Been getting a lot of this lately?
The General Services Administration (GSA) implemented Phase 1 of SAM (System for Award Management) on July 29th. This new system includes the functional capabilities of the retired CCR (Central Contractor Registration, FedReg (Federal Agency Registration), ORCA (Online Representations and Certifications Application), and (EPLS) Excluded Parties List System applications. Since implementation, SAM has experienced performance issues that have affected the timely processing of contract awards.
GSA says that it has been taking aggressive action to resolve issues with the new system. In the meantime, DoD has relaxed the requirements that i) prospective contractors must be registered in SAM prior to award and ii) contracting officers must check SAM to ensure registration prior to award. Also, GSA has turned back on the old EPLS site to provide contracting officers the ability to ensure a prospective contractor is not actively excluded from procurement actions.