Every Government Contractor must have a DUNS number. Do you know what it is and how to get it?
Then keep reading. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about a DUNS number and how to get free help.
What is a DUNS Number?
A DUNS Number is a nine-digit unique business identifier required for registration at SAM.GOV, the official vendor registration portal for vendors seeking to do business with the U.S. Federal Government. DUNS Numbers are both business-specific and location-specific. A company with multiple offices in different geographic locations may elect to have multiple DUNS numbers as well as SAM.GOV vendor profiles. However, a company can also manage with just one if they have a centralized structure where their headquarters manages all procurement activity and receives payment from the government.
How Do You Get a DUNS Number?
DUNS Numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), a private company that tracks and provides commercial data to businesses and government agencies for a variety of purposes such as credit history, risk exposure, supply chain information and the like.
DUNS Number and SAM.GOV Registration Are Free.
Do not pay for a DUNS number or SAM.GOV registration. Because Dun & Bradstreet is a private company, you may be offered additional services or enhanced features for a fee, but you don’t have to purchase them. Just opt-out, and that’s it!
Where Can You Find Help?
If your business requires assistance with SAM.GOV registration, be sure to connect with your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center(PTAC), a program funded in part by the Department of Defense that provides free counseling support and other services for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government. You can find a PTAC in your area by visiting the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s website at www.aptac-us.org.