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September 2019

To reduce your reporting burden, the federal government standardized the general certification and representation requirements in both of the following:

  • SF-424B – Assurances – Non-Construction Programs
  • SF-424D – Assurances – Construction Programs

On January 1, 2020:

  • The System for Award Management (SAM) will store and maintain the updated common certification and representation requirements.
  • When you apply for federal financial assistance, you must validate the federally required common certifications and representations annually through the SAM.

July 2018

Due to fraudulent activity identified in their system, the System of Award Management ( made changes to their registration and renewal practices. These are their new requirements:

  • All new and renewing registrants will need to provide an original, signed notarized letter to authenticate the authorized Entity Administrator.
  • The first time you log in to after June 29, 2018, they will ask you to create a user account (if you do not already have one).
    • Going forward, you will use this username and password every time you log in to
      Your current username and password will no longer work.

Visit to read the FAQs about this process change.

If you have tried to create or update your registration, but have not been able to complete the process, you may be delayed in applying for a HRSA funding opportunity via If so, email us so we can work with you to submit your application.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2019