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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: February 25, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Establishment of the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as the Successor to the FPMR

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 25, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 38, page 10027

AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: On July 21, 1999, GSA issued an interim rule establishing the FMR as a replacement of the Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR). This rule finalizes the interim rule without change.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FPMR is Chapter 101 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The FMR is Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR.

DATES: The effective date of the interim rule was July 21, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rodney P. Lantier, Director, Regulatory Secretariat, 202-208-7312.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On July 21, 1999, GSA issued an interim rule establishing the FMR as the eventual replacement of the FPMR. However, the conversion will take place over time. GSA is in the process of updating, reorganizing, streamlining, eliminating, and clarifying the contents of the FPMR, then transferring the contents to the FMR. The conversion from the FPMR to the FMR will take some time, so it will occur incrementally as the regulations are rewritten.

When the transfer is complete, the FMR will contain a refined set of policies and regulatory requirements on managing property and administrative services. Non-regulatory materials (such as guidance, procedures, information and standards) will be available in separate documents, such as customer service guides, handbooks, brochures, Internet websites, and FMR bulletins.

The interim rule reserved all of Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR for the FMR, except that the interim rule added Part 102-2, Federal Management Regulation System, to establish the framework for the FMR. Two comments were received in response to the interim rule, but GSA has decided to finalize the interim rule without change.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Only one other FMR Part has been added so far: FMR Part 102-34, Motor Vehicle Management, which was added as a final rule on November 2, 1999. However, there are three other FMR parts being proposed: FMR Part 102-36, Transfer of Excess Personal Property (rewritten version of FPMR Part 101-43, Utilization of Personal Property), proposed November 16, 1999; FMR Part 102-3, Federal Advisory Committee Management (rewritten version of FPMR Subpart 101-6.10, Federal Advisory Committee Management), proposed January 14, 2000; and FMR Part 102-118, Transportation Documentation and Audit (rewritten version of FPMR Part 101-41, Transportation Documentation and Audit), proposed February 22, 2000.

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

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