The General Services Administration has established new controls for its online registration platform for government contractors and federal assistance requests in an effort to build on measures implemented earlier this year to address alleged fraudulent activity.
GSA said it will no longer require entities creating or updating their registration in the System for Award Management website to submit before activation a notarized letter naming the authorized entity administrator.
The agency previously mandated a notarized letter before registration is activated in order to validate information such as the entity’s electronic fund transfer details, in light of reported third-party fraudulent activity on SAM.gov.
Entities are still asked to submit the said letter within 30 days of activation, with the change applied to federal assistance requests effective Monday and to all non-federal entities on June 29.
GSA added it will also instate multifactor authentication for SAM.gov users via Login.gov by the end of the month to further bolster security and anti-fraud measures on the registration platform.
The agency noted it will continue to work with the GSA inspector general and law enforcement to investigate the fraudulent activity that impacted SAM.gov.