The System for Award Management (SAM) is a Federal Government owned and operated free web site that consolidates the capabilities in CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. Future phases of SAM will add the capabilities of other systems used in Federal procurement and awards processes.
Eventually, SAM will reduce the burden on those seeking to do business with the government. Vendors will be able to log into one system to manage their entity information in one record, with one expiration date, through one streamlined business process. Federal agencies will be able to look in one place for entity pre-award information. Everyone will have fewer passwords to remember and see the benefits of data reuse as information is entered into SAM once and reused throughout the system.
As one might imagine, replacing the 9 siloed legacy systems previously used in federal procurement with one system, while trying to ensure a smooth transition, is a daunting task.
Since its deployment, SAM has been experiencing significant downtown and errors, creating difficulty and delays for contractors. Procurement specialists at the Alabama SBDC Network have been providing help Alabama’s small business community throughout SAM’s launch and the initial migration period. Our Procurement specialists have received a flood of incoming calls since SAM’s launch and are providing much needed help to contractors. We understand that your business is facing deadlines and you don’t have time to wait on hold for simple answers. Our specialists are well-versed in how SAM works (and is supposed to work), and have been interacting with the new site since its launch.