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DATE: June 1, 2001

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Inspector General Hotline Posters

SOURCE: Federal Register, June 1, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 106, page 29726

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is amending the NFS to add a contract clause requiring contractors with contracts exceeding $5,000,000 and performed at contractor facilities in the United States to display NASA Inspector General Hotline posters.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the May 22, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS); Inspector General Hotline Posters."

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Brundage, NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20456-0001; 202-358-0481; e-mail: pbrundage@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: NASA's Office of Inspector General (IG) has requested that NASA contractors be required to display "hotline posters" in domestic facilities where work on NASA contracts exceeding $5 million is being performed.

On May 22, 2000, NASA published a proposed rule to add NFS Subpart 1803.70, IG Hotline Posters, and NFS clause 1852.203-70, Display of Inspector General Hotline Posters. One comment was received, but NASA has decided to adopt the proposed rule as final without change.

NFS Subpart 1803.70 consists of NFS 1803.7000, Policy ("NASA requires contractors to display NASA hotline posters...so that employees of the contractor having knowledge of waste, fraud, or abuse, can readily identify a means to contact NASA's IG"), and NFS 1803.7001, Contract Clause, which requires the inclusion of NFS 1852.203-70 in solicitations and contracts expected to exceed $5,000,000 and performed at contractor facilities in the United States.

NFS 1852.203-70 requires covered contractors to "display prominently in common work areas...Inspector General Hotline Posters... [which] may be obtained from NASA Office of Inspector General, Code W, Washington, DC, 20546-0001, (202) 358-1220."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The introductory material to this rule contains the following statement: "By waiver from [Federal Acquisition Regulation] Part 12, NASA might also impose this requirement on a case-by-case basis in contracts for commercial items when unusual circumstances warrant. An example of such circumstances might include procurements involving extraordinary concerns about the safety of human life."

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