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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: Octobber 19, 2001

SUBJECT: General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Acquisition of Leasehold Interests in Real Property -- Historic Preference

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 19, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 202, page 53193

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

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is proposing to revise GSAR 552.270-2, Historical Preference, to implement Executive Order 13006, Locating Federal Facilities on Historic Properties in Our Nation's Central Cities, by establishing a hierarchy of consideration and giving a price evaluation preference for those considerations.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The GSAR is the shaded part of the GSA Acquisition Manual, which is available on the Internet at http://www.arnet.gov/GSAM/gsam.html.

DATES: Submit comments on or before December 18, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to General Services Administration, Office of Acquisition Policy, Division (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Washington, DC 20405.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Executive Order 13006 requires the federal government to "utilize and maintain, wherever operationally appropriate and economically prudent, historic properties and districts..." The executive order directs federal agencies to "give first consideration to historic properties within historic districts. If no such property is suitable, then federal agencies shall consider other developed or undeveloped sites within historic districts." If there is no suitable site within an historic district, "federal agencies shall then consider historic properties outside of historic districts."

Based on the requirements of the executive order, GSA is proposing that GSAR 552.270-4 be amended to establish a hierarchy of consideration by giving a price evaluation preference to offers of space falling within the hierarchy, as follows:

  1. Suitable historic properties within historic districts will be given a 10% price preference.

  2. If no suitable historic property within an historic district is offered, or the 10% preference does not result in such property being the lowest price technically acceptable offer, then suitable non-historic developed or undeveloped sites within historical districts will be given a 2.5% price preference.

  3. If no suitable non-historic developed or undeveloped site within an historic district is offered, or the 2.5% preference does not result in such property being the lowest price technically acceptable offer, suitable historic properties outside of historic districts will be given a 10% price preference.

  4. If no suitable historic property outside of historic districts is offered, no historic price preference will be given to any property offered.

Currently, GSAR 552.270-4 provides a 10% price evaluation preference to historic buildings without differentiation.

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

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