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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: July 14, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 14, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 136, page 43717

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is amending NFS 1804.470, Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology 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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the January 5, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Proposed Revision to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS) on Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources."

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 14, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Beisel, NASA Headquarters (Code HC), Washington, DC, 202-358-0416, e-mail: Karl.Beisel@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Because NASA contractors had no definitive contractual requirement to follow NASA policy on safeguarding unclassified NASA data held in IT systems, NASA published a proposed rule on January 5, 2000, which 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. Two comments were received: one from an industry association and the other from the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG). As a result of these comments, the final rule includes changes for clarification of meaning, consistency of wording, and to eliminate from the clause any information that is also contained in the referenced documents and is redundant.

The following are the main changes being made to the NFS by this final rule (descriptions of the differences between the proposed and final rules are contained within brackets ("[ ]"):

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

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