The E-Government Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-347) was enacted in an effort to improve the management and promotion of electronic Government services and processes. The Act established a framework of measures that require using Internet-based information technology to improve citizen access to Government information and services. GSA has embraced the intent of the Act by consolidating the Government-wide acquisition and award support systems into SAM. SAM is an information system tool that streamlines the Federal acquisition business processes by acting as a single authoritative data source for vendor, contract award, and reporting information, thereby eliminating the need to enter multiple sites and perform duplicative data entry. SAM consolidates hosting to improve the efficiency of doing business with the Government.
SAM, or the System for Award Management, will integrate the eight current federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into a single new, streamlined system.