US Federal Contractor Registration: New System for Award Management Includes over 300 Changes to Central Contractor Registration

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An overview of upcoming changes released by the General Services Administration reveals 317 changes have been made to CCR as a result of the transition to the System for Award Management, or SAM. US Federal Contractor Registration is preparing for the first phase of the upcoming migration to the System for Award Management, or SAM, starting May 29th, 2012. The new system will be implemented in phases, streamlining the legacy “siloed” systems into one comprehensive portal. For more information, call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1 or visit

US Federal Contractor Registration is notifying its users of the upcoming changes made to CCR Registration by the new SAM system. 317 elements have been changed, including 58 eliminations and 133 format changes, according to a notice from the GSA. Further changes will also be made to FedReg, EPLS, and ORCA.

“Vendors need to be prepared for these changes before SAM is deployed on May 29th,” warned Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration.

The new SAM system offers many benefits to contractors. Rather than needing a separate login for every procurement system, vendors will soon be able to access everything with a single SAM login. Data will also only need to be entered once, reducing the risk of duplicated or conflicting information. Also, rather than needing to keep track of several different websites, vendors will soon be able to register, file reps and certs, and search for contracting opportunities all from a single location.

The changes begin with the first phase starting on May 29th, 2012 and are expected to continue at least through February 2013, according to the GSA.

US Federal Contractor Registration is preparing to assist vendors with the migration. “Any time a new system like this is introduced, no matter how simple it is, many contractors experience problems and need help getting set up,” commented Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration. The third party registration firm will be helping contractors migrate their registration to SAM when the new system launches next month.

US Federal Contractor Registration is the largest third party processor in the world, assisting vendors with CCR registration, ORCA filing preparation, government marketing, and online web brochures. More information about their services may be requested through the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1.

To qualify for government contracts, businesses must obtain a DUNS number and must complete CCR and ORCA registration. Successful contractors also develop aggressive government marketing plans which include the creation of a profile on government websites such as the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search and automated bid notifications to their email.

One of the biggest challenges facing vendors may be the authentication portion of migration. Since CCR and ORCA registrations only need to be updated once per year, vendors may experience difficulty if they are not using the same email address they originally registered with and cannot remember their login details. “We deal with these types of issues every day. Contractors would be wise to check their login and password now rather than next month,” Mr. Knellinger advised. In addition, any errors currently in present in the CCR registration would be passed on to the new SAM system and could possibly cause problems with the migration.

While resetting a forgotten password can be as simple as answering a few security questions online, the worst case scenario involves sending a certified letter to the Federal Service Desk to request the password be reset – a process which can be very time consuming if overnight mail is not used.

Vendors can check if they’re ready for the SAM migration and get help with the process by contacting the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1. Placement Specialists are standing by to answer any questions businesses may have about the new system and how to prepare for it.

US Federal Contractor Registration is a third party registration firm that has helped thousands of businesses complete their CCR registration and bid on contracts. US Federal Contractor Registration pairs businesses with a dedicated case manager who helps them every step of the way from initial registration to bidding on contracts. To request a free evaluation and assessment by a Placement Specialist for your business, call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1 or visit our website at

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