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.
On October 4, 2022, a one-time extension was instituted for the FY 2022 Service Contract Reporting (SCR) submission date in the SAM. For FY 2022 data reporting, the annual SCR submission date of October 31 is now extended through January 31, 2023, to align with federal agencies open reporting period. For more information see the memorandum “Fiscal Year 2022 Reporting Period Extended for Contractor Service Contract Reporting in the System for Award Management.”
For more information about legacy SAM, including user guides, see the DoD Procurement Toolbox at https://dodprocurementtoolbox.com/site-pages/samgov, or visit the SAM website.
For information on the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) integration with SAM, see the memorandum “Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System Integrates with the System for Award Management,” dated December 13, 2022.