FedBizOpps to Move to the System for Award Management Starting in November, Changing the Way Contractors Find Opportunities
FedBizOpps is a well-known name to government contractors. It refers to the Federal Business Opportunities website – fedbizopps.gov – which operates as an aggregation site of government opportunities valued at greater than $25,000. Contractors can search through FedBizOpps a number of different ways: by agency, NAICS code, and solicitation numbers. FedBizOpps has been around for some time and it’s a familiar website. Change however is right around the corner as the General Services Administration (GSA) has announced that starting in November 2019, FedBizOpps will start to be “decommissioned” and its “critical functionality” will be moved to beta.SAM.gov in the first quarter of FY2020.
We’ve seen big changes like this before -- for example, when a number of different sites such as the Central Contractor Registration, Online Representations and Certifications Application, and the Excluded Parties List System were consolidated into the System for Award Management in 2012. There are often integration pains associated with such migrations and there are a few steps to take now to ease potential pains:
It’s not all bad news though. According to the GSA, the beta.SAM.gov site will have a number of functional improvements such as easier search filters and updates on relevant contracting opportunities. Taking a few steps now will ensure that you can enjoy these new functions with minimal pain.
Gunjan R. Talati