The General Services Administration (GSA) is replacing the DUNS number with a new 12-character identifier ID. How soon will this happen? GSA states that this is happening by December 2020.
Why Change the DUNS Number?
Dun & Bradstreet created the DUNS number back in 1962. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) required a number as part of the formal entity verification process since 1998. Why the change? GSA opened the contract to new vendors last year. As a result, they awarded the new contract to Ernst & Young, which will administer the new ID number and manage the transition from Dun & Bradstreet. Next, we will look at the new Unique Entity ID.
Unique Entity ID
Dun & Bradstreet created the DUNS Number in 1962. It has been the official entity verification number since 1998. That is when a change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) required the DUNS number. Why the change? GSA opened the contract to new vendors last year. As a result, they awarded the new contract to Ernst & Young, which will administer the new ID number and manage the transition from Dun & Bradstreet. Next, we will look at the new Unique Entity ID.
I think that this change is long overdue. Registering to do business with the government should not require someone to contact another business. The assignment of a number automatically is ideal.
Personally, I hate being contacted by Duns & Bradstreet pushing their services on me. Many small business owners purchased their services believing that it was required by the Government. Although Dun & Bradstreet has gotten better about letting potential clients know that their service is not required in order to receive a DUNS number. It is still frustrating to get a solicitation phone call for a service that you don’t want.
SAM.Gov should generate the Unique Entity ID. That would be optimal, in my opinion. This change should have happened years ago—way to go GSA.
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