Register for a SAM Account

You must be registered with the federal System for Award Management (SAM) to receive funding from the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. If you are already registered with the SAM, you do not need to re-register.

This guide  can help you complete the registration process.

To register for a SAM account, you will need to enter the following information into the System for Award Management (SAM) official website:

  1. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number;
  2. Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or Employment Identification Number (EIN); and
  3. Your bank’s routing number, your bank account number, and your bank account type (i.e., checking or savings), to set up electronic funds transfer (EFT). You will receive a confirmation email once the registration is activated.

Please note that the SAM registration does not have to be finalized for you to submit an application for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. However, USAC will check to make sure that all applicants have registered with SAM during the Round 2 application review process, and we strongly recommend unregistered HCPs to register right away because it may take up to 10 business days for your registration to become active, and an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems.

If you are having trouble registering for the SAM, you can reach out to the Federal Service Desk.

Locate or Obtain a DUNS Number

The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) is a proprietary system developed and regulated by Dun & Bradstreet. DUNS provides a unique numeric identifier to a single business entity upon request.

Dun & Bradstreet will issue a DUNS number without charge to an entity required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants.

Locate or Obtain a TIN or EIN

A Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is a unique identification number issued by either the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Employee Identification Number (EIN), also referred to as the Federal Tax Identification Number, is an example of a TIN and is used to identify a business entity.

To learn more about the TIN, visit the IRS Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) webpage. To learn more about the EIN, visit the IRS Employee ID Numbers webpage.