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For ALL SAM registrants, a change of protocol (and a written, notarized letter requirement!)

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GSA implemented a new security measure last night in the System for Award Management (SAM).  That is, every new AND renewing entity is now required to provide a notarized letter confirming the entity’s Administrator is allowed to register the entity in SAM and make changes to its registration before GSA will activate the registration — this is effective immediately.  Notarized letters must be mailed to the Federal Service Desk and contain the information outlined in the FAQ posted at https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&sysparm_search=kb0013183.  Note that most local governments (e.g., town/city halls) and financial institutions provide notary services.

GSA is working on a template for the letter. in the meantime, they agreed that this sample letter is acceptable to use.

A new registration may now take several days to become active depending on the information provided passing existing validations, as well as delivery of the notarized letter.

Background on the change:  GSA has posted information at https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/federal-acquisition-service/office-of-systems-management/integrated-award-environment-iae/sam-update.  They have been participating in an active investigation of alleged, third party fraudulent activity in SAM.  Due to the issues identified, GSA has decided to implement some immediate manual requirements that limit who is authorized create and edit access to new registrations in SAM.  GSA stresses that they are working to identify more automated methods of implementing additional internal controls that will obviate the requirement for a notarized letter.  In the meantime, GSA has updated the SAM website and instructions for registering entities, and is increasing staffing at the Federal Service Desk to handle the processing of the notarized letters and address questions.

Any questions should be referred to the Federal Service Desk.

Special note regarding entities registering from locations outside the United States – these entities MUST contact the Federal Service Desk as a part of this process, even though they do not have access to a notary.  As a reminder, the Federal Service Desk’s contact information is available at https://www.fsd.gov.

Related: 10 tips for surviving the SAM vendor database compromise, courtesy of the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center

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Are your NIGP Codes valid? (Commonwealth of Virginia Vendors)

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Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) reviewed the list of certified and pending Small, Women, and/or Minority (SWAM)  companies. They issued a letter to businesses who had an invalid NIGP code (one ending with 000) – the number ending in ‘triple zero’ is a category and not an actual code.  Any invalid code(s)/description(s) will be deleted from your profile by February 23rd.

To locate proper NIGP Codes for your company, click here.

EXISTING SWAM Certified Companies: The letter includes instructions on updating your NIGP Codes.

APPLICATIONS PENDING Companies:  Do NOT to change the NIGP codes in the electronic application at this point.  Doing so will reset the submitted date of their application and result in the  60-business-day waiting period to be reset.  To correct the codes, fill out the SWAM notice of change form and send to SBSD, and the agency will update the codes.

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Passing along a message from FEMA

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Greetings,

Thank you for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding your interest in doing business with FEMA.  If you are contacting FEMA seeking to do business in support of a disaster recovery effort, please be aware that in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Act, FEMA’s goal is to seek local companies within the disaster area for services related to a specific disaster when practical and feasible.  The ILP establishes strategic relationships with suppliers and stakeholders; serves as an information provider for suppliers seeking to do business with FEMA; and connects suppliers with program offices in support of FEMA’s mission.  The ILP encourages your business to review the information referenced below.

  1. Register with the System for Award Management (SAM)

Official Federal Government registration is processed within SAM www.sam.gov .  Direct all questions regarding the SAM registration process to the Federal Service Desk at1-866-606-8220.

To get started with your SAM registration, you must have the following:

  1. Voluntary submission of the Vendor Profile Form

The Vendor Profile Form can serve as supplemental market research for the agency.  Information supplied should not be proprietary or sensitive in nature. Please be specific about how your products and/or services can support FEMA’s mission. Submission of the Vendor Profile Form does not imply a guaranteed meeting or contract award. 

*Please click on the following link to access the vendor profile form:Indusry Liaison Program Vendor Profile Form < Caution-https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/29748 >  and submit the form toFEMA-Industry@fema.dhs.gov < Caution-mailto:FEMA-Industry@fema.dhs.gov > 

*NOTE: FEMA does not charge any company a basic registration fee.  There are companies that replicate services of Federal Government entities and there are typically fees associated with their services.  Most Federal Government services, if not all, are free of charge.  Always make it a practice to reach out to the appropriate Federal agency first to inquire about the validity of the service, specifically if a fee is associated with it.

All meeting requests are at the discretion and availability of the FEMA Contracting Officer, Program Office, and FEMA representatives.  If the agency identifies the need to meet to further discuss your company and its capabilities you will be contacted. 

Types of Meetings Currently Offered:
  • Face-to-Face Meetings
  • Conference Calls
  • Topical Educational Sessions (TES) – These sessions will be periodically offered virtually to provide mission specific information relative to various FEMA programs
  • Industry Days – Will be posted onFBO.gov < Caution-http://FBO.gov >  as applicable to program requirements
Learn More About:
  • Donation and Volunteering – Please visit FEMA’s Volunteer & Donate Responsibly page https://www.fema.gov/volunteer-donate-responsibly .
  • Debris Removal – Become a member of the Corps of Engineers Contractor Registry if you are interested in performing disaster response and recovery work; e.g. debris removal.  Follow this link to access their website// www.usace.army.mil/Missions.aspx
  • FEMA Industry Liaison Program –http://www.fema.gov/about-industry-liaison-program
  • FEMA – https://fema.gov
  • FEMA Small Business Program –All Small Business inquiries should be directed to FEMA-SB@fema.dhs.gov
  • Department of Homeland Security Vendor Outreach Session – www.dhsvoms.moriassociates.com
  • Contracting Opportunities –You are encouraged to visit the following websites to identify such opportunities:
  • Federal Business Opportunities –Free web-based portal which allows vendors to review Federal Procurement Opportunities www.fbo.gov
  • DHS Advance Acquisition Planning System: Monitor the forecast of DHS contract opportunities at DHS Advance Acquisition Planning System http://www.dhs.gov/xopnbiz/opportunities/gc_1300288340710.shtm  .

We trust that this information will prove helpful.  If we may be of further assistance, please contact us at the email address or phone number listed below.

Regards,

Industry Liaison Program
Business Relations Branch
Acquisition Program and Policy Division
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
Email:    FEMA-Industry@fema.dhs.gov < Caution-mailto:FEMA-Industry@fema.dhs.gov >
Phone:    (202) 646-1895
Website: Caution-http://www.fema.gov/about-industry-liaison-program

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