All entities that do business with the federal government or are granted federal funds like LSTA must be registered with SAM.gov.
To make registering in SAM.gov easier, the federal government has reduced the number of new entities that need a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) or NCAGE code. This change only applies to new financial assistance registrants. If you are registered in SAM.gov and already have a CAGE code or NCAGE code, this change does not apply to you.
Now, when you register your new entity in SAM.gov you will no longer need a CAGE (or NCAGE) code if you meet both of the following criteria:
- Your purpose of registration is Financial Assistance Awards Only, and
- You indicate during registration that you are not seeking financial assistance from the Department of Defense (DoD).
However, now when you register your new entity in SAM.gov you will still need a CAGE (or NCAGE) code if you meet either of the following criteria:
- You are registering for All Awards (both contracts and grants) as your purpose of registration, or
- You are seeking financial assistance from DoD.
This change which reduces the number of new registrants required to obtain a CAGE (or NCAGE) code will streamline the registration process for entities seeking financial assistance awards from agencies other than DoD. International entities not seeking financial assistance from DoD will also save time as they no longer need to apply for and obtain an NCAGE from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) prior to registering in SAM.gov.