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What is Niinja?

Niinja is an NSN search tool, similar to WebFLIS, for Federal Logistics Information System datasets. Niinja was created to improve transparency in the world of government contracting by encouraging competition.

Who is behind Niinja?

Niinja is brought to you by Vital Axiom. We build technology with a focus on the end-user experience. Vital Axiom creates and produces the FED LOG product for The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). FED LOG is the leading logistics tool used by the United States Armed Forces. With 20+ years of Government Data experience, we believe that improving access to open government data leads to innovation and collaboration. Niinja visual design credit goes to TruthLabs, a top-tier digital design group in Chicago.

Why choose Niinja for WebFLIS research?

  1. Niinja is a powerful research tool that gives the public a superior alternative to WebFLIS. Access the latest NSN and CAGE information at an amazing price. We take the guesswork out of government market research and we want it to be affordable to everyone. Niinja is able to search millions of records quickly and intelligently with modern-style search technology.
  2. Use Niinja when investigating your company's government contracting potential and available markets, developing your marketing strategy, and sharpening your competitive edge.
  3. We’re listening. Is there something you’d like to see us add to improve your workflow? We’d love to hear about it. The Niinja team is ready to respond to our customers via email and phone. Call us at 1-855-NIINJAS (1-855-644-6527).

Where does Niinja get data?

Niinja retrieves updated FLIS data from the Department of Defense each month. The source files are regularly posted on DLA's e-Reading Room, as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). We do not alter the data. We have the most current data provided by the government. Datasets used to create Niinja:

  • Federal Logistics Information System, Parts 1, 2, and 3 (FLIS)
  • Federal Item Name Directory (H6)
  • Management List - Consolidated (ML-C)
  • DoD EMALL Sales Data
  • Federal Supply Classifications Handbooks (H2)
  • Commercial Activity Government Entity Handbook (CAGE)
  • Characteristics Data (V Segment)
  • Interchangeability & Substitutability Data
  • NIIN to Schedule B Cross-Reference
  • Major Organizational Entity Rules (MOE)

What data is searchable in Niinja?

CAGE data is indexed by CAGE code and replacement CAGE, Company Name and address information.

NSN data is indexed by NSN, NIIN, FSC, item name, CAGE code, part number, company name, location and characteristics.

Many indexed fields allow for an intuitive and unified search experience, as many of us are used to with web search engines. All punctuation is ignored during the search. For example, searching 1-2-3 is identical to searching 123. Don’t worry, if the part number you are searching for has punctuation (ABC-123/D), our system is smart enough to find it.

Can I export data from Niinja?

Yes! Niinja's web interface adds maps and graphs to make information visual and easier to understand. We offer unlimited exporting in Excel-ready .CSV file format. Downloadable data includes lists of records in search results, individual NSN / NIIN product records, and CAGE business record details. Find the Export button at the top right corner of Niinja search results and individual records.

Is payment information required for Niinja's trial?

No, Niinja will only ask for your payment information when you upgrade to an annual subscription or after your trial ends.

Why does Niinja cost only $279 per year?

We encourage competition, fair pricing, and more ways to access public data. We don’t want cost to limit access to important product data. We want public data in the hands of the public.

What types of payment are accepted?

Niinja accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club credit and debit cards. Government customers may use GSA SmartPay Visa or MasterCard charge cards to pay for Niinja membership. There are no additional fees to pay using the GSA SmartPay cards. Financial transactions are processed with Stripe. We do not accept personal checks.

How secure is Niinja?

Niinja is verified and secured by Starfield Secure Certificate Authority. All data transactions are performed over SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

If I decide to stop using Niinja, can I cancel my subscription?

Yes. We’d be sad to see you go, but you can easily cancel the subscription by removing your credit card in your Account Management settings. At the end of your current subscription period, you will not be auto-renewed. At this time, Niinja does not offer refunds for subscriptions already purchased.

Do I need to install any software?

No installation is required. You will need an Internet connection and a web browser to access Niinja and that’s it! We do recommend an up-to-date browser for the best experience using Niinja. See our suggestions below.

Technical Recommendations for accessing Niinja:

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  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox (23+)
  • Safari (6.0+)
  • Internet Explorer (8+)

If you are using an older browser or one not listed above, Niinja may still work, but we can’t promise that all animations and graphics will be perfect.

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Do you have tools for software developers?

Niinja is built on Application Programming Interface (API) architecture. We are happy to offer you API access. Access to the API will enable your development team to build custom applications and process integration powered by Niinja’s database.

More information is available on the Niinja API page, including the Niinja API technical documentation reference. Please contact us for pricing information.

For More Help:

If you have additional questions, please email support at info@niinja.co or call 1-855-NIINJAS (1-855-644-6527).