SAM (System for Award Management) Registration

Registration in SAM (GSA’s System for Award Management) is the first step in Government Contracting

The System for Award Management is the primary supplier database for the U.S. Federal government, collecting, validating and storing data from suppliers and then making that data available to various government acquisition agencies. Your business MUST be registered in SAM to sell to the federal government.

GOOD NEWS:  There is no cost to register in SAM.  If you need help, your local PTAC can assist you – also at no charge!


View these important tips for navigating the SAM Registration process successfully – then contact a PTAC for help with your registration!.



SAM was developed to consolidate nine different acquisition-related databases and is being implemented in phases. The first phase, launched in July of 2012, combines what had been the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).

PTAC counselors help small businesses to navigate the SAM registration process every day.  They can answer your questions and provide tips to ensure that important information about your business is entered correctly, including the link to the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database, so that you can be found by agency buyers and prime contractors who want to do business with you.  PTAC counselors can also help you keep your information “up to date” and assist you with the registration renewal process when the time comes.

Most importantly, once your registration is complete, your PTAC counselor can help you take the next steps in finding contract opportunities and marketing your business to government buyers.