SAM.gov Wants to Get to Know You Better. Much Better.

Dear SAM.gov Administrators,Decorative image of cyber lock

Like Your Privacy? Want to be a Government Contractor? Take your pick…because these are now mutually exclusive choices.

NextGov reported last week that the Government Services Administration (GSA), which operates everyone’s favorite data aggregator, www.SAM.gov, is going to require every entity registered to provide the name of a real human being as the Account Administrator.

Apparently there are fake accounts and / or false names being used for SAM.gov registrations.

You may recall that SAM.gov started requiring all entities to submit notarized certification letters to establish or renew a registration a few years ago.

Then we all had to create a new account via www.Login.gov and use those credentials to access SAM.gov.

Apparently, that wasn’t sufficient so now they’re requiring each SAM Account Administrator to provide a copy of their driver’s license, social security number, and a valid phone number. The data will be cross-referenced with the issuing agency for validation.

Oh, and GSA says they won’t store the data either in SAM.gov or Login.gov.

The rollout started on October 1st this year – but apparently there isn’t yet a hard deadline established.

So, SAM Account Administrators take note and prepare to sacrifice a bit more of your personal info.

Read the full article if you want to know more.