Section 889 Tools

Section 889 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (P.L. 115-232) 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. 

The General Services Administration (GSA) – in partnership with NASA – has joined the Department of Defense (DoD) in developing tools to assist account holders with finding Section 889 representations/certifications.

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
  • Only vendors doing business above the micro-purchase threshold (MPT) are required to register in
  • 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, account holders may still be permitted to purchase from a listed vendor. However, the 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 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 within five minutes. 
  • The email response identifies if the vendor is registered in the System for Award Management (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.



For more information on the NDAA Section 889 legislation, please visit policies.