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DATE: July 21, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Procurement Information Circular (PIC) 00-11, Center Unique Clauses and Provisions

SOURCE: PIC 00-11, July 17, 2000

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: PIC 00-11 requires contracting officers to incorporate, in full text, all Center unique clauses and provisions included in solicitations and contracts.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 17, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celeste Dalton, Code HK, 202-358-1645, e-mail: cdalton@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Paragraph (a)(2) of NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS) 1801.301 states that "heads of NASA field installations may prescribe policies and procedures that do not have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of their installations." These are commonly referred to as Center unique clauses and provisions.

In 1995, the Associate Administrator for Procurement authorized incorporation of Center unique clauses by reference if they were readily available through the NASA Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS) (http://procurement.nasa.gov) unless they established critical rights or obligations on the part of either party. This policy has been reevaluated in terms of NASA's ability to provide the text of these Center unique clauses at some future date (for example, five years after award) during contract administration. While the text of archived NFS clauses can be obtained, previous versions of Center unique clauses are not consistently maintained at all Centers. Therefore, the previous authority to incorporate Center unique provisions and clauses is rescinded, and contracting officers shall include, in full text, Center unique provisions and clauses in solicitations and contracts.

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

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