How Does Direct Express Work?

With Direct Express, a federal agency’s contracting official may cite a FEDLINK contract number on an agency purchase order and send it directly to the vendor.

When citing FEDLINK procurement vehicles, members are responsible for
  • executing all contract actions in accordance with the FAR or other applicable regulations,
  • sending FEDLINK a copy of executed orders to

FEDLINK has awarded a number of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts for commercial information and bibliographic services and publications. These contract vehicles allow the government to place orders for commercially available supplies or services during a fixed time period.

The vendor pays the FEDLINK administrative fee of 0.75% of total Direct Express sales. The fee is included in the contract award price(s) and reflected in the total amount charged to ordering activities. Direct Express customers are responsible for initiating the purchase including the creation of a sole source justification at the order level when required, managing delivery of the products and services, and paying invoices.

For a complete list of FEDLINK vendors, visit our online vendor directory at