ASSIST Quick Search is a government website where the public can find a wide array of military documents (specifications, handbooks, etc.). So obviously, as a federal contractor who works with the military, this is going to be a pretty useful site.
However, like all government sites, it’s a bit outdated and you’ll need some pointers on how to get the most out of it.
That’s what this post is all about.
If you’re a defense contractor and you want to know how to make the most out of ASSIST Quick Search (and boost your federal revenue). This is the blog post for you.
Here we’re going to cover:
- The purpose of ASSIST Quick Search
- The information you can find on it
- Basic Search
- Text Search
- How to use this information to your advantage
Let’s get started!
The Purpose of ASSIST Quick Search
To know the purpose of ASSIST Quick Search we’ll first talk about the Defense Standardization Program (DSP).
Think of the United States military as an organization that consists around 1,358,193 active personnel.
That’s a lot of people (in fact, the third largest military in the world).
With that sheer amount of people comes a great need for standardization. After all, anyone who has ever played the game “telephone” as a kid knows how miscommunication can occur so easily within a small group of people.
To make sure everyone is on the same page with what is called what, we have the Defense Standardization Program.
“We identify, influence, develop, manage, and provide access to standardization processes, products, and services for warfighters, the acquisition community, and the logistics community to promote interoperability, reduce total ownership costs, and sustain readiness.”Defense Standardization Program Mission Statement
So, the purpose of ASSIST Quick Search is to be a place where the public can access military documents that are made in accordance
Information You Can F ind on ASSIST Quick Search
Through ASSIST Quick Search, you can find:
- Defense and Federal Specifications and Standards
- Military Handbooks
- Commercial Item Descriptions
- Data Item Descriptions
- MS Detail Drawings
- Qualified Product Lists (QPLs)
- Technical Documents
To find information on quick search, there are two main methods.
There’s the Basic Search and Text Search.
When you reach the home page of ASSIST Quick Search, you will automatically be taken to Basic Search and its various fields.
Here’s what it looks like:
It’s pretty straight forward, but here is what the different fields mean.
Document ID: An alphanumeric identifier associated with a specific document.
Document Number: The numeric series assigned to a document.
Status: If the document is active, inactive, canceled, withdrawn, or if has gone through a combination of these phases.
Find Term 1, Term 2,….: Field for entering key terms.
For: All terms or any terms.
Title or Keywords or Scope: The area where you search terms apply.
FSC/Area: Federal supply codes and general category.
Document Date: When the document was posted.
Text search will help you narrow down your search criteria even further.
….it’s pretty much self-explanatory.
How to use ASSIST Quick Search to Your Advantage
How do you know if you have a product the government wants?
Look up what they’ve bought in the past.
Knowledge is a key component for success in federal contracting. If you’re looking to sell a product to the U.S. military, you can get an idea of their preferred specifications from research done with this government website.
Perhaps, if you’re an innovator/inventor, you can even look at current products the military uses, and create an improvement on them.
With this publicly available tool, you’ll gain extra insight into the world’s largest buyer of goods and services.