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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: May 4, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Display of Inspector General Hotline Posters

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 4, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 87, page 25899

AGENCIES: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: EPA is proposing to amend the EPAAR to add a contract clause requiring contractors with contracts exceeding $1,000,000 to display EPA Office of the Inspector General Hotline posters within contractor work areas.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The EPAAR is Chapter 15 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulations System. It is available at http://www.epa.gov/oamrfp12/ptod/epaar.pdf.

DATES: Comments must be submitted no later than July 3, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Larry Wyborski, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Acquisition Management (3802R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Wyborski, 202-564-4369, or e-mail to wyborski.larry@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has requested that contractor personnel have access to information for contacting the OIG should they wish to report waste, fraud or abuse under an EPA contract. The information will be available on an EPA OIG Hotline Poster.

To accommodate the OIG, EPAAR Subpart 1503.5, Other Improper Business Practices, would be added. It would consist of EPAAR 1503.500-70, Display of EPA Office of Inspector General Hotline Poster, which would require the contracting officer to insert new EPAAR clause 1552.203-71, Display of EPA Office of Inspector General Hotline Poster, in all contracts exceeding $1,000,000 (including all contract options). EPAAR 1552.203-71 would require covered contractors to "prominently display EPA Office of Inspector General Hotline posters in contractor facilities where the work is performed under the contract." The clause would provide the following address for obtaining OIG hotline posters: EPA Office of Inspector General, ATTN: OIG Hotline (2443), 401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460, or by calling 202-260-5113.

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

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