As CSH works with our clients who had $750,000 or more in federal expenditures this year, we wanted to them know that filing the data collection form might need more information this year. CSH’s Amr Elaskary explains why below and what you need to do.
The federal government is transitioning from using the DUNS Number (issued by Dun and Bradstreet) to a new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) as the primary means of entity identification for federal awards. UEIs are required in accordance with 2 CFR Part 25, and UEIs will be issued by the federal government at SAM.gov. This means entities will no longer rely on a third party to obtain an identifier, as with DUNS. This change is meant to streamline the entity identification and validation process, making it easier and less burdensome for entities to do business with the federal government.
When did the transition take place?
On April 4, 2022, the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) systems (i.e., SAM.gov, FPDS, eSRS, FSRS, FAPIIS, and CPARS) began complying with the federal government’s requirement to end use of the DUNS Number for federal award management.
What happens to my DUNS number and how do I change it to a UEI?
If your organization currently has an active or inactive registration in SAM.gov, you have already been assigned a UEI. To view your entity’s registration record and UEI in SAM.gov, follow these steps:
- Log in at SAM.gov.
- In your Workspace, select the numbered bubble above Active in the Entity Management widget.
- You should then see your record(s), and the UEI number(s) on the left side of each record.
What if I do not have a DUNS number?
Entities not registered in SAM.gov will be assigned a UEI when they register—they will not use a DUNS for entity registration or reporting. To register in SAM.gov, click Get Started under “Register Your Entity…” This process is recommended to be started as soon as possible.
What about subrecipients’ entities?
Subrecipients can register in SAM.gov and will be assigned their UEI. At that time, subrecipients will no longer be able to obtain or use a DUNS for subrecipient registration or reporting.
What if I have more questions?
Contact a Clark Schaefer Hackett advisor and we will help you find answers. Whether or not you are a client, we’re here to help.
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