SAM is Marching Forward

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As an Eagle Scout, I remember the Oath, the Promise, and of course, the Motto “Be Prepared.”  Now is one of those times when the motto rings true for government contractors everywhere (let alone for the folks responsible for the changes coming).

 

As I have discussed before here and here and here, the System for Award Management is going to be launched in the very near future (still at the end of July according to the website).  There are still a few things that you need to know, and here are the basics.

First of all, in just over a week, CCR will not accept new registrations or edits (after July 24th). The new System for Award Management (SAM) goes live July 30th.  If you aren’t already in CCR or if you need to make edits, there is a helpful overview on the SAM website.

Second, remember that this isn’t just CCR that is being replaced.  Phase I includes Online Reps and Certs and Excluded Parties List systems too!  So, if you need to make some certifications (ORCA) or check the status of some subcontractors or partners (EPLS), you will have to register with SAM.

That brings me to the third, and final point.  If you are already in CCR or ORCA, your information will be transferred over to the new system, but you STILL NEED TO REGISTER in the System for Award Management to get access to that information.  You will need to know the email address and the username of your legacy system account in order to migrate your roles.  Here is a list of how the permissions and roles will transfer from the “legacy system” to SAM:

CCR Roles

  • Administrators in CCR will become “Entity Administrators” in SAM
  • Maintenance Users in CCR will become “Entity Registration Representatives” in SAM
  • View Only Users in CCR will become “Entity Registration Viewers” in SAM

EPLS Roles

  • Debar Users in EPLS will become “Agency Exclusion Representatives” in SAM

Not to worry, current CCR/ORCA users will still receive an email notification letting them know when their account is about to expire, and they will complete that process in SAM, if the account expires after SAM goes live.

So, the question becomes, are you prepared?

About Marty Herbert

With 13 years of government contract administration, analysis, finance, and audit experience, I have established a firm baseline in ethics and a specialization in government contracts that has prepared me to become a subject matter expert in my field. I am currently working on enhancing government contracts management and compliance through workflow tools and product offerings - attempting to make the process proactive as opposed to reactive.
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