A Word of Warning from SAM

July 31, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

uncle-sam-we-want-you1-300x221While the late July/early August timeframe is a relatively quiet one for many companies as workers are out on their summer vacations, one entity is going strong — the System for Award Management, otherwise known as SAM.gov.

After checking in on SAM.gov today, I noticed a key bit of information. It states, “We are approaching the busiest time of year. You may experience an increased processing time of up to 10 days after you submit your SAM.gov registration before it is active. Plan ahead and submit your registration well in advance of any actual contract, grant or payment deadline.” 10 days — that’s a hefty amount of time to wait. If your organization is planning to submit a registration, don’t delay!

Site administrators have made some functionality improvements. SAM.gov recently added a biannual notification to remind agency administrators to keep their agency exclusion point of contact information up to date and frequently asked questions that correspond with this notification. It also automated the entity management role migration process for scenarios where users do not have access to their legacy email address.

Why mention SAM.gov now? Well, we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of SAM.gov. For those new to what SAM.gov is, the site is slated to be rolled out in phases. The first phase included 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. I haven’t heard many complaints since the launch of SAM.gov last year, so I would assume the site has been relatively successful. Let me know if I’m wrong.

Anyone still new to SAM.gov can find out more under the Help tab at the site. Registration is free, but again, be aware of the high volume it is now experiencing.

Have you had any good or bad experiences with SAM.gov? Let us know.


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