Business Cards

The Logistics Division has approval to order business cards using appropriated funds. A contract has been established with the Government Printing Office (GPO) for this purpose.

You may place orders immediately by completing the NOAA Business Card Order Form (Portable Document Format (PDF)) and emailing the form to:

Faxed orders will not be accepted!

NOAA Authority and Policy for Purchase of Business Cards


The Justice Department has ruled that government agencies may use appropriated funds to purchase business (calling) cards. The Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Commerce, has issued supplemental guidelines which supports this change in policy.

NOAA Policy

Appropriated funds may be used for the purchase of business cards (which must be used solely for conducting NOAA related business) under the following conditions:

NOAA Business Cards are for federal employees only. Contractors and fellowes are not eligible.  Contractor employees and/or fellowes may not use government business cards or business cards that state or imply that they are federal employees. Contractors may not represent the government nor represent themselves as government employees.

The contractor or fellowe who prints their own business cards will not use government-furnished equipment to produce the cards. The use of the agency’s name, seal, or acronym in connection with commercial activity is prohibited unless approval is obtained. For approval to use the agency’s name, seal or acronym contact Angela McCorkle at 301-628-1489 or

Procedures for Completing the Order Form

To qualify for this program, employees should have a real and frequent need for the use of a business card during the course of transacting business on the behalf of NOAA.

Orders are collected and placed weekly on Friday of each week, realizing a substantial savings for the Agency on $7.50 per each individual order.

The form has to bear an appropriation code and a signature by either a Senior Executive Service (SES) Director, or designee within a NOAA Line, Staff or Program office.

The following procedures must be adhered to when completing the business card order form.  Incomplete and/or unsigned forms will not be accepted.

Orders will normally be completed within ten (10) workdays after receipt by the printer. Allow additional time for shipping.

Upon immediate receipt of your business cards, it is imperative that you review your business cards for accuracy of format, correctness of information requested, and verify the correct quantity.

Destruction of Business Cards

Please note that if you are separating from NOAA or will need new business cards ordered, your existing business cards must be destroyed

Contact Information

If you have any questions concerning the business card program or require further information on the completion of the business card order form, please contact Robert Whitted at 301-628-1495 or