FAR; Unique Identification of Entities Receiving Federal Awards

Source: Federal Register, November 18, 2015

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to re-designate the terminology for unique identification of entities receiving Federal awards. The change to the FAR will remove the proprietary standard or number. Unique identification of such entities is critical to ensure Federal dollars are awarded to responsible parties, awardees are paid in a timely manner, and awards are appropriately recorded and reported. This is currently accomplished through regulation (i.e., the FAR) using the proprietary Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS®) number from Dun and Bradstreet. This rule proposes to eliminate references to the proprietary standard or number and to provide appropriate references to the Web site where information on the unique entity identifier used for Federal contractors will be located. In addition, the proposed rule establishes definitions of “unique entity identifier”, and “electronic funds transfer (EFT) indicator”. Read More …

Comments are now being accepted until January 19, 2016.