Companies are required to register in because it is the Federal Government’s system of record for federal awards and issuer of the Universal Entity Identifier (UEI), which is used to identify companies and organizations across all federal agencies.  It also stores profile data for these organizations, used by federal contracting officers for various purposes.   Therefore, firms must have active accounts in in order to apply for SBA certification programs. 

If a firm is having difficulty connecting a account to a Certify account, please ensure that the UEI, TIN, CAGE Code, and Bank Account being entered into Certify match exactly with what's in

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