How To Register To Engage In Business With The U.S. Federal Government

Engaging in business with the U.S. federal government can be a lucrative opportunity, but it involves several steps to ensure compliance with federal regulations and procedures.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

    1. Register Your Business

    System For Award Management (

    • Create An Account: Go to and create a user account.
    • Register Your Entity: Complete the entity registration process, which includes TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) and banking details for payment.
    • Complete Required Representations And Certifications: During the SAM registration, you will need to complete representations and certifications, which are required to engage in business with the federal government.

    2. Determine Your NAICS Codes

    North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

    Identify your business's NAICS codes, which categorise the products and services you provide. You may need multiple codes if your business offers various products or services.

    3. Identify Contracting Opportunities

    Federal Business Opportunities (

    Use to search for federal contracting opportunities. Look for solicitations, requests for proposals (RFPs), and other contract opportunities.

    Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS)

    Utilise this tool to find opportunities specifically for small businesses.

    4. Understand Federal Contracting Regulations

    Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

    Familiarise yourself with the FAR, which governs the acquisition process by which agencies acquire goods and services. It outlines the rules, regulations, and procedures you need to follow.

    5. Develop A Capability Statement

    Capability Statement

    Create a concise document that outlines your business's capabilities, past performance, certifications, and differentiators. This is essential for marketing your business to federal agencies and prime contractors.

    6. Participate In Federal Contracting Programmes

    Small Business Administration (SBA) Programmes

    Explore SBA programmes that can provide advantages in federal contracting, such as:

    • 8(a) Business Development Programme: For disadvantaged small businesses.
    • HUBZone Programme: For businesses in historically underutilised business zones.
    • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Programme: For businesses owned by women.
    • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Programme: For businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.

    7. Network And Market Your Business

    Attend Industry Days And Outreach Events

    Participate in government-hosted events, industry days, and procurement conferences to network with government buyers and prime contractors.

    Partner With Prime Contractors

    Consider subcontracting with prime contractors who have existing contracts with the federal government. This can provide valuable experience and past performance.

    8. Respond To Solicitations

    Prepare Your Proposal

    Carefully read the solicitation requirements and prepare a comprehensive proposal. Ensure that you meet all the specifications and deadlines.

    Submit Your Proposal

    Follow the submission instructions precisely. Late or incomplete submissions are typically not considered.

    9. Maintain Compliance And Performance

    Contract Performance

    Once awarded a contract, ensure timely delivery of goods and services according to the contract terms. Maintain high standards of quality and customer service.

    Stay Updated

    Keep your registration up to date and renew it annually. Stay informed about changes in federal contracting regulations and opportunities.

    Important To Note

    DUNS Number

    On April 4, 2022, the federal government stopped using the DUNS Number as a unique identifier for entities and switched to a Unique Entity ID generated by The new Unique Entity ID was assigned to all active and inactive registrations in prior to the switch. In addition, entities with DUNS Numbers, but no registration have been able to obtain Unique Entity IDs without registering in since October, 2021.

    The DUNS Number is no longer used in, eSRS, FSRS, FPDS, CPARS, or FAPIIS. 


    Effective February 10, 2023, some entities registering in for the purpose of financial assistance will not be assigned a CAGE code during the registration process.

    When you register your new entity in you will no longer need a CAGE (or NCAGE) code if you meet both of the following criteria:

    • Your purpose of registration is financial assistance awards only, and
    • You indicate during registration that you are not seeking financial assistance from the Department of Defense (DoD).

    If you are a new entity in, you will still need a CAGE (or NCAGE) code if you meet either of the following criteria:

    • You are registering for all awards (both contracts and grants) as your purpose of registration
    • You are seeking financial assistance from the DoD.

    By following these steps, you can navigate the process of doing business with the U.S. federal government, increase your chances of securing contracts, and build a successful relationship with government agencies.

    Completing your registration can be daunting. Book A Consultation to discuss how we can assist you with your registration.