Since 1930, the Bureau of Federal Prisons has operated within the U.S. Department of Justice to supervise the operation of more than 100 federal prison facilities across the country. The US Bureau of Prisons depends upon businesses within the private and public sectors to help the Bureau provide correctional services to the American public.
Small, medium and large businesses alike may compete for solicitation awards to supply the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) with acquisitions its facilities depend on. The BOP operates according to a federally approved acquisitions policy that outlines which vendors are eligible to receive contract awards, how those vendors may register for awards and the method by which business owners may contact certain state facilities to determine individual needs. Information about the bureau of prisons in general is widely available on its website as well as specific information on business solicitations:
1. Access the solicitation policies and procedures that the Bureau of Prisons follows.
2. Search for business opportunities online or with a regional Bureau of Prisons office.
3. Confine your search to acquisitions that state bureau of prison facilities require.
Learn how to do business with the Federal Bureau of PrisonsYou may take certain steps before you can be considered eligible to provide services to a state or federal prison facility.
Acquisitions Regulations lays out the acquisitions policy guidelines vendors must follow in order to do business with the BOP. Register at the ORCA website so you can get notifications from the BOP about current solicitations. Signing up at ORCA makes you eligible to search the database of recent opportunities that the Central Contractor Registration publishes.
Locate online business opportunities with the Bureau of Prisons in your stateYou may perform online searches of the federal database or you may contact a regional prison facility office to begin soliciting for awards.
FedBizOpps.gov lets eligible vendors who have registered with the federal government search business opportunities by state. Acquisition Offices Contact Information identifies the central office procurement executive and the administration offices for regional branches. To locate a particular facility, use the facility locator the Federal Prison Facilities page provides.
Contact state bureau of prisons to find out about specific needsIf you prefer direct contact with a state bureau of prisons, the BOP's website allows you to locate state facilities. Contact the directors within these facilities to learn more about their particular acquisitions.
The CCM Long Beach Contact Information puts you in touch with the offices that provide contracts to vendors, and in particular, faith-based organizations for the California Bureau of Prisons. CCM St. Louis Contact Information links you to two offices in the Missouri Bureau of Prisons, which can help you with acquisitions to those facilities. The FMC Devens Contact Information site helps you identify offices of the Massachusetts Bureau of Prisons you may contact to ascertain that facility's particular needs.
- The Federal Bureau of Prisons offers equal opportunities to faith based organizations attempting to provide goods and services to state prison facilities.