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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 18, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT:NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Final Reports Under R&D Contracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 18, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 75, page 20791

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is proposing to amend the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS) to revise report submission requirements under NASA research and development (R&D) contracts, and clarify that contractors cannot release these final reports until NASA has completed its Document Availability Authorization (DAA) review and the availability of the report has been determined.

DATES: Submit comments no later than June 19, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Celeste Dalton, NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC, 20546, or be e-mail to cdalton@hq.nasa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celeste Dalton, 202-358-1645.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: NASA's Center for AeroSpace Information (CASI) is a repository of NASA scientific and technical information (STI), including information developed under NASA-sponsored R&D efforts. NFS 1827.406-70, Reports of Work, currently requires that copies of the monthly, quarterly, and final reports under R&D contracts be submitted to CASI. However, NASA has decided there is no need for CASI to receive monthly and quarterly progress reports, only the final report. Therefore, NASA proposes to revise NFS 1827.406-70(c) so that it requires "a reproducible copy and a printed or reproduced copy of the final report" instead of "a reproducible copy and a printed or reproduced copy of the reports". The proposed rule would also change the name of NFS 1852.235-70, Center for AeroSpace Information, to "Center for Aerospace Information -- Final Scientific and Technical Reports", and replace all references to "reports" with "final report".

In addition, before NASA STI is made available outside of NASA, it is subject to a NASA Document Availability Authorization (DAA) review and release determination (NASA Form 1676, NASA Scientific and Technical Document Availability Authorization (DAA)). The proposed rule would add paragraphs to NFS 1827.406-70 and NFS 1852.235-70 (paragraphs (d) and (e), respectively) which state that "the contractor shall not release the final report, outside of NASA, until the DAA review has been completed by NASA and availability of the report has been determined."

Finally, the Internet address of CASI would be added to NFS 1827.406-70(a) and NFS 1852.235-70(a): http://www.sti.nasa.gov.

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

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