US Federal Contractor Registration: Tomorrow is Last Business Day for CCR and ORCA due to SAM Transition

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It’s time to say goodbye to CCR and ORCA. In order for the new System for Award Management to be launched, both CCR and ORCA will need to be shut down tomorrow, July 24th, 2012. The new SAM system will be online starting Monday, July 30, 2012, however in the interim CCR and ORCA users will only be able to search these systems in order to verify registration status. For more information about SAM and contractor registration requirements, call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1 or visit https://www.uscontractorregistration.com/.

US Federal Contractor Registration is urging contractors to check their CCR and ORCA registration immediately to ensure any necessary changes are implemented before these systems go offline after July 24th, 2012. According to the CCR registration and ORCA websites, these systems will stop accepting data at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Any registrations that are processing at this time will be placed on hold until SAM goes live on July 30, 2012, at which point the data will be migrated to SAM.

SAM will be combining the eight current federal procurement systems and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one single, streamlined system. The According to the SAM website, phase one will affect users of CCR, FedReg, ORCA and EPLS. Later phases will integrate remaining systems, including FBO.gov.

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.

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.

While SAM’s deployment was originally scheduled for May 29th, 2012, the launch was pushed back in order to allow SAM’s engineers further tweak the system and add additional necessary capabilities, according to the SAM website. SAM is being deployed in phases with the first phase incorporating the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).

317 elements of CCR registration 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 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. “We’ve been preparing for the transition to SAM for months now,” commented Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration. “Our case managers and placement specialists have become experts on the new system so that we are prepared to help our clients with the migration.”

As with any new online development, high demand may exceed server capacity, resulting in slowly loading pages and difficulty accessing SAM. With many users likely needing assistance, the Federal Help Desk will be swamped, so it will be best for contractors and grant recipients to be prepared for the migration ahead of time.

US Federal Contractor Registration is a third party registration firm with corporate offices in Orlando, FL 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. US Federal Contractor Registration's Orlando BBB rating is A- thanks to the quality of their service and responsiveness to customers. 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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