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The answer to my question is paritally within the topic "GSA Schedule CAGE Code Challenge" but not quite on point. Many of the larger companues have more than one CAGE and DUNS combinations. Somwehere along the line I picked up the attititude that if the GSA Schedule was awarded to Willy Coyote Inc. with a CAGE of 12345 and DUNS of 222 333 444 any orders placed by Roadrunner AFB against that schedule had to match the aforementioned. Now that CPARS validates the CAGE on the GSA Schedule CAR/FPDS/NG with the CAGE on the order, we're having a few issues becuase the award cites to a different CAGE than what is in FPDS and the contract specialists are running into a hard stop error when they try to a CPAR. My suggestion is to modify the CAGE code on the order to match what is on the schedule. Once the order is in FPDS with the correct CAGE it will update CPARS and all should be good from that point on. For what ever reason many of our awards use different CAGE codes than are on the schedules. Before I get any 'Deer in the head lights looks' and the urge to pummel someone, can anyone point to a reference that says what CAGE & DUNS combinations to use on a GSA order? Commons sense doesn't count as a reference. Thanks,
Does anyone have experience on what "throughout the life of contract" means in 52.204-12? (see pasted clause below, I have bolded in blue the reference) I have checked definitions, prescription etc. The issue is this: When can I retire a DUNS number? The guidance on CAGE codes is clear, but because a contract may be awarded by DUNS and not CAGE code, I can't assume the same guidance for retirement of a CAGE code applies to a DUNS. A CAGE code has to remain active in SAM until final payment and active in the DLIS Master CAGE code listing until parts are dispositioned, FCL is closed and all contracts closed out. For contracts that pay through DFAS, it's very clear the DUNS has to stay active through final payment as those contracts will have a CAGE code and EFT information in SAM so we can be paid. What about contracts with a DUNS that don't pay through DFAS? Is "throughout the life of the contract" the performance period or until final payment/release? Many thanks in advance for your thoughts and inputs. ************************************************************************** Data Universal Numbering System Number Maintenance (Dec 2012) (a) Definition. “Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number,” as used in this clause, means the 9-digit number assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D& to identify unique business entities, which is used as the identification number for Federal contractors. ( The Contractor shall ensure that the DUNS number is maintained with Dun & Bradstreet throughout the life of the contract. The Contractor shall communicate any change to the DUNS number to the Contracting Officer within 30 days after the change, so an appropriate modification can be issued to update the data on the contract. A change in the DUNS number does not necessarily require a novation be accomplished. Dun & Bradstreet may be contacted— (1) Via the internet at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or if the Contractor does not have internet access, it may call Dun and Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711 if located within the United States; or (2) If located outside the United States, by contacting the local Dun and Bradstreet office.