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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: February 25, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Department of Defense; Class Deviation Extension Regarding General Services Administration (GSA) Standard Screening Periods for DOD Property

SOURCE: Department of Defense Memorandum, dated February 22, 2000

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Deviation

SYNOPSIS: On February 22, 2000, Acting Director of Defense Procurement Colonel Dave Kerrins, Jr., issued a memorandum to the directors of defense agencies, the services' deputies for acquisition, and the Defense Logistics Agency's executive director for procurement management, extending the effective date of the DOD FAR deviation that reduces the GSA standard screening periods from those specified in paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) of FAR 45.608-2, Standard Screening, from February 28, 2000, until the FAR is revised.

EFFECTIVE DATES: This deviation is extended from February 28, 2000, until the FAR is revised.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: In August 1995, GSA agreed to reduce the time for its standard screening of contractor inventory from 60 to 36 days. Therefore, DOD has been authorizing, in one year increments, a FAR deviation that revises the screening period in FAR 45.608-2(b)(2) (for screening by all federal agencies) from "31st through 75th day" to "31st through 51st day", and the screening period in FAR 45.608-2(b)(3) (screening by GSA for possible donation) from "76th through 90th day" to "52nd through 66th day".

This FAR deviation is now approved until the FAR is revised. The previous FAR deviation extension was dated March 1, 1999, and it extended the deviation until February 28, 2000. Prior to that, the FAR deviation had been extended until February 28, 1999, by a memorandum dated February 24, 1998.

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

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