Why is FBO.gov going away?
What is beta.SAM.gov?
What do I
have to do to get ready for FBO.gov decommissioning?
How can I search for contract
How can search filters narrow my results?
Can I save
Can I download my search results?
Can I follow a specific contract opportunity?
How do I sign up for an
Interested Vendor List?
How can I search
for archived contract opportunities?
How can I
determine if a solicitation has been awarded?
Is there an API available
for contract opportunities?
What exactly is an API?
How do I find additional information about beta.SAM.gov?
Everything You Need to Know Before FBO.gov Goes Away in Fiscal Year 2020
FBO.gov, along with all other government wide acquisition systems managed by
the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) is being modernized and
This will provide not only better security, data quality,
and convenience for users, but will also reduce barriers for doing business
with the government, reduce reporting burden, and increase transparency into
beta.SAM.gov is the name of the new, modernized system.
it says “beta”, it is currently authoritative for Assistance Listings and
In November 2019, it will become authoritative for
Opportunities as well.
Once the current SAM.gov is migrated, the
drop the “beta” and just be “SAM.gov”.
Confirm what you have today in FBO.gov
There are several things you
want to look at and make a note of in FBO.gov now so that you do
not lose any information during the transition.
● What is my
role(s)/permissions in FBO.gov?
● What is my FBO.gov UserName and
● What Office(s) am I associated with in FBO?
notices am I watching?
● What do I have in my Search Agent?
Finally, be sure to reset (and remember) your FBO.gov password after August
12, 2019, so that you can migrate your FBO.gov role to beta.SAM.gov.
Create your beta.SAM.gov account (using
login.gov) You do not need to wait until the transition in November- you
can, and should, do these steps now. 1. Go to beta.SAM.gov
“Sign In” from the upper right corner, at which point you will be redirected
to a login.gov prompt
3. Follow the instructions on the screen
Users may choose to use the video walkthrough of sign up/sign in to ensure
that each step is done correctly
If you chose to, you can access it here:
https://beta.sam.gov/cm/videos/detail?id=231 Additional information
(FAQs, etc) is available in the Learning Center on beta.SAM.gov, and on the
login Quick Start Guide.
Migrate Your Role, or Request a Role
The third step is to
either migrate your role or request one, approximately 4-6 weeks before
FBO.gov is decommissioned.
Attempts made to migrate before that time
Roles can be requested or assigned at any time.
have created your user profile, you will be given the ability to request a
If you have an active account in FBO.gov and the migration period
is open, you may skip this step and choose to migrate instead.
request a role:
If for any reason you cannot migrate your FBO.gov
account, need a different role or don’t have a legacy account, then you will
need to request your role to edit or publish Opportunity notices for your
The Role Request form can be accessed either during the
account creation process or by going to your Profile, then selecting My
Roles from the left menu. Fill out the form.
The Supervisor field is
required for informational purposes only. This enables the Opportunities
Administrator, who approves or rejects the role request for your Agency, to
have a point of contact within your office if additional information is
Use the Agency picker to select your office, then select
your role and domain.
To align the 10 legacy systems into one
beta.SAM Role Management, there have been updates to the role names.
The base role functions remain true, so a Contracting officer (was
Buyer) can post notices.
Submit the request, and it will be sent to the Agency Administrator for
opportunities to be either approved or rejected.
To Migrate a role:
Role Migration can be accessed either during the account creation
process, from the “Go to my role” link in your workspace, or by going to
your Profile, then selecting Migrate Roles from the left menu.
migrate a role, select FBO.gov from the dropdown menu, then enter your
FBO.gov login and password, then select Migrate.
You should see a notice
pop up that the migration was successful, and when you go to My Roles, you
should now see your role in the table.
It is also important to note that
some roles will have different names in beta.SAM.gov than they did in their
legacy system, so users migrating their roles may notice a change in their
For example, users migrating roles will notice that the
FBO roles of ‘Buyer’ and ‘Limited Buyer’ have been renamed ‘Contracting
Officer’ and ‘Contracting Specialist’, respectively, within beta.SAM.gov.
Please refer to the table above to see what FBO roles will be in
Role Migration/Request User Video: https://beta.sam.gov/cm/videos/detail?id=186
Check out your Workspace Before launch, your
beta.SAM.gov workspace will have your profile, view of your Federal
Hierarchy, and management of following, and saved searches.
launch, your beta.SAM.gov workspace will additionally include a widget
allowing you to access Contract Opportunities.
You are now prepared to
begin working on your notices.
Search Capability Overview
You may search at any time without
● Click the drop down menu next to the search bar in
the middle of the screen that says, ‘All Awards Data’.
● From the list
that appears click, ‘Contract Opportunities’.
● You can either enter in specific search terms to refine what results you
receive, or you can leave the field blank and beta.SAM.gov will return all
● Once you're ready, click search to see a list
● Once you select a specific opportunity, you will find
detailed information including status, response dates, any set asides or
other classification details, and all attachments and links.
● From this
page, you will be able to download the page, ‘follow’ the opportunity and
sign up for an Interested Vendor List.
Commonly used search filters have been created to assist you in refining
your search results.
● Status (active,
● Date or Date Range
● Federal Organization issuing the notice
Type of notice (e.g. solicitation, award notice, special notice, sources
sought, justification, etc.) Note: these categories have been updated.
Entity name or uniques identifier such as DUNs
● NAICs, PSC and
set-asides. You may select multiple in a single search.
●● Place of
performance indicated in the opportunity
NOTE: Any ‘search agents’ in FBO.gov will not transfer to beta.SAM.gov.
To ensure you
can recreate your “saved searches’ in beta.SAM.gov after the transition,
please note the filters of your ‘search agents’ in FBO.gov. Provided you are
signed in, you have the ability to save your searches by locating and
clicking ‘Save Search’ on the right side of the screen before you go to the
detail page for that opportunity.
Once a search is saved, you can rerun
that search at any time.
When you click, ‘save search’,
box will appear asking you to name your search.
Once named, you can save
your search, and it will be accessible in your workspace.
you have the ability to manage your saved searches from your workspace.
You will be able to pull up a saved search, modify a search, or copy a
search and save with a new name.
If you are signed in, you can download your search results by clicking the
‘download’ option to the right of ‘save search’.
Users are able to
download search results as either CSV or PDF files.
Any ‘watch lists’ from FBO.gov will not transfer to beta.SAM.gov.
To ensure you can follow similar opportunities in beta.SAM.gov, please
take note of the opportunities in your ‘watch lists’ in FBO.gov.
you’re interested in receiving updates for a notice,
sign in and select ’ follow’ on the top of an opportunity page.
new updates to the opportunity will trigger a notification for any notice
You can manage your followed items under workspace in your profile.
current Interested Vendor Lists (IVL) will transfer to
You do not need to take any action for
IVLs in place at the time of FBO.gov transition to beta.SAM.gov.
will need an account tied to an entity to use the new IVL.
Be sure to
select an entity when creating your beta.SAM.gov account.
● If the
notice has been set to allow entities to show interest in possible
responses, you will then be able to click the 'Interested Vendors List' from
the opportunity page.
● You can select to add or remove your entity.
● The contracting officer who manages the notice sets both the IVL use and
● If your entity is added, the entity details from your
SAM.gov registration will be visible to the Contracting Office.
the notice has been set to allow access to the list, everyone on the list
will be able to see other entities who have expressed interest.
Search will default
to Active opportunities.
You can include Inactive opportunities by
unchecking the ‘Active Status’ filter on the left side navigation.
You may filter your
search by type of notice.
In this case limit your filter to award
If you know the number of the solicitation, you
may also enter that number in the key word box.
A public API is coming after
launch, until then there is a feed contained in the ‘Data Services’ area
of the site which contains a nightly feed of all the public notice data.
This can be downloaded as a CSV file
Visit the Learning Center in beta.SAM.gov for training and FAQs.
Contact us at FSD.gov if you need further assistance.
We are interested
in your feedback.
Please look for the on screen ‘provide feedback’ boxes,
and let us know what you think.
Additionally, you can keep up to date
with beta.SAM.gov news by following our blog on GSA Interact.
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