System for Award Management (SAM)


The System for Award Management (SAM) is online. SAM replaces CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. If you have been using those systems, you should now go to to find your information. Training tools are available on the SAM website to help you get familiar with SAM. Start by going to, and then click on the SAM HELP tab. Under User Help you will find the full User Guide as well as Quick Start Guides and Helpful Hints that will help you create an account, migrate your roles, perform updates, and search for the information you need. You can also view those guides here on

PLEASE NOTE: SAM is completely free of charge for both registrants and users.

If you had an active record in CCR, you have an active record in SAM. Unless a change in your business circumstances requires a change in order for you to be paid or to receive an award, you should not have to update your record until October 15 or later. SAM will send notifications to the registered user via email 60, 30, and 15 days prior to expiration of the record. You can search for registered entities by going to and typing the DUNS number or business name into the search box.

Helpful Hints

- Public Users

Public Search - Identifying Excluded Entities

- Government Users

Identifying Excluded Entities

Identifying Entities Registered for Contracts

Identifying Entities Registered for Grants

Guidance on Small Business Information

Quick Start Guides

Registering for Contracts - What you need to do to become eligible for government contracts

Registering for Grants and Federal Assistance - What you need to do to become eligible for grants and federal assistance

Exclusions - Changes from EPLS to SAM

Federal Administrators - Managing your users in SAM

Migrating Roles - Moving your role(s) from EPLS and CCR to SAM

Non-Federal Administrators - Managing user access to your entity record

Federal Employees - Navigating thru SAM as a government user

Search - Using the search functionality in SAM

Exclusion Records

User Guide

Sam User Guide

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