What is the purpose of the System for Award Management and how do I register?
The System for Award Management, or SAM, is a government-wide portal that is consolidating the capabilities of multiple systems and information sources used by the Federal government in conducting the acquisition and financial assistance (which includes grants and cooperative agreements) processes. Phase 1 moved the functionality of the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) and Excluded Parties List System, as well as other systems pertinent to acquisition only, to SAM.
There is no fee to register in SAM. Further details about SAM are provided at the SAM site. If you had an active record in CCR before the migration to SAM, you have an active record in SAM. You will need to register in SAM in order to make any changes to the information in your CCR registration. If, as a recipient of an ONC award, you need to check whether an entity to which you plan to award a contract is suspended or debarred, you can check that status by typing the entity’s DUNS number or business name into the search box at the SAM site.