DATE: December 31, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps.gov) to Replace the Commerce Business Daily (CBD)

SOURCE: Commerce Business Daily Network, December 28, 2001

AGENCIES: Department of Commerce

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: Effective January 4, 2002, the Department of Commerce will cease publication of the Commerce Business Daily (CBD) and the posting of synopses on the CBDNet (http://cbdnet.access.gpo.gov/). Instead, all federal agencies will be required to post their synopses of upcoming procurements on FedBizOpps (http://www.fedbizopps.gov).

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 4, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yancey Stern, Department of Commerce, Office of Acquisition Management, 14th and Constitution, NW, Room 6412, Washington, DC 20230, 202-482-5781 or ystern@doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The move from the CBD to FedBizOpps was mandated by Section 810 of the Fiscal Year 2001 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 106-398) when it designated FedBizOpps as the single governmentwide point of entry (GPE) to procurement opportunities over $25,000 and made the CBD optional after January 1, 2002 (see the November 2, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2001").

Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-26 amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Section 810 of Public Law 106-398 and designate FedBizOpps as the GPE (see the May 16, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-26, Miscellaneous Amendments"). To ease the transition, agencies were required to submit their synopses to both the CBD and FedBizOpps between October 1, 2001, and January 1, 2002. The Department of Commerce realized that the CBD would not last very long as an optional source of synopses, so Commerce wisely decided to pull the plug.

The last paper edition of the CBD will be published January 4, and CBDNet will post the January 4th edition. However, CBDNet will maintain its site for an additional 15 days to comply with the requirement that a synopsis be published at least 15 days before issuance of the solicitation (see FAR 5.203, Publicizing and Response Time). After that time, all the data will be transferred to an archive database at FTP://FTP.EPS.GOV, and the active database will be shut down (questions regarding the ftp site should be directed to FedBizOpps support desk at fbo.support@gsa.gov or toll-free at 877-472-3779). The archive database will continue to be available on CBDNet as part of the Federal Depository Library Electronic Collection.

FedBizOpps provides the same information that is currently in the CBD printed version. Though FedBizOpps is an electronic means of providing synopses and other information, the Department of Commerce will maintain a list of service providers who provide printed versions of FedBizOpps and will make it available in the near future. Service providers that offer printed versions of FedBizOpps and wish to be identified on this website should provide the following information to Mr. Stern by e-mail or mail (see address above): (1) name of entity, (2) telephone number, (3) fax number, (4) e-mail address, (5) Internet address, and (6) contact point.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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