Feb 3, 2010

AGENCY SPOTLIGHT: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

WHO is USAID and what do they do?

USAID is the US agency for international development and they provide economic, development and humanitarian assistance in support of the US Foreign Policy goals. The USAID Congressional Budget Justification contains information on the foreign assistance programs and activities implemented by the USAID. They receive their overall guidance from the Secretary of State.

WHAT do they buy?

USAID has partnerships in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. They procure technical assistance, commodities, equipment, transportation and construction. There are detailed financial reports available on the USAID website and a forecast of opportunities available at http://www.usaid.gov/business/business_opportunities/forecast/forecast.html.

Fiscal Year: 2009
Total dollars: $5,170,748,552
The amount is 1.0% of all awarded dollars for the fiscal year.
Total number of contractors: 1,365
Total number of transactions: 5,698

WHERE is USAID located?

USAID's headquarters is located in Washington, DC at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The main telephone number is (202) 712-2000.

WHEN does the USAID office purchase most of their products and services from small businesses?

Since the USAID agency is responsible for worldwide services and operations, they are always purchasing. The main website for USAID opportunities is located at www.fbo.gov. The USAID offices also purchase from GSA schedules and Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC). There is also information on the USAID website for small businesses at http://www.usaid.gov/business/small_business/.

HOW do I become a vendor for USAID?

USAID requires all of the initial registrations as other government entities. You must be registered in the CCRs and ORCA and must acquire a DUNS number if you do not already have one. The OSDBU/MRC (Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Minority Resource Center) is the initial point of contact for small businesses wanting to do business with the USAID agency.

WHY? USAID is heading up the recent Haiti earthquake response teams. Be a part of the solution and find out how you can help.

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