DOING BUSINESS WITH THE 700TH CONTRACTING SQUADRON By WELCOME TO THE VENDOR PAGE FROM 700TH CONTRACTING SQUADRON! We are always looking for new partners in this complex process of awarding contracts for supplies, services and construction. Doing business with the US Government is not always and easy process. This fact sheet provides a central location for information on how to register in the different portals and/or to bid on US Government contracts, and provides answers to questions you may have along the way. If you have additional questions, please call the points of contact listed at the bottom of the page. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS 1. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENTRY This registration entry is the basis for all following registrations. If this information changes, all other portals should be updated. 2. NATO CAGE CODE (NCAGE) Every German contractor must obtain a NCAGE from the Bundeswehr Logistics Office. To verify if you already have one or if you need to request one, go to the NATO Support Agency page (Bundeswehr) by clicking here and follow the instructions. Other foreign vendors will find their respective offices here. 3. DUNS NUMBER Every company must have a DUNS number, assigned by Dunn & Bradstreet. Go to the iUpdate page here and verify if you are registered and/or follow the instructions to obtain a new DUNS. 4. SAM (SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT) All companies must be registered in SAM to be eligible to receive contracts. Know your NAICS codes (North American Industry Classification System) for your offered Supplies and/or Services, when starting the SAM registration. Select them here. Click here to obtain further assistance. 5. WIDE AREA WORKFLOW (WAWF) e-BUSINESS SUITE The Government uses the WAWF portal for electronic payment purposes. Contractors need to process their invoices on iRAPT (Invoicing, Receipt, Acceptance, and Property Transfer). Registration instructions are available in English and German. Click here to obtain further assistance. GOVERNMENT PURCHASE CARD (GPC) The Air Force GPC program uses a VISA card that allows cardholders to make purchases within certain rules. Commonly, our VISA card is not always accepted when Vendors accept German credit cards. Please check with your bank to ensure that your company will accept the US VISA card before payment is made. The German Finanzamt requires a copy of a contract for any purchase over $2,500 be filed with your VAT forms and receipts. Please ensure the cardholder provides a copy of the contract to you during the transaction. REGULATIONS All contracting offices follow the same federal laws. This information can be found on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) site here. BASE ACCESS Access to US facilities is limited to those individuals with special authorization only. Your contract will include a clause that describes the requirements for base access for your firm and its employees that will be working on the base. MANDATORY POSTING OF PROJECTS To allow maximum competition, all projects over $25,000 are posted on a central website, FedBizOpps. Opportunities are available for viewing under "Vendors/Citizens", and then select "Find Opportunities". Exceptions to posting: If three local firms can provide offers, no posting on FedBizOpps is required. If you want to become a new offeror for us, please send your capability statement to the respective office listed under the "POC" listing, so our Contract Specialists can solicit you the next time we have a requirement for an item or service you provide. CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE RATINGS Every contractor with a contract that exceeds $1M for services and medical, $1M for IT products, $5M for commodities and construction, receives a formal rating for contractor performance through the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), that feeds into the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). Confidence in a prospective contractor's ability to satisfactorily perform contract requirements is an important factor in making best value decisions in the acquisition of goods and services. Keeping good contractors in business is important and provides standardized performance information to all Department of Defense organizations. Further information is available here. PAYMENT ASSISTANCE Question: Help! I didn't receive my payment for the invoice I submitted, what should I do? Answer: First, check the comments provided in iRAPT by the DFAS technician, correct possible errors and resubmit the invoice or contact the WAWF technician. Click here to obtain further assistance. RELEASE OF CONTRACT INFORMATION Many companies want to know the details of previous contracts, to help them determine if they will be competitive for the next contract. Contract information is not releasable to any party other than the contract owner unless permission is first obtained for release. To request a copy of contract documents, you must file an electronic request here. Commercial companies are required to pay a fee for time spent by Government personnel searching for documents, reviewing documents and paper copies (if any). The USAFE Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Manager will coordinate the estimated amount of the request with you, after you submit your request. POINTS OF CONTACT LGCA - Services Contracts (Non-Civil Engineering) Tel: +49-631-536-6800 LGCB - Commodities Contracts Tel: +49-631-536-6799 LGCC - Construction Contracts Tel: +49-631-536-6919 GPC Program - Tel: +49-631-536-7212 eCommerce (SAM/WAWF) - Tel: +49-631-536-3410 MAILING ADDRESS 700th Contracting Squadron Kapaun Air Station, GEB #2767 D-67661 Kaiserslautern CUSTOMER COMMENT CARD We would like to hear from you. Please provide your comments and suggestions by using our Customer Comment page here.