Kim Langenberg, with the PTAC of South Central Michigan, shared that in a recent webinar she attended on DLA Packaging/
Shipping/iRAPT (offered by the Wisconsin Procurement Institute [PTAC]), one of the presenters mentioned that the RFID tags
were with a few exceptions no longer required. Surprised, Kim did some research, and this is what she found:
Look in the contract. If it doesn't stipulate that RFID is required, then it isn't.
The Master Solicitation for automated simplified acquisitions Revision 41 (October 5, 2017) on the DIBBS website says the following about RFID:
-7006 (Jun 2016) Passive Radio Frequency Identification: Applies to solicitations and contracts when supplies will be shipped to one of the locations listed on the website at
http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/sci/RFID_ship to locations.html; to a location outside the contiguous United States when the shipment has been assigned Transportation Priority 1; or to any additional locations(s) deemed necessary by the requiring activity. Does not apply to shipments of bulk
commodities; or shipments to locations other than Defense Distribution Depots when the contract includes the clause at FAR
1, Fast Payment Procedures.
But the acq.osd.mil webpage referenced above (RFID ship to locations) reads:
Kim dug further and found additional information at the
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics & Materiel
Readiness FAQ page
Q: How do I determine if passive RFID tags are required on my shipments to DoD?
A: Three factors determine whether you are required to apply passive RFID tags at the case (exterior container or shipping
container) and pallet (palletized unit load) levels. These factors are:
You have a contract with the DoD that contains the passive RFID DFARS clause (DFAR 252.211
7006), or the contracting officer
inserted specific language in your contract requiring RFID tags. The most recent version of the passive RFID DFARS clause is
available at DFAR 252.211
And your equipment/commodity falls under the classes of supply required to be tagged as described in the passive RFID DFARS
And your equipment/item is being shipped to one of the RFID
enabled/implemented locations listed in the passive DFARS
clause or a location specified by the contracting officer in your contract.
Best advice for clients?
When in doubt, ask the shipping/packaging department. Kim contacted the DCMA Packaging Specialist for
click here to find yours
) and found that RFID requirements are mostly gone, except for the exceptions.
There is still conflicting information out there, but Kim found that if you look at the dates, the documents and webpages tha
to RFID requirements are dated 2015 or earlier. The new information is dated 2016/2017