What’s new in Federal Contracting?
New Business Size Standards
The U.S. Small Business Administration has released new business size standards. These standards are effective May 2, 2022. To review the list based on NAICS code designation, please click here.
SAM Registration and Unique Entity ID (UEI)
On April 4, 2022, the Federal Government Contracting Community switched from the DUNS number to the Unique Entity ID (UEI). DUNS numbers will no longer be used and will not be visible on the SAM.gov website. Businesses can locate their new 12 alpha numeric ID in SAM. Contact WPI if you need assistance in locating your UEI. It is also recommended not to throw away your DUNS number yet as some agencies may need additional time to make the change to the UEI number. [April 2022]
The Unique Entity ID is here! Here’s What You Need to Know
As of April 4, the Unique Entity ID from SAM.gov is now the authoritative identifier for those doing business with the federal government. The DUNS Number is no longer valid for federal award identification.
All of the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) systems — SAM.gov, eSRS, FSRS, FPDS, FAPIIS, and CPARS, as well as all other GSA systems — are now only using the Unique Entity ID to identify entities.
The Unique Entity ID is generated in SAM.gov. If you are registered in SAM.gov (active or not), you already have a Unique Entity ID. It is viewable at SAM.gov. If you are new to SAM.gov and will be registering for the first time, you will get your Unique Entity ID (SAM) during registration.
Here is a snapshot of what’s new at SAM.gov as of April 4, 2022:
- 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 (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.
Entities now update their entity information for federal award purposes through their SAM.gov Workspace. You will need to validate your entity information in SAM.gov when renewing your registration or changing your legal business name or address. Learn how to update your entity information here.
Entities that are prime awardees reporting on sub-awardees in FSRS should use the sub-awardee’s Unique Entity ID . You can search SAM.gov for another entity’s information.
Those 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 that 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.
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.
For additional information, please contact Marc Violante at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-456-9990.
Don’t have a Unique Entity ID yet? Here’s how to get one.
Learn more about the Unique Entity ID here.
SAM Planned Maintenance Schedule
SAM.gov will undergo scheduled maintenance on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:00 pm CT – 10:00 pm CT. During these maintenance windows, access to the site may be intermittent or disrupted. [April 2022]
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