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Getting Started

Doing business with NSA is not as daunting as you may have been led to believe. It is true that NSA does no "open" procurements; therefore, you will never see an NSA requirement on FEDBIZOPS. However, by following a few easy steps, you can register your company in NSA's Acquisition Resource Center (ARC) and begin to position your business to do work with NSA.

So let's get started...

The first step is to register your company in NSA's Acquisition Resource Center (ARC). Before you can register in the ARC, however, you must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). If you are not currently registered in the SAM, follow the link provided and return here after you have your confirmed SAM registration. Once you have completed your SAM registration, visit to begin your ARC registration.

After registering in the ARC, you should attend the Office of Small Business Programs' "Pathway to Success: A Start-Up Guide to Working with NSA".. The briefing is open to companies of all sizes and provides a comprehensive overview of NSA programs designed to help businesses do business with the Agency.

"Pathway to Success" is a standing, quasi bi-weekly meeting. This is the Office of Small Business Programs "Start-up Guide" for how to do business with the Agency, and is held in lieu of one-on-one meetings with companies due to the large numbers of small businesses interested in working with the NSA.

To register for the "Pathway to Success" briefing, click here: Pathway Registration.

Each of these meetings will provide detailed information about the next steps you should take to position your company to do business with the National Security Agency.

If you need assistance with any of these steps, please contact the Office of Small Business Programs via e-mail at

Once you have completed the above, please visit our Programs page for additional business opportunities available at NSA.


Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Sep 18, 2012 | Last Reviewed: Sep 18, 2012