DUNS, OASIS, and Other Acronyms.

  1. IS THE DUNS DONE FOR? According to a post on Federal News Radio in February of this year, the General Services Administration (GSA) is in line to pay more than $131 million for access and use of the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). The contract also includes software and data products for using the DUNS number. 2 CFR 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) – 2015, removed all references to the DUNS number, instead, using the term unique entity identifier. The General Services Administration also issued a Request for Information forPlaceholder Image Entity Validation Services in February of this year and the Data Coalition, a group advocating on “behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, machine-readable data,” announced plans to conduct a thorough analysis on DUNS alternatives at their summit in 2016. Is the DUNS done for? Stay tuned.
  2. TRIVIA: The DUNS Number was incorporated into the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as the Federal Government’s contractor identification code for all procurement-related activities in __________.                                                                   A)    1963                 B)      1982               C) 1998             See answer below.
  3. CONGRATULATIONS VETS: Pinnacle Solutions, Inc., and Ignite Fueling Innovation were among 70 companies receiving Veterans Technology Services 2 (VETS 2) GWAC awards in October. According to the GSA, “the VETS 2 GWAC offers a unique contribution to the federal acquisition community as it’s the only GWAC set-aside exclusively for Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB).”
  4. OASIS REMINDER: The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS)Multiple Award Contract (MAC) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) current base periods will be expiring in June 2019 (OASIS SB) and September 2019 (OASIS U).  According to the GSA, OASIS SB Pool 2 on-ramp should be awarded by early winter 2017.
  5. NASA TO HOST INDUSTRY DAY FOR UAS INTEGRATION INTO NATIONAL AIRSPACE: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to host an industry day on November 30 in San Diego, California, for commercial and academic organizations that support ongoing projects to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.



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