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WAWF is now iRAPT


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.


Benefits of iRAPT


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.


Getting Registered in iRAPT


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.




WHAT IS DIBBS


The DLA and DIBBS


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:


Request for Quotes (RFQs)


Under $100,000

Average opportunities are for less than $4,000

More Common Than RFPs

Generally quoted on the website

30-35% are awarded without human intervention


Over $100,000

More of a "hands-on" process to complete

Proposals may be negotiated

As obvious as it may seem, your first step will be to visit the DIBBS website. However, when trying to reach the site, you might see a notice of a privacy error.



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