The General Services Administration and Dun & Bradstreet have renegotiated their data collection contract to expand the use of federal government spending information.
Kevin Youel Page, acting assistant commissioner of GSA’s Integrated Award Environment, wrote in a blog post posted Saturday that rights to proprietary D&B data stored in IAE systems have been expanded in efforts to help users conduct historical procurement data research and trend analysis.
He added the renegotiated contract also allows third parties to access a subset of D&B data for commercial purposes and removes the requirement to delete D&B-sourced content from government systems if another entity is tasked with D&B's support function.
GSA, the Defense Department and NASA released a regulatory rule that eliminates proprietary D&B references in the Federal Acquisition Regulation to remove policy requirements on who can provide services to the federal government, according to Page.
He said that GSA’s latest efforts seek to increase open competition and address transparency in line with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.
D&B and GSA have partnered since the 1970s to support data collection on all contracts, grants, loans and other spending activity reported in GSA's IAE systems.