Resources for Small Businesses Wanting to do Remedial Cleanup Business with the Federal Government
Technology Innovation and Field Services Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
CLU-IN Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)
The CLU-IN website provides an subset of the GSA managed FedBizOpps each week. This subset contains summaries of procurement and contract award notices that pertain to hazardous waste, solid waste, underground storage tank remediation, and other environmental topics. However, it does not necessarily contain EVERY notice on these topics. Notices issued between September 1-5, 2014 are currently available (updated weekly). View and subscribe to the CLU-IN subset of notices at http://www.cluin.org/fedbizopps/.
CLU-IN Vendors & Developers
The vendor support area, located at http://www.clu-in.org/vendor/, provides technology developers and vendors with tools to help advance technologies through all stages of product development from bench scale to full commercialization. The materials cover a broad range of topics that include business planning, marketing, financing, and technical issues and sources.
The topics are organized into six sections arranged, approximately, in the order in which they are encountered in developing and commercializing a technology. Each section addresses a particular group of activities that lead to the advancement of a technology from the germination of an idea to research, development, testing, and finally to commercial application. The sections include:
- Market Analysis
- Business Planning and Funding
- Research & Development
- Demonstration & Testing
- Permitting & Regulatory Assistance
- Commercialization & Contracts
EPA Office of Acquisition Management (OAM)
This Web site, located at http://www.epa.gov/oam/, provides Business Opportunities (federal procurement announcements, downloadable solicitations, etc.); EPA Acquisition Resources (e.g., EPA's Acquisition Forecasts, EPA Procurement Policies); and Other Items of Interest (e.g., EPA's Current Contracts List, the Federal Acquisition Virtual Library).
EPA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), under the Office of the Administrator, advocates and fosters opportunities for direct and indirect partnerships, contracts, and sub-agreements for small businesses, socio-economically disadvantaged businesses, and Minority Academic Institutions. Additionally, OSBP furthers its overall small business advocacy through the Agency's Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman, where the regulatory and environmental compliance concerns of small businesses are addressed.
Contract Opportunities Under Superfund
Subcontracting opportunities are available under several current Superfund contracts. The contracts fall into six basic categories. This site located at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/contracts/opport.htm describes and provides links to additional information for each of these six categories. (see also the Superfund Contract Forecast Database attached to this document)
- Removal Action
- Remedial Response
- Support Services
- Technical Enforcement Support
- Regional Oversight Contract (ROC)
- Policy, Program Management, and Administrative Services
- Other Contract Venues
Removal Action: Contracts to provide EPA regional offices with (1) technical and management assistance for the removal action program financed by the Hazardous Substance Response Trust Fund, the corrective action program financed by the (Leaking) Underground Storage Tank (UST) Trust Fund, and the Oil Spill Prevention Program under the Clean Water Act and (2) cleanup personnel, equipment, and materials for the removal program and corrective actions financed by the (LUST)UST Trust Fund.
- Emergency and Rapid Response Services Contracts
- Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team Contracts
- Site Specific Removal Contracts
- Warehouse & Equipment Support Contracts
Remedial Response: Contracts to provide EPA regional offices with technical assistance and resources for remedial investigation and feasibility studies; engineering services to design remedial actions; engineering evaluations and cost analyses for non-time critical removal actions, including issuing and managing subcontracts for construction of the selected remedy, and engineering services for construction oversight. Enforcement support is also provided with the oversight of the remedial investigations/feasibility studies, remedial designs, and remedial actions, and negotiation support; and other technical assistance, including community relations, sampling and analytical support, and pre-design investigations.
Support Services: Contracts to provide special technical support services to EPA regional and Headquarters personnel. Contracts cover safety and technical training, demonstration of new or novel technology, laboratory analysis and sample control, quality assurance, aerial survey and mapping, and remote sensing.
- Contract Laboratory Program
- Environmental Response Training Program Contract
- Environmental Services Assistance Team Contract
- Quality Assurance Technical Support Contract
- Remote Sensing and Mapping Support Contract
- Response Engineering and Analytical Contract
- Sample Management Office Contract
Technical Enforcement Support: Contracts to provide technical support to EPA Headquarters and regional personnel to enforce CERCLA and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Regional Oversight Contract (ROC): These contracts provide technical support to EPA in fulfillment of its responsibilities for oversight and enforcement of both CERCLA and RCRA activities at active, closed, or former Federal facilities, including Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) installations, Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS), and Formerly Used Site Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) sites. To a much lesser extent, the contract may also be used to provide technical support to EPA non-Federal potentially responsible party (PRP)-lead (i.e., privately-owned) sites. The U.S. government operates thousands of facilities across the country that promote the security and welfare of American Citizens, such as nuclear weapons plants, military bases, and fuel distribution stations. After years of vital service and operation, many of these Federal facilities are contaminated with military munitions, hazardous substances, hazardous waste, radioactive waste, and other toxic substances. To address the challenges posed by contamination at these facilities, the EPA works with the U.S. Department Of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), and other Federal entities to develop solutions to their environmental problems. Please visit http://www.epa.gov/oamsrpod/hcsc/ROC4/ for more information.
Policy, Program Management, and Administrative Services: Headquarters contracts to support formulation of Superfund policy and implementation, as well as contracts for development and maintenance of automated data processing (ADP) systems and data handling services at Headquarters and the regional offices.
Other Contract Venues: State leads, under Cooperative Agreements, in which the State performs work with its own resources, or by contracting for needed goods and services with private firms. Also, EPA, in a cooperative effort involving a broad spectrum of government and private parties, coordinates all actions in preventing and preparing for oils spills to improve the effectiveness of oil spill responses.
Brownfields Cleanup Opportunities
EPA's Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training. To facilitate the leveraging of public resources, EPA's Brownfields Program collaborates with other EPA programs, other federal partners, and state agencies to identify and make available resources that can be used for brownfields activities. In addition to direct brownfields funding, EPA also provides technical information on brownfields financing matters.
- Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
The grant funding and direct assistance (through Agency contract support) will result in an area-wide plan which will inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization.
- Assessment Grants
Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites.
- Revolving Loan Fund Grants
The purpose of Revolving Loan Fund Grants is to enable States, political subdivisions, and Indian tribes to make low interest loans to carryout cleanup activities at brownfields properties.
- Cleanup Grants
Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.
- Job Training Grants
Job Training Grants are designed to provide funding to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to recruit, train, and place, predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed residents of brownfields-impacted communities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable, employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities.
- Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants
Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants provide funding to eligible organizations to provide training, research, and technical assistance to facilitate brownfields revitalization.
- Targeted Brownfields Assessments
The Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) program is designed to help states, tribes, and municipalities - especially those without EPA Brownfields Assessment Pilots/Grants - minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with brownfields.
Brownfields grant applicants are encouraged to work with local community groups and local businesses to complete brownfields cleanup and assessment. A list of brownfields grants awarded in Louisiana during the last three years is shown below. Small business owners should work with local government to ensure they are aware of potential cleanup business opportunities.
Other Federal Government Resources:
Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
Register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) at https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/default.aspx . All Federal agencies collect information in the CCR. Once you have accessed the website, go to “Help” link on the top of the page and read the CCR Handbook. It will tell you all the information you will need to register. To begin your registration go to the CCR Home page and select “Start a New Registration” on the left hand side of the page. Small businesses should also complete SBA’s Supplemental Page at the end of the registration.
CCR Customer Service Contact Information: Toll-Free Phone Number 1-888-227-2423 CCR Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of Operation are 9-5 (EST) Monday - Friday. Voice mail messages will be taken if all lines are busy; all calls will be returned.
U.S. DOD Office of Small Business Programs
The Office of Small Business Programs' mission is to:
- Advise the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business.
- Represent the Secretary of Defense on major small business matters addressed at the OSD level.
- Develop DOD-wide small business policy and provide oversight to ensure compliance by all military departments and defense agencies.
- Provide Military Departments, Defense Agencies, and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) with training and tools to foster an environment that encourages small business participation in defense acquisition. For more information, please visit http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/.
Air Force Civil Engineer Center
The Air Force Civil Engineer Center, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is a 1,600-person field operating agency of the Air Force Civil Engineer. The center is responsible for providing responsive, flexible full-spectrum installation engineering services. The center's missions include facility investment planning, design and construction, operations support, real property management, energy support, environmental compliance and restoration, and audit assertions, acquisition and program management. Conducting operations at more than 75 locations worldwide, the center oversees the annual execution of $11.8 billion in contracts, manages $7 billion in housing and $5 billion in Enhanced Use Lease portfolios, and indirectly controls $49 billion in contract vehicles. For more information, please visit http://www.afcec.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=19990.
Green Government Opportunities for Small Businesses
This website provides a resource through which small businesses can gain access to green contracts, grants, and partnerships with the Navy. It offers a consolidated search capability that allows searchers to filter procurement opportunities using keywords important to them. The site promotes sustainable environmental procurement practices and allows for the sharing of relevant green small business information and third-party tools that facilitate green procurement. For more information, please visit http://green.sba.gov/.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Environmental Programs Contracting Opportunities
The US Army Corps of Engineers supports all four pillars of the Army’s Environmental Strategy into the 21st Century: 1) Restoration; 2) Compliance; 3) Prevention; and 4) Conservation. The Corps provides comprehensive environmental services to the Army, DOD, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and other federal agencies. Besides cleaning up sites contaminated with hazardous waste, radioactive waste, and/or unexploded ordnance; USACE assists installations and other customers in complying with federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations; strive to minimize our customers use of hazardous materials; and work hard at assisting our customers in conserving their natural and cultural resources. Please visit http://www.environmental.usace.army.mil/ for opportunities.
The USACE specializes in study, design, remedial action (construction), project management, research, development, and technology transfer. It has an aggressive innovative technology program and is continually developing innovative contract vehicles.
The Corps supports the following environmental programs: the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS), Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Army Installation Restoration Program (IRP), Air Force IRP, Defense Logistics Agency IRP, Environmental Quality (compliance, pollution prevention and conservation), EPA Superfund Program, Environmental Support for Others (ESFO), and Overseas Environmental programs.
Department of Energy
The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) develops and executes Department-wide policies to implement applicable legislation and Executive Orders that strengthen diversity goals affecting equal employment opportunities, small and disadvantaged businesses, minority educational institutions, and historically under-represented communities.
Their mission is to identify and implement ways of ensuring that minorities are afforded an opportunity to participate fully in the energy programs of the Department. We lead the Department in partnering with students and programs at Minority Serving Institutions, as well as other minority-owned and serving entities to foster partnerships and advocate for businesses and institutions as a Department-wide asset.
Click here for DOE contracting opportunities for small businesses. Be sure to check out the "Small Business Opportunities Tool" (http://energy.gov/diversity/working-us/small-businesses-101-doing-business-department-energy/small-business) to locate contract sources near you.
Government-wide disaster contracting opportunities are listed at http://www.disastercontractingassistance.gov/. The Army Corps of Engineers also has its Disaster Resource Contractor Registry at http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/DisasterEquip/ (firms must also be registered in CCR). The Corps of Engineers has developed this contractor registry for assistance with their disaster response mission. The Corps of Engineers uses its engineering and contracting capabilities to support FEMA and other Federal, State and local government agencies in a wide variety of missions during natural and man-made disasters.
Information in this registry will be used by Corps of Engineers offices that are looking for specific goods or services during emergencies. Submission of information is voluntary. Information will be considered For Official Use Only within the Federal government. Submission of information to this registry DOES NOT expressly or implicitly commit the Federal government to procurement of products or services.
For any questions regarding the Army Corps Contractor Registry, please email email@example.com.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Industry Liason porgram is the portal for all vendors seeking to do business with FEMA. Small businesses are route to the FEMA Small Business Analyst for information, support and processing. Please see http://www.fema.gov/business/contractor.shtm.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) form a nationwide network of procurement professionals dedicated to providing you:
1. An understanding of the requirements of government contracting, and the know-how to obtain and successfully perform federal, state and local government contracts.
2. At little or no cost, PTACs provide a wide range of assistance covering every phase of government contracting - from initial registrations through contract completion.
Visit the PTAC website at http://www.aptac-us.org for more information.
Small Business Development Centers: Offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in local, easily accessible branch locations. Please visit http://www.sba.gov/sbdc/sbdcnear.html for more information.
For any other contracting opportunities, please contact the state, county, or other local municipalities in the area that you would like to do business in, to find out what is available and what their requirements may be.