DATE: July 3, 2003

SUBJECT: Department of the Treasury Acquisition Regulation (DTAR) Rewrite

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 3, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 128, page 39854

AGENCIES: Department of the Treasury

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: The Department of the Treasury is rewriting the DTAR in its entirety so it is in plain English; reflects current policy, practice, and recent Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) changes; and eliminates internal operating procedures that do not have a significant effect beyond Treasury. In addition, the rewritten DTAR establishes a Treasury Mentor-Protege program.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The DTAR is Chapter 10 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

For more on the proposed rule, see the December 11, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Department of the Treasury Acquisition Regulation (DTAR) Rewrite."

EFECTIVE DATE: August 4, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Whitfield, Department of the Treasury, Office of the Procurement Executive, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, c/o 1310 G Street, NW, Suite 400W, Washington, DC 20220; 202-622-0248.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On December 11, 2002, Treasury published a completely rewritten DTAR that used plain English to improve clarity and understanding; eliminated internal operating procedures that do not have a significant effect beyond Treasury; established the Treasury Mentor-Protege Program and, eliminated coverage that is obsolete or duplicates the FAR. The primary purpose of the revised DTAR was to be simple for contractors, offerors, and Treasury contracting personnel to use.

The proposed DTAR consisted of the following parts:

Subchapter A -- General
     1001Department of the Treasury Acquisition Regulation (DTAR) System
     1002Definitions of Words and Terms
     1003Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest
     1004Administrative Matters
Subchapter B -- Competition and Acquisition Planning
     1005Publicizing Contract Actions
     1011Describing Agency Needs
Subchapter D -- Socioeconomic Programs
     1019Small Business Programs
Subchapter E -- General Contracting Requirements
     1028Bonds and Insurance
     1033Protests, Disputes, and Appeals
Subchapter H -- Clauses and Forms
     1052Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses

Some of the more prominent provisions of the proposed rewritten DTAR were:

There were no comments received regarding the proposed revised DTAR, so the proposed DTAR is adopted as final with minor editorial changes.

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

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