After nearly 50 years as the official entity verification number, The Dun & Bradstreet DUNS is being replaced by the Ernst & Young, Unique Entity ID or UEI. Although the original transition was planned for December 2020, it has been moved to April 4, 2022. The additional time allows for agencies to test systems using both numbers ahead of the final cutover. (Nextgov July 29, 2021)
The DUNS identifier is comprised of nine numbers. The UEI is a 12 digit alphanumeric code. The character number change requires every federal agency as well as every private contractor/vendor doing government business, to recode their systems to accept the new UEI number. (ibid)
The GSA Interact site recently confirmed that all organizations with a DUNS have been assigned a UEI. The Interact post explains that contractors and grantees previously registered on SAM have “already been assigned a Unique Entity Identity ID”. Users should go to their entity registration record to view their new identifier. Users, such as sub-awardees, may request a UEI on SAM.gov, beginning October of 2021. (ibid)
GSA told contractors, “in preparation for the full transition to the Unique Entity ID, you should prepare any of your own internal systems to accept the new identifier and to stop using the DUNS number for federal awards processes by April 2022. Federal agencies will begin to migrate to the Unique Entity ID between now and April 2022. Pay special attention to instructions they provide regarding the use of the new identifier.” (ibid)
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