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Drowning in Acronyms and Government Codes

This chart may help you sort out some of the major codes used within CCR. Please also see below for specific questions often asked about some of the codes.

For obscure Acronyms, here are some great resources:

  • GovSpeak –  A Guide to Government Acronyms & Abbreviations
  • DoD Dictionary – Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms


CODE Definition Description Where to find the right one for your company
DUNS Number Data Universal Numbering System Unique identifier assigned by D&B. Mandatory to begin CCR registration. Nine-digit numeric code, no spaces. D&B
MPIN Marketing Partner Identification Number The MPIN is a self-created access code that will be shared with authorized partner applications [e.g., Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), etc.] It must be nine characters long and include at least one letter, one number, and no spaces or special characters.
CAGE Code Commercial and Government Entity Code Unique Identifier assigned by Department of Defense. Five-character alphanumeric value, no spaces. Must be in uppercase format. It is not necessary to have a CAGE Code before registration. If you do not already have a CAGE Code, one will be assigned to you upon activation of your CCR record.
NCAGE Code North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) CAGE Code Unique Identifier assigned by Department of Defense. Five-character alphanumeric value, no spaces. Must be in uppercase format. It is required for all foreign vendors working for a department under the Department of Defense umbrella. NCAGE Code Application form
NAICS Codes North American Industry Classification System Mandatory codes that classify the type of business an organization offers. Created to replace SIC codes. U.S. Census Bureau
SIC Codes Standard Industrial Classification Code These are no longer being collected or displayed in CCR.
FSC Codes Federal Supply Class Codes Optional, four-character, numeric code used to describe the products your business sells. FSC Codes
PSC codes Product Service Codes Optional, four-character, alpha-numeric code that describes the services your business offers, no spaces. PSC Codes

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