FBO.gov has been decommissioned and moved as of November 9, 2019 to beta.SAM.gov and
is now known as Contract Opportunities.
beta.SAM.gov is now the authoritative location for finding Government
Federal Business Opportunities (FBO), the
government-mandated central repository of federal government procurement
information, is one key resource that identifies and publishes federal
government contract opportunities and federal contracts. According to its
strategic plan, “The FBO supports and helps implement the goals and
objectives in the government-wide initiative for expanded electronic
government in the President’s Management Agenda for Fiscal-Year 2002.”
Federal Contracts Publishing Criteria
Opportunities for federal contracts above $100,000 should always exist in
Opportunities for federal contracts above $25,000 but below $100,000 will
not necessarily appear in FBO if they have been posted through another
method or site (i.e., through
electronic data interchange (EDI) or via a government agency website).
Opportunities for federal contracts below $25,000 may be posted on any
number of decentralized government agency websites. Searching for these
federal contract opportunities has become easier with the increased
popularity of the internet, but surfing is a time consuming process. The
next section covers how to find these federal contract opportunities.
Additional Resources For Federal Contracts
The opportunities for federal contracts under $25,000 and those between
$25,000 and $100,000 not covered by FBO represent a significant source of
new business for contractors. Fortunately, the federal contracts data is
available, even though it can be hard to find. Here are some resources to
help companies become proactive and increase success in the federal
Promote yourself through the
Central Contractor Registration (CCR) website. This site exists for
suppliers and contractors to communicate their wares and services to
government agencies for federal contracts. In any event, registration with
the CCR is necessary to work on federal contracts and projects. Some state
agencies may also ask for CCR registration. Suppliers and contractors can
access the CCR by going to www.ccr.gov.
Secure a GSA schedule.
A GSA (General Services Administration) schedule is a best price guarantee
for government buyers. Through a GSA schedule, companies offer a “most
preferred pricing” structure for services or products to government
agencies. There are a number of private consulting companies that will
help secure and manage a GSA schedule on your behalf. Currently, there
are over 9,000 contractors participating in this program. Visit
www.gsa.gov for more information.
Subscribe to a government business intelligence service that complements
FedBizOpps. Use an information service that collects all the federal
contracts and federal government opportunities available. Additionally,
the service should collect federal contracts awarded and further
customize the information on the federal contracts to your products or
Of these three options, this option is the only that offers a proactive
means of ensuring that no stone is left unturned in seeking federal
contracts and federal procurement opportunities.