GSA Explores Costs Of Ditching Sole Contractor ID System

Law360, New York (June 13, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. General Services Administration, concerned that a regulation-fueled monopoly on contractor identification numbers is increasing costs and limiting its flexibility, is exploring alternatives to the Data Universal Numbering System, according to a Tuesday report.

The GSA uses Dun & Bradstreet's proprietary DUNS system to track contractors across several federal databases, and contractors are required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Office of Management and Budget to have DUNS numbers. But as more and more contractors and grant recipients are added to the GSA's DUNS-dependent databases,...
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