Businesses interested in work related to sustainable forestry, restoration, and/or stewardship contracting can look at the Tongass National Forest’s Schedule of Proposed Action (SOPA) for an idea of the type and location of work and projects the forest is planning. To find the contracts and requests for proposals that are currently being advertised go to the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website. Here you will find a complete listing of all government work. You can also contact the local TNF ranger districts to find what work they are offering and planning.
To bid,submit proposals, and/or contract for work with the federal governmentrequires a Duns Number and a Tax Identification Number. The Tongass National Forest provides information specific to contracting with the Forest Service. State and local business licenses may be required for work in specific areas. State workers’ compensation insurance is required for all contractor employees.
Some contracts will require performance bonding and/or liability insurance as part of the contract requirements. Generally, a performance bond is required for work that will cost the government extra money if the work is not completedas outlined by the contract. Liability insurance is required for contracts which involve work that may involve risk to government property, employees, other workers, or the general public.
Government contracts often give preference to businesses that are identified and registered as disadvantaged.Examples of this includewomen owned businesses, minority owned businesses, small businesses, or businesses within defined economically depressed rural areas. Registration information for these and other preferences is available at FedBizOps. Some Stewardship contracts will have additional preferences, such as Local Hire as part of the Best Value criteria. This type of preference is specific to the stewardship contract.
Some businesses will elect to use sub-contractors to perform some or all of the work for a contract. The sub-contract agreements or documentation may or may not be required between the prime contractor and the sub-contractor(s), but the final responsibilityfor performing the required work always rests with the prime contractor.
Wages paid to employees are required for different types of contracts. Generally, if a contract requires any type of construction, the Davis/Bacon wages apply.
More to come. Check the announcements section on this website for information on any upcoming Work and Business opportunities.