Let’s debug this common urban legend of government contracting: Someone tells you have to pay for a “service” in order to register your company with SAM.gov OR you have to pay for someone to update your entity’s registration.
So, you’re a government contractor, or you’re wanting to become one. You ask around, “What do I do first?” The responses are muddled, you do some Googling, then you start to really notice the emails offering services to set up or update your registration. WAIT – WHAT?! Services?? I have to pay for this?? The long and short answer: NO
You should never, ever in a million years have to pay for these “services” the emails claim to offer – EVER! The SAM registration takes about 15 minutes to complete, and any updates to it take less than 5 (honestly – it’s that easy)
Be aware of these other “offers” and how the issues can be addressed for free:
1) Year Long Technical “Support”
- Updates are only as necessary, and often times SAM.gov only needs to be reviewed once a year
- There is no “support” required
2) SAM.gov Migration Annual Updates
- Migration happens once; Most likely all government contractors who have registered in the old CCR have already been migrated
3) FAR Updates (if necessary)
- SAM.gov DOES NOT provide FAR updates!
- During the annual update of the entity registration, these are already incorporated
4) Basic Changes to Registration (NAICS codes, contact info., contracts awarded, etc.)
- This is a part of the basic updating
- Takes 5 minutes!
5) Government Buyer Submission
- Only if offering disaster response
- One page within SAM.gov
- Takes 30 seconds to complete!
6) Verification of Dun & Bradstreet Number (required)
- Can be done by logging into iUpdate
- If it is needed, you will be directed after SAM.gov login
7) SAM Registration Completion
- This is a 15 minute process
- Can be done for free! (or divide the completing person’s rate by the time it takes – that’s really the cost; just a few dollars of opportunity cost)
8) Verified Vendor Seal of Approval
- BEWARE – THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THIS “SEAL”!
So, all in all it may take one person a total of maybe, maybe 25 minutes PER YEAR to either register or update SAM.gov. Now, unless you are paying your employees an exorbitant salary, isn’t 25 minutes much more affordable than the approximately $600 price tag companies out there are charging? I’m not an economics specialist by any means, but I think I’ll go with the 25 minutes, and I hope you do the same.
Still need help? Check out Arrowhead Solutions – we’ll lead you in the right direction with a FREE 30-minute consultation. We don’t like to be scammed, and we definitely don’t want our clients to deal with these “support” claims either.