In order to conduct business with or receive grants from the Federal Government, the organization/company/person must be registered in the System for Award Management. As with most government filings, the tools, information and applications are all online at no cost for organizations who wish to handle this internally. However, the government does not review paperwork or assist with the filing until after it is submitted. This almost always causes delays, especially as the registration procedures continue to change and be updated on a continual basis. They also cannot assist you in ensuring your registration is correct and visible to the appropriate audiences (Contracting Officers, Prime Contractors, etc).
In June of 2018, the GSA (General Services Administration) put new security measures in place in order to file or update a SAM Registration, due to the security breach on the Government’s side earlier in the year. Another main reason the SAM Registration process has changed again is due to the multiple unethical and fraudulent activities by third-party registration firms playing up on the confusion to create additional confusion and economic opportunities for themselves. USBRI offers solutions to avoid these issues.