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Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) New CAGE Code Requirement

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 4.18:

Commercial and Government Entity Code (CAGE)

CAGE Requirement   
Effective November 1, 2014, FAR Subpart 4.18 – Commercial and Government Entity Code (CAGE) requires offerors to answer questions about their entity’s ownership in order to maintain an active registration in SAM. Offerors, if owned or controlled by another entity, shall provide the CAGE Code and legal name of that entity to their contracting officer.

Immediate Level Owner Definition
Immediate Owner means an entity, other than the offeror, that has direct control of the offeror. Indicators of control include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: Ownership or interlocking management, identity of interests among family members, shared facilities and equipment, and the common use of employees.

Highest-Level Owner Definition
Highest-Level Owner means the entity that owns or controls an immediate owner of the offeror, or that owns or controls one or more entities that control an immediate owner of the offeror. No entity owns or exercises control of the highest-level owner.

Responses to Ownership of Offeror Questions
The Ownership of Offeror questions are in the “Core Data” section of the entity registration. After logging into SAM and passing the “CAGE or NCAGE Code” page, the user will see a new CAGE Ownership Details page. It will present a series of questions to determine if another entity owns or controls the entity that is being registered. If the user indicates that their entity has an Immediate Owner and/or Highest-Level Owner, they must provide the CAGE Code(s).

Reporting of CAGE Codes for Immediate Level and/or Highest-Level Owners
If the user knows the CAGE Code(s) of their entity Immediate Owner and/or Highest-Level Owner, they should report this information in the CAGE Ownership Details page. SAM will then verify the CAGE Code(s) with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) CAGE database.

Identification of CAGE Codes for Immediate Level and/or Highest-Level Owners
If the user does not know or have CAGE Codes(s) for their entity’s Immediate Owner and/or Highest-Level Owner, or have additional questions about this requirement, they should contact the Federal Service Desk (FSD) at 866-606-8220 (U.S.) or 334-206-7828 (international) Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

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