On May 26, 2023, we introduced improvements to the SAM.gov registration workflow. The changes may be noticeable to returning or frequent SAM.gov registrants, but likely won’t be significant for those registering for the first time.
If you create a new entity, you will be asked two questions about what you are trying to do in SAM.gov. If you are doing business directly with the U.S. federal government or with another organization doing business directly with the government (for example, subcontracts or subgrants), you will see a personalized recommendation based on how you answered the questions. The page where you see recommendations also provides details about each option. You can compare the options and make the choice that fits your organization’s goals.
It is important to note that new entities that select “other” will be given the “Unique Entity ID only” recommendation. The “See Other Options” link below the column shows the two registration options. Also, when you renew or update your registration, you will not receive a recommendation.
If you update an existing registration, you will also answer the two new questions about how you want to use your SAM.gov registration. Next, a registration table with your current option highlighted displays. You can change that option or continue with your current option.
Remember, you’ll only see the questions once for your entity, no matter how many times you return to SAM.gov. However, you will continue to see the new page format displaying your entity options each time you update or renew your entity.
Choose your entity option with more confidence
We’ve heard from new and experienced SAM.gov users that it’s hard to understand the difference between the options on the current Purpose of Registration page. The new chart with details about each option allows you to consider the recommendation and compare options to make a more informed choice. This change will help you choose the best registration option more confidently.
What else do I need to know?
- Your answers to these two new questions are anonymous and not recorded on your entity record.
- No matter how you answer the questions, you can choose any of the options.
- You only need to answer the questions once per entity. When you update or renew in the future, you won’t have to answer them again.
Let us know what you think
We want your feedback! If you want to share your thoughts on the new pages, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the feedback tool at the bottom of every SAM.gov page.