Unlock Your GovCon Success: 20 Free Websites to Help Win Your Next Contract

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, knowing where to find vital information can give you a significant edge in your next bid or proposal. From tracking federal spending to understanding compliance requirements, these free government websites provide essential resources to help you succeed in the GovCon space.

Below is a list of must-know sites to support your next bid or proposal. You can also find free websites at the specific agency level that can assist you. We recommend bookmarking these links in a folder on your browser for quick access.

20 Free Websites Every Government Contractor Should Know:

No.Name and LinkDescription
1System for Award Management (SAM) https://www.sam.govSAM.gov is a consolidated database where contractors can register for federal government business. It includes a search feature for federal contract opportunities, contract data reports, and entity registrations. It’s essential for building and maintaining your business pipeline.
2Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) https://www.fpds.govFPDS provides detailed information on federal contracting activities, including historical contract data. Contractors can use this to research past awards, identify trends, and benchmark their proposals.
3USAspending.gov https://www.USASpending.govA comprehensive resource that tracks government spending and awards. Contractors can explore federal spending data to understand the financial landscape and identify potential opportunities.
4General Services Administration (GSA) eLibrary https://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov  GSA eLibrary provides access to GSA schedules and contract award information. Contractors can research competitors and potential partners, and price their products and services competitively.
5Census Business Builder https://cbb.census.gov  This site offers demographic and economic data to help contractors understand the market and develop targeted proposals. The tool provides easy access to key economic indicators and business information.
6Federal Register https://www.federalregister.gov/  An official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies. Contractors can stay updated on regulatory changes and upcoming opportunities that might affect their business.
7Grants.gov https://www.grants.govA centralized portal for finding and applying for federal grants. Contractors can search for grant opportunities, download application packages, and submit proposals electronically.
8Acquisition.gov https://www.acquisition.govA comprehensive resource for federal acquisition regulations, policy documents, and guidelines. This site helps contractors understand the regulatory framework and compliance requirements for federal contracts.
9U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) https://dec.usaid.govA database of technical and project reports funded by USAID. Contractors can access historical project data, lessons learned, and success stories to inform their proposals and demonstrate relevant experience.
10Small Business Administration (SBA) Size Standards Toolhttps://www.sba.gov/size-standardsThis tool, provided by SBA, helps businesses determine whether they qualify as small businesses based on industry-specific size standards—crucial for companies seeking set-aside contracts.
11Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) https://www.cpars.gov  CPARS is a web-based system for assessing contractor performance on federal contracts. Contractors can use CPARS reports to review their performance records, identify areas for improvement, or highlight their strengths in proposals.
12Small Business Administration (SBA) https://sba.govSBA’s website provides numerous resources to help small business owners plan, launch, manage, and grow their businesses, including guidance on becoming a federal contractor.
13General Services Administration (GSA) Advantage! https://www.gsaadvantage.govAn online shopping and ordering system for products and services available under GSA contracts. Contractors can research pricing and availability, helping them to price their offerings in proposals competitively.
14Challenge.gov https://www.challenge.gov/A listing of challenge and prize competitions, all of which aim to solve problems and advance the core mission objectives of the U.S. government. The website describes challenges that might spur your ability to innovate.
15National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework https://www.nist.gov/cyberframeworkDeveloped by NIST, this framework provides guidelines and best practices for improving cybersecurity. Contractors can use this tool to strengthen their cybersecurity posture, which is increasingly important for securing government contracts.  
16General Services Administration (GSA) eBuy https://www.ebuy.gsa.goveBuy is a component of GSA Advantage. It enables government buyers to post requests for quotes (RFQs) and requests for proposals (RFPs) for various products and services. Government buyers can request services using a wide range of GSA acquisition vehicles, blanket purchase agreements, and schedules. Contractors can view and respond to these opportunities, helping them find government contracts.
17General Services Administration (GSA) Protest Docket https://www.gao.gov/legal/bid-protests/searchThis tool provides access to the docket of protests filed with the GSA. Contractors can review past protest decisions to better understand the grounds for successful and unsuccessful protests, aiding in compliance and strategy development for their proposals.
18Department of Defense (DOD) Small Business Administration Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs https://www.dodsbirsttr.milDOD’s SBIR and STTR programs offer funding opportunities for small businesses to engage in research and development with the potential for commercialization. Contractors can explore these programs to find opportunities to innovate and partner with the DOD.
19General Service Administration (GSA) IT Dashboard https://itdashboard.govThe Federal IT Dashboard helps the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) meet its statutory collection and reporting obligations by streamlining data submissions and transforming federal IT data collection into a coherent, modularized ecosystem centered around an improved data collection effort that better supports partner agencies and the OMB.
20Service Contract Act (SCA) Wage Determinations https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/government-contracts/prevailing-wage-resource-book/sca-wage-determinationsProvides access to federal wage rate determinations and related materials, which contractors can use to ensure compliance with labor laws and regulations.


Mastering the art of government contracting requires not just expertise but also the right resources. These websites offer invaluable tools and data to help you navigate the complexities of federal procurement, stay compliant, and craft winning proposals. The best part is that government contractors can access these resources for free.

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