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November 7, 2017 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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GSA Works Toward New Option Beyond DUNS Number

According to Hudson Hollister, in a blog post from the Data Coalition, “A new procurement announcement from the General Services Administration (GSA) has confirmed that the U.S. federal government is seriously considering a new, open future for the way contractors and grantees are identified.” GSA pays D&B to run the registration system for contractors and grantees to give them a DUNS Number, which helps researchers “make sense of the federal government’s contracts and grants—over $1 trillion in 2016.” The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported in 2012 that GSA believes D&B “effectively has a monopoly for government unique identifiers,” because the DUNS number was the only option.

“That has changed,” Hudson writes. “The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), a nonproprietary, freely-downloadable identification code, is being adopted by other government agencies around the world, and GSA’s 18F technology team has figured out how the LEI could seamlessly replace the DUNS.”

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