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Dear SAM user,

The General Services Administration recently has identified a security vulnerability in the System for Award Management, which is part of the cross-government Integrated Award Environment managed by GSA. Registered SAM users with entity administrator rights and delegated entity registration rights had the ability to view any entity's registration information, including both public and non-public data at all sensitivity levels.

The System for Award Management security breach puts hundreds of thousands of government registered businesses at risk of identity theft. SAM being the mega database of information contains confidential business information such as sole proprietors social security numbers, banking information, names and addresses. Each registered contractor was recently notified by the General Services Administration they identified a security vulnerability in the SAM system that may put a suppliers confidential information at risk. Industry members are strongly encouraged to visit www.gsa.gov/portal/content/167855 for the latest information. GSA has indicated some components of SAM.gov are temporarily unavailable and users will not be able to register a new entity or update an entity record until Entity Management is available at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 25.

Note: Immediately after the vulnerability was identified, GSA implemented a software patch to close this exposure. As a precaution, GSA is taking proactive steps to protect and inform SAM users.

The data contained identifying information including names, taxpayer identification numbers, marketing partner information numbers and bank account information. As a result, information identifiable with your entity registered in SAM was potentially viewable to others.

Registrants using their social security numbers instead of a TIN for purposes of doing business with the federal government may be at greater risk for potential identity theft. These registrants will receive a separate email communication regarding credit monitoring resources available to them at no charge. more


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