CCR is Going Away

December 21, 2010 § 4 Comments

Posted on behalf of  Kathleen Oliver, GSA/IAE Program Manager

In the next 12 months, the General Services Administration (GSA) is going to move the capability currently offered by the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and other systems to a new system called the System for Award Management (SAM). This effort, previously dubbed Architecture and Operations Contract Support (AOCS), will bring together eight federal procurement systems as well as the Catalog for Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), integrating the currently siloed capabilities and hosting environments into one unified whole. The benefits will include a streamlined user experience, improved data quality, and cost savings to the tune of $30 million per year.

Users are excited about this change. At a recent conference attended by CCR users from Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, all 275 participants erupted in applause after hearing an explanation of the SAM concept. Their comments included, “What a great idea,” and “It’s about time!” CCR is among the first systems to be moved into SAM, along with the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).  Other systems, to be moved to SAM in later phases extending through 2014, include Federal Business Opportunities (FBO), CFDA, Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS), Wage Determinations OnLine (WDOL), Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG), and Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). Users can expect to begin hearing about webinars and SAM training opportunities in late 2011. Until then, CCR will remain as it is today — offering its existing capabilities from its current web location.


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§ 4 Responses to CCR is Going Away

  • umichbob says:

    This new system has been a very well kept secret from the Grantee Community, at least those of us in the academic/research area. At a recent meeting of the FDP, there was no such standing ovation, but a big question mark when the system was announced. What does SAM have to do with Awards Management, it is mostly made up of registration and certification systems?

    How will SAM work with the other federal Award Management effort — Grants Management Line of Business.

    How is the Grantee User Community being involved in this project to achieve a “streamlined user experience”?

    The cost figures are astonishing, GSA has been wasting $30million a year prior to the consolidation??? What took so long to do this?

    • GMLOB says:

      The development of SAM is a GSA effort to consolidate nine federal systems. The majority of the systems are information repositories that hold vital information about awardees. All but two of the systems, CCR and CFDA, involved in this consolidation effort are specifically federal procurement systems and will have little to no impact on grantees and grant applicants. GMLOB and other federal grants bodies are working with GSA to get clarity around the impact of changing these systems will have on the grants community. For more information on the SAM effort, please visit and view the recently developed FAQs ( If you have specific questions about SAM, please reach out to the Integrated Acquisitions Environment team at

  • nmeyerson says:

    What a great holiday present! Having heard many complaints about this from grantees I know this will be well received. One thing I do wonder about is the $30 million estimated annual savings. How is this estimate derived? I am not auper techie person, so if you respond please try to explain in non technical language.

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