How and When GSA’s New Central Contracting Portal Will Lose the ‘Beta’

The next major transition to beta.SAM—the FPDS contract award data reporting tools— is coming next month, with the legacy next on deck.

Moving the reporting functions of the Federal Procurement Data System—and other parts of the larger transition—has led to widespread frustration and confusion among contracting officers and vendors alike. The program office managing the transition is hoping to quell these issues for future rollouts and through improved training sessions for users.

The General Services Administration is in the midst of an ambitious plan to consolidate every federal contracting tool—vendor registration, solicitations, contracts databases, past performance information, wage rates—on a single website.

The final site will be called—named for the System for Awards Management—but it won’t be the same as the current, where federal contractors go to register their companies before being allowed to bid on solicitations. The original is still live while the Integrated Award Environment, or IAE, team at GSA moves functionality for that and other tools to the website.

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