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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: October 3, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 3, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 192, page 58931

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is amending the NFS to replace references to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system with references to the NAICS, to make other changes to conform the NFS to Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-19, and to make editorial corrections and miscellaneous changes dealing with NASA internal and administrative matters.

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."

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 3, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celeste Dalton, Code HK, 202-358-1645, e-mail: celeste.dalton@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On May 15, 2000, the SBA converted its small business size standards from SIC-based to NAICS-based, and SBA 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 rule makes corresponding changes to the NFS, particularly in NFS Part 1819, Small Business Programs, such as changing "SIC" to "NAICS". The most significant change is in paragraph (b) of NFS 1819.1005, Applicability, which contains the NAICS codes for NASA's targeted industry groups under the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program.

Other changes being made to the NFS to conform to changes made by FAC 97-19 are:

Changes to the NFS which are unrelated to FAC 97-19 are:

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

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