Alleged Fraudulent Activity in SAM
March 28, 2018
GSA's System for Award Management (SAM) is supporting an
active investigation by the GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) into alleged,
third party fraudulent activity in SAM. At this time, only a limited number of
entities registered in SAM are suspected of being impacted by this fraudulent
activity. GSA has
already taken proactive steps to address this issue and has notified affected
entities. GSA will continue to work with the OIG and law enforcement agencies
to take additional action as appropriate.
these proactive steps include requiring an original, signed notarized letter
identifying the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity associated with
the DUNS number before a new SAM.gov entity registration will be activated.
What is an entity?
In SAM, you,
your company, business, or organization is referred to as an
"entity." Individuals register themselves or their entity to do
business with the U.S. Federal Government by completing the registration
process in SAM.
What should entities registered in SAM
do to protect themselves and confirm that their bank account information has
not been changed?
registered in SAM are advised to log into SAM and review their registration
information, particularly their financial information. Contact the supporting
Federal Service Desk at www.fsd.gov, or by telephone
at 866-606-8220 (toll free)
or 334-206-7828 (internationally) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m. (EDT), for FREE assistance. Entities are responsible for ensuring
that their information is current and correct in SAM in accordance with
paragraph (b) of FAR clause 52.232-33, and should routinely review such
information for accuracy.
Who should entities contact if they
find that payments due them from Federal agencies have been paid to a bank
account that other than their own?
If an entity
suspects a payment due them from a Federal agency was paid to a bank account
other than their own, they should contact the Federal Service Desk at www.fsd.gov,
or by telephone at 866-606-8220 (toll free)
or 334-206-7828(internationally), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8
p.m. (EDT), for FREE assistance.
What interim changes have been made to
the SAM registration process?
proactive steps taken by SAM to address this fraudulent activity include
requiring an original, signed notarized letter identifying the authorized
Entity Administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number before a
new SAM.gov entity registration will be activated.
What is GSA doing to address the
team is supporting GSA’s OIG in an active investigation into alleged
third-party fraudulent activity related to SAM. GSA has taken a number of
proactive steps to address this issue and is in the process of making system
modifications to prevent improper activity going forward. In the interim, GSA
expired, then deactivated any entity registrations that appeared to have been
affected. These entities are being advised to validate their registration
information in SAM, particularly their financial information and points of
contact. Further, GSA has begun implementing additional reviews during the
registration process to prevent more issues, as described below.
Who is impacted?
may have been impacted (those entities whose financial information has changed
within the last year) are in the process of being notified and are advised to
validate their registration information, particularly their financial
information. This notification process began on March 22, 2018.
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