Getting Started in Government Contracting

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This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

An Overview of Federal Government Contracting

The federal government contracting system is a process composed of three phases. The phases are Pre-Award, Award and Post-Award. Each phase of the process requires the business to complete specific steps for a selected service, supply, construction, architect and engineering or research and development requirement being offered to the government.

Target the dollar requirements in the Federal Government at the:

1) Micro Purchase Level $1- $3,500 Not Advertised
2) Simplified Acquisitions $3,500- $25,000 Not Advertised
3) Simplified Acquisitions $25,000- $ 6.5 Million Advertised
4) Contract Level $25,000- $$$,$$$,$$$,$$$ Advertised


  1. The government acquires supplies and services at the micro purchase level using IMPACT credit cards, one source, large or small vendor, no competition required.
  2. The government acquires supplies and services between $3,000 and $25,000 using simplified acquisition procedures, competitive, 3 vendors solicited by phone, mail, fax or email.
  3. The government acquires supplies and services over $25,000 and up to $5.5 million using simplified acquisition procedures. The requirements must be published at
  4. The government requirements for supplies and services over $25,000 (contract level) must be published at


Contact your Procurement Specialist at for assistance on contracting with Federal, State, and Local governments.