CAGE Code: a contractor classification.
Subject: Logistics (Management)
Logistics (Political aspects)
Vendor relations (Management)
Vendor relations (Political aspects)
Author: Ackvan, Cazandra
Pub Date: 06/22/2012
Publication: Name: The Forensic Examiner Publisher: American College of Forensic Examiners Audience: Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Law; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American College of Forensic Examiners ISSN: 1084-5569
Issue: Date: Summer, 2012 Source Volume: 21 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Vendor relations; Company business management
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 293949006
Full Text: A CFEI recently obtained CAGE Codes. The CAGE Code (the Commercial and Government Entity Code) is a five digit code that identifies suppliers, vendors, and/or contractors doing business with various federal government agencies (i.e. DoD, DHS, DOE etc...). It is assigned by the Defense Logistics Information System (DLIS) in Battle Creek, Michigan and provides for a standardized method of identifying facilities.

With respect to the procedure required to obtain a CAGE Code, an entity must first complete the Department of Defense's Central Contractor Registration (CCR). This is due to federal legislation passed in 2003 which mandates that all entities doing business with the federal government under a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contracts register with CCR. As such, the CAGE code is then assigned as part of CCR's validation process.

The CAGE Code can then be used as part of the application process to register for the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA). ORCA was developed by the government to replace most paper based Representations and Certificates (Reps and Certs) processes given that previously; vendors had to submit paper Reps and Certs forms for any large contracts they received It has also replaced most of the Reps and Certs in Section K of solicitations with an internet application. As such, ORCA has facilitated the federal procurement process significantly and has also been mandated by federal legislation since 2005 (FAR 52.204-8).

The CAGE Code is also necessary for obtaining a Facilities Security Clearance (an FCL) from the Defense Security Service (DSS) once an entity is eligible to do so either through a government contracting activity (GCA) or another cleared company. The Code can be used for an array of other functions as well, such as pay processes, automated bidders list, and sources of supply. Consequently, having obtained CAGE Codes for ACFEI is significant in that it establishes yet another step towards streamlining both organizations' processes for communications and procurements in doing business with federal government agencies. For more on CAGE Codes, see the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS, Subpart 204.72).

SOURCES:

http://www.gsaapplications.com/what-is-a-cage-code

http://www.onvia.com/b2g-resources/article/ why-you-need-naics-and-cage-codes

http://www.onvia.com/b2g-resources/article/ why-you-need-naics-and-cage-codes

http://www.fedbidspeed.com/cage-codes

https://orca.bpn.gov/miscl/faq.aspx#FAQ5

http://www.dss.mil/isp/fac_clear/fac clear check.html

CAZANDRA ACKVAN Graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Political Science. She also holds her Juris Doctorate Law Degree (JD) from University of Georgia with an emphasis in International Law conducted at Oxford University. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Ackvan founded her company, Vantage, Associates LLC as a female veteran-owned small business (due to her prior active duty US Military Service and her Green to Gold Scholarship in the US Army). The company has since successfully provided support such as translation, interpretation, analysis, training, and an array of other professional services to support both the Federal Government and other private government contracting firms. Ms. Ackvan is currently a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) adjunct professor providing Cross Cultural Training for the National Credibility Center for Accreditation. She can be reached at: cna@vantageassociatesllc.com
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