On February 10, 2017, the GSA released a Request for Information (RFI) for government-wide entity identification and validation services. The GSA is exploring options for replacing Dun and Bradstreet (D&B), who is the current provider of entity identification and validation services through the use of D&B’s Data Universal Numbering System Number or DUNS number.
Currently, the government requires the assignment of a DUNS number for the identification of commercial, nonprofit, or government entities. All government contractors are required to obtain and maintain a DUNS number to do business with the government in order “to better trace Federal dollars from appropriation to final outcomes or results.”
The government wants to continue identification and validation services after the expiration of its contract with D&B in June 2018 and is looking to open up the opportunity to provide these services to other contractors. In preparation for the possibility of using another provider, federal procurement regulations have been revised to remove references to Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) and DUNS.
The RFI is posted on FedBizOpps, and will be available for review and comment until March 13, 2017. The GSA looks forward to feedback from industry partners and feels it is a key to refining the Request for Proposal or Solicitation. The GSA will then host a pre-solicitation conference this summer and expects the final solicitation to hit the streets not long thereafter.