Here’s a Chance To Get To Know SAM a Little Better

February 14, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

With all the big hoohah in the grants community lately over OMB’s proposed grants reform guidance, one may have missed this nugget coming out of the General Services Administration, which could be very important to many of you out there.

GSA will be hosting a free webinar Feb. 26 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern time that will help grantseekers and managers alike to register on the System for Award Management (SAM), migrate from the Central Contractor Registry to SAM and maintain annual renewals on SAM.gov.

Faithful readers of the Funding Attractions blog should be aware of the history of SAM, but for those who are not, SAM is a governmentwide electronic portal that consolidates several previously separate federal grants and procurement websites, including CCR. Because it takes time to consolidate these massive federal electronic systems, the separate sites are being phased into SAM. CCR, however, migrated to SAM last July. All organizations that wish to apply for federal grants must be registered on SAM before they can submit proposals through Grants.gov.

The webinar, entitled “SAM.gov CCR Account Migration and Update/Renew,” will be helpful to all current grant recipients who were once registered on CCR and would want to insure their CCR registrations migrated correctly to SAM, and to all new grant applicants who must register on SAM for the first time. All organizations, once registered on SAM initially, must update and renew each year, or be faced with rejected submissions on Grants.gov.

An important note: Registration is required and the live webinar will only be available for the first 1,500 participants. A recorded version will be posted to the SAM website following the event. To register, go to the GSA events page, http://www.gsa.gov/portal/event/form/160683.

Oh, and before I forget, Happy Valentine’s Day. Frankly, why we celebrate it when we’re bundled up in frigid February is beyond me. (Note to Congress: move V Day to August; not much else is going on then!)

Let us know if you have had any positive or negative experiences so far with SAM.

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