The General Services Administration awarded 70 veteran-owned small businesses a spot on a governmentwide IT services contract.
The General Services Administration released a request for information asking for input from the data community for other potential ways to validate and verify vendors.
The Office of Management and Budget indicated at a recent DATA Coalition summit that they will conduct an alternatives analysis to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which the federal government has used through a contract with the company Dun & Bradstreet.
The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a proposed rule asking for input on how to move the government away from using the proprietary standard or number for uniquely identifying entities receiving federal awards provided for decades by Dun & Bradstreet.
For decades, the General Services Administration has contracted with the company Dun & Bradstreet to provide unique identifying numbers for businesses. These numbers — called Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS numbers — allow GSA to track contractors and other recipients of federal funds. But the cost of using this service has grown from $1 million in 2002 to about $19 million per year under the current contract.