Monday, July 9th, 2018
Written By: Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center
To do business with the federal government, you need an account in the System for Award Management (SAM).
Whether you already have a SAM account or need to set one up, you need to know there is a new login procedure.
All users attempting to login to SAM are now automatically re-directed to first create a Login.gov user account. If you already have a SAM username and password they no longer work, and you will be unable to access your SAM account until you have created a Login.gov account.
In order to create a Login.gov account, you will need each of the following:
Never fear! Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP) will provide you with help at no charge. Simply contact the MPTAP counselor located nearest you; our staff directory is at: https://www.mscpc.com/other-links/mptap-network/. (Businesses located outside the State of Mississippi can obtain free help from their nearest procurement technical assistance center. Consult the national contact list at: http://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac.)
Each business must mail an original, signed notarized letter to GSA’s Federal Service Desk within thirty (30) days of their SAM activation or risk having their SAM registration deactivated.
Because of recent fraudulent activity associated with the SAM database, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a rule in late March 2018 that requires all SAM registrants (“entities”) to provide an original, signed notarized letter identifying your company’s “authorized Entity Administrator.” The notarized letter must follow a strict format. GSA’s notarized letter template is available here: SAM_Notary_Letter_Template_4.12.18_GSA_version
In instances where businesses have federal contract awards or contract payments pending, MPTAP — and the other PTACs across the country — can offer special assistance to expedite the processing of their notarized letters. When contacting your PTAC counselor, be sure to let us know if you are facing either of those two circumstances.