The Commerce Business Daily (CBD) lists notices of proposed government procurement actions, contract awards, sales of government property, and other procurement information. A new edition of the CBD is issued every business day. Each edition contains approximately 500-1,000 notices. Each notice appears in the CBD only once.

All Federal procurement offices are required to announce in the CBD proposed procurement actions over $25,000 and contract awards over $25,000, that are likely to result in the award of any subcontracts.

General Exceptions: The CBD usually does not list procurement notices for (1) classified services or supplies, (2) services or supplies that are required immediately due to an unusual or compelling emergency, (3) services or supplies that are required from specified sources as a result of the terms of an international agreement or treaty, (4) services or supplies where U.S. law specifies a specific source or requires that the procurement be made by another federal agency, (5) certain utility services where only one source is available, (6) a contract action where an order is placed under a requirements contract, (7) a contract action that would result from the acceptance of a proposal under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982, (8) a contract action that would disclose or jeopardize innovative research, (9) perishable supplies, (10) resale of brand name commercial items, (11) supplies or services obtained under the terms of an existing contract that was previously announced in the CBD, (12) services and supplies obtained by the Department of Defense which will be performed or made outside the U.S., its possessions, Puerto Rico, and only local sources will be solicited, and (13) contract actions made through FACNET that meet acquisition threshold regulations. For complete information regarding exceptions, see the Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 5.202.

If you wish to review previous editions of the CBD contact your local public library for assistance. Copies of the CBD are maintained in over 700 Federal Depository Libraries located around the United States.

Common Abbreviations Used in the CBD

The CBD contains many abbreviations. Listed below are simple explanations of the most common abbreviations that appear in the CBD:

Abbreviation Description
A-E: Architect-Engineer
ARO: After Receipt Of Order
BAA: Broad Agency Announcement--A notice from the government that requests scientific or research proposals from private firms concerning certain areas of interest to the government. The proposals submitted by the private firms may lead to contracts.
BLS: Bureau of Labor Statistics--An organization in the U.S. Department of Labor.
BOA: Basic Ordering Agreement--A general outline of the supplies or services to be provided by the contractor.
BOD: Bid Opening Date--The final date that a bid must be received by the appropriate government office.
BPA: Blanket Purchase Agreement--An agreement between the government and a vendor. The agreement gives the government the option to purchase goods or services from the vendor when needed on a on-call basis.
CAGE: Contractor and Government Entity Code--An identification code assigned to the awardees of DOD contracts. The codes are used by DOD for record keeping purposes. Offerors do not need a CAGE code to submit a bid for a contract.
CBD: Commerce Business Daily
CFR: Code of Federal Regulations--A collection of publications that contains regulations for all Federal Departments and Agencies.
CICA: Competition in Contracting Act--A law that requires full and open competition for Federal contracts.
CID: Commercial Item Description
CNT: Contract
COB: Close Of Business
COE: Corps of Engineers--An organization in the U.S. Department of the Army.
CONUS: Continental United States
DARO: Days After Receipt Of Order
DCSC: Defense Construction Supply Center--An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense.
DEL: Delivery
DESC: Defense Electronics Supply Center--An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.
DFAR: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations--Procurement regulations used by organizations in the Department of Defense. Also called Defense Acquisition Regulations (DAR).
DGSC: Defense General Supply Center--An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.
DISC: Defense Industrial Supply Center--An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.
DOD or DoD: Department of Defense
DTD: Dated
ECP: Engineering Change Proposal
EDI: Electronic Data (or Document) Interchange--Electronic exchange of information, paperless office.
FAR: Federal Acquisition Regulation--Procurement regulations used by both civilian and defense organizations.
FAT: First Article Testing--When DOD buys certain goods they may perform extensive tests on the first item delivered.
FFP: Firm Fixed Price--A type of contract under which the government agrees to purchase goods or services at a set price.
FFRDC: Federally Funded Research & Development Center--A facility funded by the government that conducts research and development work. The facility is operated by a university or a related non-profit organization.
FIRMR: Federal Information Management Resources Regulation--Government-wide regulations that govern the purchase of computer goods and services.
FMS: Foreign Military Sales
FSC: Federal Supply Classification--A code number used by the government to identify various items of equipment which are purchased by the government.
FSN: Federal Stock Number--A code number used to identify documents sold by the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents.
FSS: Federal Supply Service--An organization in the U.S. General Services Administration.
GAO: General Accounting Office
GFE: Government-Furnished Equipment
GFM: Government-Furnished Materials
GOCO: Government-Owned, Contractor Operated
GSA: General Services Administration
IAW: In Accordance With
IFB: Invitation for Bid--A solicitation issued by the government to prospective bidders. An IFB describes what the government requires and how the offerors will be evaluated. Award is based on the lowest bid. Negotiations are not conducted.
LSA: Labor Surplus Area--A Federal program to set-aside certain contracts to businesses located in areas with high unemployment.
NLT: No Later Than
NSN: National Stock Number--A unique number assigned by the General Services Administration which catalogs a wide range of items by commodity, group, and class.
NSNA: No Stock Number Assigned
o/a: On or About
OICC: Officer in Charge of Construction
OSD: Office of the Secretary of Defense
OSDBU: Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
PIN: Pre-Invitation Notice--A summary of a solicitation package sent to prospective bidders, who may then request the entire solicitation package.
P.L.: Public Law
P/N: Part Number
PO: Purchase Order
POC: Point of Contact
R&D: Research and Development
RFP: Request for Proposal--A solicitation issued by the government to prospective offerors. An RFP describes what the government requires and how the offerors will be evaluated. Negotiations may be conducted with offerors. Award is based on a combination of lowest price and technical merit.
RFQ: Request for Quotation--A request for market information by the government, used for planning purposes.
ROICC: Resident Officer in Charge of Construction
SBSA: Small Business Set Aside--A solicitation restricted to competition completed only among small businesses.
SDB: Small And Disadvantaged Business--A small business that is owned and operated by a socially or economically disadvantaged individual.
SF: Standard Form
SIC: Standard Industrial Classification--A code number used by the government to classify goods or services by their principal purpose.
SOL: Solicitation--A document that describes the specifications of what the government requires. A solicitation is usually an IFB or a RFP.
SOW: Statement of Work--A description of the government's requirements for purchasing a good or service.

Classification Codes

Notices of contract actions that appear in the CBD are arranged by classification codes. The classification codes are divided into two primary groups, Services and Supplies. Listed below are the titles and examples of the service codes.

Please be aware that the CBD staff are not authorized to determine the classification code for any notice. Only the Contracting Officer that issued the notice is authorized to determine the classification code. Because a misclassified notice of a contract action fails to effectively notify the firms most likely to respond and therefore violates the Competition in Contracting Act and the Contracting Officer would be held responsible, for additional information see Comptroller General Decision No. B-228744, dated November 12, 1987.


A Research and Development
B Special Studies and Analyses--Not R&D
C Architect and Engineering Services--Construction
D Information Technology Services, including Telecommunication Services
E Purchase of Structures and Facilities
F Natural Resources and Conservation Services
G Social Services
H Quality Control, Testing and Inspection Services
J Maintenance, Repair, and Rebuilding of Equipment
K Modification of Equipment
L Technical Representative Services
M Operation of Government-Owned Facilities
N Installation of Equipment
P Salvage Services
Q Medical Services
R Professional, Administrative and Management Support Services
S Utilities and Housekeeping Services
T Photographic, Mapping, Printing, and Publication Services
U Education and Training Services
V Transportation, Travel and Relocation Services
W Lease or Rental of Equipment
X Lease or Rental of Facilities
Y Construction of Structures and Facilities
Z Maintenance, Repair or Alteration of Real Property

Supply, Equipment and Material

The classification codes for Supplies, Equipment, and Material are as follows:

Code Description
10 Weapons
11 Nuclear Ordnance
12 Fire Control Equipment
13 Ammunition and Explosives
14 Guided Missiles
15 Aircraft and Airframe Structural Components
16 Aircraft Components and Accessories
17 Aircraft Launching, Landing, and Ground Handling Equipment
18 Space Vehicles
19 Ships, Small Craft, Pontoons, and Floating Docks
20 Ship and Marine Equipment
22 Railway Equipment
23 Ground Effect Vehicles, Motor Vehicles, Trailers and Cycles
24 Tractors
25 Vehicular Equipment Components
26 Tires and Tubes
28 Engines, Turbines, and Components
29 Engine Accessories
30 Mechanical Power Transmission Equipment
31 Bearings
32 Woodworking Machinery and Equipment
34 Metalworking Machinery
35 Service and Trade Equipment
36 Special Industry Machinery
37 Agricultural Machinery and Equipment
38 Construction, Mining, Excavating, and Highway Maintenance Equipment
39 Materials Handling Equipment
40 Rope, Cable, Chain, and Fittings
41 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Air Circulating Equipment
42 Fire Fighting, Rescue, and Safety Equipment
43 Pumps and Compressors
44 Furnace, Steam Plant, and Drying Equipment, and Nuclear Reactors
45 Plumbing, Heating and Sanitation Equipment
46 Water Purification and Sewage Treatment Equipment
47 Pipe, Tubing, Hose, and Fittings
48 Valves
49 Maintenance and Repair Shop Equipment
51 Hand Tools
52 Measuring Tools
53 Hardware and Abrasives
54 Prefabricated Structures and Scaffolding
55 Lumber, Millwork, Plywood, and Veneer
56 Construction and Building Materials
58 Communication, Detection, and Coherent Radiation Equipment
59 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Components
60 Fiber Optics Materials and Components, Assemblies, and Accessories
61 Electric Wire, and Power and Distribution Equipment
62 Lighting Fixtures and Lamps
63 Alarm and Signal, and Security Detection Systems
65 Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Equipment and Supplies
66 Instruments and Laboratory Equipment
67 Photographic Equipment
68 Chemicals and Chemical Products
69 Training Aids and Devices
70 General Purpose Information Technology Equipment
71 Furniture
72 Household and Commercial Furnishings and Appliances
73 Food Preparation and Serving Equipment
74 Office Machines, Text Processing Systems and Visible Record Equipment
75 Office Supplies and Devices
76 Books, Maps, and Other Publications
77 Musical Instruments, Phonographs, and Home-Type Radios
78 Recreational and Athletic Equipment
79 Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
80 Brushes, Paints, Sealers, and Adhesives
81 Containers, Packaging, and Packing Supplies
83 Textiles, Leather, Furs, Apparel and Shoe Findings, Tents and Flags
84 Clothing, Individual Equipment, and Insignia
85 Toiletries
87 Agricultural Supplies
88 Live Animals
89 Subsistence (Food)
91 Fuels, Lubricants, Oils, and Waxes
93 Nonmetallic Fabricated Materials
94 Nonmetallic Crude Materials
95 Metal Bars, Sheets, and Shapes
96 Ores, Minerals, and Their Primary Products
99 Miscellaneous

How to Read Notices in the CBD

Listed below is an explanation of the format used by the CBD.

DOT, FED HWY ADMIN, Conts and Proc, 900 8th ST, SE, Rm 901, Washington DC 20030

A--TRAFFIC BARRIERS ON CURVES, CURBS AND SLOPES RFP DTFH61-87-R00000. Due 041289. Contact John Doe, 202/377-2000. The objectives of this study are to: 1) develop safer guard rail designs for use on curves, curbs, and slopes; and 2) evaluate existing practices to develop better design guidelines and placement guidelines for guard rail installations on curves, curbs, and slopes. All responsible sources may submit a proposal which shall be considered. See Note 22. (116)
Item Explanation
DOT, FED HWY ADMIN, Conts and Proc, 900 8th ST, SE, Rm 901, Washington DC 20030 Name and address of the contracting office
A Classification Code
RFP DTFH61-87-R00000 Solicitation Number
Due 041289 Due Date 4/12/89
Contact John Doe, 202/377-2000 Contact Person
The objectives of this study are to: 1) develop safer guard...proposal which shall be considered. Description
See Note 22 Read Numbered Note 22
(116) Julian Date indicating when the synopsis was received by the CBD Office

This is only a sample procurement notice. Actual notices may contain either more or less information. For additional information concerning an actual notice please contact the office that has issued the notice. The appropriate office is identified in bold face at the beginning of the notice.

Numbered Notes

Numbered Notes are Footnotes. If a Numbered Note is included in the description of a notice, the note referred to must be read as part of the item.