Contracting with Transatlantic Division
Existing Contract Holders | Projected Contract Opportunities
The Transatlantic Division does not award contracts directly. Rather, contracts are awarded by the Transatlantic Middle East District (TAM) located in Winchester, Virginia, and the Transatlantic Afghanistan District (TAA) located in Bagram, Afghanistan, both subordinate organizations.
To accomplish its design and construction missions in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, the districts of the Transatlantic Division award and manage contracts that support the United States’ goals for security and stability in this region.
- The Transatlantic Afghanistan District is focused on delivering construction projects and services that create the conditions for improved security and stability in Afghanistan.
- Within the whole of the USCENTCOM area of operations, the Transatlantic Middle East District accomplishes projects that support U.S. military operations, other U.S. agencies that request U.S. Army Corps of Engineers services, and foreign government agencies that request engineering assistance using the appropriate U.S. government authorities for such work.
Note, the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631, et seq.) does not apply to the majority of contracts solicited within the Division. The Small Business Administration’s small business programs are governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulations Part 19, which applies only within the United States. However, the Districts encourage prime contractors to use qualifying U.S. and local national small businesses to the maximum extent practicable. The Districts also encourage small businesses to submit proposals on open solicitations; some small business have successfully competed and received prime contracts.
Contracting within the Transatlantic Division through its Districts:
For upcoming opportunities, the official source of information for government contracting opportunities is the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. This free online listing of government contracting opportunities includes upcoming procurements (over $25,000) and sources sought announcements.
View district contracting opportunities by visiting https://www.fbo.gov and entering "W912ER" in the keyword/solicitation search box for Middle East District “TAM” and “W5J9JE” for Transatlantic Afghanistan District “TAA.”
To contract with the Middle East District and Transatlantic Afghanistan District, you must register in the System for Award Management database (www.sam.gov).
Almost any contract outside the United States requires Defense Base Act (DBA) Insurance (see https://www.dol.gov/owcp/dlhwc/ExplainingDBA.htm#7).
Companies interested in doing business with USACE will require a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number to be involved with federal contracting activities. Call (866) 705-5711 (7am-8pm CST) or visit: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/pages/CCRSearch.jsp.
To perform work in many countries in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, you may need to be registered in the Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT), a system required to manage, track and maintain visibility of contractors located in contingency operations areas.
Foreign and domestic firms interested in government contracts overseas are required to obtain a NATO Cage Code or Cage Code. Directions and online forms are available through NSPA the following link: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf.
Middle East District Contracting | Transatlantic Afghanistan District Contracting
The districts use a variety of contracting tools to award contracts, following the Federal Acquisition Regulations and its supplements from the Defense Department, Department of Army, and USACE. Most contracts are firm-fixed-price.
Full and open competition is the preferred contracting method, but there are instances where other authorities supplement the contracting processes:
- Section 886, Public Law 110-181, FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act, created the Afghan First Program to create business opportunities for Afghan companies and jobs for Afghan citizens to promote economic development and create the conditions for stability. This set-aside program is generally for small projects such as a police compound. (See DFARS Subpart 225.77)
- Section 801, Public Law 111-84, FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act, provides temporary authority to limit competition to, or provide a preference for, products and services that are from the Northern Distribution Network or another major route of supply to Afghanistan.
- When a foreign nation seeks USACE assistance, written agreements are required between the host nation and the United States. In some instances, the agreements may specify a preference for local contracts, supplies or materials.
When the districts anticipate a large volume of work to be completed in a relatively short period of time (such as during contingency operations), they may award multiple award task order contracts (MATOCs) or single award task order contracts (SATOCs). When awarding those contracts, full and open competition is used. In most instances, individual task orders are awarded on a competitive basis to the MATOC holders.
Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (applies to all USACE Districts)
- Register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database. It is MANDATORY that all vendors be registered under the SAM program.
- Find information on available opportunities through the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.
- Complete the appropriate forms stated in or provided in the synopsis or solicitation.
- Visit the website for the division, district, center, or laboratory with which you desire to do business to learn about the missions and the types of services/supplies each procures.
- If you are a small or small disadvantaged business, call, write or visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy for Small Business in the location of interest to you to discuss your firm's capabilities, interest, and capacities to perform.
You can find information about upcoming opportunities from:
- Federal Business Opportunities.
- Advance Notices to Bidders and Invitations for Bids at businesses such as the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), minority contract associations, and construction industry associations.
- Small Business Conferences.
- Announcements of Business Opportunity Conferences, Trade Fairs, and other federally attended or sponsored liaison meetings in your area.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers division, district and laboratory websites.