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DATE: October 31, 2003

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Research and Development Abstracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 31, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 211, page 62048

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is proposing to add a new NFS 1835.003-70, NASA Research and Development (R&D) Abstracts, and NFS 1852.235-75, NASA Research and Development (R&D) Abstracts, to require the electronic submission of abstracts of the planned research to be conducted under contracts containing R&D effort valued at over $25,000.

DATES: Comments must be submitted no later than December 30, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Thomas Sauret, NASA Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20546, or by e-mail to Thomas.E.Sauret@nasa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Sauret, Code HK, 202-358-1068; e-mail: Thomas.E.Sauret@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Section 207(g) of the E-Government Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-347) mandates the development and maintenance of a repository of information on R&D funded by the government. To comply with that requirement, NASA has developed a web-based database system, the Abstract Collection and Transmittal System (ACTS) (http://proposals.hq.nasa.gov/acts/), to collect summaries or abstracts for all its procurements containing R&D effort valued over $25,000. ACTS will transfer submitted abstracts to a government-wide database sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF sponsored government-wide database is available to other agencies and to the public.

This proposed rule would require contractors to enter into ACTS a summary or abstract of the R&D activity to be conducted under the contract by making the following changes to the NFS:

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