US Federal Contractor Registration: Don’t Forget about SAM Migration on May 29th

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US Federal Contractor Registration is notifying contractors that the date for the first phase of SAM migration is coming soon. On May 29th, contractors and grant recipients will be required to migrate their CCR registration and ORCA filing to the new System for Award Management, or SAM. For more information about the migration or assistance with registration, call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1 or visit https://www.uscontractorregistration.com/.

The deadline for the upcoming SAM migration is quickly approaching.

On May 29th, 2012, contractors and grant recipients will begin migrating their CCR registration and ORCA filing to the new System for Award Management, or SAM, according to the GSA. The migration is the first phase of a long transition from the legacy “siloed” procurement systems to a new streamlined and integrated system expected to be completed in February 2013.

The new system will include over 300 changes to the Central Contractor Registration system. Further changes will also be made to ORCA, EPLS, and FedReg.

“We’re expecting many businesses will need help with the transition,” predicted Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration. “Some of these vendors had trouble getting registered in the first place, let alone migrating their registration to an entirely new system no one’s used before. We will be prepared to help those vendors with the process so they’ll have nothing to worry about on May 29th.”

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.

The portion of the migration where the most problems are anticipated will be the authentication step. As CCR and ORCA registration only need to be renewed once per year per the Federal Acquisition Regulation, many users forget their login credentials or change their email address between registration dates. Such habits will prove troublesome during the SAM migration since the CCR and ORCA cannot be migrated until the user’s credentials have been verified.

In addition, any new system is subject to problems on launch day, especially when the new system is replacing a registration database which has over 621,000 active users. Such a load on SAM’s servers could produce long wait times – for pages to load as well as for assistance from the Federal Help Desk.

Despite the possible pitfalls during migration, SAM offers many benefits over the legacy systems. 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.

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 https://www.uscontractorregistration.com/.

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