How does FEMA buy from Small Businesses? Video

Sep 11, 2019 1:42:00 PM / by David Rockwell

When and How does FEMA buy from small businesses. FEMA is a special agency. FEMA is what I call a "living agency." FEMA grows and changes with every new disaster. We as a government, as a people, we learn from each disaster. We learn from the mistakes that we've made and we try and move forward and provide better disaster recovery assistance in the future based on learning from prior incidents. FEMA stands for Federal Emergency Management Agency. And they do buy from small businesses.

How does FEMA buy from Small Businesses


Are you Qualified to work with FEMA?

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"Wrong Place, Right Time"

FEMA buys from everyone. I've heard both purchasing agents and prime contractors say FEMA writes blank checks. To do business with FEMA, there's several ways. Obviously, if you're registered in SAM and you're registered in the disaster recovery directory in SAM, FEMA can find you and reach out to you if they want to buy from you. But, just being registered does not guarantee you are going to win FEMA contracts. FEMA is also what I call a "wrong place, right time" agency, meaning if you happen to be in an area where there's a disaster, the wrong place at the right time and FEMA comes to you and says, "We need you." You're in. They're going to hire you. They're going to pay you whatever you want to take care of the work that needs to be done.

Simplified Acquisitions through FEMA

A lot of what FEMA does now, they do as a Simplified Acquisition where it's not put out for bid. They don't require the Rule of Two to get a second quote. They can just hire you and write you a check when they're done. If your local or city or county government or parish government declares a disaster and you are registered with them and they hire you and you're working when the state comes in and takes over. The state is mostly likely going to hire you as well. Once FEMA comes in to take over from the state and you were working for the city and the county and the state, FEMA will most likely hire you because you're already working for the state, city, county and the parish. So registering with your local city, county, state and parish government disaster recovery divisions is a great way to get in the door with FEMA. FEMA also puts contracts out for bid in anticipation of a future disaster.

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David Rockwell

Written by David Rockwell

David is a writer and educational multimedia producer for government contractors around the world. Some of his favorite work, with the experts at USFCR, is telling success stories of businesses that win federal contracts.

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