The Biden administration is moving forward with the transition from an almost 50-year-old structure used to identify organizations doing business with the government to a new number with a new format, giving purchasing officials within and outside the government nine months to complete the recoding and test their systems.
The DUNS, created by Dun & Bradstreet in 1962, has been the entity’s official verification number since it was codified in the Federal Acquisition Regulation in 1998. Since then, all organizations doing business with government – contractors, beneficiaries, universities, research centers, incubators, charities, etc. — has received a DUNS number.
The General Services Administration, which administers the program, opened the contract to new suppliers for the first time in 2018 and awarded the new contract in March 2019 to Ernst & Young, who will administer the new identification number, including managing Dun & Young’s transition. Bradstreet.
The transition was originally scheduled for December 2020. However, after hearing from the community, the GSA chose to extend the deadline until April 2022 in order to start issuing UEI numbers during the transition, allowing agencies to test the systems. using both numbers before the final switchover. .
In February, newly transferred officials said Nextgov that while the GSA was not yet issuing the new Unique Entity Identification Numbers, or UEIs, the agency intended to move forward with the new contract and structure. This intention was confirmed wednesday with an official date to finalize the transition from DUNS: April 4, 2022.
While the DUNS identifier consists of nine digits, the UEI is a 12-digit alphanumeric code. The format change will require every federal agency and private organization doing business with the government to recode their systems to process the UEI number.
“This is a fairly unique business issue,” said an agency official working during the transition. Nextgov Last year. “It’s not just a large-scale modernization of the system. It is the most interdependent thing in affairs between the federal government and a non-federal entity – it is at the heart of everything.
A failure of a single system that is not properly configured to use the new UEI number could spill over to other systems, precipitating multiple failures, officials said.
An article published Wednesday on the GSA awareness site, Interact, clarified that the switchover is now scheduled for April 4, when no new DUNS will be issued and the identifier will no longer be used or recognized by the systems. of the GSA.
The message also confirmed that all organizations with a DUNS have now also been assigned a UEI and that grade identifiers have been integrated into the various data streams of the integrated attribution environment, including “in the SAM.gov API, Data Extracts, Contract Data Reports, and the FPDS Atom Power Supply.
Federal contractors and grantees who had previously registered in the Award Management System, or SAM, have “already received a unique entity identifier!” The post said, noting that users can view their new ID under the entity’s record record.
Entities that have a DUNS but are not registered in SAM, such as sub-recipients, will be able to apply for a UEI through SAM.gov starting in October of this year.
“In preparation for the complete transition to the Unique Entity ID, you need to prepare one of your own internal systems to accept the new ID and stop using the DUNS number for federal allocation processes. by April 2022, ”GSA told contractors and beneficiaries. “Federal agencies will begin migrating to the Unique Entity ID by April 2022. Pay close attention to the instructions they provide regarding the use of the new ID. “