The System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is a Federal Government owned and operated web site that consolidates the capabilities of several online systems used in Federal procurement and awards processes.

Any entity wishing to do business with the federal government under a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based contract or applying for federal grants, cooperative agreements or other forms of federal financial assistance through must be registered in SAM.

Completing the online registration can take some time depending on the size and complexity of your company. You must obtain a DUNS number prior to initiating a SAM registration.  See Step 3 in our 10 Steps Approach.

Once you have your DUNS #, create a user account. ( As of June 29, 2018 previous usernames and passwords will no longer work.)

On, go to the “Manage Accounts” tab to get started, and scroll down the login page to “Create account.” There is a duel authentication process that takes place when setting up an account, so the user will need to be near a phone to received a phone call or text with a 6 digit authentication that must be put in the system to activate it. The user must also have access to the email account used to create the account (preferably the same email address that had previously been associated with the account).

NOTE:  There are no fees associated with any government registration or DUNS number. Be aware that there are third parties offering the option to complete these requirements for a cost.