Section 889 Tools
Use GSA’s Section 889 Easy Search Tool and DoD’s Section 889 Request Bot to check Section 889 representations.
The General Services Administration (GSA) – in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – has joined the Department of Defense (DoD) in developing tools to assist card/account holders with finding Section 889 representations.
Section 889 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (P.L. 115-232 [PDF, 789 pages]) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Case 2018-017 prohibit the purchase of covered telecommunications equipment and services from vendors who sell products containing spyware. These devices could pose a threat to U.S. security by spying on or disrupting communications within the U.S.
For more information on the NDAA Section 889 legislation, please visit Policies.
GSA’s Section 889 Easy Search Tool
- The Section 889 Easy Search Tool checks for Section 889 representations in a vendor’s System for Award Management (SAM) record at SAM.gov.
- Only vendors doing business above the micro-purchase threshold (MPT) are required to register in SAM.gov.
- Contracts that are For Official Use Only (FOUO) or classified, and contractors that do not wish for their information to be publicly available, will not show up in search results.
- If a vendor representation is not available, card/account holders may still be permitted to purchase from a listed vendor. However, the card/account holder would be responsible for documenting compliance with Section 889 in accordance with agency requirements.
DoD’s Section 889 Request Bot
This tool is a robotic process automation (RPA) capability developed by DoD’s Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC).
To learn a vendor’s 889 information, users email email@example.com with the vendor’s Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code or Unique Entity ID (UEI) in the subject line. Please note that:
- For CAGE code requests, ensure that the email subject line is exactly 5 characters long.
- For UEI requests, ensure that the email subject line is exactly 12 characters long.
- To avoid error messages, do not include additional text in the email’s subject line or in the body of the email.
After sending a request, users will generally receive an email response from firstname.lastname@example.org within five minutes.
The email response identifies if the vendor is registered in SAM, if they have completed the representations required by the FAR 52.204-26 provision and what responses were provided.
This capability gives Contracting Officers and users a quick way to check SAM.