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DATE: July 31, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Awards Resulting From Broad Agency Announcements (BAA)

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 31, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 147, page 46627

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is revising the NFS to allow grant officers to waive the submission of certain documents as part of the purchase request (PR) package for a grant; provide for the award of purchase orders, when appropriate, for awards less than the simplified acquisition threshold resulting from broad agency announcements; and make miscellaneous editorial and technical corrections.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 31, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Deback, NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20546, 202-358-0431, e-mail: tdeback@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Recently, NASA revised its Grant Handbook, and the handbook no longer requires the submission of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA), results of the technical evaluation, and other documents as part of the purchase request package. The revised handbook also provides that if an action resulting from a BAA is to be awarded as a contract action and is less than the $100,000 simplified acquisition threshold, the action may be completed as a purchase order.

To bring the NFS into agreement with the Grant Handbook, the following changes are being made to the NFS:

Also, the following are other changes being made to the NFS by this final rule:

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

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