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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: January 13, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Transportation Acquisition Policy

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 13, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 9, page 2104

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is proposing to amend DFARS Part 247, Transportation, to revise its policy pertaining to the acquisition of transportation, transportation-related services, and transportation in supply contracts.

DATES: Submit comments on or before March 13, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Amy Williams, PDUSD (AT&L)DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; fax: 703-602-0350; e-mail: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Cite DFARS Case 99-D009 in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, 703-602-0288.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule would implement a January 15, 1998, policy memorandum issued by the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) on Transportation Acquisition Policy (the memorandum is available on the Internet at http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/tp/trans_programs/defense_trans_library/tp_library.html).

For contracts for transportation or transportation-related services, the proposed rule would state that contracting officers should consider using, as evaluation factors or subfactors, the offeror's record of claims involving loss or damage, provider availability, and support for DOD readiness programs such as the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) (proposed new DFARS 247.206, Preparation of Solicitations and Contracts).

For contracts that include a significant requirement for transportation of items outside the continental United States, the proposed rule would require the use of an evaluation factor or subfactor that favors suppliers, third-party logistics providers, and integrated logistics managers that commit to using carriers that participate in one of the readiness programs such as CRAF and VISA (proposed new DFARS 247.301-71, Evaluation Factor or Subfactor).

Also, the proposed rule would update references (particularly in DFARS Subpart 242.14, Traffic and Traffic Management), organizational names and addresses, and make other editorial changes.

The following are some of the other significant changes that would be made by this proposed rule:

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

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