What's Changing with the SAM.gov and beta.SAM.gov Integration?
On May 24th, 2021, SAM.gov will merge with beta.SAM.gov, becoming one system. This milestone marks the
culmination of significant work with IAE system users and stakeholders across the board who all have helped
create what will be the new SAM.gov. The new SAM.gov—that will now be much more than a registration
system—incorporates customer-focused functionality changes, improving the overall experience for you.
The SAM.gov that you experience today is where entities register to do business with the federal government,
find exclusion records, search entity registrations, and perform other tasks. That functionality will move
into the new system along with all the functionality from beta.SAM.gov—contract opportunities, assistance
listings, wage determinations, and the federal hierarchy. We published a series of blogs on our Interact
space detailing changes users will see on May 24, as well as what will not change:
RECAPS: IAE Stakeholder Forum and Federal Training Webinar
Thank you, SAM.gov stakeholders, for joining our recent webinars hosted by GSA's Integrated Award Environment
(IAE) about what's changing (and what's not changing) when SAM.gov integrates with beta.SAM.gov. On May 5
and May 12, IAE subject matter experts reviewed details about the integration of SAM.gov into the
beta.SAM.gov environment, tailoring presentations for our non-federal (May 5) and federal (May 12)
stakeholders. To view our slides, written answers to stakeholder questions, and a recording of the events,
please visit our space on Interact. Materials from the May
5th event may be accessed here. Materials from the May 12th event may be accessed here.
A PDF of this page is available at this link [PDF - 193 KB].
Stakeholder Forum Recap
On Tuesday, February 9, the U.S. General Services Administration's Integrated Award Environment hosted an
online Stakeholder Forum webinar. With almost 1,100 participants, the program focused on an introduction to
the new design of beta.SAM.gov, which will launch on April 26, 2021.
A copy of the slide deck presentation [PDF - 7 MB] is available for download. A full recording
of the program is available here.
The program began with an introduction and overview of the modernization project to-date. Next, participants
were given a presentation about the differences between the current beta.SAM.gov design and the new design.
And to wrap up, participants received a brief preview of some of the changes coming in the future when
SAM.gov and beta.SAM.gov are merged into one, which will occur on May 24, 2021. There will be much more
detail about that in the near future.
Please stay tuned to the IAE space on Interact for more information about all of the IAE systems, including
the future migration of SAM.gov into beta.SAM.gov, as well as for details about future events.
Multi-Step Transition of SAM.gov: New Look and Feel Coming to beta.SAM.gov April 26; Systems Merge May 24
The General Services Administration launched beta.SAM.gov in 2017 as the modernized environment where the 10
Integrated Award Environment (IAE) systems will become one. To date, three IAE systems have migrated into
beta.SAM.gov completely and some functionality from a fourth system has also merged into the new
Now, we are preparing to merge legacy SAM.gov into the beta.SAM.gov environment. SAM.gov, IAE's largest
system, is where users register to do business with the federal government, find exclusion records, and
perform other tasks. After the merger, the system will be known only as SAM.gov (no more "beta").
Phase one, scheduled for April 26, 2021, will change the look and feel of beta.SAM.gov to prepare for the
SAM.gov merge that will happen a few weeks later. The new look and feel will remain when the two systems
merge. Essentially, we're giving our current beta.SAM.gov users a head start and a chance to get used to the
new design before SAM.gov functionality migrates over.
Phase two, scheduled for May 24, 2021, will migrate the functionality of SAM.gov into beta.SAM.gov (keeping
the new design). The term "beta" will be retired, and there will be only one SAM.gov. This change affects
all SAM.gov users.
After May 24, SAM.gov users will see a home page that enables them to perform tasks currently found at
beta.SAM.gov such as searching for contract opportunities, finding wage determinations, and more, as well as
the things they can do at SAM.gov today - all under a single sign-on.
More About the New Look for beta.SAM.gov Coming April 26
We are excited to introduce the new beta.SAM.gov experience coming April 26, 2021. Functionality within the
system is not changing (yet!).
Users will notice beta.SAM.gov's home page, help pages, and search all have a new design built to address the
feedback we have heard from our users. The main menu also will have a new look and feel that will make the
selections (that aren't changing) easier to find. The feedback tool (which we rely on for input from our
users) will move to the footer, providing a consistent location for every page throughout the system.
We are rolling out the new design of these key parts of beta.SAM.gov in preparation for and in conjunction
with the upcoming transition of current (or legacy) SAM.gov into beta.SAM.gov. SAM.gov will transition on
May 24, 2021, at which time the two merged systems will be known only as SAM.gov (the "beta" is being
The new design provides a dedicated landing page or "home" for each of the different functions within the
system (what we call "domains") such as wage determinations, contract opportunities, or assistance listings.
On May 24, entity registrations (SAM.gov) will be the newest domain. These new landing pages provide a
helpful starting point for users interested in any specific domain.
Additionally, we also continue to enhance the integrated system's search capabilities. The new design makes
it easier to find advanced filters for each domain and improves the usability of the date filters. We've
also made it easier to see what filters are available for each domain. The new design incorporates
significant user feedback from our feedback tool and numerous discussions with stakeholders.
The original (current) design of beta.SAM.gov hasn't changed since it's initial launch in August 2017. In the
three-plus years since launch, we have integrated several legacy IAE systems and other functionality into
beta.SAM.gov, but haven't changed the design, until now.
April's new design adheres to new U.S. Web Design System and GSA standards for digital experiences. Those
standards help agencies to streamline content and are secure, responsive, accessible, and consistent.
The new design of our home page, help, and search are the first steps in introducing our new SAM.gov design
standards. As we continue to make improvements and add functionality, we will be further applying the most
recent standards across our system.
New Security Offering for SAM.gov for Entity Administrators Available May 24
As with all of the IAE systems, security for SAM.gov is always paramount. With that in mind, we will be
offering access to new security features in SAM.gov on May 24, 2021.
The new security enhancements - called identity proofing - will be voluntary (and recommended) at first, and
will become mandatory in fiscal year 2022.
By introducing identity proofing, we are adding a layer of security that protects you, your entity, and the
government by making it more difficult for someone to gain unauthorized access to your entity registration
account. Your entity registration contains sensitive data that, if exposed, could cause harm or damage to
your entity. Verifying the identity of entity administrators helps everyone ensure that entity data remains
in the right hands.
Identity proofing will be for users who manage SAM.gov registrations. We will begin validating the identity
of each entity administrator in SAM.gov as an optional benefit at first. However, we recommend that all
existing entity administrators become familiar with and take advantage of this added level of security as
soon as possible. Early adopters will have the opportunity to provide feedback that will help us improve the
process moving forward.
After May 24, 2021, users will be able to initiate the identity proofing process directly from SAM.gov. Those
who verify early will be well prepared once identity proofing is fully required in FY22.
Managed and run by login.gov, the identity proofing process will collect, validate, and verify information
about a person. Entity administrators will be asked to upload a photograph of their state-issued photo
identification, provide their social security number, and provide a valid phone number. To learn more about
how the process works and how data is secured, visit Login Security.
A PDF of this page is available at this link [PDF - 176 KB]
SAM.gov to be integrated into beta.SAM.gov environment on April 26, 2021
GSA's Integrated Award Environment (IAE) program is consolidating what were recently many separate systems
into one place, currently called beta.SAM.gov. On April 26, 2021, the functionalities of current SAM.gov
will be integrated into the modernized beta.SAM.gov environment. Once integrated, the environment will be
renamed SAM.gov and the term beta will be retired.
This transition aligns with GSA's commitment to modernize the IAE systems to improve the user experience. We
have held focus groups within and outside the government to learn more about what works for our various
users, and the changes coming have been planned with their feedback in mind.
After successfully integrating CFDA.gov (assistance listings), WDOL.gov (wage determinations), FBO.gov
(contract opportunity listings), and the contract data reports functionality from FPDS.gov, we're looking
forward to bringing you this next transition.
While the core data and functionality of the systems aren't changing, there will be a new look and feel for
much of that functionality. We will be sharing updates regularly about what changes to expect with the
SAM.gov integration and more details about future user testing opportunities.
The Federal Service Desk has a New Login and a New Look
The Federal Service Desk (FSD.gov) is the free service to help our system users with issues ranging from a
lost or forgotten password to more complex issues with a specific system. On December 8, the FSD implemented
two changes: a new look and feel and the use of multifactor authentication (MFA) via login.gov.
The new look is more consistent with our modernization effort while maintaining all the service options that
our customers rely on. To help ease the transition to this new FSD.gov layout, users can view tours of the
site. Tours are available after you log in. You will find them in the upper right-hand corner of the FSD.gov
You do not need to log in to browse the site. However, if you want to open a service ticket online or chat
with a live agent, you do need to create a user account and log in using MFA provided by login.gov. Follow
the IAE on Interact for more information and the latest updates.
Product Service Codes (PSCs) Have Been Updated to Align with the New PSC Manual Release
Product Service Codes (PSCs) classify products, services, and research and development items purchased by the
federal government. The IAE recently deployed changes to PSCs throughout the IAE systems. These PSC changes:
- Activated 155 new research and development (R&D) PSCs while end-dating 721 R&D PSCs
- Activated 40 new information technology PSCs while end-dating 68 IT PSCs
- Activated two product codes--PSC 6835 (new) and PSC 6830 (revised)
- Renamed PSC Q901 to Healthcare Environmental Cleaning from Aseptic Housekeeping Services
Throughout IAE systems, including beta.SAM.gov, SAM.gov, and FPDS.gov, updates to the PSC codes have been
implemented. Users will need to utilize the new PSCs for system interfaces, APIs, extracts, search filters,
and data entry processes.
Users should update their saved searches, search filters, and followed items to reflect the updated PSC
codes. Users of the PSC application programming interface (API), which provides third-party applications
access to the PSC data, should check the updated API documentation to ensure your submissions are accurate.
You can view the documentation at open.gsa.gov/api/PSC-Public-API.
The most recent version of the PSC Manual and supporting documentation can be found at acquisition.gov/PSC_Manual.
A PDF of this page is available at this link [PDF - 154 KB].
Government to Transition from DUNS Number to Unique Entity Identifier in 2022
A new unique entity identifier generated by the System for Award Management (SAM) will replace the
proprietary D-U-N-S® (DUNS) number as the official identifier for entities doing business with the federal
government. The deadline for this change has been extended. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
directed agencies to complete their transition to using the SAM-generated unique entity identifier (unique
entity ID or UEI) by April 2022. GSA will be contracting with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) to ensure full
continuity of services—including DUNS number assignment, monitoring, and validation of entity
uniqueness—during the extended transition period.
Current active registrants will have their UEI generated within SAM.gov before the transition; there is no
action entities need to take to get a new UEI. In addition, any entity coming to SAM.gov to register for the
first time will have their UEI generated for them as part of the registration process.
The benefits from this change include reducing the burden on registrants, who will no longer be required to
acquire an identifier from a third party. In addition, by separating the government requirement for a UEI
from the government requirement to validate that the entity is unique, the government introduced
competitiveness into entity validation services. And, if an entity encounters an issue with their
registration or their UEI, they will only need to engage with a single helpdesk, the Federal Service Desk
The transition will be completed in phases with interim milestones, and, as we move through this transition,
the IAE team will continue to communicate about the status of the change in this forum to help inform system
users and other interested parties.
FPDS contract data reports are now available only at beta.SAM.gov
The IAE is pleased to announce that the reports function of FPDS completed the transition into the
beta.SAM.gov Data Bank on October 17, 2020—the reports module in FPDS.gov has retired. Now, beta.SAM.gov is
the only place to create and run contract data reports. Only the reports function transitioned—the rest of
FPDS (search, data entry) remains in place. This transition concludes a successful soft launch and agile
iterative improvement process that began in March, 2020.
To help ease the change, we have worked with federal government and industry users to develop and hone
training videos, reference guides, and FAQs that can help
both new and experienced reports users. This series of tutorial videos to help new and experienced users
alike learn to use ad hoc reports in beta.SAM.gov:
Static reports like National Interest Action reports (including the bi-weekly COVID-19 report), the annual
Small Business Goaling Reports, the annual Top 100 Contractor Reports, and other periodic reports of
government-wide data, remain publicly available on the beta.SAM.gov Static Reports page.
We appreciate your feedback and support in the process of building beta.SAM.gov. It's been a truly
collaborative effort among the IAE team, our users, and our stakeholders, and this collaboration continues
as we integrate reports capabilities from FPDS. The cutover was initially planned for mid-March, but we got
the feedback that you needed more time. In response, we operated the two systems in parallel for seven
months, giving you time to learn the new tool and giving us time to make improvements. We hope you'll
continue telling us what you think and what you need every step of the way.
A PDF of this page is available at this link [PDF - 214 KB].
Contract Data Reports Integration Extension
The IAE is pleased to announce that the reports function of FPDS is slated to complete the transition into beta.SAM.gov on October 17, 2020. At
that time, beta.SAM.gov will be the only place to create and run contract data reports and the reports
module in FPDS.gov will be retired. Only the FPDS reports function is transitioning--the rest of FPDS will
remain in place. This transition concludes a successful soft launch and agile iterative improvement process
that began in March 2020.
Prior to October 17, 2020, while reports are available in both places, we encourage all users to become
familiar with contract data reports in beta.SAM.gov. Make sure to create and run reports in beta.SAM.gov and
use the feedback button in beta.SAM.gov to let us know what you think. You also should go to your reports
history to see any ad hoc reports that were migrated from FPDS.gov.
We appreciate your feedback and support in the process of building beta.SAM.gov. It's been a truly collaborative effort among the IAE team, our
users, and our stakeholders, and this collaboration continues as we integrate reports capabilities from
FPDS. We got the feedback that you needed more time, and we hope you'll continue telling us what you think
and what you need every step of the way.
Expanded Search Capabilities on SAM.gov
Improvements to the features and functionalities of SAM.gov are delivered on a continual basis. Because we use the agile process
for development, we are able to adapt quickly to our users' needs. We have expanded the search capability in
SAM.gov to help you find more relevant search results. When you enter two or more words as a phrase, the
search tool will look for that phrase and prioritize results by relevance. Learn more about this updated
feature on Interact.
A PDF of this page is available at this link [PDF - 142 KB].