This article was found in the December issue of the GMLOB Federal Grants World:
In the next 12 months, the General Services Administration (GSA) is going to move the capability currently offered by the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and other systems to a new system called the System for Award Management (SAM).
This effort, previously dubbed Architecture and Operations Contract Support (AOCS), will bring together eight federal procurement systems as well as the Catalog for Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), integrating the currently siloed capabilities and hosting environments into one unified whole. The benefits will include a streamlined user experience, improved data quality, and cost savings to the tune of $30 million per year.
CCR is among the first systems to be moved into SAM, along with the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). Other systems, to be moved to SAM in later phases extending through 2014, include Federal Business Opportunities (FBO), CFDA, Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS), Wage Determinations OnLine (WDOL), Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG), and Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS).
Users can expect to begin hearing about webinars and SAM training opportunities in late 2011. Until then, CCR will remain as it is today — offering its existing capabilities from its current web location.
-Kathleen Oliver GSA/IAE Program Manager