Businesses interested in Federal contracting must, as an initial step, register in the Government’s database known as System for Award Management (SAM). Registration at the official site — www.sam.gov – is free.
SAM replaced another database — Central Contractor Registration (CCR) — with which many people inside and outside of Government were familiar. SAM is a better technology solution because it actually consolidates what once were several stove-pipe, stand-alone databases. Because of the migration of records from CCR to SAM last year, all vendors now must re-validate and update their records. And vendors new to the Government sector must establish a vendor record in SAM for the first time.