Deadline Extended for Government Transition to Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

The General Services Administration recently extended the deadline for completing the government transition from the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number to the New Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) to April 2022.

“By April of 2022, the federal government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities registered in the System for Award Management (SAM),” reads the GSA Unique Entity Identifier Update page. “At that point, entities doing business with the federal government will use a unique entity identifier (UEI) created in”

In the meantime, will continue preparing the system to accept the new applicant UEIs when they become available.

To stay up to date on the latest UEI news from GSA and to determine how you can prepare, please visit

5 thoughts on “Deadline Extended for Government Transition to Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

  1. Thank you for the particular update regarding the extension of the deadline for the transition to the Unique Entity Identifier. (UEI)

    I guess it’s time to say goodbye to the data universal numbering system. I had to do some research to investigate how long this number had been in existence. My analysis revealed that the Dan and Bradstreet number had been used since being introduced in 1963. It was developed to support their credit reporting practices.

    I was surprised to learn this number is recognized internationally.

    The new system with the UEI will make things less cumbersome. Many who were trying to get the Dun and Bradstreet number had to wait several days to obtain the number, usually 30 days.

    And the fact that now, it’s going to be incorporated into the same system immediately will make things much, much better.

    It takes time to make such a big transition to ensure that everything runs smoothly. However, I think the time taken to make this transition will be a small price for us to have to wait for in light of the abilities to be more efficient in the future.

    I’ll share this with our members in the Grant Writers Association on LinkedIn and Get Funded Inner Circle to keep these grant professionals informed of these changes.

    Thank you for keeping us posted and for making our experience in applying for grants better.

    Is there anyone within the agency that I can interview to discuss these and other topics?

    I’m asking because we have a few Conferences and Summits coming soon, and I’d like to bring more attention to the grant community blog and provide our participants with great insight.


  2. Hello Mr. Walker, thank you for informing everyone about the history and changes in regards to Duns and Bradstreet. I look forward to hearing more about upcoming Conferences and Summits.

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    1. You are welcome! I do have one correction to my previous statement. It said that it typically took 30 days to obtain the D&B number. That is supposed to be 1 – 2 days.

      However, the new system (UEI) will make things more efficient nevertheless.

      I’ll be happy to keep you posted on the upcoming grant events and hopefully have the information posted here on the event’s page.

      The two hyper-links in the article above point to some other more detail information that provide even more insight. I encourage everyone to check it out too.

      I’ve been sharing this information in some social media accounts, including my YouTube Channel and The Grant Writers Association on LinkedIn discussion group. The feedback has been very positive, and people seem to be delighted by these changes.

      I believe the more we keep the public informed, the better chances they have to take advantage of the various grant opportunities.

      The Grant Community Blog gives a peek into the pulse of what people want and need to know to stay up to date.

      Thanks again,


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