Contracting with TTB
TTB's mission is to collect alcohol, tobacco, firearms and ammunition excise taxes, to ensure that alcohol beverages are labeled, advertised and marketed in accordance with the law, and to administer the laws and regulations in a manner that protects the revenue, protects the consumer, and promotes voluntary compliance. In accomplishing this mission TTB requires the procurement of a wide variety of commercial goods and services at an annual expenditure of appropriated and non-appropriated funds.
Procurement authority has been delegated to TTB by the Department of the Treasury. does the acquisition planning and market research for proposed requirements. The Administrative Resource Center/ Bureau of Fiscal Services (BFS) under the Department of the Treasury conducts the procurement transactions necessary to carry out TTB's respective programs. In accordance with Treasury's procurement efforts, TTB along with BFS is committed to increasing its contract awards to small, minority, woman-owned, HUBZone, service disabled veteran, and veteran owned business firms.
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TTB acquisition activities are governed by the "Federal Acquisition Regulations" (FAR). The FAR is codified as Chapter 1 of Title 48, Code of Federal Regulations and consists of procurement policies and many detailed procedural and administrative requirements that apply to all procurements by Federal executive agencies.
Any firm seeking to do business with the Federal Government should have access to the FAR. A copy may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, telephone 202-512-1800. The FAR is also available for review at major public libraries, or via the World Wide Web from the Acquisition Central Network.
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Small Business Programs
Preferential contracting was first authorized by the Small Business Act of 1953, which set up the Small Business Administration (SBA) to aid and counsel small businesses and to ensure that small firms receive a fair share of Government contracts.
Small business firms, especially newly formed organizations, are encouraged to contact their nearest Small Business Administration office for assistance and to learn of the many programs and opportunities that are available to them. These include contracting and technical assistance as well as financial and management assistance. The various procurement programs provided under the Small Business Act, as amended, are reflected in the following policy statement:
In accordance with the Small Business Act and implemented in regulation at FAR 19.201(a), it is the policy of the Treasury Department to provide maximum practicable opportunities in its acquisitions to small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, and women-owned small business concerns. Such concerns must also have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in the contracts awarded by any executive agency, consistent with efficient contract performance.
Business.USA.gov is the U.S. government's official Web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing and exporting. It is designed to provide access to online resources and services of Federal, state, and local Government as well as those of non-profit and educational organizations supporting businesses. To learn more visit https://business.usa.gov/.
- TTB Solicitations and Contracting Opportunities
Information on TTB solicitations with an estimated cost in excess of $25,000 may be found on the FedBizOpps web page at http://www.fedbizopps.gov/ . Information on solicitations with an estimated cost less than $25,000 maybe obtained by contacting the TTB Acquisition Officials directly. Contact information is listed below.
- Central Contractor Registration System
The Treasury Department, including the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), has adopted the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system of the Department of Defense for vendor registration. The CCR replaced the SF-129 and the SF-3881 (ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form for electronic payment information), effective May 1, 2002. Vendors will not receive new procurement awards from TTB or other Treasury Bureaus as of May 1, 2002, unless they are registered with CCR.
We strongly recommend early, free registration by vendors with the highly secure CCR system at www.ccr.gov. In addition to the information on the Internet site, vendors may call the CCR Assistance Center at 888-227-2423 or 616-961-4725 for assistance in registration.
- Electronic Payment by Treasury-Vendor Express Program
The Financial Management Service (FMS), a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, implemented the Vendor Express Program in July 1987. Vendor Express electronically transfers money and remittance information through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network to commercial payees of Federal agencies.
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Part 15 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires federal agencies to record and maintain current and past contractor performance reports for any requirements valued in excess of $100,000. The Department of the Treasury and its Bureaus use the Naval Sea Logistics Center's Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) to meet this requirement.
Past performance information is used by many federal agencies for making contract award determinations for new contracts. Contractors can register with the Naval Sea Logistics Center via the Internet for access to CPARS, which will allow a vendor to see its own performance evaluation and correspond directly with the contracting officer providing the evaluation.