Alleged Fraudulent Activity in SAM
March 27, 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.
Please note, 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 GSA doing to address the problem?
GSA's SAM 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?
Entities who 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.