How Is Preparing for SAM’s Rollout of the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

May 7, 2020 Update: U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has relaxed the December 2020 deadline to replace the D-U-N-S® number with the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).’s planned UEI-related system enhancements are dependent on GSA’s schedule. Please visit our UEI Forms and Maintenance Calendar pages for the latest information on UEI integration with

Last July, we wrote about’s planned introduction of the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), which is currently scheduled to replace the DUNS Number around the end of 2020. You can get the most up-to-date information about the UEI rollout on the GSA’s Unique Entity Identifier Update page.

In this post, we begin preparing applicants for what the UEI rollout will look like within the system – particularly, what users will see when working on an application or taking other actions within Workspace.

Fields formerly labeled “DUNS” within will now be labeled “UEI” starting in March 2020

What’s Changing?

It’s really quite simple:

  1. Fields formerly labeled “DUNS” within will be labeled “UEI” starting in March 2020 (see the screenshot above).
  2. For now, keep entering your DUNS Number when a field labeled “UEI” needs to be filled in.

To review, you can expect to begin seeing UEI labels in March 2020, when plans to implement the label change across the system in preparation for’s transition to the Unique Entity Identifier.


When this happens, you will see an orange banner on relevant pages that tells applicants to use their DUNS Number in the UEI field until further notice.

Please bookmark and regularly check the GSA resource page mentioned at the top of this post. You may also find this Q&A published by GSA helpful.

4 thoughts on “How Is Preparing for SAM’s Rollout of the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

  1. Could someone send me the directions and rules for the NEA grant for writing poetry? I’m having trouble getting through the application process. Apparently my password is too old even though I receive regular announcements through my e-mail- have since I applied a few years ago.


  2. Trying to add a profile to my account but the system keeps saying UEI not found, even though I am SURE I have my organizations DB number correct and have used it in the SAM site, etc.


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