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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: August 21, 2003

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Competitiveness Demonstration Codes Update

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 21, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 162, page 50476

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS 219.1005, Applicability, to update the list of industry categories designated by DOD for enhanced small business participation under the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), see the January 16, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Office of Management and Budget; North American Industry Classification System -- Revision for 2002," and the April 20, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Office of Management and Budget; North American Industry Classification System -- Update for 2002."

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 21, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Euclides Barrera, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-0296; fax: 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2003-D003" when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program is implemented in FAR Subpart 19.10, Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program. One of the objectives of the program is to expand small business participation in certain targeted industry categories that are designated by each agency participating in the program. DOD's targeted industry categories are in DFARS 219.1005(b).

This final rule updates the NAICS codes shown for the targeted industry categories at DFARS 219.1005(b)(10) so they are consistent with the 2002 NAICS listing. The NAICS code for "Cellular and Other Wireless Telecommunications" is changed from 51322 to 517212; the NAICS code for "Satellite Telecommunications" is changed from 51334 to 517410; and the NAICS code for "Other Telecommunications" is changed from 51339 to 517910.

Also, to simplify the descriptions of targeted categories, the entries for research and development have been combined with the corresponding entries for manufacturing -- for example, in DFARS 219.1005(b)(5), instead of separately listing "Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing" and "Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (Aircraft Engines and Engine Parts Only)," this final rule includes a single listing for "Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing (including Research and Development)." The other affected industries are "Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing (including Research and Development)" (in paragraph (b)(6)), and "Other Guided Missile and Space Vehicles Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing (including Research and Development)" (in paragraph (b)(7)).

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

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