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DATE: November 1, 2001

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Overseas Use of the Purchase Card in Contingency, Humanitarian, or Peacekeeping Operations

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 1, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 212, page 55123

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS 213.301, Governmentwide Commercial Purchase Card, to permit contracting officers supporting a contingency, humanitarian, or peacekeeping operation to use the governmentwide commercial purchase card for purchases valued at or below the simplified acquisition threshold. In accordance with FAR 2.101, Definitions, the simplified acquisition threshold for contingency, humanitarian, or peacekeeping operations is $200,000.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the September 20, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Overseas Use of the Purchase Card in Contingency, Humanitarian, or Peacekeeping Operations."

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 1, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelena Moy, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-1302; fax: 703-602-0350.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: DFARS 213.301 authorized individuals to use the governmentwide commercial purchase card to make purchases over the $2,500 micro-purchase threshold but less than $25,000 if the purchase was made outside the United States for use outside the United States, was for a commercial item, and if several other conditions applied.

On September 20, 2000, DOD proposed to add a paragraph (c) to DFARS 213.301 which would permit contracting officers supporting contingency operations or humanitarian or peacekeeping operations to use the purchase card for purchases up to the $200,000 simplified acquisition threshold for contingency, humanitarian, or peacekeeping operations if the supplies or services being purchased are immediately available, one delivery will be made, and one payment will be made. These additional conditions are similar to those placed on contingency contracting officers using the Standard Form 44, Purchase Order-Invoice-Voucher, in accordance with FAR 13.306 and DFARS 213.306.

DOD received no comments on the proposed rule, so DOD is adopting the proposed rule as a final rule without change.

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

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