The SAMMI Number: Replacing DUNS

On March 15, 2019, the GSA awarded Ernst and Young LLP with a $41.75 million contract for Entity Validation Services. Long story short, the DUNS number is set to be replaced with something called the “SAMMI number.”

This is a fairly recent development in federal contracting. Not much is known about what this new system is going to entail. However, the purpose of this blog post is to fill you in on the details known.

Let’s get to it.

The DUNS Number

DUNS stands for Data Universal Numbering System. A DUNS number is a unique 9-digit identifier assigned to each physical location of a business. It was developed by the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and only offered by the company as well. To become a contractor for the United States Federal Government, a buisness needs to be registered in SAM. To get registered in SAM a buisness needs a DUNS number.

So basically, a private company held the keys to the federal marketplace. Many of those in the government did not like that, it was viewed as a monopoly, and so a new system needed to be put in place.

The SAMMI Number

SAMMI is an acrynom which stands for:

  • SAM
  • Managed
  • Identifer

Ernst and Young LLP will be picking up the torch from Dun & Bradstreet for at least 5 years. However, don’t expect them to have a two-decade-long monopoly like their predecessor.

When will the change take place?

Uncle Sam is notoriously slow when it comes to changes in systems. Something as major as canning the DUNS number and putting in a replacement has been in the conversation for quite some time.

However, here’s what an answer to an FAQ on the GSA’s website has to say about the expected date:

“To enable a successful transition to the SAMMI while minimizing the impact to Government operation, IAE has planned for an extensive transition period and anticipates transition to the new UEI be completed by 2020.”

Entity Validation Services Frequently Asked Questions

How will the implementation be carried out?

Well, for now, it’s a bit too early to tell. One of the most recent changes that the GSA made for SAM registration requirements didn’t pan out so well. In fact it caused a 74% reduction in new SAM registrations.

The best thing that contractors can do for now, as far as preparing for the SAMMI number, is to just keep a pulse on federal contracting news.

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  1. Thanks for the info! Will you be updating this page with more info as you learn more?

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