Attention, USDA borrowers using Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

June 21, 2012 | General RCAP News

CCR is Going Away — What to Expect (UPDATE)

The announcement below was taken directly from the CCR News and Announcements section on the CCR website. You can visit that site for updates as they are given.

At the end of July 2012, the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system is going away. CCR, along with Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), will be migrated into the new System for Award Management, or SAM.

For those of you familiar with this effort, you know it will reduce the number of passwords you need to remember, reduce the number of systems you need to enter and interact with, and reduce data redundancy by sharing the data across the award lifecycle. To help you better understand how this will work, SAM training will be available online in early May. Please visit for more information.

What does the transition to SAM mean for you? Here are answers to a few of your most pressing concerns.

I have a current CCR registration.

  • What do I do?
    You do not need to do anything right away. When it is time to renew your current CCR registration, you will do it in SAM.
  • What will happen to my data?
    Your data will be migrated from CCR into SAM. It will be in SAM when you are ready to access it. When it is time to renew your registration, you will go to, create a simple SAM user account, and follow the online instructions to validate and update your information.
  • When do I need to register for a user account in SAM?
    You only need to register for a user account in SAM when it is time to begin updating your current registration. You do not need to do anything right away.
  • What is the timeline for the CCR transition to SAM?
    The transition to SAM will be at the end of July. We will provide more information as that date approaches.
  • Wasn't SAM scheduled to 'go-live' on May 29, 2012? What does the delay mean for me?
    Yes. The delay means we will continue with business as usual with CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS until the end of July. You will continue to manage your registration in CCR. There will be no change until the end of July.• 
  • Where can I find more information about SAM?
    Some training material is already posted to and will be updated closer to the implementation date. System overview briefings are there now. Please visit to learn more.

This information applies to two RCAP publications, both of which have step-by-step instructions for CCR (which will eventually become obsolete in these guides):