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Helpful Hints for the new Contract Opportunities Function in beta.SAM.gov: How to Track Opportunities

As you are aware, beta.SAM.org is now the authoritative source for contract opportunities. FBO.gov (Federal Business Opportunities) has retired, and its key functionalities have been transitioned into beta.SAM.gov. All the things you used to do in FBO.gov can now be done in beta.SAM.gov.  Just go to “Contract Opportunities.”

As users begin to get acquainted with the new and improved functionalities in beta.SAM.gov, we’ve been pointing out some helpful hints in key areas. 

In previous articles here, we’ve discussed how to save and download searches and how to use the search filters.  Now, let’s discuss how to follow, or track, contract opportunities. This feature enables you to receive email notifications on opportunities of interest to you.  Note that your individual “watch lists” from legacy FBO.gov were not transferred to beta.SAM.gov. We could not reliably do so for the tens of millions of searches that existed due to differences in functionality. 

When you find a specific opportunity that you are interested in, you can use the “Follow” tool to help keep track of any changes and easily reference the opportunity in the future. 

How to track contract opportunities:

  • Make sure you are logged into your beta.SAM.gov account using your Login.gov credentials. 

  • When you find an opportunity page that you would like to track, simply click on the follow button located on the upper right side of the opportunity page.  

  • While you don’t need to sign in to search, you will need to sign in to follow an opportunity or to manage opportunities that you are following. If you are not signed in and you click the Follow button, you will be prompted to sign in with your Login.gov credentials.  

  • When the opportunity that you are following changes, you will receive a notice at the email address associated with your beta.SAM.gov account. The events below will trigger an email notice on followed opportunities:
     

  • Response date occurs

  • Related notice gets added

  • IVL list is updated

  • Notice is published

  • Activated/inactivated

  • Canceled/uncanceled  

 

You can manage your followed opportunities in the Workspace area of your user profile. From there, you may view the opportunities you are following, set the desired frequency for email notifications (immediately, daily, weekly, or none) for a given opportunity or elect to unfollow an opportunity.

 

Access the beta.SAM.gov Learning Center any time for step-by-step videos and instructions. Remember, if you need further assistance using beta.SAM.gov, the Federal Service Desk is here to help Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET at FSD.gov

Stay tuned to Interact for more helpful hints, coming soon! 

 
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