Defense Contracting with NIST 800-171 Registration Custom Engineering Co.

Custom Engineering / Apr. 22 2022

When applying for highly sought-after government contracts, fabricators and machining companies must adhere to strict official requirements to qualify as a registered tender. The required qualification – called “NIST 800-171” – is designed to safeguard sensitive CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) on federal contractors’ networks. This safeguard helps guarantee the integrity of government information contractors use at the local level.  

In addition to acquiring various administrative registrations (CAGE, SAM, and ITAR), prospective contractors must prove their suitability to bid on government contracts via a rigorous process involving vetting and verification of their cyber security and practices, including:

  1. Access Control
  2. Awareness and Training
  3. Audit and Accountability
  4. Configuration Management
  5. Authentication and Identification
  6. Incident Response
  7. Maintenance
  8. Media Protection
  9. Personnel Security
  10. Physical Protection
  11. Risk Assessment
  12. Security Assessment
  13. System and Communication Protection
  14. Systems and Information

Custom Engineering Provides Large-Scale Capacity & Capabilities

As a long-time defense contractor, Custom Engineering provides the highest caliber expertise and experience in prototyping, once-off, and  high-volume defense fabrication and machining. Our prowess in engineering, metal manufacturing, and logistics has allowed Custom to emerge as a lead defense contractor for machining and finishing components for government contracts. Crucial NIST 800-171 registration means that Custom has the necessary clearance, security, and fabrication & machining capability to contract with government agencies seeking the very best in defense contractors.

In our 200,000+ square foot manufacturing space, Custom has fabricated components in various amounts and over specified time periods for the defense industry. We adhere to the strict CUI parameters in disclosing the extent of contract work that Custom has performed. However, our substantial capabilities include large-scale industrial fabrication, hydraulic press manufacturing, heated platens, large assembly weldments, pressure vessel manufacture, cutting & forming, blasting & painting, and industrial fixture tooling. In addition to offering contracts for large-scale fabrication and machining, Custom provides design, prototyping, and short-run manufacturing.

Custom Engineering: Registrations and Qualifications

The first steps in qualifying for government contracting are obtaining CAGE, SAM, and ITAR registrations. 

What is CAGE Registration?

A businesses CAGE (Commercial And Government Entity) code is their identity number – a unique number that the Defense Logistics Agency assigns.  This code allows government agencies to identify the location and services provided by a given business.

When Custom submits bids for government contracts, the CAGE code signals to the department in question our warehouse location, capabilities, and previous contracts granted. 

What is SAM Registration?

SAM (System for Award Management) is necessary for any organization to bid on or receive payment for federal contracts. Not only contractors use SAM to receive compensation – everyone from non- and -for-profit businesses and state and local governments have SAM registration. Without SAM, contractors cannot bid for contracts; they wouldn’t be able to receive government funds without it! 

What is ITAR Registration?

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR, is the U.S. regulation dictating the proper manufacturing, sale, and distribution of defense or aerospace-related parts or services. These “parts or services” extend beyond weapons and military hardware; ITAR munitions include technical data such as plans, diagrams, and photos used to build hardware for the U.S. military. For companies manufacturing these components and working with this information, ITAR compliance is not optional; any company handling items on the USML must be ITAR compliant to avoid severe ITAR violations. Custom maintains ITAR compliance and maintains good standing in applying it to government contracts.

In addition to NIST 800-171, CAGE, SAM, and ITAR registrations, Custom Engineering maintains current registrations and certifications, including:

  • ISO 9001:2015
  • NADCAP Welding Accreditation
  • ITAR Registration
  • AQS-AC7004 Aerospace Quality System Accreditation
  • ASME U Stamp
  • NAICS CODES: 332312, 332710, 332313, 332420, 333249, 336419 & DUNS 077495232
  • National Board R Stamp
  • Certified welding inspectors (CWI) and welding engineers on-site

Custom Engineering: Defense Contract Experts

Our sixty years of experience in engineering, large-scale manufacturing, and fabrication have allowed Custom Engineering to lead our field in government project contracting. Expertise, capacity, logistical abilities, and excellent qualifications make us a go-to source for large-scale, precision manufacturing. Contact Custom Engineering to find out more about our qualifications and certifications.

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