March 20, 2019
The days of the DUNS number may be coming to an end, at least in federal procurement.
The General Services Administration announced on March 18, 2019, that it awarded a $41,751,329 contract to Ernst and Young to provide identity validation services for the federal contracting process. The contract with a one-year base and four option periods will run through March 2024. The DUNS replacement will be owned by the federal government and operate throughout the entire System of Award Management.
According to a recent post from the GSA:
The federal government must validate the identity of each entity (company, individual, organization, etc.) wanting to do business with — or receive assistance from — the government. The GSA contract will reduce unnecessary duplication across the government by ensuring individual agencies do not have to separately contract for these services, but will instead receive the service by way of SAM.gov.
The contract is set to run through March 2024.