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Register Your Company in the System for Award Management (SAM)

To do business with the federal government, it is mandatory to register your business in SAM.  SAM is a government-maintained database of companies wanting to do business with the government.  This database is a marketing tool for businesses and a primary source for agencies to learn about prospective vendors for the government. The database provides agencies with the ability to search for companies based on their abilities, size, location, experience, ownership, etc.

CAGE Code - The Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE) Code is a five-character ID number used extensively within the Department of Defense and NASA. Vendors with a U.S. address may submit the application without a CAGE Code if they do not have one. If your application does not contain a CAGE Code, one will be assigned to you.

SAM Registration

Your Entity Management (EM) record status describes the current stage or state of your registration. All EM registrations may exist in one of the following states:

All registrations begin as Draft records. Once you complete Core Data (the first major section of data input during registration), your registration becomes publicly searchable and transitions to the Work in Progress state while you complete the Assertions and Representations and Certifications portions of your registration (if those sections are applicable to your registration purpose). Once you submit your certification, the record transitions to the Submitted state to indicate that our external data partners (such as the IRS) are reviewing and validating certain aspects of your data before your registration is final. After all external validations are complete, your registration becomes Active. It will remain Active for one year and may continue as an Active record as long as it is regularly maintained. Because all entity registrations must be periodically reviewed, a registration record that hasn't been resubmitted after one year will become Inactive. If the Entity Administrator chooses to manually deactivate the entity registration rather than wait for it to expire, the entity's status will be Deactivated. A Deactivated registration is similar to an Inactive one, but Inactive registrations remain available for search, whereas Deactivated ones are removed from search results and all associated users will lose their roles with that entity.

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