DIBBS Pocket Guide


DIBBS Pocket Guide: Double-sided flyer contains a wealth of information including acronyms, definitions, an overview of the registration, solicitation search, and quoting processes, and links to additional resources.

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) is a web-based application that enables the supplier community to search for, view, and submit secure quotes on Request for Quotations (RFQs) for DLA items of supply. Through DIBBS, users can also search for, view, and upload proposals for Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and Invitations for Bid (IFB). Additionally, users can view awards and other procurement information. Link directly to DIBBS: https://www.dibbs.bsm.dla.mil/ 

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Personnel Clearances (PCL), Facility Clearances (FCL), and Facility Security Officer (FSO) training


The Department of Defense – Defense Security Services issues the personnel security clearances (PCL) for U.S. citizen employees of a contractor who require access to classified information. Clearances may be at the CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET and TOP SECRET level.  Individuals cannot apply for a personnel security clearance application on their own. Rather, the company determines whether an employee will require access to classified information in performance of tasks or services related to the fulfillment of a classified contract. Once the company makes this determination, the individual may be processed for a security clearance. Review the Defense Security Service website of Frequently Asked Questions for additional information: http://www.dss.mil/psmo-i/ps_faqs.html

A facility clearance (FCL) is an administrative determination that, from a national security standpoint, a facility is eligible for access to classified information at the same or lower classification category as the clearance being granted. The FCL may be granted at the Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret level. A contractor or prospective contractor cannot apply for its own facility clearance. A procuring activity of the Government, or cleared contractor in the case of subcontracting, may request the clearance when a definite, classified procurement need has been established. Review the Defense Security Service website of Frequently Asked Questions for additional information: http://www.dss.mil/isp/fac_clear/per_sec_clear_proc_faqs.html and the checklist for application: http://www.dss.mil/isp/fac_clear/fac_clear_check.html 

Facility Security Officers (FSO) are a required to establish and maintain a FCL and information about training to become a certified FSO can be obtained here: https://www.cdse.edu/toolkits/fsos/new-fso.html

Additional resources:

FAQ on Industrial Security Clearances – Bureau of Diplomatic Security Department of State

DCSA Facility and Personnel Clearance Procedures and Requirements

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COVID-19 Resources


(note: this page will continue to be updated as we receive additional information)


Federal Resources

Department of Defense

Federal Reserve


Small Business Administration

*note as of April 16, 2020:  “SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information on the availability of the EIDL portal to receive new applications (including those from agricultural enterprises) will be provided as soon as possible.

Sources Sought Notices

  1. Coast Guard Personal Protective Equipment https://beta.sam.gov/opp/1603b60bb798455eb19fdaa22c921770/view?keywords=PPE&sort=-%20modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1
  2. DLA Information Operations is accepting Other Transaction Authority (OTA) whitepapers on the following problem statements that support COVID-19:
    • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Re-Use and Decontamination
    • Prototype PPE: N95 Equivalent Masks NOTE: DLA will be reviewing white papers and taking action as they are received due to the critical need for this equipment. The white paper submission period closes May 4, 2020 at 1:00 EDT. The direct link: https://www.dla.mil/HQ/InformationOperations/Accelerate/
  3. DLA Troop Support Medical Face Shields  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/0c910947d1734294a98044ec265aea6f/view?keywords=PPE&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=3
  4. DLA Troop Support Clothing & Textile Request for Information for PPE in response to COVID-19 https://beta.sam.gov/opp/c30f925480824861860331bc4108b96f/view#contact
  5. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Urgent Need The FAA is seeking to identify suppliers who can provide certain supplies and services related to COVID-19. They have asked that Contractors fill out this market research questionnaire: FAA_COVID-19_Market_Research_Questionnaire. Provide as many responses in the yellow highlighted cells as possible. Email completed questionnaire in Excel format and any other relevant documentation with the Subject: “Company Name_FAA COVID-19 Market Research Questionnaire” to this email address: 9-AFN-ACQ-EM@faa.gov
  6. FEMA How to Help https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help
  7. FEMA COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies https://beta.sam.gov/opp/3e05e664e606486ca34d1a41b47ff0ff/view?keywords=PPE&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1 replaced with *NEW* DLA RFI: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/cf0766e281734dea80bec6678dc786ce/view
  8. GSA COVID-19 PPE Sources Sought https://feedback.gsa.gov/jfe/form/SV_d5WVJ9fHpsaqI0B
  9. GSA PPE https://beta.sam.gov/opp/2ef99b823ce64634a5c623ce44ae817e/view?keywords=ppe&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1
  10. Veterans Affairs PPE Items for COVID – 19  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/8e9a8a919f4b4eb48043ab42c476d911/view?keywords=PPE&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=2
  11. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) reaching out through Other Transaction Agreements, BARDA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement for advanced development and licensing of COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccines or medicines https://www.phe.gov/about/amcg/otar/Pages/default.aspx

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