Time to update your computer bookmarks! The System for Award Management (SAM) is active. As of July 30, 2012, Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) websites all re-direct to the SAM website at: www.sam.gov. CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS systems are no longer accepting new data. So how can you access SAM and where’s all your data located?
The Obama administration is pressuring agencies to award more contracts to small businesses. The new small business friendly requirements were included in a June 6, 2012 memorandum signed by Joe Jordan, the recently confirmed Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, (SBA). The memorandum focuses on increasing small business
In written testimony to the House Small Business Committee on June 7, 2012, Steve Kempf, Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said: “GSA needs greater agility, federal agencies need faster access to emerging solutions, and small businesses need real access to areas of opportunity in the federal market.” He also added “The MAS [GSA Schedules Program] program is perpetually open to qualified new offers and, while vibrant markets exist in some of the Schedules, we have reached the point of saturation in others.” The solution as proposed by GSA: “[a] determination of whether it [specific Schedules and SINs] represents an opportunity for continued innovation and program growth, or if it is an area no longer in need of additional contractors.”
This means that