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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: February 4, 2001

SUBJECT: Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Empower Procurement Officials and Miscellaneous Technical Amendments

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 4, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 23, page 5070

AGENCIES: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ACTION: Direct Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: EPA is amending the EPAAR to eliminate certain higher level reviews to reduce delays and to empower those qualified individuals most familiar with a contracting action to make decisions relating to that action. In addition, certain technical amendments are being made to the EPAAR to add procedures for class deviations, to revise definitions, and to make clarifications.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) is Chapter 15 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It is available on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/oamrfp12/ptod/epaar.pdf.

This rule is being published as a "direct final rule," which EPA reserves for rules it believes are noncontroversial. EPA believes this rule is noncontroversial because it is merely revises internal procedures, so adverse comments are not expected. However, if EPA receives any adverse comments, it will withdraw the rule and publish a notice in the Federal Register that the rule will not take effect.

DATES: The direct final rule will take effect May 6, 2002, without further notice unless EPA receives adverse comments by March 6, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments on the direct final rule to Larry Wyborski, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Acquisition Management, Mail Code 3802R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Ariel Rios Building, Washington, DC 20460.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Wyborski, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Acquisition Management, Mail Code 3802R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Ariel Rios Building, Washington, DC 20460; 202-564-4369.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: EPA conducted an internal assessment of its organization and determined that in some situations there were too many levels of review required prior to making contract-related decisions. Consequently, an EPAAR class deviation was issued on May 30, 2001, to eliminate several higher level reviews and empower the individuals most familiar with the contracting action instead. This rule incorporates the EPAAR class deviation as follows:

Also, the following additional changes are made to the EPAAR:

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

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