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How to do Business with Department of Justice

48-ScalesofJusticeThe mission of the Department of Justice is to enforce the law and to defend US interests, to ensure public safety, to provide leadership in preventing and controlling crime, to punish the guilty, and to insure fair and impartial justice for all Americans. Since, 1789, it has been the job of the Attorney General to execute this mission.

The Department of Justice is the world’s largest law office employing more than 9200 attorneys. The whole department is massive consisting of 59 different agencies including the law enforcement agencies most of us are familiar with like the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), INTERPOL Washington, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and the US Marshall Service. However, this department also houses agencies like:

  • The Civil Rights Division – that enforces all civil rights acts;
  • The Elder Justice Initiative – that provides a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation; and
  • Project Safe Childhood – that combines law enforcement efforts, community action and public awareness to combat child exploitation.

Because of the breadth of this department to reach into every facet of our everyday lives, there are countless ways to partner with the DOJ including many grant opportunities. The Office on Violence Against Women, for example, administers 19 grant programs to help protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. This link is to several DOJ agencies with sites that provide grant information including; programs, funding opportunities, and application assistance.

The Department of Justice is one of those departments that make it easy for you to find ways to do business with them. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) page has links to 2015 forecasts that you can download in PDF or excel formats and to their calendar of events where you can arrange to meet with a DOJ Small Business Specialist.

In reviewing the forecast, I found that the BOP alone has hundreds of contract opportunities. Just a few of the contracts expected to be awarded on January 1, 2015, include: emergency medical transport; dental assistants; electric, natural gas, water and sewer; security systems; and weapons. Time is drawing nigh for these Q1 contracts but I encourage you to take a look at the forecast and incorporate a plan of attack as you begin planning for 2015. Just remember, the opportunities at the Department of Justice abound.

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