Why are changes taking place?

Currently, entities must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to do business with the federal government through the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) website. Once D&B validates the unique entity information, such as geographic location or subsidiary relationships, and assigns a new DUNS number, an entity can register in SAM.gov to apply for federal grants or loans.

By April 2022, the federal government will no longer use the DUNS number as its official entity identifier. Instead, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) System for Award Management (SAM) will automatically assign a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) to existing entities in SAM.gov and generate the identifier for new requests.

The transition from DUNS to UEI will streamline the request and ongoing management processes by providing one location (i.e., SAM.gov) for entities to:

  • Request a UEI and register to do business with the federal government;
  • Make any updates to the legal business name and physical address associated with the UEI; and
  • Find customer support for all UEI and entity registration issues.

More information regarding the federal government’s transition to UEI may be found at GSA’s website.

What changes are expected for TAGGS?

The Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS) historically identifies a grant recipient based on the Employee Identification Number (EIN) and uses the name and address information located in the HHS Payment Management System (PMS). HHS’s migration from EIN to DUNS number represents the first phase in adopting the SAM-generated UEI, as indicated in the diagram above. The Phase 1 transition which TAGGS completed on September 21, 2021, will group and highlight award activity based on a recipient DUNS number and include the legal entity information registered in SAM.gov.

Although most award recipients have a one-to-one relationship between the EIN and DUNS number, some recipients have a many-to-one relationship. As a result, HHS will update the TAGGS website to reflect these grant recipients as multiple entities or combine them under a single DUNS number, as appropriate, to accommodate the transition to the new UEI numbers.

In addition, HHS will change the “Recipient” column name on the TAGGS website to “Legal Entity Name” where data was realigned. The Award, Advanced, and Site search pages on the TAGGS website will display time of award legal entity information, while the Recipient search page will display the information from SAM.gov.

Once the Phase 2 transition from DUNS to UEI is complete, the TAGGS website will display recipient information organized by the assigned UEI. Recipients will be able to view legacy awards by DUNS number for cross-referencing purposes to the new UEI numbers. Recipients do not need to take any action based on the upcoming conversion and website changes.

When will the changes occur?

In accordance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, HHS will complete the transition from DUNS number to UEI (Phase 2) by April 2022.

We will provide an update once the TAGGS conversion from EIN to DUNS is complete as well as additional updates related to the general preparation for the TAGGS website to display the UEI.

If you have any questions related to HHS’s grant recipient identification initiatives, please contact the HHS Office of Grants. For questions related to the federal government’s transition to UEI, contact entityvalidation@gsa.gov.