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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); Contract Drawings and Specifications

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 17, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 160, page 50152

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is revising DFARS 252.236-7001, Contract Drawings and Specifications, which is used in fixed-price construction contracts, to explicitly allow the government to furnish drawings and specifications to construction contractors in electronic form and require construction contractors to reproduce and print contract drawings and specifications as needed.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the February 10, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Contract Drawings, Maps, and Specifications."

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 17, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-0288; fax: 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 99-D025 when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: DFARS 252.236-7001, Contract Drawings, Maps, and Specifications, previously stated that the government will provide five sets (unless another quantity is specified) of large-scale drawings and specifications to the contractor without charge, or the government may, at its option, furnish the contractor with one set of reproducibles, or half-size drawings.

On February 10, 2000, a proposed rule was published to revise DFARS 252.236-7001 to specify that the government will provide, without charge, one set of contract drawings and specifications in electronic or paper media as chosen by the contracting officer. The proposed rule would also make the contractor responsible for reproducing and printing contract drawings and specifications as needed. Three comments were received, and the clause is finalized with minor editorial changes. In addition, the word "maps" is removed from the clause title since the text of the clause does not contain this word.

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

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