US Federal Contractor Registration: Today is the Last Day for CCR and ORCA; SAM Coming July 30th

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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 today, 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 alerting vendors that today is the last day users may register or make changes to existing registrations on CCR and ORCA. According to the CCR registration and ORCA websites, these systems will stop accepting data at 11:59 PM today, 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.

The System for Award Mangement, or SAM, will be combining the eight current federal procurement systems and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into a single cohesive procurement resource. According to the SAM website, the first phase will integrate CCR, FedReg, ORCA and EPLS. Later phases will add the remaining systems, including FBO.gov.

SAM creates several benefits for users. Users will no longer need to create separate logins for each website; now all their procurement needs will be serviced by a single resource with a single username and password. Users’ information will no longer need to be entered on several different websites, nor will users need to visit many different websites in order to pursue procurement opportunities.

The System for Award Management was originally supposed to launch in late May, 2012, however the deployment was rescheduled to late July in order to accommodate further changes necessary to provide the complete capabilities required by users, according to the SAM website. This initial deployment will integrate the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). Future deployments which will add additional capabilities will be announced as they are scheduled.

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 find out if they’re ready for SAM and get help migrating their registrations by contacting the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1. Placement Specialists are available 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. Over 600,000 users will need to interact with the new process starting Monday, July 30, 2012. With so 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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