Don’t Forget About SAM!

May 17, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

I had been so focused in my blog post Tuesday on the upcoming release of the OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement and the deadline for NIH grantee waivers for Recovery Act funding extensions that I forgot about another key event slated for the end of this month. The Government Services Administration plans to launch the System for Award Management (SAM) on May 29.

So what is SAM? I gave a brief synopsis in a post last September, but as a refresher, there are many federal systems that support the federal acquisition and award process, each with their own logins, overlapping data, and separate hosting and management locations. These systems include many that grant recipients are familiar with, including the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), FedBizOpps.gov and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, as well as several others pertaining to federal acquisition.

SAM will bring all these systems into one, with one login, combined data and centralized host. The GSA plans to move the current systems in phases, with the first phase scheduled for May 29, starting with the CCR, Federal Agency Registration system (FedReg), EPLS and the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA). Others will be integrated in the following years.

EPLS will shut down on May 23 to migrate the data into SAM. It will no longer accept new exclusions or updates to current exclusions after that time. The EPLS Search capability will remain active through the transition to allow organizations to search for an entity’s current registration status.  Once SAM is launched, users will then create a new SAM user ID and password to access the information.

The SAM.gov website currently has training material to help you get up to speed on the transition. Check it out so that you can be prepared for the changes.

What are your thoughts about SAM? Will this be an improvement over current processes?

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