Big changes are coming to the online federal procurement systems used by vendors and contracting officers.
SAM, or the System for Award Management, will integrate the eight current federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into a single new, streamlined system. The systems which will eventually be combined into SAM are:
SAM will be launched in phases. The first phase, which migrated data from CCR, FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS, was deployed in July 2012.
Rather than needing a separate login for every procurement system, you will soon be able to access everything you need with a single SAM login. Data will also only need to be entered once, reducing the risk of duplicated or conflicting information. Also, rather than needing to keep track of several different websites, vendors will soon be able to register, file reps and certs, and search for contracting opportunities all from a single location!
As with any other change in online federal systems, there are some pitfalls for users. SAM migration is dependent upon the user maintaining the same email address and remembering their login information for each current system, a daunting task for most individuals. If there are any errors or incorrect data entered into the legacy systems, those errors will at best be migrated into SAM and at worst may complicate the migration process. Officials are advising current users to review their registration for errors, outdated POCs, and other problems before SAM goes live next month. The best way to be assured of a smooth, stress-free transition is by working with a US Federal Contractor Registration Case Manager. Case Managers are highly experienced with the registration requirements for federal contractors and grant recipients. They thoroughly review all the vendor’s information to prevent discrepancies or errors and can quickly resolve any problems that do occur. Businesses which originally signed up with the legacy systems will be migrated to SAM by their Case Manager when the new system is available.
Call now to have your CCR and ORCA registration migrated to the new SAM system. Placement Specialists are available toll free at (877) 252-2700 ext 1 to answer all of your questions.