Government Contracting Tips: Code Breakdown

8(a) Certification

Code Breakdown

 

CODE – DUNS Number
Definition – Data Universal Numbering System
Description – A unique identifier assigned by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B); mandatory to begin SAM registration. This is entered into SAM as a nine-digit numeric code, using no spaces. To find the right one for your entity, go to D&B.

 

CODE – MPIN
Definition – Marketing Partner Identification Number
Description – The MPIN is a self-created access code that will be shared with authorized partner applications [e.g., Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), Federal Business Opportunities, etc.] It must be nine characters long and include at least one letter, one number, and no spaces or special characters. Please note that the MPIN is created in SAM and managed by the administrator or registration representative for your entity’s registration in SAM.

 

CODE – CAGE Code
Definition – Commercial and Government Entity Code
Description – A unique identifier assigned by Department of Defense for entities located in the U.S and its territories. This is entered into SAM as a five-character alphanumeric value with no spaces, and must be in uppercase format. It is not necessary to have a CAGE Code before registration. If you are an entity located in the U.S. or one of its territories and do not already have a CAGE Code, one will be assigned to you upon activation of your SAM record.

 

CODE – NCAGE Code
Definition – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) CAGE Code
Description – A unique identifier required for all foreign entities registering in SAM. This identifier is a five-character, alphanumeric value with no spaces, and must be entered into SAM in uppercase format. To locate the right identifier for your entity, go to NCAGE Code Application form

 

CODE – NAICS Codes
Definition – North American Industry Classification System
Description – These are mandatory codes that identify what type of activity (e.g. agriculture, construction, manufacturing, etc.) an entity performs, as well as the type of product or service offered. To locate the right one for your entity, go to U.S. Census Bureau

 

CODE – FSC Codes
Definition – Federal Supply Class Codes
Description – An optional, four-character, numeric code used to describe the products your business sells. FSC Codes now are included in the Product Service Code (PSC) list found in the Assertions section of a SAM entity registration. To locate the right one for your entity, go to FSC Codes.

 

CODE – PSC codes
Definition – Product Service Codes
Description – An optional, four-character, alpha-numeric code that describes the services your business offers; it is entered into SAM with no spaces. To locate the right one for your company, go to PSC Codes.

 

CODE – TIN or EIN
Definition – Taxpayer Identification Number, Employer Identification Number
Description – A Taxpayer or Employer Identification Number (TIN or EIN) is an identification number used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the administration of tax laws. TINs are is issued either by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or by the IRS. A Social Security number (SSN) is issued by the SSA, and all other TINs are issued by the IRS. These are entered into SAM with no spaces.

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