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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: January 5, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 5, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 3, page 429

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is proposing to amend NFS 1804.470, Security Requirements for Unclassified Automated Information Resources, and NFS 1852.204-76, Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources, to include a requirement for contractors and subcontractors working with NASA information technology (IT) systems to take certain IT security related actions, to document those actions, and submit related reports to NASA.

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before March 6, 2000, to Karl Beisel, NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement, Analysis Division (Code HC), Washington, DC 20546, or by e-mail to: Karl.Beisel@hq.nasa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Beisel, 202-358-0416; e-mail: Karl.Beisel@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Currently, NASA contractors have no definitive contractual requirement to follow NASA directed policy in safeguarding unclassified NASA data held in IT systems. This proposed rule establishes these requirements in a contract clause. This proposed revision to the NFS would require NASA contractors and subcontractors to comply with the security requirements in NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 2810.1, Security of Information Technology; NASA Procedures and Guidelines (NPG) 2810.1, Security of Information Technology; and additional safeguarding requirements. These policies apply to all IT systems and networks under NASA's control, regardless of location.

The following are the major changes that would be made to the NFS 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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