There are currently 300,000 companies that are involved in the defense industrial base (DIB) sector and must achieve at least a Level 1 certification to continue to contract directly with the DOD or subcontractors of larger firms.
DIB companies will select one of the authorized or accredited C3PAOs from the CMMC-AB Marketplace website. The DIB company and the selected C3PAO will coordinate and plan the assessment as well as complete appropriate contractual agreements. After the completion of the assessment, the C3PAO will provide an assessment report and, if there are no deficiencies, issue the appropriate CMMC certificate to the DIB company for the specified certification boundary. The C3PAO will also submit a copy of the assessment report and certificate to the DOD.