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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Part 1842

 
Exemption of SBIR/STTR Phase II Contracts from Interim Past 
Performance Evaluations

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule revises the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to make 
interim past performance evaluations under FAR Part 42 optional for 
SBIR/STTR Phase II contracts.

EFFECTIVE DATES: July 21, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Brundage, NASA Headquarters, 
Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), 
Washington, DC 20456-0001, (202) 358-0481, e-mail: 
pbrundage@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    NASA centers have reported that interim evaluations on SBIR/STTR 
contracts are usually perfunctory and without substance because there 
is seldom anything to evaluate until contract completion. This final 
rule makes interim evaluations for SBIR/STTR Phase II contracts 
optional.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    NASA certifies that this final rule will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small business entities 
under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) because it 
only affects NASA's internal implementation of existing regulatory 
requirements.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to 
the NFS do not impose any recordkeeping or information collection 
requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and 
Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

Lists of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 1842

    Government procurement.

Tom Luedtke,
Associate Administrator for Procurement.

    Accordingly, 48 CFR Part 1842 is amended as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 1842 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)(1).

PART 1842--CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES

    2. Revise section 1842.1502 to read as follows:


1842.1502  Policy.

    (a) Within 60 days of every anniversary of the award of a contract 
having a term exceeding one year, contracting officers must conduct 
interim evaluations of performance on contracts subject to FAR subpart 
42.15 and this subpart. On such contracts, both an interim evaluation 
covering the last period of performance and a final evaluation 
summarizing all performance must be conducted. However, interim past 
performance evaluations are optional for SBIR/STTR Phase II, 
procurements.

[FR Doc. 00-18389 Filed 7-20-00; 8:45 am]
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