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GSA Announces Award for Entity Validation Services

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced in a news release the award (available here on FBO.gov) of a one-year base, and four option periods, $41,751,329 dollar contract to Ernst and Young LLP (EY) that will provide entity validation services for the federal award process. The federal government must validate the identity of each entity (company, individual, organization, etc.) wanting to do business with -- or receive assistance from -- the government. The GSA contract will reduce unnecessary duplication across the government by ensuring individual agencies do not have to separately contract for these services, but will instead receive the service by way of SAM.gov.

“Securing this five-year contract means that the federal government will have a safe, secure, and unified method for validating entities, while also simplifying the process for those who seek awards,” said GSA Office of Systems Management Assistant Commissioner Judith Zawatsky. “This award greatly improves the government’s ability to manage data and is an important step forward to competitively procuring entity validation services on behalf of the entire government award community.”

GSA released two Requests for Information (RFIs) to gather feedback from industry and other stakeholder organizations regarding the future structure of entity identification and validation services. Both RFIs received numerous responses from government agencies, industry, and other stakeholders.

The contract with EY will run through March 2024. During the transition to the new provider, the government will receive continued service from Dun & Bradstreet to maintain award reporting and data integrity.

This contract is managed by GSA’s Office of Systems Management.


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