On March 18, 2019, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that Ernst and Young LLP (EY) was awarded a one-year base and four option period, $41.8 million contract for entity validation services for the federal award process. Entity validation services are critical because the federal government must validate the identity of each entity (company, individual or organization) wanting to do business with the government.
Dun & Bradstreet, who established the Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS, had held the contract for twenty (20) years. The DUNS number has been an established and unique identifier for entities doing business with the government. With the new EY contract award, the DUNS number will be replaced. Dun & Bradstreet has agreed to continue to work with GSA and EY during the transition.
Out with the Old, in with the New
GSA continues to work on reducing duplication across the government, and now entity validation will be serviced by SAM.gov. GSA will use a government-owned unique identifier called the System for Award Management Managed Identifier, or SAMMI, number. “Securing this five-year contract means that the federal government will have a safe, secure, and unified method for validating entities, while also simplifying the process for those who seek awards,” said GSA Office of Systems Management Assistant Commissioner Judith Zawatsky. “This award greatly improves the government’s ability to manage data and is an important step forward to competitively procuring entity validation services on behalf of the entire government award community.”
Updates and future notices will be posted on GSA’s Interact.gsa.gov site. Centre Law & Consulting will continue to monitor the changes. Check our blogs or reach out to our Consulting team for more information.
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Executive Director of Consulting
Maureen Jamieson has more than twenty-five years of experience managing federal contracts. Maureen is highly experienced in solving client pricing problems and implementing effective pricing strategies for placing products and services on GSA Schedule contracts. Maureen also frequently works with clients on effective selling and marketing strategies in the federal market space and is highly skilled as a federal contracts capture or proposal manager.