Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Codes are five-character ID numbers that are assigned by the Defense Logistics Agency, and the federal government depends on these to identify businesses and other legal bodies they interact with.
It’s CAGE codes that create the foundation of how organizations engage with the federal government—and acquire everything from the clearance they need to operate facilities, to the federal grants and contracting opportunities that drive their business.
While there is no cost for an organization that chooses to obtain a CAGE code themselves, many opt to use dedicated registration services instead to alleviate the dozens of hours of clerical labor involved and guarantee the success of their registration
In 2019 the federal government allocated $560 billion of their discretionary budget toward contract spending for goods and services. Obtaining a CAGE code means your business will become eligible to access a share of those valuable opportunities.
Furthermore, if your organization qualifies as a small business, operates in a HUBZone, or is owned by women, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, or veterans, then acquiring a CAGE code will make it eligible to be certified for an even greater range of exclusive federal contracts and benefits as well.
Because there’s currently a lack of organizations that have registered for these federally-provided benefits, a large portion of government set-asides simply go unclaimed every year. Meaning in many cases, acquiring a CAGE code will provide a business guaranteed access to federal funding.
A CAGE code can be requested from the DLA, but unless an organization is already registered with the Systems for Awards Management (SAM) database, there’s a few steps that they must take first.
These include applying for a Data Universal Number through the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS), completing a fully compliant SAM registration process by submitting a detailed range of legal and financial information to Sam.Gov, and finally, filling online forms to submit for a CAGE code from the DLA.
Each of these filing processes take time to navigate and must be completed accurately. Otherwise, a faulty SAM registration could reduce a business’ ability to acquire federal contracts and grants once their CAGE code is finalized. As an up-to-date CAGE code is required to receive federal payments, delays due to filing errors can also be harmful for businesses that have already completed a government contract or been awarded a grant.
That all said, organizations willing to put in the time and effort to take on these steps themselves can do so for free.
The lengthy federal registration process and strict SAM filing requirements a CAGE Code require do deters many businesses from taking advantage of the government supplied opportunities available to them.
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FAMR is an independent consulting firm that specializes in registering businesses with the federal government and making sure they get access to the opportunities they deserve. Our federal registration experts are versed in each aspect of the CAGE Code process, and help new organizations acquire their own every day.
Let us guide your registration process to make sure your company gets its CAGE Code as quickly as possible, and guarantee it receives every certification it qualifies for to win exclusive federal contracts and grants.