USFCR Blog

Unique Entity ID (UEI) Replaces DUNS Number [+Video]

Apr 21, 2022 2:15:00 PM / by Susan Spenader posted in General Government Contracting, News

As of April 4, 2022, SAM.gov has replaced the DUNS number with the Unique Entity ID (UEI) as their primary means of entity identification for Federal awards government-wide. This change has been made in order to streamline the entity identification and validation process, and to no longer rely on a third-party website to issue the identifying number.

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Small Business Procurement Continues to Grow

Aug 21, 2020 2:03:07 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in 8(a) Business Development Program, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Women Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB), News, BLOG 2020

The results are in. The Small Business Administration (SBA) released its FY2019 Small Business Procurement Scorecard. This scorecard serves as an annual report showing if federal agencies met their small business contracting requirements. Although things are looking dismal in the commercial sector, the federal sector is still going strong on small business spending. 

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Unique Entity Identifiers (UEI)

Apr 30, 2020 2:19:14 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), News

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

The General Services Administration (GSA) will assign all entities in the System for Award Management (SAM) a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). So what is a UEI and what should you expect? That's what this blog post is going to cover. 

Here, we'll go over: 

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Bid Protests: A Quick Rundown for Q1 2020

Oct 31, 2019 3:27:53 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Contract Bidding, Guides, News

In the first quarter of the fiscal year, the Pentagon awarded its prestigious $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft. 

For now. 

That's because if you've been reading up on this contract, you would know it was riddled with disputes. One of which was a bid protest made by Oracle Corporation. Then, right after Microsoft was awarded, it was expected Amazon Web Services would file one as well. 

In this blog post, we're going to give you the rundown on bid protests.

We are going to answer:  

  • What is a bid protest? 
  • Why are bid protests filed?
  • Where do I file a bid protest? 
  • How should I approach bid protests? 

Let's begin. 

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The Top 3 Problems Contractors Face with New Gov Systems and Policies

Oct 23, 2019 2:34:16 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Advanced Procurement Portal (APP), Guides, News

This November, FedBizOpps (FBO) is set to merge with beta.SAM

With that in mind, it's time to talk about past big changes in the federal marketplace. That's because with every major change comes major problems. How you handle these problems will determine your success or failure in government contracting. 

In this blog post, we're going to cover common issues that contractors face whenever the federal government implements a new policy or system. When you know about what issues to expect, you'll be better equipped to handle them. 

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FBO.gov is Moving to the SAM.gov Beta Site

Oct 9, 2019 2:39:00 PM / by USFCR posted in News, BLOG 2019

The GSA has announced that FedBizOpps.gov (FBO.gov) will begin to be decommissioned and its functionality transitioned into beta.SAM.gov starting on November 8, 2019.

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FBO & beta.SAM Merger Guide for Contractors

Oct 2, 2019 11:11:05 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), News

*Update for 11/8/19 at the bottom of the article*

If you've been keeping up with news in the federal marketplace, then you should know that FedBizOpps (aka FBO) is expected to be decommissioned in the first quarter of FY 2020 (the fourth quarter of 2019). Instead of a separate opportunity search website, it will be merged with beta.SAM.

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This MAJOR CHANGE in Federal Contracting WILL Affect Your Business

Mar 26, 2019 10:01:30 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in News

Last week, a big change in federal contracting was announced.

How big?

It could...possibly...maybe...unhinge the federal marketplace as we know it (we're not sure yet).

So what's happening?

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Factors to Consider After the Shutdown

Jan 28, 2019 5:06:37 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Guides, News

It's over. It's finally over. The 2018-2019 government shutdown was the longest one on record lasting for 35 days. To put it lightly, things were put to a halt at a bit. However, as a contractor, you're going to want to hit the ground running. Here are four main factors that you need to consider as you get back into the federal marketplace. Everyone's situation is going to be a bit different, so let this guide serve as just a general outline.

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Roofing Contractors Needed for USDA Funded project

Dec 29, 2017 1:10:44 PM / by David Rockwell posted in News

The Weber Basin Job Corps Gymnasium needs a new protective coating on its roof in order for the facility to continue providing effective services to the Utah community. True to the Job Corps mission of expanding economic and social opportunities, especially for minorities and the poor, a small-disenfranchised roofing business will be given preference in the solicitation process. Businesses must submit a bid that meets all requirements by February 2, 2018.

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