What Is A CAGE Code
CAGE is an acronym for Commercial and Government Entity Code. It is a identification number that is issued to contractors who work with government defense agencies. On the international stage, they are called NCAGE codes, which is part of the NATO Codification System (NCS). Finally, for people who can never get enough of acronyms, there is the NSN, or National Stock Number. The NSN number is made up from the CAGE code plus the supplier's part number. Users of the NCS are thus able to identify the supplier of a given part.
The CAGE code contains five characters. It is used in a lot of different government databases. Each number maps to a specific facility at a unique location. These codes have multiple uses. They can be used for a facility clearance or a pre-award survey, for example.
Each country has a different format for its code. In the United States, the first and last characters are numerals while the intervening characters may be a numeral or any letter apart from O or I. The terminal character in the Spanish number is restricted to the the second letter of the alphabet, B; the first character in Spain is always a numeral. In Australia, The first character is a Z. The entire chart of codes may be found on the Internet on the NATO website.
If you are registering on the System for Award Management (SAM), a number will be automatically assigned to you. You do, however, require yet another acronym to register for SAM. That is a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, not to be confused with Dun and Bradstreet. Registration on the System for Award management system takes approximately half an hour.
To register on SAM, you will require several other acronyms. One is TIN, a Federal Tax Identification Number. This is part of the general information requirement, which also includes receipts, location, website and employee number.
Also required for registering on SAM is financial information. This data includes, among other things, your American Banking Association (ABA) number, lockbox number, remittance address and account number.
Registration with SAM requires other types of information such as Goods and Services Information, corporate Information and Point of Contact Information. Getting a CAGE number takes a lot of patience and a carton full of acronyms. That is what happens when you want to work with the government.