How do I determine what opportunities will be coming up in the future?
Valuable information can be obtained by looking into what agencies are planning to purchase in the future. Agencies use their annual forecast to notify potential contractors of upcoming requirements.
Acquistion.Gov is the site to locate many government agencies forecasts. The goal of the forecasts is to provide a nationwide dashboard of upcoming federal contracting opportunities. Forecast data is for planning purposes only and is not a commitment by the government to purchase the described products and services.
On Acquisition.Gov, select “Procurement Forecast” and then choose the agency you are interested in.
Once you click on an agency, you may need to use the search tool and type “Forecast” if the forecast does not show up on that webpage. You will be prompted to the forecast page for that agency.
There are a number of sources from which interested businesses can gather information related to federal awards to learn what is being purchased, who is purchasing, and how purchases are being made.
Contract Data Reports — formerly Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) — Government agencies are responsible for collecting and reporting data on federal procurements through Contract Data Reports. This new site is part of SAM.gov, which replaces the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) legacy site.
USASPENDING.gov — Award history for federal procurements and grants is available on this government website.
Contract awards may be posted under Contract Opportunities (FBO) on the SAM.gov website.