SAM.bid FAQs Is SAM.bid a government site? No. SAM.bid is a private service that monitors SAM.gov. SAM.gov is an official government provided website that can be accessed via www.SAM.gov How does SAM.bid get its data? SAM.bid monitors SAM.gov using the government provided API. Additional buyer research and augmented contact information data may be provided to SAM.bid users from isiFederal's proprietary research databases. Why is SAM.bid email based? email is easy and universal. We are all checking email every day anyway so set up a folder just for SAM.bid. When you find something important, forward your SAM.bid details to colleagues and teaming partners. What are the limits? While there are no hard limits imposed on SAM.bid users, remember that you will be getting an email every time the system matches your search. If your system cannot handle the email volume, limits may be imposed. How do I know what to search for? SAM.bid customer support will help you develop and refine your search criteria. What if I need to change my search criteria? Just connect with your SAM.bid customer support specialist. Your SAM.bid customer support specialist will help you set up your search criteria as well as provide advice on your search criteria. You can change your search criteria at any time. Does SAM.bid monitor GSA eBuy? No. SAM.bid only monitors SAM.gov. Our sister system QuikFuse monitors GSA eBuy opportunities. Does SAM.bid monitor awarded contracts? With the optional AMP (Advanced Monitoring Platform) you can be notified when awards are posted on SAM.gov. This is an important feature as 98% of contracts are not posted as opportunities on SAM.gov. The SAM.bid AMP system has many powerful options so vendors can see award patterns and buyer activity. Contact your SAM.bid customer support specialist for details. What do buyer reports provide? Buyer reports provide the past 12 months of contract activity of each buyer by NAICS, PSC and the combination of NAICS and PSC. This provides the SAM.bid user with valuable insight on the contracts awarded as well as the vendors who provided those products and/or services. Do you provide additional research? Yes. Your subscription can be modified to include buyer reports in specific NAICS / PSC / Keyword / Geographical Location etc… isiFederal also provides competitive analysis and intelligence to support your business development efforts. Does SAM.bid actually handle bids? No. SAM.bid is a monitoring tool. All submissions must be done per the individual solicitation. Please read the solicitations carefully when providing your bid response. I'm not ready to sign-up, do you offer a free trial? We certainly understand you may have questions. Please feel free to connect with us by email or phone. What happens if I'm not getting notifications? There are several reasons your emails may not be coming in properly. Make sure you confirmed the email you set up when you joined SAM.bid. Check your spam/junk folder. If your notifications are in there, here are the ways to fix it” Hotmail – pick a notification and click “Mark sender as safe” link. Outlook 365 – visit www.pei.com/portfolio/whitelist-email-office-365. Gmail – visit https://youtu.be/GweRs-Ndkac. How do I change my search criteria? Search criteria are set up when you created your account but you can change and add searches and delivery options at any time. Can I import my search criteria from SAM.gov? Unfortunately, no. You must start from scratch, but it is way easier once you have it set up!