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March 29, 2022

System for Award Management

Sam.gov  is the U.S. Federal Government System for Award Management. The system is being used by entities that wish to do business with the U.S. Government and would like to solicit and bid on contract opportunities

Who is required to register in SAM.gov?

Any government, business, grantee or organization (known as “Entity” in SAM.gov ) wishing to do business with the federal government under a Federal Acquisition Regulation  (FAR) based contract, or anyone applying for federal grants, cooperative agreements or other forms of federal financial assistance through Grants.gov, must be registered in SAM.gov . Also, consider creating a SAM.gov  account if you wish to use the full set of capabilities that have been developed in SAM.gov  and/or migrated from legacy systems.

Do I need to pay a registration fee?

Creating or updating a SAM registration is free of charge, and you receive free system and technical assistance through our supporting Federal Service Desk .

When do I register?

You may register in SAM.gov  as soon as you have read the registration guide. Start this process well before your contract application deadline. Having an active registration in SAM.gov  before bidding on a contract is often a requirement.

What do I need before registering?

If this is your first time registering in SAM.gov , you can download the instructions (click here) for guidance.

There are three things you will need to obtain before registering in SAM.gov .

  • Administrator account (created on LOGIN.gov )
  • SAM Unique Entity Identifier (SAM.gov)
  • NCAGE  (NATO Commercial and Government Entity) code

 If you are a Belgian company, your legal details should match the Crossroads Bank for EnterprisesPlease note that the SAM UEI should be based on the CBE data. SAM.gov will propose a match. The Year of incorporation and the Belgian Company Number need to be provided to continue. After receiving the SAM UEI, the NCAGE code can be created with the same identical details.

How do I submit a registration?

After you have obtained the necessary information, you can go ahead and log into SAM.gov  and start registering. In addition, the video tutorial (click here  min 2:40) will give an oversight of the registration process.

How long does it take for my entity to be active in SAM.gov?

If you are registering your entity for the first time, it can take up to two weeks after you have submitted your registration. If you are reactivating your entity, it will take up to two days for your entity to be reactive in SAM.gov 

I need to update my SAM.gov registry?

If you are already registered in SAM.gov but your entity registration has expired, you will need to submit an update.

I have more questions. Who do I contact?

You can either contact the Brussels Procurement Team or the Federal Service Desk , both are happy to assist you with any SAM.gov  related questions. You can easily create an incident or have a live chat with the FSD.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

U.S. calls: 866-606-8220 – International calls: +1 334-206-7828