The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas conducts procurement through local and national channels to satisfy business unit requirements for products and services at the Bank.
It is the mission of the Bank to serve the public by providing regional, national and global perspectives that inform and influence monetary policy, foster financial stability and economic health, and deliver quality services to financial institutions and the United States government. The Bank’s support of small, minority-owned, women-owned and other diverse businesses contributes to that mission because these organizations play a vital role in the economic well-being of our communities. Supplier diversity is an important aspect of our overall efforts to strengthen the economy and improve our communities.
For more information visit the Bank’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI).
The Bank’s Procurement department, which encompasses Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and El Paso, uses various acquisition methods, including competitive bidding, Requests for Information, Requests for Quote and Requests for Proposal. In most circumstances, the Bank issues its requests for quotations and proposals electronically and requires suppliers to submit their quotations or proposals electronically.
The Bank does not participate in the General Services Administration and does not purchase goods or services using federal supply schedules.
In conjunction with the 11 other Reserve Banks in the Federal Reserve System, the Bank participates in national contracts negotiated by the National Procurement Office.
The Supplier Diversity Program (“Program”) helps promote the Bank’s vision of building a vibrant economy and contributing to a strong financial system. The Program demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to encouraging diverse views and perspectives by bringing those values to the supplier space. By soliciting participation in its procurement events from small businesses, including those businesses owned by minorities and women, the Bank ensures the widest possible range of offers. Supporting diverse suppliers promotes economic opportunities and contributes to the local economy.
The Program drives operational excellence and facilitates innovative and cost-effective approaches to address business needs. Engaging a diverse pool of highly qualified suppliers better enables us to reduce costs through increased competition, deliver high-quality products and services to stakeholders, produce innovative and flexible solutions, provide enhanced customer service, streamline processes and mitigate risk of supply-chain disruptions.
External Outreach & Networking
Outreach to external supplier diversity organizations is a key part of our supplier diversity development strategy. The Bank is committed to creating awareness within the community about its purchasing needs and the processes by which these needs are fulfilled. In addition, the Bank periodically hosts supplier diversity events to provide technical assistance, workshops and training to organizations across North Texas.
The Bank actively works with advocacy groups and chambers of commerce to identify suppliers whose expertise matches our organization’s needs. The Bank encourages interested suppliers to share their company’s information to be considered for upcoming procurement opportunities. Our outreach efforts help us understand the business challenges faced by diverse suppliers and guide our technical assistance programs.
The Bank encourages the participation of certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) in all competitive bidding events.
One step to being considered for invitation to the Bank's formal competitive bidding events is to register your organization using the Self-Registration Tool. Please note that registration creates no obligation on the part of the Bank to award a registered supplier business at any level, nor does it guarantee an invitation to a supplier for a competitive bidding event(s). However, if you are not registered, the Bank may not be aware of your availability, products or services offered.
In addition to registering, please forward an e-capabilities statement and ensure that all inquiries or correspondence related to Supplier Diversity activities are directed to our central mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bank will maintain your information in a prospective supplier database. When an acquisition arises for which the Bank has deemed your organization to be qualified, you may be contacted for consideration in that prospective acquisition.
The following is a representative sample of the types of products and services the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas typically procures:
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To further the Bank’s policy of making reasonable efforts to include small businesses in solicitations, the Financial Management Group may, at its discretion, set aside for small businesses an acquisition or class of acquisitions. If the set-aside results in only one reasonable responsive proposal being received from a responsible small business, the contract shall be awarded to that business. If no reasonable responsive proposal is received from a responsible small business, the set-aside may be cancelled and the acquisition made from other than a small business.
Calendar of Events
2019 Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair
June 25–27, Baltimore, Maryland
The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S.
More than 4700+ attendees are expected to attend this high energy affair with thousands of women entrepreneurs and corporate executives ready to make connections and do business.
This three day signature event will feature:
- Innovative educational programming
- Inspiring keynotes
- 1:1 MatchMaker sessions
- Networking Opportunities
- Unrivaled Business Fair
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business Summit
July 18, Dallas, Texas – Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
The Federal Reserve System Supplier Diversity Community has designated July 15–19 as Business Week for Supplier Diversity. In cooperation with the System initiative, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas will hold this one-day business summit on July 18, 2019 for Eleventh District suppliers. The summit will provide external suppliers with information about our Eleventh District Supplier Diversity Program and technical assistance. This event is intended to invite new and existing suppliers to meet with Dallas Fed staff, as well as provide a networking opportunity for attendees.
Attendees will learn about:
- The role of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
- The Supplier Diversity Program at the Dallas Fed.
- Three North Texas organizations that provide supplier training and assistance.
- Upcoming projects at D/FW International Airport.
- Bonding assistance presented by Cross Timbers Procurement Center.
- The state of small businesses report from a Dallas Fed economist.
- Networking opportunities with Dallas Fed staff, D/FW suppliers and outside organizations.
2019 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange
October 13–16, Atlanta, Georgia
The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations, will convene in Austin, Texas, to reenergize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.
This one-of-a-kind event features:
- Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
- More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
- A one-day business opportunity exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths
- A black-tie awards banquet
- Endless opportunities to network
Supplier Diversity Contact
For supplier diversity information, please contact Kaitlin McCrum at 214-922-5128 or via email.