DATE: July 30, 2002

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Partnership Agreement Between DoD and the Small Business Administration

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 30, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 146, page 49255

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is finalizing, with minor changes, an interim rule that amended DFARS Subpart 219.8, Contracting with the Small Business Administration (The 8(a) Program), to implement a partnership agreement (PA) between DOD and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to streamline procedures for contract awards under SBA's 8(a) Program.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the interim rule that is being finalized, see the March 14, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Partnership Agreement Between DOD and the Small Business Administration."

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 30, 2002.

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. Cite DFARS Case 2001-D016 when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: A PA between DOD and SBA, dated February 1, 2002, permits DOD to award 8(a) contracts directly to 8(a) concerns on behalf of SBA. An interim rule was published on March 14, 2002, to implement the PA by amending DFARS Subpart 219.8. One comment was received on the interim rule, and it supported the rule. Therefore, the interim rule is being finalized with one minor editorial change: the word "must" is changed to "shall" in paragraphs (1), (1)(ii)(A), (2), (2)(i), and (3) of DFARS 219.804-2, Agency Offering; paragraphs (1) and (2) of DFARS 219.806, Pricing the 8(a) Contract; paragraph (a) of DFARS 219.811-1, Sole Source; and DFARS 219.811-2, Competitive.

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

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