DATE: September 18, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Elimination of the Looseleaf Paper Version of the FAR

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 11, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 181, page 56451

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: Beginning January 1, 2001, GSA will cease supporting publication of the paper version of the FAR. Instead, GSA will support its Internet version of the FAR at http://www.arnet.gov/far/.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Paragraph (a) of FAR 1.201-2, FAR Secretariat, states that GSA "is responsible for establishing and establishing and operating the FAR Secretariat to print, publish, and distribute the FAR through the Code of Federal Regulations system (including a loose-leaf edition with periodic updates)." The parenthetical phrase will have to be removed.

DATES: Elimination of the printing and distribution of the paper copy is effective January 1, 2001. Any current or renewed subscriptions will continue until that date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVR), 1800 F Street, NW. Room 4035, Attn: Ms. Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405, 202-501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The GSA FAR website contains the FAR in HTML and PDF formats, and copies of Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs). The FACs on the website are identical to the contents of looseleaf materials that the Government Printing Office has provided by subscription.

The notice states, "You have choices. You can reference the FAR only on the Internet, or you can produce your own looseleaf FAR on paper by downloading and printing electronics FACs as GSA posts them to the FAR website. Otherwise, after January 1, 2001, you must seek some other source of the printed looseleaf."

However, the notice goes on to state that "the Superintendent of Documents at the Government Printing Office has indicated that it will continue publication of the FAR in looseleaf format. Current subscribers will be provided with more specific information by the Superintendent of Documents as soon as it is available." The Superintendent of Documents may be contacted at 202-512-1706.

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

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