Working with CNS

  1. Obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Number
    The Dun and Bradstreet (D-U-N-S) Number is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses. Obtaining a number is FREE. The D-U-N-S Numbers are often referenced by lenders and potential business partners to help predict the reliability and/or financial stability of the company as well as maintaining up-to-date and timely information on more than 300 million global businesses.

    Note: In December 2020, the U.S. Government is moving to a new Government-owned Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which will become the primary key to identify entities throughout SAM, other Integrated Award Environment, and downstream Government systems. DUNS will be phased out as the primary key to identify entity records within SAM.

  2. Register your business with System for Award Management (SAM)
    Registration in SAM is FREE. SAM is the official U.S. Government database that combines the former Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database, Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg), Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA) and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) Systems.
  3. Ensure your company information is in the Small Business Administration (SBA) Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS)
    The DSBS is a database that government agencies use to find small business contractors for upcoming requirements. Small businesses can also use DSBS to find other small businesses to work with.
    Note: The information you provide when you register your business in SAM is used to populate DSBS. A link during SAM registration is available.
  4. Register in the CNS Vendor Registry
    The CNS Vendor Registry shall be used as a market research or buyer search tool for locating and obtaining businesses who are interested in working with the Pantex Plant (Amarillo, TX) and/or the Y-12 National Security Complex (Oak Ridge, TN). This Vendor Registry is for Procurement purposes only and is not intended to prequalify nor guarantee subcontract awards.
  5. Review Upcoming Major Procurements
    Our goal is to provide you with CNS (Y-12 and Pantex) procurement projections based on the best information presently available. This information is provided for planning purposes.
    Keep in mind that these requirements may be revised or cancelled, depending on program budget funding or departmental needs. Suppliers are encouraged to monitor the CNS Procurement Forecast monthly for any upcoming major requirements.
  6. Review Contract Opportunities (formerly FBO)
    Although not a requirement, and dependent upon the complexity of the requirement, CNS may choose to post certain requirements on Contract Opportunities as a means to expand market research activities.
  7. After Registration, above, provide a One-Page Capability Statement to the Small Business Program Office at Pantex and/or Y-12.
  8. Learn more about CNS Mission, Supply Chain Management (SCM), and the Small Business Program Office:

    Pantex Plant: https://www.pantex.energy.gov
    Y-12 National Security Complex: https://www.y12.doe.gov

    Pantex Plant: https://www.pantex.com/doing-business
    Y-12 National Security Complex: https://www.y12.doe.gov/suppliers