The Challenge for the DoD

One of the challenges facing the Department of Defense this year is the FIAR mandate. The Financial Improvement and Audit-Readiness (FIAR) Plan has evolved and matured over the years; but, the current deadlines and regulations were set by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. The FIAR mandate requires that the DoD needs [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

NPMA Cover Story: The Most Common Misconceptions about IUID and RFID Compliance

This article was written by A2B Tracking's Property Management expert, Pat Jacklets. It was published in the February 2017 issue of the NPMA Property Professional magazine. To download the full article, click here. Many organizations owe a significant amount of their revenue to the relationships they maintain with the DoD, even when only a small [...]

By | February 24th, 2017|Blog, Industry News|0 Comments

How to Prepare for DCMA and your Contract Obligations

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is an agency tasked with supporting the Department of Defense (DoD), working directly with defense suppliers. The agency oversees the compliance process that was mandated by the DoD for the acquisition and handling of certain government equipment. Identifying Qualifying Contracts In meeting your contractual obligations for DCMA, one of [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How to Prepare for DCMA and your Contract Obligations

DCMA’s role with IUID and RFID

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has a mandated compliance process for the acquisition and maintaining of equipment that: Has an acquisition cost that exceeds $5,000, or Is controlled inventory, or Is mission essential, or Is consumable, or Is serially controlled One part of the mandate is the use of Item Unique Identification, or IUID. [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on DCMA’s role with IUID and RFID

Don’t Risk your Military Contract with an Inferior IUID System

Some organizations, when newly awarded a government contract, will attempt to create a customized approach to tracking and managing military compliance using a spreadsheet or rudimentary software— like Microsoft Access. They typically end up meeting only a small fraction of the total military IUID and RFID compliance requirements to asset and shipment identification. While a [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Don’t Risk your Military Contract with an Inferior IUID System

The Problems with a Do-It-Yourself approach to Military IUID and RFID Compliance

Most organizations, when first awarded a contract with the Department of Defense, are unprepared for the scope and depth of asset tracking and reporting that is required to be able to ship and invoice their items. This is also true for military contracts that require management of government property. Naively, these contractors assume they can [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Problems with a Do-It-Yourself approach to Military IUID and RFID Compliance

The 6 Most Common Misconceptions about RFID and IUID Compliance Infographic

Many organizations owe a significant amount of their revenue to the relationships they maintain with the DoD, even when only a small percentage of their overall business is made up of government contracts they fulfill. For these companies, understanding and following regulatory and compliance standards can make or break that relationship–and the contract. However, although [...]

By | March 15th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The 6 Most Common Misconceptions about RFID and IUID Compliance Infographic

Don’t Trust Your Government Tracking To A Simple Spreadsheet

It’s true that many operations are run entirely from spreadsheets; they are easy to setup and the data is simple to change. However, spreadsheets are simply not a viable option for the purposes of meeting government standards for asset data management. The government requires that contractors have systems in place to track assets and shipments, [...]

By | March 7th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Don’t Trust Your Government Tracking To A Simple Spreadsheet

IUID and RFID Compliance Misconception: “I Marked It, But I Don’t Have to Report It”

DCMA compliance regulations for asset tracking require very specific conditions to be met in order to maintain military contracts. Most notably, under MIL STD 129 and MIL STD 130, assets are required to be marked with compliant barcodes to allow for precise tracking. However, just the existence of the barcode isn’t sufficient enough to be [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on IUID and RFID Compliance Misconception: “I Marked It, But I Don’t Have to Report It”

The IUID and RFID Survival Guide to Your Next DCMA Audit

One of the most sure and swift ways to taint your reputation and lose your government contracts is to fail your next DCMA audit. Preparing for such an audit can be stressful and time-consuming, but it’s definitely a better option than the alternative. This SlideShare presentation goes over everything you need to know to survive [...]

By | February 25th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The IUID and RFID Survival Guide to Your Next DCMA Audit