Procurement Technical Advisory Center Press Release
Unique Entity ID is Here
- The DUNS Number has been removed and the Unique Entity ID is now the identifier of record for all entities in IAE systems.
- SAM.gov generates the Unique Entity ID, which will be used in federal award systems.
- SAM.gov searches, contract data, ad hoc reports, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and extracts use the Unique Entity ID. You will no longer find the DUNS number in any SAM.gov searches, views, or extracts.
- Entities now make updates to their legal business name and physical address through SAM.gov. Once you select Create Incident through the update entity information workflow, you will monitor the status of your ticket in your SAM.gov Workspace or in the Federal Service Desk (FSD.gov) instead of going to Dun & Bradstreet.
- Entities registering for the first time will be assigned a Unique Entity ID as part of the registration process.
Those who are new to SAM.gov can register their entity or just get a Unique Entity ID by signing in to SAM.gov and selecting Get Started. If you want to bid directly on contracts or grants from the federal government, choose “Register Entity.” If you are a sub-awardee who just needs a Unique Entity ID for subaward reporting, choose “Get Unique Entity ID.” Remember, the transition from DUNS Number to Unique Entity ID does not affect CAGE codes. For Federal Users Managing Federal Entities:Federal entities registering in SAM.gov for the first time will get a Unique Entity ID during their registration process. Do not go to Dun & Bradstreet to update your federal entity information. For Federal Awarding Officials:To search for an entity in SAM.gov, you can use the entity’s legal business name, CAGE code, or Unique Entity ID. You can no longer use the DUNS Number to search entities or exclusions. For Federal and Non-Federal Users who Use SAM.gov data:SAM.gov APIs and extracts will now use the Unique Entity ID. If they contain the fields for DUNS Numbers, but the fields will be empty. If you discover your saved searches aren’t returning information as expected, please make sure you have replaced your DUNS Number fields with Unique Entity ID fields. If your contract data ad hoc reports do not work as expected, please make sure you have replaced your DUNS Number fields with the Unique Entity ID fields. To search for an entity in SAM.gov, you can use the entity’s legal business name, CAGE code, or Unique Entity ID. You can no longer use the DUNS Number to search entities. ----------------------Don’t have a Unique Entity ID yet? Here's how to get one.Learn more about the Unique Entity ID here.
- GSA Notice:
- Federal Award Community should plan for expected downtimes in SAM.gov and Other Award Related Systems during the DUNS Number to Unique Entity ID Transition
- Plan Ahead!
- Starting Monday, April 4, 2022, the new Unique Entity ID from SAM.gov will be the official, government-wide identifier used for federal awards. As we prepare our systems for this requirement, expect intermittent system downtime across our entire portfolio (SAM.gov, FPDS.gov, eSRS.gov, FSRS.gov, FAPIIS.gov, and CPARS.gov). The downtime will occur the weekend prior to April 4, 2022, as we deploy the front-end and back-end changes to remove the DUNS Number and to change service providers for entity validation.
- System Downtime During Transition: As GSA’s IAE prepares SAM.gov, FPDS.gov, eSRS.gov, FSRS.gov, FAPIIS.gov, and CPARS.gov. to transition for the UEI, please be aware of the following important dates
- SAM.gov will be down for maintenance to complete the transition beginning on April 1 at 8 p.m. (EDT) until no later than 9 a.m. (EDT) on April 4.
- No later than 9 a.m. on April 4, SAM.gov will be back online. DUNS Numbers will no longer be displayed in IAE systems or accepted for entity registration. User Guidance:
- March 29 is the last day to obtain a new DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet for registering an entity or getting a Unique Entity ID (SAM) before the transition.
- Before 8 p.m. (ET) on April 1 is the last day a DUNS Number can be used to get a Unique Entity ID (SAM) or register an entity in SAM.gov.
- Starting Monday, April 4, 2022, the new Unique Entity ID from SAM.gov will be the official, government-wide identifier used for federal awards.
- Reports in the SAM.gov Databank: If you use a DUNS Number as a filter or attribute on an ad hoc contract data report in the SAM.gov DataBank, you need to replace the DUNS field with a Unique Entity ID (SAM) field.
- Entities continue to register in SAM.gov using the DUNS number assigned by Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) until April 4, 2022.
- Entity uniqueness continues to be validated by D&B as part of the DUNS number assignment process until April 4, 2022.
- Subcontracting reporting will continue to require the DUNS until April 4, 2022.
- Starting in Q1 FY22. interfacing systems may send either the Unique Entity ID (SAM) or the DUNS Number to the IAE system
Interested entrepreneurs and businesses located in the Commonwealth can visit www.cnmiptac.com to register and become a client with CNMI PTAC to participate in the range of training and business services.
Clients of CNMI PTAC are offered the opportunity to participate in training seminars on topics such as navigating federal contract procurement processes, learning about subcontracting opportunities, and making your business competitive when bidding for federal government contracts, among others. Services and upcoming training are available on the website at www.cnmiptac.com/services.
CNMI PTAC is a program provided by the Commonwealth Bureau of Military Affairs and is focused on ensuring that Marianas-based firms have the opportunity to participate as business partners in the numerous federal procurement events that occur throughout the nation. The PTAC's mission is to provide services that allow CNMI businesses to develop organizational capacity and know-how to navigate, participate and respond to federal business opportunities.
Upcoming training provided by CNMI PTAC are:
• Doing Business with Defense Logistics Agency Webinar on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 7:30 a.m.
• CNMI Industry Day, a two-day online seminar connecting local businesses with Department of Defense officials to share upcoming projects and contract opportunities, on March 23, 2021.
Businesses are encouraged to become CNMI PTAC clients and register for these upcoming free training sessions.
“I encourage all CNMI businesses to visit the CNMI PTAC website, learn more about the services we are excited to provide, and register to become one of our first clients for services,” said Special Assistant for Military Affairs Glenna Sakisat Palacios. “During these difficult economic times, we must do all we can to diversify our sources of revenue for businesses and keep our economy moving and CNMI PTAC is here to help.”
CNMI PTAC is encouraging businesses to take advantage of its “BID-MATCH-5” Grand Opening Special, which has started and will run through the month of March. The first 500 newly enrolled PTAC clients who refer five other local vendors for enrollment will gain access to the Bid Matching Service for five months.
“Visit our website at http://cnmiptac.com and complete the online Client Enrollment Form. Refer five other businesses to become PTAC clients. Once your referral businesses are successfully enrolled, your company will automatically be added to the Bid Matching Service. This service will match the client’s products and services to federal government contracting opportunities. Enroll today and take advantage of this value-added service,” said Palacios.
CNMI PTAC is funded through a grant made possible by the Defense Logistics Agency. The DLA falls under the U.S. Department of Defense and serves as America’s Combat Logistics Support Agency. With a broad-reaching scope of responsibility, the DLA is a key stakeholder in ensuring wide-ranging economic participation with U.S. firms with a goal of providing the U.S. government with the value, quality, and efficiency necessary to support the needs of national security.
CNMI entrepreneurs and businesses are invited to register and participate in building a strong, competitive economy through supporting the needs of our nation. To Read the Full Article, click here.