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  • VA adds customer experience as one of its ‘core values’ May 20, 2019
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has now codified its devotion to improving customer experience. The agency officially added customer experience to its “Core Values and Characteristics” — the guidelines in the the Code of Federal Regulations that define priorities of VA employees as well as what the agency stands for. The final rule was published Monday in the […]
    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier
  • HUD wants some help in creating its Office of the Chief Data Officer May 17, 2019
    The Data Analytics Center of Excellence team at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is collecting advice on how best to set up the agency’s brand new Office of the Chief Data Officer. The group, which is part of the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence initiative housed within the General Services Administration, recently posted […]
    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier
  • OPM brings in Centers of Excellence to ‘stabilize’ IT May 17, 2019
    The IT Modernization Centers of Excellence initiative has found its next target — the Office of Personnel Management. The General Services Administration announced on Friday that it has signed interagency agreements that will allow the COEs and the GSA IT team to begin a “sprint-based discovery phase” aimed at improving OPM’s legacy IT environment. This is the […]
    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier
  • Military would emphasize recruitment for tech skills under Senate AI Caucus leaders’ bill May 17, 2019
    The co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus want the Pentagon to find more recruits with digital engineering and computer science skill sets, while establishing clear career tracks for those personnel. New legislation from Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would require the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness to “promote and […]
    Joe Warminsky
  • Poor agency CDM performance requires three-pronged improvements May 17, 2019
    Government agencies are working toward the fourth phase of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. Despite considerable effort, current reporting suggests that most of these agencies are still considerably off pace to meet cybersecurity goals. As they move through the phases of compliance, agencies may improve their overall performance […]
    Jodi Schatz

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.