpricing. Therefore, action to verify price reasonableness need only be taken if --

  (i) The contracting officer or individual appointed in accordance with 1.603-3 (b) suspects or has information to indicate that the price may not be reasonable (e.g., comparison to the previous price paid or personal knowledge of the supply or service); or

  (ii) Purchasing a supply or service for which no comparable pricing information is readily available (e.g., a supply or service that is not the same as, or is not similar to, other supplies or services that have recently been purchased on a competitive basis).