Your DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number is about to be replaced with a SAMMI (System for Award Management Managed Identifier) number.
GSA has awarded a contract to Ernst and Young to take over the entity validation system from Dun & Bradstreet. The five-year contract is worth about $42 million.
Through the Integrated Award Environment, GSA issues every vendor or organization that does business with the Government, or wishes to do business with the Government, a unique DUNS number. Under the new SAMMI system, the numbering system will no longer be part of Dun & Bradstreet's proprietary system, that some consider monopolistic. Non-governmental entities have had to pay a fee to Dun & Bradstreet to download and use the DUNS numbers that they own.
Under the new entity validation system, users will provide their registration information at SAM.gov and that information will be validated against the new contractor's data. The Government will have unlimited rights in perpetuity to the validated results and there will be no charge to SAM.gov registrants.