November 18, 2019 the Federal Government celebrated Veterans day in an unusual way this year. Over the long weekend, it finally decommissioned its long-time registry for bidding opportunities: https://fbohome.sam.gov/. From now on, the Government will post all of its future solicitations on a successor site at https://beta.sam.gov/. All of the previously issued solicitations have been moved over to the new site as well. Contractors do not need an account in order to search the new system, but will have to create one in order to follow (and receive updates about) a solicitation or save any searches.
As some federal contractors may recall, the acronym SAM stands for System for Award Management. The Government’s ultimate goal is for SAM to become a singular point for contractors to manage, follow, and track all aspects of the federal contracting process. Eventually the Government expects to complete the transition of all 10 of its main award systems into SAM. These systems include:
CFDA.gov (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance)PPIRS.gov (Past Performance Information Retrieval System)WDOL.gov (Wage Determinations OnLine)FBO.gov (Federal Business Opportunities)SAM.gov (System for Award Management)FPDS-NG.gov (Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation)FSRS.gov (Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Subaward Reporting System)eSRS.gov (Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System)FAPIIS.gov (Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System)CPARS.gov (Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System)The new site already lists CFDA, PPIRS, WDOL, and FBO as completely decommissioned. It also notes that the transition of the old version of SAM and FPDS-NG is currently in progress. The Government expects to transfer the rest in the future. But contractors should continue to use the non-SAM versions of those other websites until any transition is made final.Early users of beta.sam.gov have reported slow performance and glitches in the first several days after the transition. But we expect those issues to improve with time.
Regardless, it may be worthwhile to try out the new system before any major solicitations arise.
This blog is a version of the Smith Currie Client Alert. The coauthors of this blog are Alexander Gorelik and Jacob W. Scott. Gorelik is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Smith Currie. He can be reached at email@example.com or 202.735.2446. Scott is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Smith Currie. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.452.2140.