Certifications and Representation Improvements in SAM
The System for Award Management (SAM) exists to help individuals and businesses (entities) do business with the federal government. For entities seeking financial assistance (grants) or to submit a contract proposal, you must register on SAM first. Recently, the registration process in SAM has changed to decrease the burden for registrants applying for financial assistance and federal agencies.
On February 2, 2019, the System for Award Management (SAM) is implementing a new process that allows financial assistance registrants to submit common federal government-wide certifications and representations. The procurement certifications and representations have not changed. Entities creating new registrations and existing entities completing their annual registration renewals will be required to review financial assistance certifications and representations before their registration can be activated. As entities renew and re-register their accounts, the data collected will make SAM.gov the federal repository for this information. By completing the certifications and representations in SAM, the grantee administrative processes will be significantly streamlined, making it easier to do business with the federal government. This change is in accordance with the September 5, 2018, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum M-18-24, “Strategies to Reduce Grant Recipient Reporting Burden.”