System for Award Management (SAM) Replaces Central Contractor Registry (CCR)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining all federal grants and procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system.

This consolidation is being done in phases. The first phase of SAM includes the functionality from the following systems:

  • Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
  • Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg)
  • Online Representations and Certifications Application
  • Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)

The advertised overarching benefits of SAM include “streamlined and integrated processes, elimination of data redundancies, and reduced costs while providing improved capability.” Future phases of SAM will add the capabilities of other systems used in federal procurement and awards processes.

If you have an active record in CCR, you have an active record in SAM. You do not need to do anything in SAM at this time, unless a change in your organization’s circumstances requires updates to your Entity record(s) in order for you to receive funds or you need to renew your Entity prior to its expiration. SAM will send email notifications 60, 30, and 15 days prior to expiration of the Entity. To update or renew your Entity records in SAM you will need to create a SAM user account and link it to your migrated Entity records.

You do not need a user account to search for registered entities in SAM by typing the DUNS number or business name into the search box at