Purchasing

Important Notice

Arlington County is transitioning our financial management system to a new online Oracle cloud-based solution. Effective July 31, 2024, suppliers will no longer have access to Vendor Registry. The new system is called PRISM+. Beginning August 1, 2024, new suppliers will have the opportunity to register, and existing suppliers will access our new cloud Supplier Portal to do business with us and make all necessary updates to their business records. PRISM+ will streamline the way we do business and provide a more efficient process for purchasing, payments, and bidding. 

Please look out for future communications with more information about PRISM+ and check our website for updates as we proceed through this transition.

Disparity Study

Arlington is conducting a Disparity Study to determine the effects of race, ethnicity or gender on a businesses’ ability to do business in Arlington County. Visit www.arlingtoncountyvadisparitystudy.com to learn more about the study and sign up for opportunities to learn and engage.

Access and Respond to Arlington County’s Formal Solicitations through Vendor Registry

Arlington County has migrated contracts from eVA to Vendor Registry. The County uses the Commonwealth of Virginia’s electronic procurement system, eVA, for issuing informal and small purchase competitive requests; the County uses Vendor Registry for its electronic procurement system for formal solicitations.

Please visit the Vendor Registry webpage for more information on how to register as a vendor and to access the County’s active solicitations and contracts. 

Need Help?

Contact the Purchasing staff for any questions. Small businesses that need help determining if they should register with eVA or Vendor Registry should meet with a BizLaunch team member.  

Access and Respond to Arlington County’s Informal and Small Purchase Request through eVA

Arlington County Procurement Process

Please note Arlington County now receives electronic responses to solicitations only through Vendor Registry; in person submissions are suspended.

Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) of 1995

The County Board of Arlington County adopted PPTA Guidelines on Dec. 11, 2012, with an effective date of April 1, 2013. More information can be found on the PPTA website.

Living Wage Policy

  • A living wage requirement applies for service contracts with an estimated annual value greater than $50,000, performed on County owned or controlled property, facilities owned or leased and operated by a contractor if services provided at that location are exclusive to Arlington County, or contracts for home-based services. View the FAQ(PDF, 139KB) on the application of the Living Wage requirements.
  • Effective July 1, 2021 the County Board increased the living wage to $17 per hour.
  • Visit the eComply website to register and upload the Living Wage Quarterly Compliance Report and payroll.

Arlington County’s Transit Bureau’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The Transit Bureau’s DBE program conforms to the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) standards set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in 49 CFR Part 26. The Transit Bureau’s DBE participation goal for FTA-assisted projects is updated in a triennial basis. For the period of 2021–2023, the public announcement can be found here. Please review the methodology here.

Minority Participation Policy

The County has a policy for increasing the participation of small, minority, and women owned businesses. View or download the Minority Participation Policy, or obtain a hard copy by contacting the Purchasing Office at 703-228-3410.