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What is CCR and ORCA?

Federal acquisition regulations require contractors who wish to do business with the federal government to register with Central Contractor Registration (CCR) prior to the award of any federal contract, basic order agreement, or blanket purchasing agreement.  Registration must be renewed annually.  The Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) is an e-Government initiative that has been developed to replace most of the paper-based representations and certifications process, known as Section K, by creating an Internet application that allows user access 24/7.  You can register at

What are the benefits of CCR and ORCA?

Mandatory CCR is now the single repository of all vendor data.  CCR includes the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) PRO-NET database and SBA certifications.  The government contracting officers check this database for products and services, and then notifications of open bidding opportunities are e-mailed to companies.  Quicker payment of invoices is another result of this electronic data system.  The registration is free, and CIRAS can help you with the process.  To register, go to  When you have submitted your registration, you will automatically be assigned a commercial and government entity (CAGE) code.  This code is used by the Department of Defense to identify specific companies.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

Experienced counselors can assist in completing all of the registrations you need to begin doing business with the federal government.

What is my next step?

Contact the following staff members to see what CIRAS can do for you:
Western Iowa: Gordon Bonnes 712-308-2229
Central Iowa: Pam Russenberger 515-509-7814
Northeast Iowa: Julie Fagle 319-310-8612
Southwest Iowa: Beth White 563-370-2166