Washington Technology: Beta.Sam.Gov continues to disappoint

“I have started to get some results out of Beta.Sam.gov as I look for information on new contract opportunities.”

“But getting some results is a far cry from saying the new website is fixed.”

“My use doesn’t go as deep as industry users but it is still hard and slow to use. Too many steps to click through and options that don’t make sense.”

“I’ve created some saved searches but I just feel like much is missing. It’s not an easy interface to pop in a few search parameters and then scroll through the results. That’s what I did with FBO.gov. In fact, I was never registered at FBO.”

“But registration is practically a requirement to make any sense with Beta.Sam.Gov and logging in is a pain. Why can’t it remember my browser? The two-factor authentication is a hassle and just slows things down.”

“We are still getting complaints from users that are expressing frustration with both the lack of expected features and near-silence from the General Services Administration.”

“Two popular features from FBO.gov were the push notifications and email alerts. You could set up parameters for a search and then get an email with all the items that met that search criteria.”

“GSA claims they are working on those features. But you get no response when asking for an update as I have done…”

“Many of the complaints we get are from small businesses who are expressing fears and concerns that Beta.Sam.Gov is hurting their business because they have been cut off from once-reliable source of market intelligence.”

“The consequences of Beta.Sam.Gov are more than just inconveniences. People see their livelihoods as being affected…” Read the full article here.

Source: Beta.Sam.Gov continues to disappoint – By Nick Wakeman, December 17, 2019. Washington Technology.

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