It’s Time to Welcome SAM!

August 7, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

I had scheduled this blog to run while I was on vacation last week, but a technical glitch has forced me to try again. The General Services Administration last week finally launched the first phases of the new System for Award Management website (SAM.gov). Initially slated to launch in May, GSA needed a couple more months to prepare its staff and network capabilities.

SAM.gov is slated to be rolled out in phases. The first phase includes 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). Over time, other federal systems will merge in to SAM.gov. See more about SAM.gov here.

Just 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. SAM.gov brings all these systems into one, with one login, combined data and centralized host. For all you techies in the room, SAM.gov is initially phasing in the “entity management” capability and the exclusions portion of the “performance information” capability.

EPLS.gov will no longer accept new exclusions or updates to current exclusions. Using SAM.gov, former EPLS users will create a new SAM user ID and password to access the information.

It often takes a while to adjust to change but hopefully, the switch to SAM.gov will be a smooth one. And let’s hope my attempts at scheduling blogs while I’m away can be smoothed out as well.

Let us know how SAM.gov can help you. We’d love to get your opinions about the new system.

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