Very First Step to Gain a Government Contract

How to Register in SAM (System for Award Management)

What is SAM?

In 2012, the General Services Administration launched the first phase of the System for Award Management (SAM) eventually consolidating the capabilities of eight federal procurement systems into one system. The Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Online

Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) and the Excluded Parties List System Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) were migrated into the new System for Award Management in this first phase.

Why Should I Register in SAM?

If you are interested in any of the following then you MUST register in SAM:
*Do business with the federal government
*Get paid
*Gain exposure so federal agencies can identify you as a vendor
*Be eligible to respond to federal bids, RFP’s and solicitations that required a CAGE code,
  which is provided upon completed registration

How Do I Register in SAM?
There is no fee charged by the federal government to register your business in SAM. So you have a choice -- you can either do it yourself or you can hire a federal procurement expert to assist you with the registration.

If you were previously registered in CCR and ORCA you need to perform the following steps BEFORE your account expires. If you are new to registering to do business with the federal government you need to perform all of the items below, except Step 4.

Step 1 Go to
Step 2 Set-up a new user account in SAM
Step 3 Validate your identity
Step 4 Migrate your information from the CCR and ORCA legacy systems
Step 5 Complete the following mandatory sections in SAM:
a) Core Data
b) Assertions
c) Representations and Certifications
d) Points of Contact
Step 6 If you are a Small Business, complete your company profile in the SBDS with keywords, and capabilities so that prime contractors and federal agencies can find you.

Keep your account active, up-to-date, and complete to ensure continued visibility and exposure to the federal government and to get paid!


Michelle Hermelee, a NCMA Certified Schedule Contract Manager (CSCM) with fifteen years in-depth experience in securing and negotiating government contracts, founded BH Sky Associates in 2006 to provide hand-holding, step-by-step guidance, consulting, information, and training to guide companies successfully through the government procurement process.  BH Sky is headquartered in Princeton, NJ, and Washington, D.C. and provides nationwide consulting services to help companies effectively position and market their products and services to the local, state and federal government.  BH Sky positions clients across numerous industry sectors to do business with the government by obtaining the proper registrations and certifications, identifying new business opportunities through its Bid Alert Service, securing GSA/VA schedule contracts and post award contract management


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