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52.204-12 - What does "throughout life of contract" mean?

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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.

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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&B) to identify unique business entities, which is used as the identification number for Federal contractors.

(B) 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.

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