CATALOGING HANDBOOK H2 (SB 708-21), FEDERAL SUPPLY CLASSIFICATION: GROUPS AND CLASSES (FEB-2003)
CATALOGING HANDBOOK H2 (SB 708-21), FEDERAL SUPPLY CLASSIFICATION: GROUPS AND CLASSES (FEB-2003)., This edition of Cataloging Handbook H2 incorporates all additions, deletions, and revisions approved through date of publication and supersedes all previous editions. This publication is available on the WEB at www.dlis.dla.mil.
The FEDERAL SUPPLY CLASSIFICATION (FSC) and its Indexes have been developed and adopted by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for use in classifying items of supply identified under the Federal Cataloging Program.
The FSC is a commodity classification designed to serve the functions of supply and is sufficiently comprehensive in scope to permit the classification of all items of personal property. In order to accomplish this, groups and classes have been established for the universe of commodities, with emphasis on the items known to be in the supply systems of the Federal Government.
The structure of the FSC, as presently established, consists of 78 groups, which are subdivided into 645 classes. The Federal Supply Group (FSG) identifies, by title, the commodity area covered by classes within the group. Each class covers a relatively homogeneous area of commodities, in respect to their physical or performance characteristics, or in the respect that the items included therein are such as are usually requisitioned or issued together, or constitute a related grouping for supply management purposes.
Groups 21, 27, 33, 50, 57, 64, 82, 86, 90, 92, 97, and 98 are currently unassigned.
The FSC utilizes a four-digit coding structure. The first two digits of the code number identify the group, and the last two digits of the code number identify the classes within each group. Code numbers are so assigned as to make it possible to expand the number of groups and classes as that becomes necessary. In most instances gaps have been left within each group, between the numbers assigned to adjacent classes, to permit the insertion of new classes in logical sequence, when neces- sary, because of technological advances or to accomplish other desirable additions and changes.
The primary application of the FSC code number is in the National Stock Number (NSN). The NSN for an item of supply consists of the applicable four-digit FSC code number plus the nine-digit National Item Identification Number (NIIN).
The Federal Supply Classification Cataloging Handbook, H2, presents the classification structure of the FSC, showing all groups and classes listed in the arrangement of the four-digit FSC code- numbering system. Where appropriate, the main inclusions and exclusions, which delimit the coverage of a particular class, are shown immediately following the title for the class.
Cataloging Handbook H6, the alphabetic index of item names, includes a reference to FSC following each Approved Item Name.
Changes to the Federal Supply Classification System are published as Letters for Distribution C/F. They are available on the World Wide Web (WWW) at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/fiigs.
Revisions are produced as required.
The H2 is available on the WWW at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/forms.htm under Publications
Additions or revisions to a Group or Class, appearing for the first time in this publication, are displayed in blue bold italic.