SAM Development Underway: Prepare Now to Maintain Your Ability to Process Grant Awards
October 5, 2011 § 1 Comment
Posted on Behalf of Meredith Whitehead, General Services Administration
In late July 2011, the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the software development contract for the first phase of the new, government-wide System for Award Management (SAM). Development is underway!
This first phase of SAM, which includes all the capabilities found in the current Central Contractor Registration (CCR)/Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), will streamline the business process to register to do business with the federal government. Grantees will be able to choose a simpler path to manage their entity information, and, beginning in May 2010, federal agencies will be able to access grantee information from one location: SAM.gov.
What other changes are coming for federal agencies? If your grants management or finance system interfaces with CCR/FedReg or EPLS, now is the time get ready for change. SAM will not be a portal to provide access to the legacy systems. Rather, it will be a new, integrated system with improved business processes and a single database. Because overlapping data is being eliminated, the current extracts and interfaces will change.
To help you prepare, general information is online now at SAM.gov where you will find both a SAM Interfaces Overview briefing and a data mapping spreadsheet to give you an idea of what to expect. The detailed interface specification is expected to be available to federal agencies in October 2011. Please let your counterparts in your agency’s finance department know where to find this information. If you, or they, have questions about SAM or would like to receive the interface specification when it becomes available, please contact askSAM@gsa.gov.