Beginning 24 May 2021, SAM.gov will offer access identity proofing, a new security enhancement. Users can initiate the process directly from SAM.gov voluntarily until it becomes mandatory in fiscal year 2022. (GSA Interact, February 18, 2021)
Identity proofing adds an additional layer of security while managing your SAM.gov registrations. It will be more difficult to gain unauthorized access to your account. The enhancement verifies entity administrator identity, which in turn, adds the extra layer of security. SAM.gov will start out by validating entity administrators so that those who sign up can become familiar with the process. Those that do sign up early can provide feedback to assist GSA in improving the process. (ibid)
The identity proofing process is managed and administered by login.gov. It collects, validates, and verifies information about a person. Entity administrators will upload a photo of themselves and provide their social security number and a valid phone number.
May 24, 2021 is also the day SAM.gov merges with beta.SAM.gov, dropping the “beta.” Tasks currently found at beta.SAM.gov such as contract opportunity searches, and researching wage determinations will all be in SAM.gov and under a single sign-on. (ibid)
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