General Information about HUD Contracting

What does HUD do?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the Federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address America's housing needs, improve and develop the Nation's communities and enforce fair housing laws. HUD's business is helping to create a decent home and suitable living environment for all Americans, and it has given America's cities a strong national voice at the Cabinet level. HUD's programs include:

  • Providing mortgage insurance to help individuals and families become homeowners;
  • Development, rehabilitation and modernization of the nation's public and Indian housing stock;
  • Development of HUD-insured multifamily housing;
  • Development, improvement and revitalization of America's urban centers and neighborhoods;
  • Providing rental subsidies to lower-income families to help them obtain affordable housing; and,
  • Enforcement of Federal Fair Housing laws.

HUD is assisted in carrying these various programs and in managing its own operations by a variety of independent contractors and vendors.

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Who is responsible for awarding HUD contracts?

HUD's Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) has overall authority and responsibility for the Department's contracting activities. The CPO serves as HUD's Senior Procurement Executive.

Contracts are awarded and managed by four principal offices within the Department: the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) in HUD Headquarters and the three Field Contracting Operations (FCOs) located in Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO. The FCOs have branches and staff located in other cities within their jurisdictions.

Contact information for OCPO and the FCOs is available on HUD's Internet contracting homepage.

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What does HUD buy?

HUD contracts for a variety of services and supplies. Its contracting needs may vary significantly from headquarters to field offices.

  • Headquarters

    Contracts and purchases awarded here primarily support Headquarters programs and operations. They include professional services such as research and evaluation studies, business process re-engineering and technical assistance to HUD funding recipients and logistical support services including building maintenance and supplies. They may also include logistical and technical support for the operation of the Department nationwide (e.g., information technology hardware, systems and services).

  • Field

    The majority of HUD's field contracts and purchases support the field program operations of the Department's Office of Housing/Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The most common requirements are:

    • Property Management, Marketing and Sales
      Under its Single Family Housing Real Estate Owned and Multifamily Property Disposition Programs, HUD manages, markets, and sells single and multifamily real estate properties such as single-family homes, apartment projects and nursing homes nationwide. Contracted services may include property management (e.g., on-site managers), general repairs and maintenance, rehabilitation, property marketing, sales closings, routine inspections, appraisals, foreclosures, security guard services, demolition and other related services (e.g., advertising, architectural/engineering design). They also may provide subcontracting opportunities (e.g., roofing, painting, paint removal, grounds keeping, snow removal, etc.).

    • FHA Mortgage Insurance Support Services
      Contracted services for the FHA's Single and Multifamily Housing mortgage insurance programs may include: appraisals, field reviews of appraisals, architectural and compliance reviews, building inspections, mortgage credit analysis, mortgage insurance endorsement processing (including data entry), title service, underwriting analysis, construction cost analysis, construction inspections and review of owner financial statements and project occupancy. These services may be needed for both single and multifamily properties.

These contracts may provide opportunities for small businesses (see also HUD's Procurement Opportunity Programs).

Please note...Purchases of general supplies and services to support the operations of HUD's field offices normally do not provide any significant, broad, open market contracting opportunities. The vast majority of these purchases are made using simplified acquisition procedures with local vendors, through orders placed under existing contracts (e.g., via Federal Supply Schedules established under contracts with the U.S. General Services Administration), or via agreements with other Federal agencies.

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What contracting opportunities are there with organizations that receive HUD financial assistance?

HUD provides substantial amounts of financial assistance to State and local governments and nonprofit organizations for a variety of purposes such as modernizing public housing and renovating urban areas. HUD's funding recipients, in turn, use a significant portion of these funds to contract directly for supplies, services and construction to help them carry out their projects. These procurements may offer considerable-contracting opportunities in general and often provide significant opportunities for participation by small, small disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

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How does HUD find Contractors?

HUD does not maintain "bidders mailing lists." Instead, the Department posts new solicitations for contracts and notices of purchases expected to exceed $25,000 on its Internet Contracting Opportunities page.

Businesses can browse the current solicitations and download any of the complete solicitations they choose. We think this is a faster, less costly way to tell you about our opportunities. It also lets you decide which contracts you wish to compete for and reduces the risk of your missing out on any competition. Please note that HUD also lists prime contracts with potential subcontracting opportunities on this website.