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December 2003

FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 12)
     Services Acquisition Reform Act Signed Into Law
     Wage Determination On-Line Program Inaugurated
     FAR Would Address Commercial Items in Construction
     Small Arms Ammo Nonmanufacturer Waiver Terminated
     DFARS Agency Activity Numbers, CCR Coverage Removed
     NASA FAR Supplement Reissuance Proposed
     OMB Releases First Set of 2003 FAIR Act Inventories
     Navy Establishes Approval Levels for Services Buys
November 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 11)
     Contract Bundling Restrictions Increased in FAR and SBA Regulations
     CCR Registration, Unique Contract Numbers Required
     Share-in-Savings Contract Coverage Proposed for FAR
     DFARS Changes on Task Orders, Unique Item IDs
     SBA Increases Facilities Support Services Size Standard
October 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 10)
     Religious Entities Exempted from Affirmative Action
     Angela Styles Resigns as OFPP Administrator
     Proposed Post-Retirement Benefit Plan CAS Withdrawn
     DFARS Rules Proposed on Shellfish, Inspection Elimination
     SF 1417 Proposed for Deletion from FAR
     GSAR Requires Identification of Environmental Products
September 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 9)
     OMB Decides to Drop A-76 Competitive Sourcing Goals
     OMB Permits Challenges to FAIR Act Inventories
     CAS Coverage Proposed for ESOPs
     DOD Busy Making Assorted DFARS Changes
     Agencies Directed to Establish Unique Contract Numbers
     Updating Proposed for DOLAR
     Per Diem Rates Increased $1 for Incidental Expenses
     Changes Proposed to FEHBAR, Too
August 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 8)
     FAC 2001-15 Addresses SF 129 Elimination, Environmental Issues
     GSA Reduces Industrial Funding Fee to 0.75%
     SBA Busy with Size Standards, Nonmanufacturer Rule
     Proposed FAR Changes on CAS, Cost Principles
     OMB Streamlines Grants Process
     Treasury Rewrites DTAR
     Prompt Payment Interest Rate Set at 3 1/8%
July 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 7)
     Revised OMB Circular A-76 Released
     Lots of Different Kinds of DFARS Changes
     OMB Addresses Emergency Procurements, Software
     FY 2002 Spending Increases 6.7% to $265.3 Billion
     Proposed FAR Changes on Compensation, Unsolicited Proposals
June 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 6)
     FAC 2001-14 Addresses Electronic Signatures, Federal Prison Industries
     SBA Purges PRO-NET of Large Businesses
     DOD 5000 Acquisition Policy Documents Issued
     DODBusOpps to Cease Operations September 30
     DFARS Changes Proposed on FPI Competition
     State, Local Governments Permitted to Use FSS to Buy IT
     FAR Rewrite Proposed for Patents and Copyrights
     Two FAR Cost Principle Policies Proposed for Revision
     Executive Compensation Benchmark Raised to $405,273
     OFPP Rolls-Out Inter-Agency "Contract Directory"
May 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 5)
     Proposed FAR Change Would Tighten FSS Procedures
     Annual Recertification Proposed for FSS Contractors
     Per Diem Rates Moved to Website
     Central Contractor Registration Requirement Proposed
     SBA Changes Tour Operators Annual Receipts Calculation
     Three Nonmanufacturer Rule Waivers Proposed
     DOD Simplifies and Clarifies DFARS Part 225
     CCF Member Qualifications Established
     DOD Extends SDB Goals
April 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 4)
     FAC 2001-13 on Fixed-Price Contract Incentives, Progress Payments Under IDIQs
     5% Witholding on T&M Contracts Proposed for Removal
     NFS Changes on TAA, IAAs, and Tech Reports
     OMB Unveils Website to Safeguard Sensitive Information
     Refineries, Job Corps Centers Size Standards Revised
     GSA Proposes Reducing Industrial Funding Fee to 0.75%
     OMB Releases Final Set of FAIR Act Inventories
March 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 3)
     FAR Changes Proposed for Contract Bundling, Cost Principles
     PTO Acquisition Guidelines Issued
     DFARS "Transformation," Many Changes Proposed
     OMB Releases Third Set of FAIR Act Inventories
February 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 2)
     FAC 2001-11 Extends FAR 13.5 to 2004, FAC 2001-12 Simplifies Buys Against Terrorism
     Automobile Reimbursement Reduced to 36 Cents/Mile
     GAO Revises Protest Regulations
     GSA Proposes Charging for FedBizOpps E-Mail Notification
     State, Local Governments Use of IT Schedules Proposed
     DOD Extends Suspension of SDB Evaluation Adjustments
     VA Adopts Simplified Procedures for Health-Care
     EPA Proposes Background Checks for On-Site Employees
January 2003FEDERAL CONTRACTS PERSPECTIVE (Vol. IV, No. 1)
     2003 Defense Authorization Act Limits Task Orders, Extends FAR Subpart 13.5 Until 2004
     Department of Homeland Security Approved to Open
     DFARS Changes on Mentor-Protege Program, U.S.-Made Products
     DTAR to be Rewritten
     EO Guides Faith-Based Initiatives Implementation
     OMB Releases Second Set of FAIR Act Inventories
     PRO-Net, CCR Databases Merged
     Prompt Payment Interest Rate Set at 4 1/4%


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