In keeping with initiatives created under the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (21st Century IDEA), it was recently announced that Contract Data Reports for Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) users are being moved to beta.SAM.gov. FPDS is a free reporting module which tracks all federal contracts of over $10,000. The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act mandates new or redesigned government agency digital services, including websites, forms and applications must be: accessible and usable, based around user needs and tasks, consistent in appearance, securely hosted and connected, searchable and mobile friendly. A major component of these initiatives is migrating the functions of several, stand-alone, Federal Contract related websites to their new home on beta.SAM.gov The migration of Contract Data Reports for current FPDS users to beta.SAM.gov is particularly in line with these objectives.
Are Contract Data Reports Still Available?
The new platform includes easily accessible reference guides and even video tours. The new Contract Data Reports on beta.SAM.gov will allow for types of contract reports:
- Standard Reports – There are 34 standard reports
- Admin Reports
- Static Reports
- Ad Hoc Reports
All reports allow for advanced drill down and filtering. Additionally, all reports have a limitation of no more than 12-years or 150,000 rows — an increase from the 30,000-line restriction in FPDS.gov.
Standard Reports includes 34 pre-developed reports listed alphabetically to be used and referenced by Government and public users. Reports include Awards by Contractor Type, Contractor Search, Federal Contract Actions, Manufacturer Country of Origin. Quick Reference Guide
Administrative Reports include 8 reports covering Audit Procedures Report – Using live Data, Individual Data Item Oversight Tracker Report, National Interest Action Report, Representation Eligible Actions Report, Representation Report, Status of Actions Report – Using live data, Transfer Action Report, Workload Report. Quick Reference Guide
Static Reports are created annually to provide aggregated data over the fiscal year. There are currently on four static reports: National Interest Action / Other Reports, Small Business Goaling Reports, Top 100 Contractors Reports, Federal Procurement Reports
Ad Hoc Reports
Ad Hoc Reports provide the most versatile search feature for users. Ad Hoc allow users to create advanced and specific reports using all available contractor data. User can create scheduled reports at chosen intervals but must be checked within 7 days. Beta.SAM.gov has some training on the reports here: Ad Hoc Quick Reference Guide
What is next?
Interestingly the official alert for this migration, does note that FPDS.gov remains the authoritative source for contract data reports, while encouraging users to begin to familiarize themselves with the reports on beta.SAM.gov. The decommissioning of FPDS.gov has been extended and a final transition date will be decided later in this year.
Vice President for Coley Government Contracting Services, Dan leads the day-to-day Consulting Practice. He has more than a decade of experience with the acquisition, management, and marketing of Federal, State, and Local government contracts. Daniel specializes in all aspects of GSA Schedules management and marketing and has helped hundreds of Coley clients remain compliant with the terms of their GSA contract while helping them expand their business.