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DATE: August 17, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Central Contractor Registration

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

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is revising the NFS to require vendors and contractors to register in the Department of Defense (DOD) Central Contractor Registration (CCR) System.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 17, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Cephas, 202-358-0465, or bcephas@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: NASA is converting to a new agency-wide accounting software system called the Integrated Financial Management (IFM) System, which will allow NASA to carry out its financial management functions, execute financial operations, and report on its financial status to internal and external customers. The IFM system requires that a specific vendor number be entered for each vendor. This number will be used by the finance office for payment purposes as well as by procurement for other business information such as size standard, company address, tax identification number, and Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number (which is assigned by Dun and Bradstreet to identify unique business entities).

DOD requires all its vendors to be registered in the CCR database. When a vendor registers in CCR, it is assigned a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code by DOD. NASA has chosen the CAGE code as the vendor number it will use for the IFM system, so NASA vendors and contractors must be registered in the CCR and receive a CAGE code.

On October 6, 1999, NASA published a proposed rule that would implement this requirement by adding NFS Subpart 1804.74, Central Contractor Registration, and NFS 1852.204-74, Central Contractor Registration. NFS Subpart 1804.74 and NFS 1852.204-74 would essentially duplicate the corresponding coverage in Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) Subpart 204.73, Central Contractor Registration, and DFARS 252.204-7004, Required Central Contractor Registration. No comments were received on the proposed rule, so it is converted to a final rule without change, except for the addition of March 31, 2001, as the CCR registration deadline (NFS 1804.7402, Policy, NFS 1804.7403, Procedures, and NFS 1852.204-74).

The following are the contents of NFS Subpart 1804.74:

1804.7400Scope.
1804.7401Definitions.
1804.7402Policy.
1804.7403Procedures.
1804.7404Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

NFS 1852.204-74 duplicates the requirements and policies in NFS Subpart 1804.74. In addition, paragraph (b)(4) states that "DOD has established a goal of registering an applicant in the CCR database within 48 hours after receipt of a complete and accurate application via the Internet. However, registration of an applicant submitting an application through a method other than the Internet may take up to 30 days. Therefore, offerors that are not registered should consider applying for registration immediately upon receipt of this solicitation." Also, paragraph (c) states that "the Contractor is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the data within the CCR, and for any liability resulting from the Government's reliance on inaccurate or incomplete data. To remain registered in the CCR database after the initial registration, the Contractor is required to confirm on an annual basis that its information in the CCR database is accurate and complete."

Finally, NFS 1812.301, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses for the Acquisition of Commercial Items, is revised to add NFS 1852.204-74 as a clause for use in acquisitions of commercial items.

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

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