Acquisitions and Assistance Management OfficeThe Interior Region 8 - Lower Colorado Basin, Acquisition and Assistance Group 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:
Chief of the Contracting Office
Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Lower Colorado Basin Contracts - Group 1
Lower Colorado Basin Contracts - Group 2
Lower Colorado Basin Simplified Acquisitions
Policy, Programs, & Internal Controls
Reclamation advertises and issues all acquisitions greater than $25,000 (except those reserved for the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Program) through beta.SAM.gov Contract Opportunities,the government-wide point of entry for obtaining and viewing solicitation and award information. By creating an account with beta.SAM.gov entities can save searches, be added to an opportunity’s Interested Vendors List, and receive automatic updates. Companies interested in participating in Department of Interior opportunities, must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) database to be considered for award and must maintain an active 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 $250,000 in value. Commercial items valued up to $7 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 $250,000.
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 Federal Acquisition Regulation.
For some situations, Reclamation finds that interagency acquisitions between government agencies provide cost- and time-savings benefits. More information can be found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Some types of financial assistance are available through the grants and cooperative agreements program. Grants.gov 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.
Policy, Programs and Internal Controls
Policy, Programs and Internal Controls (PPIC) oversees all aspects of the Interior Region 8 Lower Colorado Basin’s acquisition and financial assistance-related programs such as: travel and charge card programs, FAC-C and FAC-COR programs, COA program, GOTR program, and small business program. They also oversee the acquisition and financial assistance internal control program including internal control reviews, external public civil rights programs, workforce diversity and inclusion, and special emphasis programs.
Charge Card Program
The charge card program consists of two business lines - Purchase and Travel.
The purchase card can be used for acquiring supplies and/or services which does not exceed the micro-purchase threshold. The micro-purchase thresholds are the following:
- Supply purchases and professional services NOT subject to the Service Contract Labor Standards statute (formerly known as the Service Contract Act): $10,000
- Service purchases subject to the Service Contract Labor Standards statute:$2,500
- Construction purchases subject to the Construction Wage Rate Requirements statute (formerly known as the Davis-Bacon Act): $2,000.
The travel card provides cardholders with the ability to pay for business related travel expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation and the Department of the Interior Charge Card Program Policy. Use of the government-issued card is the mandatory payment method for authorized travel transaction when an individual is on official government travel.
A forecast of contracting opportunities can be found on the Acquisition Gateway.
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 Interior Region 8 - Lower Colorado Basin.
Additionally, regulations associated with federal agency acquisitions can be found on
the General Services Administration, Department of the Interior and Reclamation's acquisition and resources websites.