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Solving the Problem of Uniquely Identifying Federal Contractors

The federal government awards hundreds of billions of dollars per year in contracts and grants, but the only way the government can track the companies it works with is by using a proprietary identification number.

That means, the government must continue to pay Dun & Bradstreet to use their Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) if it wants to have a unique identifier for companies that receive contracts and grants. Recently, an agency decided not to renew that contract, which means the government and the public have now lost data on how Recovery Act funds were spent.

This morning, the Project On Government Oversight’s Scott Amey went on Federal News Radio to discuss the problem with relying on a private company to track federal spending and how an over-reliance on contractors could put the federal government at risk.

Listen to the full interview here.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Contract Oversight

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Authors: Andre Francisco

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