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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 26, 2002

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Procurement Threshold

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 26, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 81, page 20692

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS 225.1101, Acquisition of Supplies, to implement the determination of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to increase the threshold for application of the NAFTA to procurement of goods from Mexico from $54,372 to $56,190.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the USTR's determination, see the February 21, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of Trade Agreements Act."

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 26, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Williams, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-0328; fax: 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 2002-D007 when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On February 21, 2002, the USTR increased the threshold for application of NAFTA to procurement of goods from Mexico from $54,372 to $56,190. To implement this, the prescription in DFARS 225.1101(13)(i)(A) for DFARS 252.225-7036, Buy American Act -- North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act -- Balance of Payments Program, is revised to state that DFARS 252.225-7036 is to be included in solicitations and contracts expected to exceed $56,190. Also, DFARS 225.1101(13)(i)(B) is revised to state that Alternate I of DFARS 252.225-7036 is to be used for acquisitions between $25,000 and $56,190.

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

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