Stuck on the Launching Pad

May 30, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Upon turning on my computer Tuesday, I immediately typed in SAM.gov to find out what the new System for Award Management website would hold in store. The Government Services Administration, which is administering the site, had touted that it would launch May 29. Unfortunately it appears that it is mission aborted, for now.

The first thing to greet me upon calling up the website was an announcement stating, “If you are looking for the SAM.gov application, please continue to use CCR/FedReg, ORCA and EPLS. You can expect the capabilities to be here in late July.” GSA states that two more months will allow federal agencies to continue preparing their staff, give agencies and commercial system providers more time to test their data transfer connections and will “ensure SAM contains the critical, documented capabilities users need from the system.”

OK, show’s over. Come back in late July. Hope they have something to show us then.

SAM.gov still is slated to be rolled out in phases. The first phase, assuming it does occur in July, will include the capabilities of Central Contractor Registration /Federal Agency Registration (CCR/FedReg) (which is not to be confused with the Federal Register), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). GSA said that it has conducted extensive testing internally and in coordination with federal agencies using the data from these systems in their own contracting, grants, finance and other departments. See more about SAM.gov here.

The Office of Management and Budget said earlier that it planned to issue the 2012 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement this week. Let’s hope OMB doesn’t get any similar ideas and push it back two months.

What is your reaction to the delayed launch of SAM.gov? How will this new system help you? Let us know.

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