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DATE: August 31, 2001

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Broad Agency Announcements

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 31, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 170, page 45955

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: This proposed rule would amend the NFS to require consideration of safety and risk-based acquisition management (RBAM) in the evaluation of proposals in response to NASA's broad agency announcements (BAAs).

EDITOR'S NOTE: NASA uses two types of BAAs: the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) (see NFS Subpart 1872.3, The Announcement of Opportunity), and the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) (see NFS 1835.016-71, NASA Research Announcements).

DATES: Submit comments on or before October 30, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Submit comments to Rex T. Elliott, NASA Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Analysis Division (Code HC), Washington, DC 20546, or be e-mail to relliott@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: To ensure that the way safety and RBAM are treated in BAAs is consistent with all other NASA acquisitions, NFS 1852.235-72, Instructions for Responding to NASA Research Announcements, and NFS 1872.307, Guidelines for Proposal Preparation (which addresses AOs), would be revised to add that proposals are to "identify and discuss risk factors and issues throughout the proposal where they are relevant, and...(the) approach to managing these risks." Also, NFS 1872.402, Criteria for Evaluation, would be revised to add "the proposed approach to managing risk" as an evaluation factor appropriate for most AOs. Finally, NFS 1872.705, Format of Announcement of Opportunity (AO), would add the following as a separate section in AOs:

     "II. NASA's Safety Priority.
           Safety is the freedom from those conditions that can cause death, injury, occupational illness, damage to or loss of equipment or property, or damage to the environment. NASA's safety priority is to protect: (1) the public, (2) astronauts and pilots, (3) the NASA workforce (including NASA employees working under NASA instruments), and (4) high-value equipment and property."

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