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HUD Issues Unique Entity Identifier Notice – RD Programs Will Also Need

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On January 26, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Notice H 2023–01, Unique Entity Identifier Replaces Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System for Identification of Federal Awards. The Notice provides background on the federal government’s transition from the Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS Number) to the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).

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According to information issued by HUD’s Asset Management office on February 1, HUD cannot obligate funds to an owner entity or grantee that has not registered its “unique entity identifier” with the federal government’s System for Award Management (

On April 4, 2022, the unique entity identifier changed from the DUNS Number to the UEI.

In addition to listing the types of HUD owner entities and grantees to which this requirement applies, the Notice identifies resources available to assist with the transition and addresses current and future TRACS implications.

Although this notice was issued by HUD, Rural Development also falls under the government-wide transition to the UEI. Therefore, it will be important that all owners and grantees also ensure that they obtain a UEI. Additionally, we recommend you consider applying for other developments (MSHDA-financed, LIHTC Partnerships, etc.) as well. Securing a UEI now may facilitate future opportunities for federal assistance.  

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Maner Costerisan has the experts ready to help with any questions you may have about HUD’s new UEI requirements.

Contact our Affordable Housing expert, Keith Pfeifle, CPA, Principal at or for more information.

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