FEMA Contractors: Get Started Now, We Can Help

This year has been a rough one for the United States, with multiple disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria and the many California wildfires, just to name a few. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created to help local and state governments respond to a disaster and to help with disaster recovery.

While disasters take a huge toll on American families, these disasters also provide some opportunities for contactors. If you are interested in learning more about FEMA contractors and becoming a part FEMA disaster recovery, read on as we explain a few helpful facts.

1. FEMA Contractors Are Needed
Anytime a governor declares a state of emergency, the governor then has the option of formally requesting the president to have FEMA step in and help out with disaster response and relief. This happens multiple times throughout each year, such as with Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey. While hurricane season has ended, repairing the damage caused by these tremendous storms barely has begun. Likewise, cleaning up after the many California wildfires also is just in the beginning stages. In addition, there have been several other notable FEMA-declared disaster areas around the country in 2017. This includes disasters related to flooding in Idaho, West Virginia, Michigan, New Hampshire and Oregon. FEMA contractors are needed to respond to all of these disasters.

For instance, clean-up crews are needed, and there are thousands of homes, apartment complexes and businesses that need repairs. FEMA also often needs civil engineers, construction specialists and even security guards. FEMA contractors are in short supply, so we encourage you to complete all the paperwork necessary to become FEMA contractors and take advantage of these lucrative and helpful jobs.

2. Compile Some Basic Information
Before people or companies become FEMA contractors, you have to have a few important items in place. The first is to know your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), which is easy to find on your tax forms. Secondly, you need to contact Dun & Bradstreet and apply for a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number. This is free and takes just a few minutes to complete. Once you have your TIN & DUNS handy, you can apply to become FEMA contractors.

3. Let Us Complete Your SAM Registration
SAM stands for System for Award Management, and this is basically a database that includes pertinent information about each company that is interested in being FEMA contractors or government contractors or vendors. When you apply for SAM, you will receive what is known as a CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code, and this is the identifier that every government agency will use to find information about your company.

While you can apply for SAM registration on your own, completing the application can take more than 15 hours. Not only is the application lengthy, it’s fairly complicated and confusing. We hear from people all of the time that want to be FEMA contractors but were overwhelmed by the SAM registration process. This is where we come in. Once you have your DUNS and TIN, just give us a call and hire us to complete your SAM Registration. Over the years, we have helped thousands of individuals and companies complete SAM Registration. Once your application is complete and approved by the government, you will be ready to bid on FEMA contracts.

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WWW.Sam.Gov: 3 Reasons To Bypass This Website

If you are new to government contracting, one of the very first steps you have to take is to complete your System for Award Management (SAM) registration. While you certainly can tackle this process yourself for no cost at www.Sam.Gov, we highly recommend that you consider using our services instead. If you are wondering why you should pay a third party to help with SAM registration, the following reasons might convince you.

1. WWW.Sam.Gov Can Be A Confusing Website
If you’ve ever applied for any type of service or benefit from the federal government, then you probably already understand how confusing a government website can be. In order to complete SAM registration, you need to learn about items such as CAGE codes or NCAGE codes if you are a foreign registrant, as well as acronyms such as MPIN, PSCs, FAR or DFARS, POCs and much more.

If your head is not yet spinning, it will be by the time you finish reading the government’s “helpful” Quick Guide for Contract Registrations. While the government truly does want businesses to take advantage of the many available contracting opportunities, there are so many different terms and organizations one must learn about, that it quickly can become confusing to know precisely what information you need to provide for SAM registration.

2. The Registration Process Can Take Two Full Working Days To Complete
In order to begin the process of bidding on government contracts, you can head to www.Sam.Gov and create a user account. Creating a user account might seem simple enough; after all, it’s just creating a username and password, right? Not quite. This is just the beginning of a lengthy registration process.

First you must select an account type, either an individual account or a system account. But which one do you need? In order to decide which option to select, you must read through the list of choices, decipher what these choices entail and select the right option.

After you’ve figured out this information, creating the user account takes just a few minutes where you provide contact information (both email and phone), inform the system whether you prefer email or phone correspondence and why. They actually do ask you why you prefer phone contact over email contact or vice-versa. Then you must create a username and password and provide the answer to security questions such as “What is the name of your first stuffed animal?” Or perhaps, “Who was the first person you kissed.” At this point, you will be able to create your user account.

That’s where the real fun begins. Once you have confirmation that your account has been created, you can log into the system Of course, you also have to have a DUNS number, a taxpayer ID number and the routing and account numbers from your bank account. This is the minimum amount of information you will need before filling out the form. During the actual application process, you will need to provide information such as your NAICS (North American Industry Classification) codes, decide whether or not you want to opt in for a public search, complete a SBA (Small Business Profile) for the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) if you are a small business and so on. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

While there are plenty of free resources and even YouTube videos to help you through the process, it can take 15 hours or more to do the research and fill out your SAM registration via www.Sam.Gov. For many people, this is a chunk of time that they simply cannot spare. You are busy running your business and probably don’t have 15 extra hours to spend filling out a complicated registration form. Therefore, it just makes sense to hire an experienced third-party registration service to complete this lengthy task for you.

3. You Have A Solid Alternative
At Federal Contractor Registry, we’ve been helping companies and individuals complete SAM registration for many years. Obviously, as a third-party service, we do charge a fee, but we already are completely familiar with the process of applying for government contacts and understand all of the acronyms and nuances of the SAM registration process.

We have many clients that begin the process themselves on www.Sam.gov only to become frustrated and consider giving up. Once you are past this hurdle, you can begin bidding on contracts, but the process itself is so time-consuming and overwhelming, it can be a huge deterrent.

If you are frustrated with www.Sam.Gov and the SAM registration process, just give us a call or fill out our quick contact form and one of our agents will contact you as soon as possible. We can answer any questions you might have, as well as completing the entire SAM registration process for you. Government contracting can be profitable and rewarding, so take the plunge and give Federal Contractor Registry a call today.

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