Q: If I get a contract that only has MIL-STD-130 listed and does NOT have DFARS 252.211-7003, do I need UID tags? – Denise K.
A: The short answer is no. The longer answer is what is best for you as a company. In most cases it is much simpler for a company to utilize a standard marking process for all marking. Since the rules encourage the use of an IUID compliant marking solution even where the DoD does not require it, you probably want to consider an enterprise approach that is compliant if you have other items that are IUID required. The reason is that an IUID compliant solution is also fully compliant with MIL-STD 130, however as you already know, a MIL-STD-130 compliant solution is not necessarily IUID compliant.
A single approach therefore eliminates a mixed marked inventory and potential quality escapes. The only caveat is that if you choose to voluntarily mark in accordance with IUID for assets for which the government has not required IUID, you still have to register them in the DoD IUID Registry. Registration is to avoid future duplicates and avoid IUID compliant marked assets confusing the user. The costs of the marking and the registration should still be allowable charges either way.