The General Services Administration (GSA) is trying to address problems with the contract opportunity portion of the new beta.SAM.gov website and has added some functions that industry has been complaining about.
Complaining actually might be too weak a word. Howls from industry have been fierce since GSA shut down the old FBO.gov and migrated contract opportunity data to beta.SAM.gov.
Many functions and ease of use that FBO.gov offered have disappeared and users have been vocal about their displeasure.
GSA has addressed some of those. For example, users of beta.SAM.gov can now search by solicitation number. But other legacy functions are still missing, such as email alerts for tracked procurements.
GSA promises that email alerts are under development. No word yet on when it will be added.
Keep reading this article at: https://washingtontechnology.com/blogs/editors-notebook/2019/12/beta-sam-gsa-notes.aspx
See our earlier articles on this subject at: https://contractingacademy.gatech.edu/?s=beta
See GSA memo regarding transition of FBO.gov to beta.sam.gov at: FBO Has Transitioned to Beta 2
Hints for using the new Contract Opportunities function in beta.SAM.gov are here: https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/helpful-hints-new-contract-opportunities-function-betasamgov-how-use-search-filters