Need help/advice GOV SAM registration.

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  1. Nomad74
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    I am bidding a 50k sqft job for the Federal Gov and according to the bid request I need to be registered as a SAM Entity or System Award Management. Is this going to be a huge pain in the butt? Can someone with experience give me some tips and share your experience?

    I’ve cleaned a large building for FEMA and other jobs for the DOJ and was never required to do this. But on this job they reached out to me and asked me to bid this huge place and this requirement was on the instructions.

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    We were asked big on a small university that could only use us if we filled out that paperwork. Got to the part where it was several hundred (I thought $600.00) before we gave up on it.

    Maybe if we were guaranteed enough work to cover the fee and make a decent profit. But it was just a bid. We folded. :errf:
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    Wait, what? They want to charge $600 to be able to bid?
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    I think so. Whatever it was, it was hundreds.

    Call and see how much before you get too deep.
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    Dang, and you’re a minority. Imagine how expensive it would be for a tax payer.
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    Well Damn It. I’m a little pissed if that’s the case. What a scam. These people are begging me to bid this place. I’m going to have to dig into this more. Thanks Cavez for your input.

    Good morning Marty.
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    Call them just incase I'm wrong.

    We had a couple hundred thousand sq/ft to clean there but were bidding against 6 others, so it just wasn't worth the gamble. A few years later they called with a 75k WDR loss and since it was an emergency they didn't need us to jump through hoops. We wasted hours on the bid and they chose another company. :errf:

    A week later they were having problems (mold odors) and wanted to know if we would come inspect it and tell the other company what needed to be done. :oldrolleyes:

    We don't give them estimates anymore. :angry:
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    I called them and left a message. I flat out asked them if this was a money grab for hundreds and if so exactly how much. I should hear back tomorrow.
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    The actual US government SAM registration is FREE.

    The "fees" are charged by 3rd party companies who "help" you with this free registration.
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    Ok. Thanks Lee. I just drove by the building they requested the bid on. It is indeed a 50,000 square-foot building.
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    Registration is easy and free
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    Ok guys. I pushed through. @Desk Jockey you were correct. That one site tried to get me for $600. I hunted around and found the real government free site. I now have my DUNS number and my SAM verification letter. Now just one last step is to get some notorized thing mailed off to them.

    This process is a pain in the ass for sure.

    Also, thanks @Lee Stockwell
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    If you think that’s a pain, I just went through CSIS clearance (Canada’s version of CIA) . The form was 28 PAGES..... every employer from the last 20 years. ALL FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS.... tv watching habits, ALL ONLINE ACTIVITY, (had to give them ALL passwords).... the list goes on and on.... I’ve never had anyone ask me the questions I’ve had to answer....
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    Your online passwords? Really?
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    Yup....
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    I can't remember all my passwords.
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    Did you give them your Ashley Madison Password also?
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