Welcome to the Philadelphia District's Small Business Office!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Philadelphia District have a strong commitment to the Small Business Program. The Philadelphia District fully supports the government policy of placing a fair proportion of Corps contracts with qualified Small, Small Disadvantaged, 8(a), Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Women-owned, and HUBZone small businesses. In addition, we support such concerns being afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in qualifying contracts awarded to large businesses.
1. Visit the main website for the District(s) you desire to do business with to learn about District’s mission. Visit the District(s) Small Business website to learn about small business procurements promoted by each District.
2. Discuss your capabilities and interest to perform work with the District’s Deputy for Small Business. For the Philadelphia District, email your small business capabilities brochure or other marketing materials to CENAP-SB@usace.army.mil.
3. Be alert to announcements of conferences, Trade Fairs, and other federally attended or sponsored liaison meetings in your area. The Corps of Engineers is represented at some of these meetings. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with procurement staff and small business specialists.
4. Review contract opportunities on betasam at https://beta.sam.gov/. You can search Philadelphia District solicitations by searching keyword “W912BU”.
5. The Federal Government requires all contractors to create a user account and register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database at www.sam.gov. 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.
USACE Step-by-Step Resolution Process for Unfair Regulatory Enforcement
Pursuant to the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), HQ USACE Office of Small Business Programs is committed to successfully mitigating concerns between USACE and small business contractors. Inquiries may include excessive enforcement actions such as repetitive audits and investigations, and unreasonable fines, penalties, threats, retaliation, or other unfair actions. USACE offers the following chronological, streamlined process to expedite a mutually beneficial resolution for small businesses.
Step 1: Contractors should first contact the local USACE Small Business Professional (SBP) at the appropriate geographic location. A listing of current local SBPs can be found here.
Step 2: If the contractor inquiry is not addressed within 30 days in Step 1, the contractor should elevate their concern to the respective Division or Center Assistant Director of Small Business (AD). A listing of current ADs can be found here.
Step 3: If the contractor inquiry is not addressed within 30 days in Step 2, the contractor should contact, HQ USACE Office of Small Business Programs, at email@example.com with the following information:
- Include “SBREFA Inquiry” in the subject heading
- Contractor name and contact information
- USACE contract or solicitation number
- USACE District/Center location
- Names of USACE employees the contractor previously contacted
- Brief description and current status of the issue
Contractor inquiries not resolved through the above USACE resolution process may be submitted to the Office of the National Ombudsman (ONO), U.S. Small Business Administration. Submit an online request for assistance at www.sba.gov/ombudsman/comment or download a printable Federal Agency Comment Form (SBA Form 1993) and submit documentation via email (preferred), mail, or fax.
Fax: (202) 481-5719
Mail: Office of the National Ombudsman, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, S.W., Mail Code 2120, Washington, D.C., 20416