Some contracted businesses deliver and manage thousands upon thousands of items to the government, while others are managing or shipping less than 100. Many of the organizations delivering goods in smaller amounts frequently believe that they do not need to be concerned with MIL STD 129 or MIL STD 130 compliance. They may believe that they don’t manage enough property to trigger a contracts audit, which would lead to a review of end item deliverables or property to inspect asset marking with IUID or a shipment with RFID.

“My inventory is too small to be concerned with full compliance.”

False. Technically, no inventory or size of orders contracted by the government is too small to be exempt from compiling with MIL-STD-130 or MIL-STD-129. But, because of this misconception, small businesses don’t worry about validating, verifying, and reporting the codes to complete the entire IUID and RFID compliance process.

However, every contract that requires property management will, by default today, require IUID asset identification. Inventory size doesn’t alter the level of responsibility these organizations have in regard to MIL STD 129 and MIL STD 130, and serious consequences can occur if even one person feels that they don’t need to take every step of the process.


Many of these smaller organizations are concerned with the costs involved with becoming completely compliant, believing it to be too expensive for them to implement an auto ID system for their small inventory size. Fortunately, there are commercially available services, like A2B Tracking, that will generate durable IUIDs to apply to the assets of companies with a small population of assets, after which these outsource services will register the asset and shipment data  to iRAPT and IUID Registry.


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