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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: November 22, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS); Risk Management

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 22, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 226, page 70315

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is finalizing, with changes, the interim rule published June 13, 2000, which amended the NFS to emphasize risk management, including safety, security, health, export control, and damage to the environment, within the context of acquisition planning, selecting sources, choosing contract type, structuring award fee incentives, administering contracts, and conducting contractor surveillance.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the interim rule, see the June 13, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS); Risk Management."

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 22, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James H. Dolvin, NASA Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), 202-358-1279; e-mail: jdolvin1@mail.hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On July, 20, 1999, NASA published a proposed rule that would revise the NFS to emphasize that "risk management" is a "core acquisition concern", and to provide procedures for making sure that all aspects of risk management are considered in the acquisition process (such as safety, security (including information technology security), health, export control, and damage to the environment). Comments were received from the Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations (CODSIA), the United Space Alliance, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Based on the comments, NASA made extensive changes to the rule, so much so that on June 13, 2000, it issued the rule as "interim" and requested additional comments. Two comments were received, and NASA is finalizing the interim rule with several administrative changes:

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

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