Acquisitions and Assistance

The Lower Colorado Region's Acquisition and Assistance Management Office (AAMO) provides procurement, financial assistance, and Government purchase card support for Reclamation offices in Arizona, southern Nevada and Southern California. Program areas and their contacts include:

Click on the links below or scroll down the page
to learn more about these programs.

Lower Colorado Regional Office Projects
Craig Jordahl
Phn: 702-293-8431
Fax: 702-293-8332

Interagency Acquisitions
Paula Cerda
Phn: 702-293-8527
Fax: 702-293-8332

Business Utilization and Development
Sharon Opfermann
Phn: 702-293-8449
Fax: 702-293-8332

Lower Colorado Dams Office Projects
Meagan Fyffe
Phn: 702-293-8552
Fax: 702-293-8499

Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Shawna Thompson
Phn: 702-293-8570
Fax: 702-293-8499

Charge Card
Sharon Opfermann or Suzanne Grinsted
Phn: 702-293-8449 or 702-293-8452
Fax: 702-293-8332 or 702-293-8499 or

Reclamation advertises and issues all acquisitions greater than $25,000 (except those reserved for the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Program) through FedBizOpps, the government-wide point of entry for obtaining solicitation documents. Department of the Interior solicitations and award notifications can be viewed, or bid quotes submitted electronically, by registering at the National Business Center's Electronic Commerce site. Companies interested in participating must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration database to be considered for award of any Federal contract and must maintain a current registration through the life of the contract.

Other acquisition and assistance programs are also available to help companies do business with Reclamation:

Through simplified acquisitions procedures, Reclamation procures supplies and services, including those related to construction and research and development, which do not exceed $150,000 in value. Commercial items valued up to $5 million are also procured through this process.

Formal acquisitions procedures - sealed bidding and contract by negotiation - are followed to procure supplies and services, including construction and research and development, with values exceeding $150,000. Additionally, supplies and services valued at less than $100,000 are procured through these formal procedures if the contract type is other than firm-fixed price or firm-fixed price with economic price adjustment.

Reclamation also strongly encourages the submission of unsolicited proposals for unique and innovative ideas that support the agency's mission.

More information can be found in the Reclamation Acquisition Regulation.

Interagency Acquisitions
For some situations, Reclamation finds that interagency acquisitions between government agencies provide cost- and time-savings benefits. More information can be found in the Reclamation Acquisition Regulation.

Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Some types of financial assistance are available through the grants and cooperative agreements program. allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities and is the single access point for over 900 programs offered by 26 Federal grant-making agencies. Reclamation's Financial Assistance Toolkit provides additional information.

Business Utilization and Development
The Business Utilization and Development program provides assistance on Reclamation's contracting opportunities and guidance with the Federal procurement process to small businesses (veteran-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, historically underutilized (HUBZone), disadvantaged, and women-owned).

Additional Information
The forms required for solicitations, contracts, grants and agreements vary based on circumstances. A complete collection of Standard and Optional Forms is available at the General Services Administration site. Use of these documents is required to do business with the Lower Colorado Region.

Additionally, regulations associated with Federal agency acquisitions can be found on the General Services AdministrationDepartment of the Interior and Reclamation acquisition websites.

Last Updated: 3/3/16