In 2012, GSA consolidated several federal procurement and award systems into 1 new system—the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM streamlined processes, improved data quality by eliminating the need to enter the same data multiple times, and consolidated hosting to save taxpayer money.
The current SAM system includes the capabilities found previously in Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). This integration of capabilities streamlines the process of entity (e.g., vendors and grantees) registration and gives contracting and grants staff a single-source picture of who is eligible for awards
Beginning in 2018, GSA continued this consolidation with the creation of beta.SAM. beta.SAM is intended to incorporate the functions found today in other federal procurement systems. When consolidation is complete, the new system will have the following capability areas:
The consolidation of these capabilities will further streamline processes for both government and awardees.
For more information about legacy SAM, including user guides, see the DoD Procurement Toolbox at https://dodprocurementtoolbox.com/site-pages/ebusiness-sam, or visit the SAM website.
For more information about the transition to beta.SAM, including user guides and training opportunities, see the DoD Procurement Toolbox at https://dodprocurementtoolbox.com/site-pages/betasam, or visit the beta.SAM website.