How do I find out what the Federal Government is buying?

 

It is important to conduct serious market research before deciding to invest resources into doing business with the federal government. Use the resources below to help you start to find out what the government currently buys.

USASPENDING.gov

Award history of federal procurements and grants are available on a government website called USASPENDING.gov.

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, which is part of Beta.SAM.gov, is replacing the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) legacy site.

Contract Opportunities

Open market procurements over $25,000 must be published to the Federal Government’s Contract Opportunities portal at beta.SAM.gov. The site can be used to search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community. The site can also be used to research past procurement history.

GSA Advantage

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hosts a website called GSA Advantage. GSA Advantage is the online shopping and ordering system that provides access to thousands of contractors and millions of supplies (products) and services. While a GSA contract is required to participate in GSA Advantage, anyone may browse GSA Advantage to view and compare the variety of products and services offered. GSA also has the Schedule Sales Query (SSQ) that enables access to sales information for Federal Supply Schedule contractors.

Bid Matching Services

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) offers free bid matching services. Our bid match service searches over 3,000 federal, state, local and international procurement databases and sends potential opportunities to your inbox on a daily basis. Working with you one-on-one, Wisconsin Procurement Institute staff will create a profile specific to goods and/or services your business provides. If you are interested in setting up your bid match profile, please contact Wisconsin Procurement Institute to get started.

Need Assistance?

Contact Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) staff for additional market research assistance at info@wispro.org or at 414-270-3600.