Thursday, November 07, 2012

DNA Authentication Marking - FSC 5962

DLA is issuing policy to expand requirements for DNA authentication marking on items falling within FSC 5962, Electronic Microcircuits, which have been determined to be at high risk for counterfeiting.  DNA marking requirements for manufacturers were implemented in PROCLTR 12-44, which was issued on August 1, 2012, pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Section 818, Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts.  This policy requires contractors to provide items that have been marked with botanically-generated DNA marking material produced by Applied DNA Sciences or its authorized licensees, if any.  Effective November 15, 2012, PROCLTR 13-04 revises the clause at Defense Logistics Acquisition Directive (DLAD) 52.211-9074, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Marking – Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962, to incorporate terms and conditions that must be satisfied by non-manufacturers offering to provide items with DNA marking.  A new provision is also added at DLAD 52.211-9008, Special Notice – Compliance with 52.211-9074, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Marking – Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962, and 52.209-9028, Qualified Suppliers List of Distributors (QSLD) Federal Supply Classes (FSC) 5961 and 5962.  The provision requires offerors to represent whether or not they intend to comply with the requirements in 52.211-9074, are qualified in accordance with 52.209-9028, and can provide traceability documentation to an approved source specified in the solicitation item description.  The provision also advises that in the event the Government does not receive a quote/offer that complies with the requirements of both 52.209-9028 and 52.211-9074 or receives a compliant quote/offer that is not fair and reasonably priced or is otherwise ineligible for award, the Government reserves the right to make an award based on the quotes/offers received that comply with all other terms of the solicitation, including qualification in accordance with 52.209-9028.  DLA is in the process of developing a Frequently Asked Questions link that will be posted on the DLA Internet Bid Board System.  DLA has also initiated a research and development effort to evaluate comparable DNA and alternative authentication technologies for intended application to all electronics items.  A Request for Information for DNA Marking Technologies, RFI_DNA_01, was posted to FedBizOps on October 15, 2012. 

Posted: 11/7/2012