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 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 many government contract organizations are aware that the Item Unique Identification (IUID) and Radiofrequency identification (RFID) compliance standards are in place, they often have an inadequate understanding of how these regulations affect their business specifically.
It has been our experience that many misconceptions exist surrounding DFARS Clause 252.211-7003, Item Unique Identification, which includes MIL STD 130, and have the increasing potential to expose non-compliance resulting in serious detriment to the reputation of many businesses. For example, A2B Tracking recently found a multi-billion dollar company that was non-compliant within seconds by using a smartphone app that was created to validate the accuracy of the barcode syntax to MIL STD 130.
Although negative aspects of noncompliance are complex and significant, there are a few typical repercussions. When businesses fail to comply with the IUID marking and reporting requirements, they are subject to additional oversight; more frequent audits; failure to meet Business System rule clauses, resulting in withholds on contract payments; and costly corrective action plans and monitoring.
We have found that many are simply unaware of how serious these oversights are. For that reason, we are going to highlight some of the most common misconceptions people have about IUID and RFID compliance. Our goal here is to help you understand the most common misconceptions when implementing the military marking and tracking standards that have not gone away, and will be in place for decades to come.
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