3 Misleading & Misinterpreted Factors that Push Businesses Away from Third Party Registration Firms:
1) Paying for the registration seems like a waste of money for my business.
Response: Then you put yourself at risk for fines and problems if you hit a road bump in the registration process. Plain and simple. Plus the risk is worth the reward in this case. Government contracts go for large sums of money. The amount of money you can be awarded for a single contract can be in the millions if you win. A small investment of a few hundreds dollars is peanuts in the long run and in the full spectrum of federal marketplace. Go the safe route and hire a professional for the process.
In fact, our United States Government will not tell you (the business owner) what specifically you did wrong in the SAM registration. The Federal Government has no required obligation to show you where you made your error and how to fix it. In fact, if your business files the SAM registration on your own and files the Reps & Certs section incorrectly you can receive a possible fine between $10,000 to $100,000 as subject in the civil penalty stated in the FAR 31 1352-(C). Is this a risk you are willing to take? The federal government fines businesses for an incorrect filing of the Reps & Certs section because it appears that you are lying about your finical documentation. That type of error does not go unnoticed with the federal government.
2) I heard third party registration firms like US Federal Contractor Registration are scams.
Response: Scams hide and run from out spoken negative propaganda. US Federal Contractor Registration does neither of these. It is a new process that people still do not understand. Much like filing your taxes with an accountant, a third party registration firm makes sure the process is facilitated correctly. US Federal Contractor Registration is on the forefront of the government contracting world being mentioned on correctable sources like FOX News, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal and many more. As well as having current clients that include: McGraw Hill, HP, Wells Fargo, Xerox, GoodWill, Dixie, UPS, Heinz, Sheraton Hotels, Marriott, Westin, Interstate Oil, CITI, and Coldwell Banker. As well as academic institutions and colleges like NYC, Northwestern, Oxford, Southwestern, and Mercer. As well as federal agencies like US Army, US Navy, Veteran Affairs and United States Department of Agriculture. So no, US Federal Contractor Registration is anything but a scam. You can also following their Twitter, Facebook and Youtube page.
3) My local PTAC office said I do not need to use a third party registration firm.
Response: Yes they are correct, you do not have to use a third party for the SAM registration. However, they can also not help you nearly as much as you would like them to. In fact, a third party registration can actually help you more than your local PTAC and here is why! PTACs while very useful and extremely knowledgable can only do so much because they are federally funded facilities and are a part of the United States government. A PTAC representative can not take your business’s financial paperwork and file your SAM registration because it is deemed ‘a conflict of interest’ and shows ‘unlawful practices and favoritism’ to your business. This is extremely illegal. Ask any PTAC representative and they will tell you this is 100% case-in-point true. If a PTAC officer does this they can lose their job or even be subject to a fine themselves.
Businesses believe that they can perform their own SAM registration but neglect all of the potential risks and liabilities that are involved in this federal process. There is a reason why tenths of thousands of businesses look to third party registration firms like US Federal Contractor Registration for registration help, migration and marketing. US Federal Contractor Registration’s dedicated Case Managers handle each business’s SAM registration making sure it follows the FAR manual’s strict rules and regulations. Businesses can trust their customer service and the timely filing of US Federal Contractor Registration professional staff.