How to Be Compliant in Federal Procurement

February 23, 2012

Government contracting is filled with regulatory compliance. Additionally, there has been a significant increase in the complexity and depth of compliance for government contractors. Understanding the regulations and the changes may be especially challenging for small businesses that may have limited assistance and are constantly short on time and resources. 

I asked Denise Rodriguez-Lopez, American Express OPEN Advisor on Teaming, to also share some insights on compliance. Denise formerly served as the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Businesses seeking government contracts encounter compliance from the outset when they have to obtain a DUNS number, register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and complete their ORCA (Online Representations and Certifications). The ORCA covers your compliance with such regulatory requirements as restrictions in foreign operations; small business certification status; manufacturing restrictions; and affirmative action, among others. 

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