SAM Updates Its Registration Process

Last week, the System for Award Management (SAM) updated its registration process, which is required before an organization can receive a federal grant. Now, when you register a new entity in SAM to do business with the U.S. government, SAM requires you to send an original, signed notarized letter stating you are the authorized entity administrator before SAM will activate your registration.

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Wondering to yourself, “How do I complete my entity administrator notarized letter?” Read this FAQ from the Federal Service Desk (FSD) for more information.

Looking for more detailed information about this change, who is impacted, or wondering why it was made? Read this SAM Update from the General Services Administration (GSA).

Grantors: Two Ways to Register New Users on

The latest release adds new functionality for grantors who need to associate (add) new users to their federal agency account.

There are now two ways an agency can affiliate a new user, as discussed in the video below:

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Video:’s New Registration Process

When applicants registered with prior to Release 16.1, they were required to enter a DUNS Number as part of the registration process.

Today, this is no longer the case. Applicants can opt to register a account without a DUNS number.

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And we’re back! Thank you for your patience. Release 16.1 is up and running, so here is what you need to know:release161-postlaunch-blog

Connect [New] – Improved funding opportunity subscription management, email notifications, and social media access.

Outreach [Moved] – To accommodate the new neighbor, Outreach moved in with Support. The calendar, notices, releases, and other info previously in the Outreach tab can now be found in the Support tab.

Register [Upgraded] – Create an account to utilize the enhanced subscription services. Add a profile to apply for grants.

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7 Things You Need to Know about Registering on

At first glance, registering with seems a little complicated. But if you keep the following tips in mind, your registration will be (almost) a breeze.

1) Registration is free. You do not need to pay to register.

If a website, email, or caller tells you that you need to pay to register for government grants, don’t fall for a scam. More scam and fraud info here.

2) Start registering immediately (after you read the rest of this article, of course).

It can take up to a few weeks if you don’t have all the pre-requisite registration data, so you want to register well in advance of the grant deadline. Here’s an overview of the organization registration process and timeline.

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