Government contractors are all familiar with SAM: The System for Award Management. This is often the first stop on the journey to becoming a contractor as a firm registers here to do business with the government. Many of us have also spent a lot of time on the late beta.SAM.gov, which replaced fbo.gov as the home for solicitations and other vital contracting information.
To make things (hopefully) a bit easier, beta.SAM.gov and SAM.gov were recently combined. This new, larger SAM aims to provide contractors and government procurement professionals with active and past solicitations, contracting data, and entity registrations all in one convenient place.
Here’s what you can expect to see the next time you visit SAM.gov:
1. Entity Registrations
Your entity registration is still at SAM.gov and you can use your same username and password to access it for renewals or updates. New firms have the ability create new registrations here as well.
While the landing page has changed, once you get into your entity registration, you’ll recognize the same screens, the same questions and fields to fill out as before. Everything just looks a bit “fresher.” There is also some new functionality including requesting user roles, downloading registration information, and entity reporting.
Coming soon: In FY 2022, it will be mandatory for all entity administrators to verify their identity with SAM by uploading a picture of a photo ID. You have the option to do this now, before it becomes required.
2. Contract Opportunities
This is now the home for all federal solicitations over $25K, sources sought, RFQs and other opportunities. There is a robust search function with many options to narrow your search with filters.
Searching for opportunities is relatively easy and if you are logged into the site, you can download your search results, save a search to your account and even to have notifications sent right to your email inbox when new opportunities are added.
3. Wage determinations, assistance listings, and more
SAM.gov is now your source for wage determinations information (was wdol.gov), assistance listings (was cfda.gov), federal hierarchy information and contract data.
The new SAM.gov has a lot to explore! Fortunately, you don’t need to go it alone. Your Wyoming PTAC is here and available to do virtual walk-throughs of the site, to help you register your entity, create and save searches and track down information about contracting opportunities. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation about SAM.gov or anything else in the realm of government contracting.
About the Author: Janean was raised in the mountain west of Montana and Wyoming and is passionate about helping small businesses succeed in navigating the exciting world of government contracting. Janean has a background in compliance, training, Human Resources, and Equal Employment Opportunity. She and her family love the Wyoming outdoors, traveling around the state for youth hockey, and then coming home to watch the Great British Baking Show.