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  • TSA pushing airport security innovation in new ways November 13, 2019
    The Transportation Security Administration wants a better sense of the airport security marketplace and is seeking proposals addressing problems with screening among other areas. TSA’s Innovation Task Force (ITF) issued a broad agency announcement for Innovative Demonstrations for Enterprise Advancement (IDEA) in late October. The agency intends to use its “convening authority” to advance the development […]
    Dave Nyczepir
  • How government agencies can use identity and access controls to modernize IT security November 13, 2019
    It wasn’t that long ago that perimeter-based security controls, like firewalls, provided the bulk of an agency’s IT defenses. But as enterprise network environments move toward cloud- and mobile-based platforms as well as interconnected application services, identity and access requirements are taking center stage in security controls. Fortunately for agencies, tools for identity, credential and […]
    FedScoop Staff
  • New CIO Aaron Weis wants to redeem Navy after damning cyber review November 13, 2019
    New Navy CIO Aaron Weis‘s job was created as a response to a departmentwide cybersecurity review that painted a damning picture of the service’s IT and cyber readiness. Now, weeks into the role, Weis hopes that at some point he gets the chance to redeem the Navy by showing improvement in a follow-up review. “I’m […]
    Billy Mitchell
  • Centers of Excellence program issues two new RFIs for OPM modernization November 13, 2019
    The General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence team has put out two new RFIs for its continued work with the Office of Personnel Management. The RFIs solicit contractor help with an initiative to modernize the Federal Annuity Claims Expert System (FACES), which federal retirement counselors use “to adjudicate about 80,000 federal retirement benefit actions every […]
    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier
  • DevOps is transforming SOCOM’s culture, says CIO November 12, 2019
    U.S. Special Operations Command CIO Lisa Costa has the perfect analogue to her unit’s DevOps-driven digital transformation: tactical shooting. “What do you do in tactical shooting?” Costa said Tuesday at the 2019 Red Hat Government Symposium. “You remove all extraneous movement and that’s how you get efficiency. We need to do the same thing in […]
    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.

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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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