Ten Mistakes Federal Contractors Make When Attempting to Register Their Entity in SAM

I’ve been a PTAC counselor for over five years. In that time, I’ve helped a lot of federal contractors register their entities in the System for Award Management (SAM), but I’ve also had the opportunity to review many entity registrations that contractors completed (or attempted to complete) themselves. This is a list of some of the … Read more

“Your SAM registration is expiring” …or maybe not. Here’s how you can tell.

Screenshot of SAM expiration email from company that charges a fee

We’ve written before about companies that prey on smaller federal contractors and charge them hundreds of dollars for things like SAM registrations and renewals that are completely free. PTAC counselors across the country are constantly warning our clients about these companies, but their constant barrage of deceptive and confusing phone calls, emails, text messages, postcards, … Read more

New Security Update in SAM Means You’d Better Not Forget Your MPIN

Passwords. The bane of our existence. At least for those of us who use smart phones, tablets and computers. Our clients are no different. They forget their passwords with regularity. The good news is that resetting a password is usually fairly simple, and often something someone can do themselves. Due to a security update made … Read more

Expiring Entity Registrations in SAM.gov Given 60-Day Extension Due to COVID-19 National Emergency

The following announcement is from the GSA Integrated Award Environment: In support of the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requested certain administrative relief for entities doing business with the government.  As part of that effort, GSA has initiated 60-day extensions to SAM.gov registrations that have … Read more

How to Get Email Notifications for Saved “Contracting Opportunities” Searches in beta.SAM.gov

When the General Services Administration decommissioned FedBizOpps (www.fbo.gov) in November, one of its most-used features by federal contractors was not immediately available in the new system at beta.SAM.gov: Email notifications of search results from saved searches (known in FedBizOpps as search agents). This feature is now available for “contracting opportunities” searches in beta.SAM.gov. Here are … Read more

Receipts-Based Small Business Size Standards Adjusted for Inflation

Earlier this year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) increased the receipts-based business size standards for 518 industries. These adjustments were made to account for inflation that has occurred since the last adjustment in 2014. The SBA will continue to review size standards every five years, as mandated by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. … Read more

Small Business Size Calculations Changing January 6, 2020

If you maintain your company’s entity registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), you’ve seen the “Size Metrics” page that asks for your company’s average annual receipts and number of employees. Entering accurate information on this page is critical, as it determines whether your company qualifies as a small business in the industries you … Read more

Register now for this free webinar about the upcoming decommissioning of FBO.gov

The following notice is from the GSA: Dear industry partners and stakeholders, FBO.gov is going to retire in November, 2019. Please register here for a virtual webinar about the upcoming decommissioning of FBO.gov.  The program will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 1:00 PM EDT.  You must pre-register to join the event. The Integrated … Read more