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  • DHS cloud migration faced initial training hurdle September 17, 2019
    The Department of Homeland Security has learned a few things about cloud migration, and it’s applying those lessons as it considers which of its 650 systems to move next. As DHS began migrating to the cloud, the Information Sharing & Services Office quickly found security staff had reservations, and network staff was arranging the infrastructure physically […]
    Dave Nyczepir
  • Constitution Annotated gets a new website from Library of Congress September 17, 2019
    It’s Constitution Day, and the Library of Congress is celebrating with a new Constitution-focused website geared toward use by the general public. The address constitution.congress.gov is the new digital home of “Constitution Annotated,” a Congressional Research Service product that allows users to “read about the Constitution in plain English” and get “a comprehensive overview of how the […]
    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier
  • HHS touts first recurrent neural network for making acquisition plans September 17, 2019
    The Department of Health and Human Services’ chief information officer said his agency has the first functioning, recurrent neural network in the federal government, and it’s using the machine-learning technology to help officials make acquisition plans. HHS’s network is the first “that I know of,” though the intelligence community “is doing some of this,” Jose Arrieta said at […]
    Dave Nyczepir
  • VA launches EHR training program September 16, 2019
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a training program to educate medical providers who will be the first users of its forthcoming electronic health record modernization program. Called VITAL, short for VA Innovative Technology Advancement Lab, the program will provide training to selected end-users who will provide feedback to fuel the continuous improvement of […]
    Billy Mitchell
  • Networks ‘foundational’ to evolving Army operations, top cyber officials say September 16, 2019
    As the U.S. Army invests more into a modernized network, it is becoming “foundational” to battlefield operations, two top military cybersecurity officials said Monday. One clear way to measure that importance is to consider how much the cybersecurity commands across the military commit to defending the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN). Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, head of […]
    Billy Mitchell

What Is the GSA?

The GSA (General Services Administration) is an independent U.S. government agency whose purpose is to help manage and support all its federal agencies. It oversees the supply of services and products for U.S. government offices, as well as buildings, office space and transportation for federal employees.

The GSA administers more than $66 billion in procurement costs to help run the government every year. It is also responsible in the management of about $500 billion in U.S. federal property, including over 9,600 owned and leased buildings, and a motor pool in excess of 200,000 vehicles. GSA assists in providing the wherewithal for the smooth operation of the U.S. Government, as well as helping keep the homeland safe by providing tools, equipment, and non-tactical vehicles to the U.S. military, and providing state and local governments with law enforcement equipment, firefighting and rescue equipment, and disaster recovery products and services.

What Is SAM?

SAM is the federal government’s primary source for identifying potential vendors. Every federal agency, both civilian and military, utilizes the SAM database. Many federal contract officers initially determine whether a contract should be set-aside exclusively for 8(a), HUBZone, woman-owned, or service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses based on firms identifying themselves with these designations in SAM.

Prime contractors also use SAM to identify potential subcontractors and suppliers, with emphasis on the various small business socio-economic categories like those just mentioned.  Even state and local governments sometimes consult the federal database to find potential vendors who are interested in the broader governmental marketplace. In addition, all businesses, non-profits, and units of state and local government must be registered in SAM in order to receive federal payments and disbursements against contracts and grants.

The Potential Pitfalls of Self-Registration

According to the Georgia Tech Procurement Technical Assistance Center a high percentage of all companies registered in SAM have errors in their records, including incomplete entries, spelling errors, blank data fields, and wrong procurement codes.

Any company that registers with SAM and submits incomplete or incorrect information will not be contacted by the federal government for contract work. Additionally, any company that submits faulty information or omits information will not be notified of these errors.

Any firm that has previously registered with SAM and has never been awarded any jobs, would be well advised to seek professional guidance in reviewing and updating their registration as soon as possible

Why Use a Professional Service for Your SAM (System for Award Management Registration)

A professional registration company provides dedicated and trained advisors to complete a vendor’s government registration, connect vendors with procurement officers, and email vendors with bid notifications.

SAM Registration Profiles should include:

  • System for Award Management (SAM) Registration
  • DSBS
  • Capabilities Statement
  • SAM Migration Annual Updates
  • Year-Long Technical Support with Dedicated Representatives
  • FAR Updates
  • Basic Changes to Registration (NAICS codes, Contact Information, Contracts Awarded, etc.)
  • Government Buyer Submission
  • FEMA Vendor Profile Creation
  • Verification of DUN & BRADSTREET Number (required)
  • Researching the proper NAICS codes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Self-service SAM registration is free, but the government will not notify you of any incorrect or incomplete information, they will simply bypass your registration when seeking vendors.

Important Websites

Why Use GP&M

GP&M is one of the largest third party Federal Vendor registration firms in the world. We also offer various other registration services that include GSA/VA, SBA Certifications, Set-aside Designations, International CAGE Code Numbers (NCAGE), and WAWF Registration and Invoicing (Wide-Area Work Flow).

GP&M is a highly reputable and trusted Federal Vendor registration company, and is the only 3rd party registration firm that is fully Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. The fees charged by GP&M are for specific services provided and not for the forms which are provided free of charge by the Government for self-registration.

Call GP&M at 844-863-5166 and let us properly prepare and submit your registration and DSBS filing.

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