GSA. GOV SAM Update
NOTARIZED LETTER PROCESS CHANGES
How is the notarized letter review process changing on June 11, 2018?
How is the notarized letter review process changing on June 29, 2018?
Where can I find the notarized letter templates?
Does the notarized letter requirement apply to U.S. Federal Government entities registering in SAM?
NEW LOGIN PROCESS FOR SAM.GOV COMING JUNE 29, 2018!
What is the new login process for SAM.gov?
What is the most important thing I need to do before June 29th?
Why do I need my current SAM.gov user account email address?
How do I find the email address for my SAM.gov user account?
What do I need to create my Login.gov user account?
Why is SAM.gov making these user account changes on June 29, 2018?
Will this change impact public users who do not log in to SAM.gov?
Will I be able to get help for this new login process?
What has GSA been doing to address the problem?
What interim changes were made to the SAM registration process?
Who was impacted?
What is an entity?
What should entities registered in SAM do to protect themselves and confirm that their bank account information has not been changed?
Who should entities contact if they find that payments due them from Federal agencies have been paid to a bank account that other than their own?
Where can an international entity find information about the notarized letter process?
GSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is actively investigating alleged, third party fraudulent activity in the System for Award Management (SAM). At this time, only a limited number of entities registered in SAM are suspected of being impacted by this fraudulent activity. GSA is in the process of notifying these affected entities.
FURTHER GUIDANCE FROM SMALL TO FEDS:
You have worked hard establishing your small business in the commercial market; or you have succeeded in your profession working for large enterprises. You have established yourself and you are recognized as a success by your superiors, your peers and your subordinates. Someone or something one day attracts your attention with the suggestion that the federal government may be in the market for your skills, products or services. This article will address the path to expanding your existing business or initially undertaking a business involving federal government contracts.
The best way to explore federal government contracting possibilities is to expand your business plan to include a sector for that type of business or develop your start up plan including a federal government business sector. Doing business with the Federal Government is not "Rocket Science" but it is different. It embodies a set of regulations entitled, "The Federal Acquisition Regulation" or FAR, which contain the rules by which the government and industry abide in contracting for supplies and services. The FAR had its genesis during World War II and has evolved since that time to control and regulate the ever-expanding amounts of goods and services which the federal government buys.
The following are the most important "Mechanical Steps" necessary in positioning your business to begin selling to the federal government. They are listed in the necessary sequence for becoming a supplier entity in the government system. A link to appropriate web sites is provided at each step.
A. Dunn &Bradstreet (D&B) Number Go to Small Business Tab At:
If you do not have one a D and B Number is necessary before you can complete a Registration (CCR) which is required for all companies who aspire to sell to the federal government. A D and B Number is also required for your Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) application if you intend to pursue minority- owned business certification. If you are not already incorporated you may wish to incorporate before you set up your D and B number. Incorporation is fairly inexpensive these days and can be done via the WEB for either a non-profit or a for-profit business. Try search mechanisms, such as "Incorporate.com", or "Incorporate Now". It is best to do a check with the Better Business Bureau before using the results. Establishing your D and B is free.
B. For Central Contractor Registration:
C. For application in the SBA Small, Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Program:
If you qualify as a minority, follow the directions closely. Note there is a preview section which will acquaint you with the application and the types of information that will be necessary when you start the process.
D. For Historically Under-Utilized Business (HUB) Zone Information:
E. For Searches on Federal Buys:
FEDBIZOPS is the gateway for all federal business. The search tool there is a very powerful engine with many filters that are useful. It is well worth the time to learn the filters. Every federal agency is required by regulation to advertise there and you will be amazed at the products and services the federal government buys.
F. For an example of a small business capability statement check the following web site:
A capability statement is always a good idea for marketing. The link above as an example. It was found on the web in the public domain Note that the site is a SDB. Later you will get into proposal preparation and the regulations governing the types of grants and contracts, as well as billing the government for your work and other factors.
G. Questions for you:
Are you planning to produce a deliverable, distinct, end product such as software, hardware, a commodity, a report, a conference, a survey or a study, sell it to meet the government's statement of work and bill for the end product when delivered?
Are you planning to price your services at an hourly rate, sell them by labor categories with professional job descriptions to perform the government's statement of work and bill by the hour for labor and at cost for material and travel?
Answers to the above questions are key factors in how you set up your business and price your work in proposals to federal agencies. The answer to the above questions is "Yes" in both cases for some businesses. Some small businesses sell their product commercially, but contract for product implementation and support on a service contract basis.
The next topic in this series of articles will deal with avenues for marketing a small small business in the federal government environment.