Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
US Federal Contractor Registration has announced the launch of their new SAM Assistance Program, designed to help both contractors and procurement officers navigate and use the new System for Award Management.
The System for Award Management, or SAM, has recently been deployed by the General Services Administration to take the place of the legacy “siloed” procurement systems. Currently, SAM has integrated CCR, ORCA, FedReg, and EPLS into one streamlined service. Future updates will include other services, such as the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) and the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) websites.
Despite a lengthy and extended development period, System for Award Management users have experienced significant problems with the new service, including prolonged down time and frequent errors, as reported in the Government Contracting Tips Blog. As the end of the fiscal year approaches, so does the peak time period for federal contract awards, according to Federal Procurement Data System reports. This means that both contractors and purchasing officers are facing their busiest contracting month with a completely new registration, reporting, and payment system that is still plagued with bugs and delays.
SAM has experienced so many issues that a memo sent by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense on August 21st has instructed purchasing officers to temporarily suspend under certain circumstances a portion of the FAR requiring vendors to be registered prior to contract award and requiring purchasing officers to verify a vendor’s registration status prior to making a contract award. However, vendors will still need to be registered with SAM in order to receive payment for completed contracts or to receive any other federal payments, such as grants. Additionally, the FAR rules regarding registration and verification have not been suspended in all cases; for instance, contract awards using a Governmentwide Purchase Card (GPC) will still require vendors to be registered with SAM and require purchasing officers to look up and verify the vendor’s SAM registration prior to the award being made.
In order to help vendors and procurement officers deal effectively with these changes and obstacles, US Federal Contractor Registration has launched their new SAM Assistance Program. The program will help these users find the answers and information they need, solve problems frequently encountered by both contractors and purchasing officers, and help ensure users can access the tools and information they need to conduct business.
To get more information about the SAM Assistance Program, vendors and purchasing officers may call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700, choosing ext 1 for vendors and ext 2 for contracting officers and federal employees.
US Federal Contractor Registration is the first and largest registration firm, with corporate offices in Orlando, FL . US Federal Contractor Registration has helped thousands of businesses complete their SAM 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 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/.