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This website was designed to create an easily navigable resource to share the efforts to achieve its vision of more efficient and transparent practices through better use of information, people, processes and technology.


EPLS System retirement

The EPLS system will be retired on November 21, 2012. All exclusions capabilities will be found exclusively in SAM (www.sam.gov) beginning November 22, 2012. Please see these Helpful Hints for more information.

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 www.sam.gov to find your information. Training tools are available on the SAM website to help you get familiar with SAM. Start by going to www.sam.gov, 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 Acquisition.gov.

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 www.sam.gov and typing the DUNS number or business name into the search box.

FAR Council Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules and Paperwork Burden Plan
As called for by President Obama in Executive Order 13563, "to facilitate the periodic review of existing significant regulations," The FAR Council finalized its plan to perform a retrospective review of existing significant regulations. In May 2012, the President issued Executive Order 13610, which requires Federal agencies to continually scrutinize rules and requirements on the books to make sure they are still necessary, streamlined and up-to-date. He emphasized that agencies should give special consideration to reducing burdens on small businesses and should prioritize “initiatives that will produce significant quantifiable monetary savings or significant quantifiable reductions in paperwork burdens.” Following up on that directive, last June the Administration launched an aggressive paperwork burden reduction effort to eliminate unnecessary burdens on the American people and businesses. Agencies across the Administration, including the FAR Council, heeded the President’s call and submitted a paperwork reduction plan.
Status Update (December 2012)
Status Update (May 2012)

The Product and Service Codes (PSC) Manual - Effective 1 October 2011, provides codes to describe products, services, and research and development (R&D) purchased by the federal government. These codes indicate WHAT? was bought for each contract action reported in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS).

Public Disclosure of Justification and Approval (J&A) Documents
Justification and Approval (J&A) documents can be found at www.fedbizopps.gov - The template is used for the Publication of the Synopsis of J&As.

Federal Acquisition System Requirements
Access the Federal Acquisition System Requirements, a draft document which specifies the functional and technical requirements that Acquisition Systems must satisfy in order to be purchased for Federal agency use. [PDF][HTML]

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Extracts - The CCR is the primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions.

Contractor Performance Evaluations
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires agencies to post all Contractor Performance Evaluations in the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS).


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