The new website for posting federal market research and solicitation opportunities is now live on beta.SAM.gov … if you can get the page to load.
The government’s longtime go-to website for contracting opportunities, Federal Business Opportunities, also known as FedBizOpps or FBO, was shuttered over the holiday weekend as the General Services Administration shifted to the new Contract Opportunities page on SAM. However, users attempting to pull up the new page Tuesday morning were met with long load times, often resulting in the page timing out before loading.
GSA officials declined to comment Tuesday on the rollout and slow load times.
While patience was required Tuesday, users were able to sign in to the site using Login.gov and begin perusing.
Once signed in—a process that was also made difficult by slow load times Tuesday—users can search using keywords, solicitation numbers and agencies and program offices, as in the past on FBO. The site offers additional filters, such as narrowing the search within ranges for inactive status, published date, latest updates and response due dates. Users can also search by NAICS code, place of performance and DUNS number, as well as Unique ID, the DUNS replacement to be phased in by the end of fiscal 2020.
When searching for opportunities, the results page on SAM displays far more information than the front end of FBO, which displayed the name of the opportunity, solicitation number, agency and date posted.
The new site has additional information upfront, ..