Attention All Federal Contractors: Major Changes to Federal Business Databases Are Imminent

UPDATED on 5/29/2012: **GSA says this major change to CCR, ORCA, etc. has been delayed by 60 days.**

Effective May 23, 2012, multiple federal databases that affect all federal contractors will be consolidated under a new system called “SAM” which stands for System for Award Management (

Database systems all federal contractors use such as the Central Contractor Register (CCR) and the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) will all be subsumed under the SAM system.

Ms. Jill Aitoro of Washington Business Journal has published a succinct summary of these impending changes that you might find useful:

If your company profiles in CCR, ORCA, and similar systems are active and current, you do not have to do anything.

If your company profiles in CCR, ORCA, and similar systems require updating, please do so now and before May 23rd–or alternatively wait until after May 29th to do so.

May 23-29, 2012 will be a temporary blackout period as these federal databases merge with one another and consolidate within the SAM system.

All contractors should update their bookmarks to point to the new SAM system online at

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