On November 3, 2014 the Department of Defense (DoD) transitioned from the Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) to the Invoice, Receipt, Acceptance, Property Transfer (iRAPT) system. iRAPT is an online invoicing system allowing government vendors to submit their federal contracting invoices and receipts. The goal of this system is to create an organized, paperless environment for vendors selling goods and services to the DoD.
The purpose of iRAPT is to send invoices and receive reports to and from government agencies. Registering for iRAPT will speed up the process of being paid by the federal government once you have completed a contract. This system allows contractors to electronically send and track invoices to contracting officers which permits prompt payment for services rendered.Government agencies such as the Department of Defense (DoD) use WAWF/iRAPT to ensure they send registered government contractors timely payments when a solicitation has been completed.
Quick and accurate payment processing
Document accuracy and organization
Global accessibility of documents
Immediate feedback when documents are rejected
If you are working with the DoD, you must be registered in iRAPT (as stated in DFAR clause 252.232.7003). If you work on a DoD contract without iRAPT you will not be paid. The benefits of using iRAPT are:
With WAWF/iRAPT, a government contractor can even correct or resubmit rejected documents, receive email notifications of awaiting actions and view their status history with each federal agency for which they have conducted business.
Our iRAPT Registration process includes the following:
WAWF/iRAPT account activation
Invoice method determination
Government POC coordination
Invoice tracking application creation
CPU guideline set up
Your iRAPT links directly to your CAGE code so if you keep your SAM registration active, you will be able to keep your iRAPT account. If your registration expires, you will need a new CAGE code and have to re-apply for iRAPT access.
For those not too familiar with the military, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is basically the supplier of the U.S. armed forces. Starting in WWII and in the decades following, the four branches of the military recognized a need to streamline their supply efforts. In the 1960s this growing necessity lead to the creation of the Defense Supply Agency. As time moved on, the agency's responsibilities expanded to contract administration. With the added duties, the agency was given its present day name.
There's a lot of history between those points, but that's pretty much the basic gist of it.
Today, the Defense Logistics Agency has locations in 48 states and 28 nations. They help provide supplies such as weapons fuel, repair parts, and many more while supporting the acquisition process. They also play a role in providing relief to victims of natural disasters and humanitarian aid for refugees.
So where does DIBBS come in?
DIBBS stands for "DLA Internet Bid Board System." Basically, it's a portal for contractors to submit quotes and proposals for a DLA solicitation. So although you can search for opportunities for it, it's not as much of a contract search portal as FedBizOpps. On DIBBS you will primarily find opportunities listed as Request For Quotes (RFQs) and Request For Proposals (RFPs). Here's a rundown:
Average opportunities are for less than $4,000
More Common Than RFPs
Generally quoted on the website
30-35% are awarded without human intervention
More of a "hands-on" process to complete
Proposals may be negotiated