GSA delays SAM system

Consolidation of procurement databases delayed until July.

The government missed its goal of consolidating various procurement databases and systems into a single portal called SAM, or the System for Award Management. Instead, SAM is not scheduled to launch in July, according to a Washington Business Journal report.

SAM is to consolidate the Central Contractor Registration/Federal Agency Registration, Online Representations and Certifications Application, and the Excluded Parties List System into a single website.

The extra time is needed for testing and preparation by the agencies that use the systems. The systems are used by agencies as tools for deciding who to award contracts and grants to.