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SAM.gov Update: Significant Reduction in Burden with New Annual Representation for Section 889 Part B

As readers of this space are likely aware, we regularly make improvements and updates to all the IAE systems, including the System for Award Management (SAM) at SAM.gov. In doing so, we always strive to make things easier and to reduce burden for our users.  

We post information online about what has been changed in what we call Release Notes. You can find the SAM.gov Release Notes at SAM.gov, under About - News - Release Notes.  The most recent Release Notes were posted on October 24, 2020 after our quarterly release.

Many of our updates are driven by policy requirements based on changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). In this latest release we introduced a new annual representation in SAM.gov implementing the second interim rule for FAR Case 2019-009: Prohibition on Contracting with Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

This rule amended the FAR to further implement Section 889 of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation was passed to combat national security and intellectual property threats that face the United States and contains two prohibitions: Part A which says the government cannot obtain prohibited telecom and Part B which says government contractors cannot use prohibited telecom.  

The October update to SAM.gov under Section 889 Part B allows an offeror each year to represent whether it uses covered telecommunications equipment or services, or any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services. 


Entities respond to this new annual representation during the normal SAM.gov entity registration process. Their responses to the prohibition questions for both Section 889 Part A and Part B in the Representations and Certifications section will appear in FAR 52.204-26(c) and FAR 52.212-3(v).


The result is a significant burden reduction by allowing an offeror that responds ‘‘does not’’ in the annual representation to skip the offer-by-offer representation.  What used to take a lot of time and multiple representations now can be done in one step. In fact, the FAR Council estimates the total cost savings of adding the annual representation to SAM.gov in Year 1 is at least $1.6 billion with additional projected savings of more than $1 billion in each subsequent year!  


Visit Acquisition.gov to find more information about FAR Case 2019-009 and Section 889 Part B. 


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