Transitioning from MPIN to OTP in SAM.GOV Registrations: A Significant Update

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In a noteworthy development impacting federal contractors and entities engaging with the U.S. government, effective March 31st, 2023, the longstanding Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) has been phased out in SAM.GOV registrations. This transformation represents a pivotal shift in authentication protocols, with the One-Time Passcode (OTP) assuming a central role.

Traditionally, the MPIN played a vital role as an identifier within the System for Award Management (SAM) registration process. However, in line with evolving security standards and technological progress, federal agencies have chosen to retire the MPIN in favor of the more robust OTP authentication mechanism.

For users navigating the SAM.GOV platform, this adjustment signifies a departure from the conventional MPIN-based authentication process. Instead, individuals interacting with SAM.GOV will now encounter the OTP as a key component of the registration process and additional functions within the SAM system that require user authentication.

It is essential to recognize that this transition is not exclusive to SAM.GOV. The implications extend to other Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) sites like the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). These platforms, previously reliant on the MPIN, have likewise transitioned to alternative authentication solutions to align with overarching security directives.

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This shift may give rise to inquiries and uncertainties among users accustomed to the MPIN across various IAE sites. In such instances, you should seek guidance and clarification from the respective platform’s support channels. For any specific questions about this change and how it may affect SAM registrants or applicants, visit the Federal Service Desk–the official (and free) technical support service desk for user assistance.

For more information about SAM registration, check out Govology’s webinar titled How to Register and Maintain Your and SBA Profiles. This comprehensive course covers everything you need to know about and SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) profiles, from preparing for SAM registration to updating your DSBS profile.

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