Government contract procurement is a process that connects highly qualified suppliers with government agencies. Procurement contracts are essential in supplying government agencies with the equipment and services needed for effective operations. From federal government IT procurement to aircraft parts procurement, there is a broad range of supplies and services requested through government contracts. Suppliers are encouraged to bid on contracts and, if they are awarded, have the opportunity to build a working relationship with government agencies. In this article, we’ll answer the following questions: 

  • What is government contract procurement’s purpose?
  • How does Greenwood Aerospace work within the government procurement system?
  • What does Greenwood Aerospace offer government procurement contracts?

Greenwood Aerospace is a trusted aerospace supplier for government agencies, private defense contractors, and more. With over forty years of experience, our expert team is committed to keeping complex aviation programs operational and safe. We secure government contracts and work with an extensive network of suppliers to ensure compliance, efficiency, and rapid procurement. Let’s look closer at the beginnings of government contract procurement and its authorities. 

Government Contract Procurement’s Purpose

Procuring government contracts is a complex process that requires suppliers to meet critical standards and regulations. In this section, we’ll look closer at government contract procurement’s importance, via:

  1. The history of government procurement contracts
  2. Authorities within government procurement contracting
  3. Changing demands of government contract procurement

The federal government procurement system depends on reliable suppliers who can deliver on contracts and provide exceptional service. Greenwood Aerospace is experienced in meeting government contracting needs. We provide key services in procurement, logistics, and more, to ensure government aviation programs are mission ready.

The History of Government Procurement Contracts

Government procurement dates back to the early days of the United States. Initially, most government purchases were made directly from suppliers or through local agents. 

Contracting and the extent of regulations we know today were later introduced based on the needs of war, particularly in the development of technologies and essential equipment. During the Civil War, the federal government began awarding contracts for military supplies such as weapons, uniforms, and food. This marked a significant increase in government procurement activities and introduced the function of government procurement contracts.

By the early 1900s, the government's procurement function expanded further, particularly during World War I and World War II. The federal government became a major purchaser of goods and services to support military efforts. To manage the increasing procurement needs, several agencies were established. Notable among them is the establishment of the General Services Administration (GSA) in 1949, responsible for overseeing government contracts and procurement policies.

In recent decades, government procurement has evolved with advances in technology and changing needs. The government now uses various methods for procurement, including competitive bidding, requests for proposals (RFPs), and online platforms.

Today, the U.S. is one of the largest arms producers in the world. In 2021 alone, Lockheed Martin accounted for sales of over $60 billion. Many of these sales fall within the government procurement system as they assist the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and more. 

There has also been a growing emphasis on including small businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by minorities in government contracting through initiatives like the Small Business Administration (SBA) and set-aside programs. Greenwood Aerospace is one such company, as we are Native American-owned HubZone corporation, certified by the SBA. This means we meet the necessary qualifications to fulfill government procurement contracts across an array of aerospace services. 

Government contracts remain a crucial part of the U.S. economy, providing opportunities for businesses while fulfilling the government's diverse needs, ranging from defense and infrastructure to technology and services.

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Authorities Within Government Procurement Contracting

Over the years, there have been efforts to improve procurement processes and increase transparency. The establishment of agencies to export control processes, ensure compliance, and strengthen national security played crucial roles in the government's procurement. Let’s dive into the following agencies:

  1. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  2. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  3. System for Award Management (SAM) 

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) was established in 1976. ITAR is a set of regulations administered by the U.S. Department of State that governs the export and import of defense-related articles and services. Its purpose is to safeguard U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by controlling the transfer of defense articles, technical data, and defense services to foreign entities. ITAR covers a broad range of items and technologies that have military or defense-related applications, and imposes licensing requirements and restrictions on their export.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was established in 1984. It is a set of rules and regulations that govern the acquisition process for the federal government. The FAR provides guidelines and procedures for federal agencies to follow when procuring goods and services and determines procedures for government contract lifecycles. Its purpose is to promote efficiency, competition, fairness, and transparency in government procurement, ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and that the government receives quality goods and services at reasonable prices.

The System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) was established as a consolidation of multiple government systems in 2012. SAM is a web-based platform that serves as a central registry for government contractors, grant recipients, and other entities conducting business with the federal government. It combines various systems, such as the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), into a single interface. The purpose of SAM is to streamline the procurement process, enhance transparency, and simplify the registration and management of entities doing business with the federal government.

Greenwood Aerospace is fully compliant with SAM, FAR, and ITAR authorities. We provide quality assurance that ensures we meet the necessary standards to successfully fulfill government procurement contracts. We stay on top of changes within government contract procurement in order to deliver fast and precise services to government agencies. 

Changing Demands of Government Procurement Contracts

In recent years, the demands of government contract procurement have evolved in response to various factors, such as economic shifts and international conflict. There is an increasing focus on achieving greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness in government contract procurement, especially across military and defense contracting. Traditional government contracts often focused on detailed specifications and requirements. However, there is now a shift towards performance-based contracts that emphasize measurable outcomes and results. This approach: 

  1. Alows for more flexibility
  2. Encourages innovation
  3. Holds contractors accountable for achieving desired results

While MIL-SPEC packaging has historically been crucial for military-related procurement, its importance has expanded to other government sectors that require specialized packaging for sensitive or fragile equipment. Compliance with MIL-SPEC packaging standards is often a requirement in government contract procurement, along with an understanding of MIL-SPEC shipping codes.

Government contract procurement now places greater emphasis on supply chain security and resilience. This is particularly important for critical infrastructure projects and defense-related acquisitions. The government aims to mitigate risks associated with supply chain disruptions, cybersecurity threats, and vulnerabilities by implementing stringent security measures and engaging in closer collaboration with suppliers.

Suppliers must also be able to keep up with the demand that comes with foreign military sales, which has continuously developed since World War II. As the U.S. is a world leader in military spending, many of our allies rely on FMS contracts to sustain their defense operations. 

ASTM compliance is often required of aerospace suppliers through U.S. government procurement websites, to ensure a wider scope of reliability standards are met. This can be particularly useful for government agencies looking to work with suppliers on FMS contracts, as ASTM standards are recognized globally. 

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How Does Greenwood Aerospace Work Within the Government Procurement System?

Providing reliable services and working within procurement government contracts are just a couple of the ways Greenwood Aerospace has built our reputation of being a trusted aerospace distributor. We work with multiple government agencies to deliver effective solutions that serve a wide range of operations. From onshore missions to offshore combats, we assist the U.S. government's ongoing defense efforts through the award of procurement government contracts.

We utilize our extensive stock from our warehouse in Ponca City, Oklahoma, to provide unparalleled customer service and efficient part distribution. We focus on keeping parts available for essential missions and delivering on time, every time. 

At Greenwood Aerospace, we use our convenient central location to reach both coasts with ease and stay ahead of supply chain threats. In this section, we’ll focus on how we work within contract lifecycle management and look at the government agencies we work closest with. 

Contract Lifecycle Management

Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) ensures that government contracts are managed in compliance with federal supply chain regulations. CLM is a comprehensive approach to managing various stages of a government contract–ensuring transparency and efficiency amongst suppliers who are submitting proposals. CLM helps the government achieve its goals, avoid risks, and ensure that taxpayer funds are used responsibly. 

Within the aerospace industry, CLM serves to address a number of technical requirements and safety standards. As aerospace projects are intricate, government procurement contracts must clearly identify the scope of the work required and the specific needs of suppliers. Like any procurement government contract, aerospace contracts are diverse in their purpose and specifications. 

As the demands of government procurement service contracts continue to change, CLM promotes transparency and streamlines the bidding process. Suppliers are able to monitor their bids and stakeholders can track project progress in real-time.

Greenwood Aerospace’s advanced services in procurement enhance CLM efforts. We adapt to our customer’s evolving needs and ensure the timely delivery of aircraft parts that are crucial to the success of government programs. Reach out to us at to discuss your program’s unique needs. 

Agencies Greenwood Aerospace Has Worked With in Government Procurement

At Greenwood Aerospace, we understand that each operation is different and requires attentive services. Our focus is on meeting a diverse range of customer needs with a high level of care and industry knowledge. When it comes to working with government agencies we take great pride in meeting every requirement on a contract. We know how to procure government contracts and repeatedly deliver successful outcomes for our customers. 

We acknowledge and appreciate the incredible impact of our nation’s government agencies. From the Bureau of Land Management’s role in protecting our natural treasures to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s role in space exploration, we understand that our role as an aerospace supplier is what keeps these missions running. Some of the government agencies we work with include:

At Greenwood Aerospace, we’ve built a reliable rapport with government agencies in prime and subcontractor roles. Our services support our nation in the defense, conservation, and exploration of our planet. Our team of experts uses their in-depth industry knowledge to provide key aircraft services that ensure the sustainment and longevity of aviation programs. 

What Does Greenwood Aerospace Offer Government Procurement Contracts?

At Greenwood Aerospace, we’re well acquainted with U.S. government procurement contracts. We specialize in aircraft products and services that keep aviation programs flying and mission ready. Our ability to meet government contract procurement requirements makes us an agile aerospace solutions provider. Our role is to provide high-quality parts and expertise on every contract. In this section, we’ll look at how we deliver:

  1. Aircraft Parts
  2. Aircraft Services
  3. Supplier Opportunities

Aircraft Parts

Finding a reliable aircraft part supplier can be challenging. Our team has mastered the ever-changing nature of supply chain demand and supplier sourcing by operating as a national stock supplier of aircraft parts and accessories. Our in-depth understanding of aircraft parts and our expansive network of suppliers allow us to mitigate supply chain issues and locate aftermarket parts. We leverage our purchasing history for government agencies to attain the best price for every part needed. We expertly fulfill government procurement contracts at the best price.

We use our Part Procurement Intelligence (GPIQ)  to forecast future demand and manage supplier risk through predictive analytics. This software was created with prime contractors that support special mission aircraft in mind. GPIQ ensures that suppliers have undertaken stringent onboarding and qualification tests, providing important information about their prior performance. The software simplifies and improves labor-intensive activities to make the supply chain process effective and quick. In addition to utilizing our GPIQ software, our procurement team uses their expertise to:

  1. Coordinate purchases
  2. Supply ground support equipment
  3. Provide comprehensive kitting services

We help streamline complex fixed-wing acquisition processes and apply our considerable understanding of the aerospace industry to deliver detailed market evaluations. Our team of acquisition and support coordinators can help you access special mission platforms, including:

At Greenwood Aerospace, we understand that government aviation programs extend beyond aircraft. We offer ground support logistics services and equipment to help build your program from the ground up. We provide cost-effective solutions to keep your operations functioning at maximum efficiency. Our centralized program management ensures fast procurement of ground support equipment on location or through our vast network of suppliers.

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Aircraft Services

At Greenwood Aerospace, our focus is to provide fast and innovative problem-solving to support our customers by delivering lasting solutions. Our range of aircraft services includes:

  1. Aircraft leasing
  2. Aircraft sustainment
  3. Part storage and distribution

Aircraft Leasing

For the last 25 years, we’ve assisted government agencies with special mission aircraft leasing solutions. We understand the reliance government agencies have on Operations & Maintenance funds for aircraft leasing. Greenwood Aerospace is experienced in the intricacies of budget scoring rules for capital and operating leases, resulting in successful aircraft lease programs for federal agencies. We assist our customers by meeting the six operating lease criteria for aircraft lease programs involving:

Aircraft Sustainment

Greenwood Aerospace ensures the airworthiness of aircraft through our expert sustainment services. Our team of aerospace industry experts ensures that fleets get the most out of their lifespan, and even safely extend them where possible. We assist our customers in providing diligent care and attention to retain smooth aviation operations.

Part Storage and Distribution

Our services in storage and distribution make us a leading stocking supplier of aerospace parts. Our expansive stock of proprietary and aftermarket parts covers your program's every need. With our team of experts, we mitigate supply chain delays, part shortages, and unpredictable shipping issues. Our extensive connections with government, military, and aerospace agencies allow us to purchase and store surplus inventory from completed contracts. We offer a vast availability of essential parts at more cost-effective prices to suit your contract needs.

Become a Supplier with Greenwood Aerospace

Greenwood Aerospace can help you expand your operation and assist in fulfilling government procurement contracts. Become a supplier with us and work with a leader in the aerospace industry that has extensive connections. Speak to us today to learn more about becoming a supplier with Greenwood Aerospace. We are well-versed in the federal government procurement system and can assist your operation in further development.

Work with Greenwood Aerospace, Experts in Government Procurement Contracts

At Greenwood Aerospace, we efficiently fulfill government procurement contracts and deliver the best aerospace services. Our goal to assist government agencies, defense contractors, and private contractors with advanced solutions makes us a powerful force in the aerospace industry. 

Contact us today to see how we can help you complete your next mission. Request a quote for your aircraft part needs or call us to discuss your operation. For large quotes, email us at

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