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Anyone who wants to get into government contracting is going to run into beta.SAM.gov (Beta SAM). There's no way around it. The next question most of us will have next is:
"What can I do with Beta SAM and how do I use to search for contracts?"
If you're asking this question, then you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we'll take you from start to finish on Beta SAM. After reading this, you will have a comprehension of...
- What happened to FedBizOpps?
- What is Beta SAM?
- Registering for Beta SAM
- Finding Government Contracts on Beta SAM
*Update for 11/8/19 at the bottom of the article*
If you've been keeping up with news in the federal marketplace, then you should know that FedBizOpps (aka FBO) is expected to be decommissioned in the first quarter of FY 2020 (the fourth quarter of 2019). Instead of a separate opportunity search website, it will be merged with beta.SAM.
You can't get paid on a government contract without understanding the content of this podcast episode.
For more information about Login.gov and SAM.gov visit: https://uscontractorregistration.com/... As of June 29th, 2018, the System for Award Management (SAM) has suspended all active accounts and require all vendors to create a account to manage their SAM registration.
The GSA’s notarized letter policy has left many U.S. government contractors outraged and without pay. In just a few months, it managed to hinder an entire industry. On June 11, 2018, they announced upcoming changes to this policy, but these changes raise doubts.
In March 2018, the General Services Administration began requiring notarized letters from entities registering in SAM.gov. SAM is an acronym that stands for the System for Award Management. Anyone seeking to work as a government contractor or receive federal grants must be registered on this website. The regulation was later extended to existing government contractors wishing to renew their registration or make changes. Although it was a measure to deter fraud, this “solution” has backfired and contractors are the ones paying the price.
US Federal Contractor Registration has created Expiration Protection as a stress-free solution for businesses to renew their annual SAM registrations.
What is SAM?
If you are interested in working as a contractor for the government, there’s no way around it: You must complete a SAM registration. SAM is the US government’s System for Award Management. SAM.gov centralizes all business and agency information so that contracting officers can get the most accurate idea of what your business does, how they do it, and where they do it.
SAM is free to complete, but due to the complexity of the form and the possibility of punishment for inputting incorrect information, it is highly recommended to use a third-party registration firm such as US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR). In this post, case managers from USFCR share some helpful tips for undertaking the SAM registration on your own versus the benefits to working them at USFCR.
At the end of fiscal year 2016, more than 1.7 million businesses had completed a SAM Registration, but less than 500,000 actually were eligible to receive a government contract. Why? Because the other 1.2 million or so did not complete their SAM Registration correctly, which meant they did not qualify for a government contract. Also, they face potential penalties of between $10,000 and $100,000 for not having a valid SAM Registration while still pursuing government contracts.