The U.S. federal government offers a wide variety of work opportunities to businesses in the form of contracts.
Registering with the Federal Government
In order to conduct business with the federal government as a federal contractor, businesses must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) website. This website collects information on each business and provides a central location for government organizations to seek contractors to provide goods and services.
Before businesses can register with CCR, they must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet number (DUNS). CCR does not issue identification numbers and will use the DUNS number to identify contractors. This number must be used when submitting proposals for government contract opportunities. If a CCR number is requested by any contracting entity, the DUNS number should be used.
Registering for Federal Grants
Organizations applying for federal grants must register with CCR. The same procedures are used for grant applicants as for businesses seeking contracts.
- U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business: Central Contractor Registration
- Federal Service Desk: How do I obtain my CCR Number?
- Dun & Bradstreet. "Dun & Bradstreet D‑U‑N‑S Number." Accessed Nov. 1, 2020.
- Dun & Bradstreet. "The Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S Number: The Universal Standard for Business Identification," Pages 1-2. Accessed Nov. 1, 2020.
- Congressional Research Service. "Unique Identification Codes for Federal Contractors: DUNS Numbers and CAGE Codes," Page 2. Accessed Nov. 1, 2020.
- Dun & Bradstreet. "D-U-N-S Number Guide," Page 1. Accessed Nov. 1, 2020.
Elizabeth Vest has been writing since 1997, working for several news and magazine organizations including Primedea Publishing and National Research Bureau. Vest was also a technical editor and book reviewer for Morgan Kaufman publishers. She studied Mortuary Science at Delgado Community College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Southeastern Louisiana University.