We're speaking to some suppliers and they're saying that they are CMMI Maturity Level Three, but they are not in the SEI's list of published appraisal results. Are they trying to pull the wool over our eyes?
When a SCAMPI A Appraisal is submitted to the SEI there is a document, the Appraisal Disclosure Statement (ADS), that the appraisal sponsor initials to indicate whether he/she wants the results posted on the SEI’s website (PARS). It is not a requirement that they be posted – although in my experience most want it posted with the exception of those who need to maintain confidentiality (e.g.; defense contractors, intelligence agencies, et al). If a company claims to be CMMI MLx, and they are not in the database, you may ask to see a copy of their ADS as proof that they are indeed MLx and that their appraisal results are current.
The ADS is the “official” appraisal document and should be retained and managed by the appraisal sponsor.