Grants Community Urged to Respond to Technology-Related Announcements

Jerry Ashworth
July 10, 2019 at 09:04:48 ET
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And now for some important announcements from today’s Federal Register that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice stating that it will hold a virtual meeting July 25 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time on a new unique entity identifier, which is considered final as of today, for federal awards management. GSA’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) is hosting the meeting, which is open to all current and potential federal awardees and the public, to provide information on the new Unique Entity ID standard.

Those interested in attending the informational meeting must register by emailing entityvalidation@gsa.gov to receive further information.

Currently, the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) uses the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as the unique identifier for entities throughout the federal awarding lifecycle, in SAM.gov, in other IAE systems, on required forms, and in downstream government systems. In 2016, the government revised both the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations to remove any proprietary references to D&B and the DUNS number as the unique entity identifier. This allowed the government to decouple the required unique identifier from the supporting entity validation services.

Now, the federal government is moving to a new unique entity identifier for federal awards management, including, but not limited to, contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, which will ultimately become the primary key to identify entities throughout the federal awarding lifecycle. The DUNS will be phased out as the entity identifier for entity record within SAM. Through December 2020, IAE systems will be transitioning from the DUNS to a SAM-generated Unique Entity ID, which will be the authoritative identifier once the transition is complete.

In another matter related to technology, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks public comment over the next 30 days on the needs for additional access to, or improvements in the quality of, federal data and models that would improve the nation’s artificial intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D) and testing efforts. The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan discusses fundamental challenges, novel ideas for human and AI collaboration, and creating AI that is more trustworthy.

In developing requests for improvements to accessible data and models to improve AI R&D and testing, input to the following questions is sought:

  • As agencies review their data and models, what are the most important characteristics they should consider, and what characteristics of data sets or models make them well-suited for AI R&D?
  • Which models are most important for agencies to focus on, and why?
  • What data ownership, intellectual property, or data sharing considerations should be included in federally-funded agreements (including, but not limited to, federal contracts and grants) that results in production of data for R&D?
  • What research questions and applications are you trying to solve with AI, that require specific types and/or quantities of federal data and models, and how might the federal government reduce barriers to discovery and access?

More information can be found on this initiative at AI.gov and comments can be sent to the federal government through Regulations.gov.

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