FEMA Contracts: FEMA Awards Texas Over $465,000 for Repair and Debris Removal for 2013 Floods

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On February 6th, 2015, FEMA announced that it would be awarding the state of Texas another $465,000 in relief funds to repair two lift stations, multiple manhole covers, a city of Austin water supply pipe and the removal of 40,000 cubic yards of debris. US Federal Contractor Registration is encouraging businesses to become registered government contractors and start winning these available FEMA contracts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted nearly a million dollars to the state of Texas for machine repairs and debris removal in the aftermath of the 2013 Halloween flooding. On February 6th, 2015, FEMA announced that it would be awarding the state of Texas another $465,000 in relief funds to repair two lift stations, multiple manhole covers, a city of Austin water supply pipe and the removal of 40,000 cubic yards of debris. All of these duties must be legally performed by registered government contractors. Businesses must be registered in System for Award Management(SAM) in order to be eligible to accept and bid on FEMA contracts. Unlike traditional government contracts, FEMA contracts have the opportunity to be considered no bid contracts. This allows procurement officers and contracting officials to award FEMA contracts without conducting the normal bidding process. When a natural disaster occurs, the United States Federal Government looks to government contractors to help in the disaster relief efforts. Vendors from construction companies to landscaping companies will contact procurement officers for available opportunities. FEMA contracts are also posted to FedBizOpps (FBO) when the contracting total is $25,000 or more.

Many contractors don’t even think about their government registration until an opportunity has presented itself. With a disaster response contract from FEMA, neglecting registration can spell almost certain failure. Immediately after a disaster or a FEMA notice, there is a flood of contractors looking for work. If a business is unprepared due to a lapsed registration, it is unlikely the noncompliant business will be awarded a contract. Even if a business is awarded a contract, FEMA will be unable to pay that business until their System for Award Management (SAM) registration and FEMA registration is completed.

In fact, there are even perks to completing the registration ahead of time. Often, no-bid contracts are awarded by contracting officers who simply call one or two businesses who have profiles in Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). If the businesses already have their registration taken care of, they could receive a contract on the spot. If not, the contracting officer is likely to just call the next number on their list. Businesses will miss their opportunity if they are not prepared for federal work at all times.

US Federal Contractor Registration has assisted thousands of businesses with their government registration and FEMA registration to assist in the disaster relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Dolly, the Winter Storm of 2014, 2013 Colorado Flood, Oklahoma Tornado, Tropical Storm Isaac and many more. US Federal Contraction Registration is the world’s largest third party registration firm that has registered over 65,000 businesses in System for Award Management (SAM), and the previous contractor registration database of CCR/ORCA. Businesses can have a professional Acquisition Specialist from US Federal Contractor Registration help determine if their business is prepared for government contracting and qualified for the federal marketplace.

Businesses that wish to learn more about FEMA contracts can download the free FEMA Beginner’s Contractor Packet off of the FEMA Contracts website. Our FEMA packet is an informative collection of articles and information designed to help businesses get a head-start on the contracting competition. Vendors interested in learning how to bid on available contracts and becoming eligible for government contracts can call US Federal Contractor Registration Acquisition Specialist Roderic Johnson at (877) 252-2700 Ext 708 or visit http://www.FEMAContracts.com to learn more about FEMA registration.

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