In some cases, agencies have their own procurement sites. The Department of the Navy is one of those agencies. Not all of their opportunities will make it to SAM, as contracts over $25,000 are mandated to be posted there. Well, where do you find the smaller, more obtainable contracts for a new business just starting out? This blow will walk you through what NECO is and how you can leverage it in your procurement strategy.

What is NECO?

Navy Electronics Commerce Online (NECO) is an electronic commerce portal used by the Department of the Navy for posting solicitations and conducting business transactions online. This platform serves as the gateway for vendors interested in doing business with the Navy and its entities.

Through NECO, businesses can find contract opportunities, respond to solicitations, and exchange transactional information directly with the Navy. It’s part of the broader Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange (EC/EDI) capabilities aimed at improving and streamlining procurement processes.

Why NECO Matters

Navy Advantages:


Vendor Advantages:

What You Will Find on NECO

Goods and Supplies




Research and Development




Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts

These are long-term arrangements that set the terms for future transactions. They’re often used for goods and services that are frequently procured.

How to Register for NECO

Prior to registering, be sure that you are active in the System for Award Management (SAM) with both a CAGE and UEI. You will also need a DUNS number. Even though it’s not a “required field” if you submit your vendor registration prior to entering your DUNS, you will receive an error message and are unable to move forward.

The Role of NECO in Government Contracting

NECO focuses exclusively on the U.S. Navy and its related entities, offering a concentrated marketplace for vendors interested in Navy-specific contracts. This specialization makes it easier for such vendors to find relevant opportunities.

NECO often links back to or integrates with broader federal systems to ensure compliance with overarching Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). Like other federal contracting platforms, NECO ensures that all listings and transactions comply with federal laws and regulations, offering both vendors and the Navy a secure environment for procurement.

For businesses that have specialized offerings relevant to naval operations—whether it’s shipbuilding, cybersecurity, or logistics—NECO serves as a more targeted entry point into government contracting. Because NECO is specialized, businesses that pay close attention to it may have a competitive advantage in securing Navy contracts compared to those that focus solely on more general federal contracting platforms.

In line with federal goals to streamline the acquisition process, NECO can also be used for simplified acquisitions, which are generally faster and have less bureaucratic red tape than traditional acquisition methods.

NECO vs. Other Government Contracting Platforms (formerly FedBizOpps or is a broad federal platform for contract opportunities across all government agencies. NECO complements these by offering a Navy-specific platform, which can be more efficient for vendors interested specifically in Navy contracts.

If you have effectively performed market research and determined that Navy is in your top targeted agencies list, be sure to register for NECO to begin engaging with Navy-specific opportunities. It would make sense to confirm through market research before registering to ensure your time is well-spent exploring and/or qualifying opportunities.

Final Thoughts

In summary, if the Department of Navy is one of the agencies that buy what you sell, leverage NECO in your strategy. Be sure to check out our events calendar for upcoming Navy events that will give you an opportunity to introduce yourself to your targeted government buyers.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out to us by scheduling a strategy session. Our team at Duwel Dev is here to assist you in navigating the complexities of securing a recession-proof revenue stream in government contracting.