Strike a victory for competition and good government.
On March 15, 2019, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) competitively awarded a five-year 41.75 $million contract to Ernst and Young, LLP, for entity validation services for the Federal award process through GSA’s System for Award Management (SAM).
The Data Universal Numbering System, known as DUNS numbers, was created by Dun and Bradstreet in 1962. In 1994, the Federal government began using the DUNS proprietary system for electronic commerce. In 1998 the DUNS number became the official contractor identifier for the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Instead of using a DUNS number, Ernst and Young will provide GSA with a government-owned unique entity identifier called the SAM Managed Identifier (SAMMI) within SAM, and GSA’s Integrated Award Environment.
The contract award to Ernst and Young completes a procurement process which began in 2017, and represents the end of a years-long push by industry and Federal decision-makers to move to a non-proprietary system. According to GSA, the contract, which includes a base-year and four one-year options, means the government will have a safe, secure and unified method for validating entries, while simplifying the process for those who seek awards. The award will greatly improve the government’s ability to manage data and is an important step forward t competitively procuring entity validation on behalf of the entire government award community.
As GSA transitions to the Ernst and Young contract, the government will continue to receive service from Dun and Bradstreet.
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