Beta.SAM.gov Adds Another Site To Its Growing Platform
After two years, it appears that the General Services Administration (GSA) has almost reached the halfway point of transitioning 10 federal procurement and award processing sites into beta.SAM.gov.
In 2017, GSA created beta.SAM.gov as a developmental website. In May 2018, GSA migrated the functionality of the prior Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) website at CFDA.gov to the new beta.SAM.gov. Entities now can search programs at beta.SAM.gov by clicking on “Search Assistance Listings.” Like the former CFDA.gov site, Assistance Listings includes various search functions to allow award applicants to focus on a particular program of interest.
After migrating CFDA.gov into beta.SAM.gov, GSA later moved two other systems to the site: Wage Determinations OnLine (WDOL.gov) and the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS.gov). Now, GSA has announced that as of Nov. 12, it has migrated Federal Business Opportunities (FBO.gov), a site where users can users can search federal contracting opportunities, to beta.SAM.gov. The new site home page is available here.
With four sites now under its belt, GSA is currently working to migrate the Federal Procurement Data System — Next Generation (FPDS-NG.gov). In addition, it is taking steps to decommission and migrate the current SAM.gov site to the beta.SAM.gov platform. When the current SAM.gov migrates, beta.SAM.gov will then be renamed SAM.gov.
The final four sites that GSA seeks to migrate within the beta.SAM.gov system are the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS.gov); FAPIIS.gov; Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Subaward Reporting System (FSRS.gov); and Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS.gov). GSA officials have explained that consolidating all these systems within SAM.gov will enable the federal government to operate a single database, eliminating data overlap while sharing the data across the award lifecycle. GSA also notes that if users have an account with one of the original websites, they will need to create a new beta.SAM.gov user account to enable them to migrate their existing roles when a site is retired. Entities currently registered in SAM.gov, however, will not need to re-register in beta.SAM.gov.