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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 13, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS); Manufacturing Technology Program

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 13, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 72, page 19859

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is adopting as final, without change, an interim rule that amended DFARS 235.006-70, Manufacturing Technology Program, to implement Section 216 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Public Law 106-65), Manufacturing Technology Program. Section 216 eliminated the mandatory cost-sharing requirements of the MTP and provided that cost sharing be included as a factor in competitive procedures for evaluating proposals under manufacturing technology projects.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the interim rule, see the January 13, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS); Manufacturing Technology Program".

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 13, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Susan L. Schneider, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, PDUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062, 703-602-0326, fax 703-602-0350.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On January 13, 2000, DOD published an interim rule that implemented Section 216 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 by revising DFARS 235.006-70 to read as follows:

"In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2525(d), for acquisitions under the Manufacturing Technology Program --
  1. Award all contracts using competitive procedures; and
  2. Include in all solicitations an evaluation factor that addresses the extent to which offerors propose to share in the cost of the project (see FAR 15.304 [Evaluation Factors and Significant Subfactors])."

DOD received no public comments on the interim rule, so DOD is finalizing the interim rule without change.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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