Done with duns

Stay updated on GSA's postponed transition from DUNS numbers to a new UEI system. Learn what this means for entities engaged with federal contracts.

Done with Duns: A significant Transition in Federal Contracting

As of November 2020, the General Services Administration (GSA) has postponed the transition from the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers to a new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) system until April 2022. This update holds substantial importance for entities engrossed in doing business with the federal government. Let's breakdown the key highlights:

Understanding the DUNS Number

The DUNS number, a nine-digit identification number provided by D&B, has been an intrinsic part of the federal registration process. Entities necessitate a DUNS number to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to qualify for federal contracts and assistance.

The Initiative to Replace D&B

In 2017, GSA initiated the process to replace the D&B's DUNS number system following the impending expiration of D&B's contract in 2018. This move led to the release of the RFP in August 2018, followed by awarding of the contract for Entity Validation Services to Ernst and Young LLP in March 2019.

Transition to SAM Managed Identifiers (SAMMI)

In a major overhaul to the current registration process, GSA is planning to transit from DUNS numbers to SAM Managed Identifiers (SAMMI) as the new UEI in SAM. This shift is primarily to streamline the entity validation process and to deter the dependence on a single contractor.

Postponement of the Transition

The transition, originally targeted for completion by December 2020, has now been prolonged to April 2022. This extension is to ensure adequate time for entities and the GSA to brace for the transition.

Implications for Businesses and Entities

If you are a business or an organization currently registered in SAM or planning to register, this change demands your attention. You must gear up for the transition to SAMMI and stay apprised of any additional guidance from GSA.

Stay Informed

All entities are encouraged to regularly check GSA's website and other official channels for the latest updates and information concerning this transition process.

Fortifying your Federal Contract Preparedness

This transition indicated a gigantic shift in the federal registration and contracting protocol. The objective is to enhance efficiency and bring about a modernized system. Entities involved in federal contracts or seeking them should follow this transition closely and modify their registration and compliance procedures parallelly. As former GSA Schedule reviewers, we confidently provide top-tier GSA Schedule Consulting services.

Stay ahead of the convenience curve by understanding these changes and preparing for them in advance. Most importantly, ensure you stay updated on further communications from GSA.

Pedro has extensive background as a Contracting Officer and Contract Specialist, has worked across seven federal agencies, managing contracts totaling over $1 billion in the professional and tech sectors. His notable tenure includes serving with the DoD/DARPA during the inception of their robotics program. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in initiating the Cyber Special Item Number (SIN) within the GSA's IT Schedule 70 as a Team Lead. After graduating from Harvard, he started Blackfyre to help you win your next contract.

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