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What is the Central Contractor Registration (CCR)?

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The CCR is a central database with information about Department of Defense (DoD) trading partners. This allows DoD purchasing agents, contracting officers, and accounting officers to quickly and consistently find information about DoD trading partners. The CCR was created so that businesses would not have to register with each and every DoD agency they wished to do business with. By having their information in one central database, trading partners need only inform the contracting or purchasing officer that they are CCR registered and that officer can then look out the information they need to do business with them.

The System for Award Management (SAM) will go into effect on July 29, 2012. SAM will replace CCR & ORCA on July 29, 2012. For more information on SAM visit www.sam.gov. If you or your customers require any assistance (troubleshooting, data concerns, general information, etc.) with SAM contact the Federal Service Desk at fsd.gov or by telephone at 1-866-606-8220.