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DUNS By The Numbers

Contractors that wish to get on a GSA Schedule (or any Federal contract) must have a DUNS number. A DUNS number is a unique nine character identification number provided by the Dun and Bradstreet company.

It's common for businesses with multiple business locations, or a parent company with multiple subsidiaries, to have different DUNS numbers associated with their different offices. Some contractors may change their DUNS number for business reasons.  It is important, though, that all GSA contractors use the same DUNS number at thetask order level that was awarded at the contract level.  It’s important because the DUNS number is used to check various official acquisition-related systems and is a requirement for registering in www.sam.gov. The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidates the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is NO fee to register in SAM or to apply for a DUNS number.

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Brad deMers
<p>Thanks for this post regarding the importance of DUNS number consistency. As posted <a href="https://interact.gsa.gov/discussion/important-reminder-concerning-duns">here&nbsp;</a>, I would like to add:</p><p><span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); font-family: Arial, 'Arial Unicode MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 21px;">The greatest motivator to keep the order level DUNS consistent with the FSS Contract DUNS is payment. When an ordering activity issues an order, &nbsp;most purchase order and/or financial payment systems &nbsp;pull FPDS data recorded from the FSS contract (like the DUNS). &nbsp; An order level DUNS that differs from the FSS contract cannot be paid without significant effort to revise the order DUNS to match its FSS contract DUNS. I would additonally like to emphasize using the exact same company name that shows in&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gsaeligbrary.gsa.gov/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; font-family: Arial, 'Arial Unicode MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 21px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(3, 147, 201);">www.gsaeligbrary.gsa.gov</a>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); font-family: Arial, 'Arial Unicode MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 21px;">when quoting at the order level under that FSS contract. Subsidiaries and satellite offices may have slight variations or even different names which can cause problems from a sytem perspective.&nbsp;</span></p>
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