Forwarded by Noah Robins, SBTDC/PTAC Counselor at Western Carolina University
The System for Award Management (SAM – www.sam.gov) has served as the one-stop registration portal for Federal government contracting since its initial implementation and rollout in July 2012. SAM represented a long-awaited “single face to industry” that combined the functionality of Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg), ORCA, and several other systems. Through the Integrated Award Environment (IAE), a presidential e-government initiative managed by GSA, SAM will undergo a phased upgrade and modernization to host 9 other contracting-related platforms through the so-called “10 to 1” integration. The Integrated Award Environment manages 10 award systems including the current SAM.gov which now supports entity registration and exclusions. It also includes FedBizOpps (www.fbo.gov), where federal contracting opportunities are published; FPDS, where procurement awards are published; CFDA, which describes federal assistance programs; WDOL, a look-up for federal labor categories and wage rates under the Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Acts; 2 systems for reporting sub-awards; and 3 systems for past performance (see graphic). When the upgrade is finished all 10 of these systems will be integrated into a single system (and single website): the new SAM.gov. While the specific format of “new SAM” and its implementation rollout is still to be announced, the GSA’s information shared to date indicates that the new portal will be truly a single application – a “one stop shop” with one workspace for accessing all of the tasks you have in the system and simplified summary views and snapshot capabilities. More importantly for small businesses, there is anticipated to be a single sign-on with only one user profile required, one search solution across all award data, and one reporting center centralizing reports on contract and award data. Stay tuned for further information, guidance and advice about the new SAM.gov.