DATE: September 11, 2003

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Format and Numbering of Award Documents

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 11, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 179, page 53525

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is revising NFS Subpart 1804.71, Uniform Acquisition Instrument Identification, to change the scheme used for numbering procurement award instruments. This change is required to comply with the requirements of the Federal Procurement Data System -- Next Generation (FPDS-NG) requirement that each agency establish unique document numbers on award instruments.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Childs, NASA, Office of Procurement, Analysis Division (Code HC), 202-358-0454, e-mail: wchilds@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On August 6, 2003, OFPP Administrator Angela Styles issued a memorandum to all agency senior procurement executives asking for "your assistance in establishing a unique prefix for the scheme your agency uses to identify procurement instruments (contracts, orders, and agreements) for FPDS-NG reporting and other purposes." The FPDS-NG is to become operational on October 1, 2003.

The FPDS was established in 1978 by Congress as a system for collecting, developing, and disseminating data on the $265 billion a year the government spends on supplies and services. FPDS has become out-of-date, and its data has become unreliable, so FPDS-NG is being developed to be Internet based and available to the public at no cost.

"Among its many features, FPDS-NG will maintain an historical trail of all transactions, including interagency transactions conducted through government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs), multi-agency contracts, and Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts," wrote Ms. Styles. "In order to provide this important visibility...FPDS-NG must be able to distinguish each reported transaction. Accordingly, you are requested to establish and register with the FPDS-NG program office a unique set prefix for the beginning of the labeling scheme your agency uses to identify procurement instruments. This unique prefix will ensure that the numbers and letters assigned to identify any specific procurement action are distinct from those used by any other agency. Agencies should register the unique prefix...no later than October 1, 2003."

To comply with this requirement, NASA has developed a new numbering scheme, and to implement that scheme it is making the following changes to the NFS: