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Tips for OPM Vendors

If you’re an OPM vendor, register with System For Award Management (SAM)

OPM acquires goods and services from the whole range of business structures, including other federal agencies, private and public corporations, partnerships, and even sole proprietorships. We value the relationship we have with each of our vendors, whether large, medium or small businesses. That's why, now that we have begun deploying our new financial system that is built aroundSystem for Award Management (SAM) guidance, we urge you to register in SAM: it is essential for doing business with OPM.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the System for Award Management (SAM)?
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) policy requires that, with a few rare exceptions, vendors and federal agencies engaged in buying from or selling to federal entities must register in SAM, a federally mandated and funded program since 2003.
Why should I register in SAM?

Registering in SAM is free, advantageous for you, and essential for doing business with OPM. It also provides you with:

  • Ability to bid on federal government contracts
  • Central storage location for your business information, so you don't have to register multiple times with each federal agency
  • Single place to document any business changes to provide federal government agencies with your most up-to-date information
I registered in SAM some time ago, but I think some things have changed. What should I do?
Please check your profile in SAM and make sure it is up to date. If the information is not up to date, please make any changes necessary.
Does the new system require vendors to change the way they send invoices to OPM?
Not at this time. Vendors should continue submitting invoices just as they do today.
At different times, OPM has called me "a customer" or "a vendor." What's the difference?
OPM vendors are entities to whom OPM makes payment for services or products purchased. OPM customers are organizations from which OPM receives payment for services or products provided. An organization can be both a vendor and a customer when it both sells to and purchases from OPM. Our new financial system will add clarity to transactions because it will better distinguish between these two activities.
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