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  • ‘In-out-in’ model could be answer to defense workforce shortages, experts say July 22, 2019
    Sometimes, it’s ok to let go. A model for retaining government talent by training young professionals and then letting them go to the private sector could be the answer for workforce shortages, according to some experts — that is if the government can work with the private sector to bring them back. The idea, dubbed “in […]
    Jackson Barnett
  • Many workers at AI companies have reservations about law enforcement use, survey finds July 22, 2019
    Employees at top tech companies producing artificial intelligence and facial recognition are largely fearful of the misuse of the technologies — but that doesn’t keep them, in many cases, from being willing to produce it for law enforcement or military use, according to a new survey. Slightly more than half of the Microsoft, Google and Amazon […]
    Billy Mitchell
  • Google is making a ‘mistake’ with its AI choices, former U.S. officials say July 22, 2019
    Two former high-ranking national security officials are criticizing Google for developing artificial intelligence in China while backing out of working with the Department of Defense, a move they said could benefit Chinese military and intelligence services. Ash Carter, secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama, said Thursday that Google could be helping the Chinese military without knowing it. And […]
    Jackson Barnett
  • CompTIA, White House promise 625,000 worker certifications by 2024 July 22, 2019
    The Computing Technology Industry Association pledged to certify 625,000 workers in IT skills by 2024, citing hundreds of thousands of job vacancies, at a White House meeting on Monday. A nonprofit trade association that runs “vendor neutral” training programs, CompTIA estimates tech jobs account for 8 percent of the nation’s workforce — one in every […]
    Dave Nyczepir
  • 14 new security ‘deficiencies’ found in IRS information systems July 19, 2019
    IRS information systems and data are at risk due to weaknesses in access controls and other security procedures, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office audited IRS financial statements from fiscal 2017 and 2018 and found 14 new “deficiencies” in information system security controls — on top of unresolved problems from prior audits. If […]
    Dave Nyczepir

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.

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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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