GSA moves one step closer to replacing DUNS
The General Services Administration took an important step toward reducing its reliance on a proprietary business entity identifier system in government contracting.
The agency released a request for information on Feb. 13 in advance of the possible adoption of a new numbering system for "government-wide entity identification and validation services."
Currently the federal contracting system relies on the Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS number, from Dun & Bradstreet.
The pitfalls associated with using a proprietary reference system first came to public attention in 2014, when a key contract covering data use on the Recovery.gov website expired, and D&B
pulled its data