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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: August 23, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Task-Order and Delivery-Order Contracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 23, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 164, page 44517

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that the FAR be amended to further implement the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Public Law 106-65), Section 804, Guidance on Use of Task Order and Delivery Order Contracts, particularly subsections (a) and (b), which focus primarily on appropriate use of task-order and delivery-order contracts and specific steps agencies should take when placing orders under task-order and delivery-order contracts established by another agency. The proposed amendment also clarifies that written acquisition plans may be required for orders as determined by the agency head.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on earlier efforts to implement Section 804 of Public Law 106-65, see the April 25, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-17, Miscellaneous Amendments."

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted no later than October 22, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405; e-mail to: farcase.1999-303@gsa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Wise, 202-208-1168.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Because of concern that contracting officers are using task-order and delivery-order contracts to avoid the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act, and that the government may not be obtaining the full benefit of these types of contracts, Congress included Section 804 in the FY 2000 National Defense Authorization Act. Section 804 requires that the FAR be revised "to provide guidance to agencies on the appropriate use of task order and delivery order contracts." Section 804 was initially implemented in the FAR through amendments contained in FAC 97-17. This proposed rule would make the following changes to the FAR to strengthen the implementation of Section 804:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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