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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: September 20, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Overseas Use of the Purchase Card in Contingency, Humanitarian, or Peacekeeping Operations

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 20, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 183, page 56858

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is proposing to amend DFARS 213.301, Governmentwide Commercial Purchase Card, to permit contracting officers supporting a contingency, humanitarian, or peacekeeping operation to use the governmentwide commercial purchase card for purchases valued at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before November 20, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Susan L. Schneider, OUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-306; fax: 703-602-0350; e-mail dfars@acq.osd.mil. Cite DFARS Case 2000-D019 in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Currently, DFARS 213.301 authorizes individuals to use the governmentwide commercial purchase card to make purchases over the $2,500 micro-purchase threshold but less than $25,000 if the purchase is made outside the United States for use outside the United States, is for a commercial item, and if several other conditions apply.

DOD is proposing to add a paragraph (c) to DFARS 213.301 which would permit contracting officers supporting contingency operations or humanitarian or peacekeeping operations to use the purchase card for purchases up to the simplified acquisition threshold (which FAR 2.101, Definitions, defines as $200,000 for support of contingency operations or humanitarian or peacekeeping operations) if the supplies or services being purchased are immediately available, one delivery will be made, and one payment will be made. These additional conditions are similar to those placed on contingency contracting officers using the Standard Form 44, Purchase Order-Invoice-Voucher, in accordance with FAR 13.306 and DFARS 213.306.

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

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