Effective Market Research is critical to businesses entering and growing in the government market. There are a number of sources from which a 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 which is part of SAM.gov is replacing the long standing Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) legacy site.
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Award history on federal procurements and grants are available on a government website called USASPENDING.gov. The website’s information populates from the same source as the Contract Data Reports, but provides a more friendly user interface.
Contract Opportunities – formerly FBO
Contract awards may be posted under Contract Opportunities on the SAM.gov website.
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.
Federal Small Business Offices
Each agency of the Federal government has an Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) that assists and promotes the use of small businesses in the acquisition process. A list of offices is available from the Office of Small Business Programs. View a list of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Small Business Program Contacts.
Industry Days, Small Business Conferences, Outreach Sessions and Other
Federal agencies and prime contractors will often host or attend Federal opportunity based events and outreach. Whether virtual or in person, these events often offer insights and information on current and future opportunities.
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