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Federal Acquisition Developments, Guidance, and Opinions


September 2007
Vol. VIII, No. 9

CONTENTS


FAC 2005-19 Addresses Personal Identity Verification Products, Free Trade Agreements
OFPP Conducting Online Procurement Services Surveys
OFPP Seeking Emergency Contracting Cadre
Defense Issues Seven DFARS Rules During August
NRC Increasing Size Standards



FAC 2005-19 Addresses Personal Identity
Verification Products, Free Trade Agreements

Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-19 makes a multitude of changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), none of which are truly significant. Among the more important FAR changes address products and services for personal identify verification, free trade agreements, reporting purchases from overseas sources, small business credit for Alaska Native Corporations and Indian Tribes, and vending machine acceptance of $1 coins.



OFPP Conducting Online Procurement Services Surveys

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) and General Services Administration (GSA) have announced that they will be conducting two surveys to review the use of online procurement services, such as reverse auction services; to identify types of commercial item procurements that are suitable for the use of such services; and to identify features that should be provided by online procurement services that are used by federal agencies. These surveys are required by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109-364).

The information collected through the surveys will be used to determine how the government buying activities can most effectively use reverse auctions as a tool to support government requiring activities. The results from these surveys will be incorporated into a report to Congress To view the two draft surveys, go to http://www.acquisition.gov.

Both surveys will ask such questions as:

It is estimated that each survey will take approximately one-half an hour to complete. Comments regarding this estimate should be submitted by September 20, 2007, to the FAR Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, and a copy to the General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (VIR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Washington, DC 20405.



OFPP Seeking Emergency Contracting Cadre

OFPP Administrator Paul Denett, noting that the supplemental emergency response and recovery cadre "of highly-skilled acquisition professionals must be replenished and increased," has asked "each Chief Acquisition Officer to encourage their agency's contracting professionals, GS-1102s or others performing similar functions, to join this supplemental cadre and increase the number of contracting professionals that will assist DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and other agencies in responding to national emergencies and disasters...Deployment is voluntary, subject to supervisory approval, and generally limited to a maximum of 30 days. Cadre members will benefit from emergency contracting training and from the experience of contributing to the national interest during an emergency."



Defense Issues Seven DFARS Rules During August

During August, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued three final rules and one interim rule amending the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), and three proposed rules that would amend the DFARS.



NRC Increasing Size Standards

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is increasing the receipts-based small business size standard it uses to qualify an NRC licensee as a small from $5,000,000 to $6,500,000. This increase brings the size standard into conformity with the Small Business Administration's most commonly used size standard for nonmanufacturing industries.

This rule will go into effect on October 24, 2007, unless significant adverse comments are received by September 10, 2007. E-mail such comments to SECY@nrc.gov.



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