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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: May 31, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Definitions for "Contract Action" and "Contracting Action"

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 31, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 105, page 34893

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that the FAR be amended to provide for consistent use of the term "contract action." The proposed revisions are intended to reorganize, simplify, and clarify the FAR in accordance with the June 1, 1999, White House memorandum "Plain Language in Government Writing."

DATES: Submit comments on or before July 31, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVRS), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405, e-mail: farcase.2000-402@gsa.gov. Cite FAR case 2000-402 in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph De Stefano, Procurement Analyst, 202-501-1758.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule would amend the FAR to eliminate inconsistencies in the use of the terms "contract action" and "contracting action", which are used interchangeably. This proposed rule would change the term "contracting action" to "contract action" throughout the FAR since "contract action" is used more frequently. The following FAR sections would be revised accordingly:

Also, the proposed rule would delete the existing definitions of "contracting action" from FAR 5.001, Definition, and "contract action" from FAR 32.001, Definitions, and move the contents to the policy sections of each part (FAR 5.000 and FAR 32.000, respectively). This would be necessary because the definition of "contract" in FAR 2.101, Definitions, includes contract modifications, but the definitions in FAR 5.001 and FAR 32.001 expressly exclude contract modifications from the scope of FAR Part 5, Publicizing Contract Actions, and FAR Part 32, Contract Financing.

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

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