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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: August 17, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); North American Industry Classification System

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 17, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 160, page 50148

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending the DFARS to convert programs based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) conversion of its small business size standards from SIC-based to NAICS-based, see the May 15, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Small Business Administration; North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Small Business Size Standards."

For more on Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-19, which amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to conform to the SBA's revised small business size standards regulations, see the July 26, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-19, Miscellaneous Amendments."

DATES: This interim rule is effective October 1, 2000. Comments on the interim rule must be submitted on or before October 16, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Susan Schneider, OUSD (AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; fax: 703-602-0350; e-mail: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Cite DFARS Case 2000-D015 in all correspondence related to this rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan L. Schneider, 703-602-0326.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On May 15, 2000, the SBA converted its small business size standards from SIC-based to NAICS-based, and is requiring federal agencies to use the new NAICS-based size standards beginning October 1, 2000. An interim rule revising the FAR to conform to the NAICS-based size standards was published July 26, 2000, in FAC 97-19, and it is effective October 1, 2000. This interim rule makes corresponding changes to the DFARS, particularly DFARS Part 219, Small Business Programs, such as changing "SIC" to "NAICS". The most significant change is in paragraph (b) of DFARS 219.1005, Applicability, which contains the NAICS codes for the DOD's targeted industry groups under the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program.

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

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