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US Government & Military

U.S. GOVERNMENT and MILITARY PURCHASESof Traffic, Road, Parking and Custom Signs


  • As of March 2005, Agencies and the Military are no longer required to purchase all signs from Federal Prison Industries (FPI, a.k.a. Unicor)
  • Federal employees and Military personnel may instead purchase signs from ANY Sign Company registered with the U.S. Government’s “SAM.GOV” website
    • $3,500 or Less: “Purchase from FPI is NOT mandatory and a waiver is NOT required if – (e) Acquiring listed items totaling $3,500 or less” FAR Part 8, Subpart 8.6 (Acquisition from Federal Prison Industries, Inc.), Section 8.605 (exceptions)"
    • FAR MICRO-PURCHASES: Effective 2015: use of the U.S. Government / GSA Credit Card is authorized for purchases of $3,500 or less (up from $3,000).  Although Federal Law allows purchases of up to $3,500 without any competitive bids or documentation for ALL Agencies, Bureaus and the U.S. Military, some Agencies, Bureaus and local offices have set lower limits for credit card purchases.  Please check with your local Procurement / Contracting Office.
    • Over $3,500:“If the FPI item is not comparable in one or more of the areas of price1, quality2 and time of delivery3…”(superscripts added) FAR Part 8 (Required sources of supplies and services), Subpart 8.6 (Acquisition from Federal Prison Industries, Inc.) purchases from any commercial sign shop that registered with is authorized, but a justification that price or quality or time of delivery are factors is required."
    • 1, 2 & 3 above: ARA Signs are superior to FPI signs in ALL 3 areas; price, quality and time of delivery.
  • Please see the U.S. Government FAR website at for complete details

SAM.GOV Registration

  • Pursuant to law, any Sign Shop MUST first be registered with the website before supplying signs to U.S. Government Agencies or the U.S. Military.
  • ARA Signs, Inc. is one of the relatively few Sign Shops that have met the U.S. Government’s eligibility requirements and is fully approved and registered.
  • ARA Signs, Inc. is also registered with the U.S. Government database ORCA; another prerequisite, per law, before supplying signs to the U.S. Government and Military
  • Please see the U.S. Government website at for complete details and/or to view our registration.
  • Our Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S Number (used by the CCR) is #62-118-1689


  • GSA SmartPay MasterCard Credit Card
  • All major credit cards
  • Third Party Drafts (checks) drawn from U.S. Government or Military accounts
  • Purchase Orders (standard business credit terms, Net 30, apply)
  • all other payment methods established by the various Agencies

OUR U.S. GOVERNMENT CUSTOMERS:  We are proud to state that we have sold signs to numerous satisfied Federal and Military personnel in various Agencies including

  • the National Park Service (Dept. of Interior)
  • U.S. Forest Service (Dept. of Agriculture)
  • Federal Prisons
  • U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • U.S. Navy and the • Army Corps of Engineers
  • to name just a few.


  • the owners, Dave and Mary, are retired Federal Employees
  • all “official” sales are, of course, exempt from sales tax
  • we offer one of the best warranties / guarantees in the Sign Industry
  • with over 9,000 DOT / MUTCD Compliant and other standard signs, we offer one of the largest selections of signs.
  • we also manufacture semi-custom and custom signs in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes
  • we are reflective aluminum sign experts; that’s all we do or offer
  • signs can be purchased on-line using our SSL encrypted shopping card, or ordered by phone
  • all signs are Made in the U.S.A.,in “Fabulous” Las Vegas, Nevada.  All of our sign making materials are also Made in the U.S.A.

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