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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: July 21, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Submission of Final Reports under Research and Development (R&D) Contracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 21, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 141, page 45306

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is amending the NFS to revise report submission requirements under NASA research and development (R&D) contracts, and clarify that contractors cannot release these final reports until NASA has completed its Document Availability Authorization (DAA) review and the availability of the report has been determined.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the April 18, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Submission of Final Reports under Research and Development (R&D) Contracts."

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 21, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celeste Dalton, NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC, 20546, 202-358-1645.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: NASA's Center for AeroSpace Information (CASI) is a repository of NASA scientific and technical information (STI), including information developed under NASA-sponsored R&D efforts. NFS 1827.406-70, Reports of Work, required that copies of the monthly, quarterly, and final reports under R&D contracts be submitted to CASI. However, NASA decided there was no need for CASI to receive monthly and quarterly progress reports, only the final report. So NASA published a proposed rule on April 18, 2000, that would revise NFS 1827.406-70(c) to require "a reproducible copy and a printed or reproduced copy of the final report" instead of "a reproducible copy and a printed or reproduced copy of the reports". Also, the proposed rule would change the name of NFS 1852.235-70, Center for AeroSpace Information, to "Center for Aerospace Information -- Final Scientific and Technical Reports", and replace all references to "reports" with "final report".

In addition, the April 18, 2000, proposed rule would add a paragraph (d) to NFS 1827.406-70 and a paragraph (e) to NFS 1852.235-70, both of which would state that "the contractor shall not release the final report, outside of NASA, until the DAA [Document Availability Authorization] review has been completed by NASA and availability of the report has been determined [by completion of NASA Form 1676, NASA Scientific and Technical Document Availability Authorization (DAA)]."

Finally, the proposed rule would add the Internet address of CASI (http://www.sti.nasa.gov) to NFS 1827.406-70(a) and NFS 1852.235-70(a).

No comments were received in response to the April 18, 2000, proposed rule, so NASA is finalizing the proposed rule without change.

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

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