DATE: October 25, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR) Bulletin B-1; Acquisition and Display of Official U.S. Government License Plates and Other Motor Vehicle Identification

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 25, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 207, page 54012

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

ACTION: Bulletin

SYNOPSIS: GSA is announcing a new provider for official U.S. government license plates and clarifies changes in the way official identification is displayed on motor vehicles.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The government's license plate requirements are contained in FMR Part 102-34, Motor Vehicle Management.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 25, 2001, through October 24, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: GSA: Mr. Michael Moses, Team Leader, General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Federal Vehicle Policy Division (MTV), 1800 F Street, NW, Room G241, Washington, DC 20405, 202-501-2507, e-mail: mike.moses@gsa.gov.
UNICOR: Mr. Abraham Burgos, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Justice, UNICOR Federal Prison Industries, Inc., 400 First Street, NW, Room 6010, Washington, DC 20534, 202-305-3752, e-mail: aburgor@central.unicor.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The previous supplier of official U.S. government license plates, the District of Columbia Department of Correction, Lorton Prison, stopped taking license plate orders on June 30, 2001. The new supplier, Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (UNICOR), started taking license plate orders on July 1, 2001. Actual production of license plates at the UNICOR facility will begin on or about September 15, 2001.

On June 21, 2001, the General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of Governmentwide Policy entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNICOR for the production of license plates for federal agencies. Prior to entering into the MOU, GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy obtained a waiver from the provisions of FMR 102-34.110 through 102-34.120 and 102-34.170, which provide for the placement and size of the official U.S. government identification.

The MOU between GSA and UNICOR and the FMR waiver allow changes to the way license plates are produced in order to increase the security of federal license plates and eliminate the need for identification decals in the rear windows of motor vehicles owned or leased by the Government. The new license plates will have the following characteristics:

All federal agencies ordering license plates must execute an addendum to the MOU between GSA and UNICOR. A federal agency or activity cannot order license plates without completing an addendum to the MOU.

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

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