Business both established and new to Federal contracting must register in the Government’s electronic database known as System for Award Management (SAM). Registration at the official SAM site http://www.sam.gov/ is free.
SAM replaced the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). SAM is an attempt by the federal government to consolidate other stand-alone databases into one comprehensive system. Because SAM replaced CCR all vendors must validate and update their records to be ‘migrated’ into SAM. New vendors joining the Government sector must also establish a profile in SAM for the first time.
There is good news! SAM is a free site and an experienced vendor can master the process alone, but if help is needed, it is readily available and free of charge!
Here are some important tips:
1. Don’t be fooled by look-alike websites. There is only one SAM database, and it’s a secure website operated by the federal government at https://www.sam.gov/ . The registration process itself is free! If there is any cost associated with SAM you are most likely at the wrong site or have been contacted by a third-party.
2. There are plenty of helpful videos now available on the SAM web-site with FAQ’s to assist.
3. If you need advice on what records to gather, or just desire help with the registration process itself, expert assistance is available, just contact your Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
Remember, SAM registration is necessary if you want to do business with the federal government. Your SAM account is ‘active’ for 365 days and must be verified/updated every year to retain that status. There is never a charge to register at https://www.sam.gov/, and assistance with SAM registration is available for no charge from PTAC, just call 361-698-1021 and one of our staff counselors will be happy to help.