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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: May 8, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Pricing Policy for Occupancy in GSA Space

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 8, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 89, page 23169

AGENCIES: Office of Business Performance, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is updating, streamlining, and clarifying Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR) Part 101-20, Federal Buildings Fund, and then moving it to the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as Part 102-85, Pricing Policy for Occupancy in GSA Space.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FPMR is Chapter 101 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The FMR is Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR. Both the FPMR and the FMR are available at http://policyworks.gov/org/main/mv/fmr/index.htm.

GSA is in the process of updating, reorganizing, streamlining, simplifying, and clarifying the contents of the FPMR, then transferring the contents to the Federal Management Regulations (FMR), which was established on July 21, 1999, as Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR. When the transfer is complete, the FMR will contain a refined set of policies and regulatory requirements on managing property and administrative services. Non-regulatory materials (such as guidance, procedures, information and standards) will be available in separate documents, such as customer service guides, handbooks, brochures, Internet websites, and FMR bulletins.

The FMR is written in the "plain language" regulatory style. This style is directed at the reader and uses a question and answer format, active voice, shorter sentences, and pronouns such as "we", "you", and "I".

The conversion from the FPMR to the FMR will take some time, so it will occur incrementally as the regulations are rewritten. Because of this, both the FPMR and the FMR will exist concurrently, and readers will need to refer to both documents to obtain all the related material -- the same content will not appear in both regulations.

DATES: This interim rule is effective May 8, 2001. Comments on the interim rule should be submitted on or before July 9, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Mr. Michael Hopkins, Regulatory Secretariat (MVRS), Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20405; e-mail: RIN.3090-AG33@gsa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ronald Kendall, Office of Portfolio Management, General Services Administration, 202-501-0638; e-mail: ron.kendall@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Besides the rewriting of the regulations pertaining to GSA's rent program, this interim rule is intended to improve GSA's overall management of real property assets and provide customer agencies flexibility in designing space to meet their mission needs. This interim rule establishes the pricing policy guidance for Occupancy Agreements (OAs) between GSA and customer agencies, changes the methods by which GSA-controlled space is identified and measured, eliminates the specific physical description of the components of standard level alterations, and substitutes budget guidance for alterations. As a result of these and other changes, GSA's relationship with its customers will more closely approximate landlord/customer relationships typical in the private sector.

The following are the major changes made by this interim rule to the FPMR and the FMR:

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

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