United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA MidSouth Healthcare Network

Doing Business with VISN 9 & Our Facilities

The Department of Veterans Affairs purchases billions of dollars in goods and services each year.  It is the policy of the federal government, under the Small Business Act, that all small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in providing goods and services to the government. To ensure that small businesses get this opportunity, the Small Business Administration negotiates annual procurement preference goals with each federal agency including VA and reviews each agency's results.  The  current established goals are listed below.

Prime Contracting Goals for FY 2012 and FY 2013
Small Business 47.5% 
Veteran-Owned Small Business 12% 
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses 10% 
Woman-Owned Small Business 5% 
Small Disadvantaged Business (Includes Section 8(a)) 5% 
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone Small Business 3% 

Subcontracting Goals for FY 2012 and FY 2013
Small Business 17.5% 
Veteran-Owned Small Business 5% 
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses 3% 
Woman-Owned Small Business 5% 
Small Disadvantaged Business (Includes Section 8(a)) 5% 
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone Small Business 3% 

Steps to doing Business with VISN 9 & Our Facilities

  1. Register with System for Award Management (SAM). Note-the form you completed at this website must include the North American Industrial Classification Code and the Federal Stock Classification or groups. 
  2. Visit www.fedbizopps.gov to search for opportunities and sign up for bids.
  3. Work with your Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to receive bid matches that are more closely tailored to your business niche.
  4. Develop an easy to navigate company website that includes your products or services, pricing, and point of contact information.
  5. If your business qualifies for one of the socioeconomic programs, ensure you get certified, if required.

Note: The Central Contractor Registry (CCR) has been replaced with the System for Award Management (SAM) which includes the functionality from the following systems:

  • Central Contractor Registry (CCR) 
  • Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg)
  • Online Representations and Certifications Application
  • Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)

Women-Owned Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration has published important changes providing greater access to federal contracting opportunities through the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program.

More information can be found on the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program web site.

What do we buy?

Although there are certain priority sources identified by federal regulations, each VA Medical Center purchases a considerable amount of its requirements from both local and nationwide sources.  Examples of items purchased are:

  • Pharmaceuticals, medical, and surgical supplies
  • Perishable subsistence - meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables
  • Equipment, supplies, and materials for facility operation - light bulbs to cleaning supplies
  • Maintenance and repair of medical and scientific equipment - cleaning, housekeeping, janitorial
  • Building construction, maintenance, and repair - painting, plumbing, electrical, flooring, HVAC
  • Prosthetic and orthopedic aids
  • Medical gases

Additional Guidance

For additional guidance on doing business with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as other government agencies, contact the PTAC in your area.  PTACs are non-profit, government funded centers designed to help you understand the process.  To find a center in your area visit the PTAC website.

For more information please contact...

Susan F. Nagel
NCO 9 Small Business Liaison
Network Contracting Office (NCO 9)
1639 Medical Center Parkway
Suite 400
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: 615.225.6967
Fax: 615.225.5431

Recent Events

Veterans hear about many services available 
- Johnson City Press

More than 150 Veterans from across East Tennessee attended a program on federal contracting opportunities for Veterans. (VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked Web site.)

Related Links

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 
System for Award Management 
Current Solicitation Searches (FedBizOpps)
Federal Contractor Program Veterans' Employment Report (VETS 100) 
GSA Advantage 
North American Industrial Classification 
Small Business Administration Size Standards 
VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Veteran Business Information (VetBiz) 
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