US Federal Contractor Registration is notifying vendors that the planned deployment of the new System for Award Management scheduled for May 29th, 2012 has been postponed by the GSA until late July 2012.
The delay will allow affected parties more time to prepare for the transition and will help ensure SAM is capable of fulfilling users' needs.
The GSA has conducted extensive testing into the capabilities planned for the first phase of deployment - which includes the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) - and the results of those tests will help them further improve SAM in preparation for its implementation in sixty days.
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.
"This delay gives vendors more time to prepare for SAM's deployment," commented Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration.
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.
Registrants will especially need to prepare for SAM migration if they haven't logged in to their CCR registration in awhile. Vendors will need to know their login and registered email address before they can successfully transfer their registration to SAM. 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 misplaced username and password can be as simple as answering a few security questions online, it can also be as tedious as 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. With their workload expected to increase with the SAM migration, turnaround for password resets may also be impacted.
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.
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.
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 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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