DATE: November 14, 2003

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 14, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 220, page 64557

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is removing DFARS Subpart 204.73, Central Contractor Registration, because it duplicates policy added to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-16. In addition, this interim rule addresses requirements for use of Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) codes to accommodate DOD payment systems.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Internet address for the CCR is http://www.ccr.gov.

For more on FAC 2001-16, particularly the CCR item, see the October 1, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-16, Miscellaneous Amendments."

DATES: The effective date of this interim rule is November 14, 2003. Comments on this interim rule must be provided no later than January 13, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Also, respondents who cannot submit comments through the web site or by e-mail may submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Angelena Moy, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062, or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2003-D040" when making comments on this interim rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelena Moy, 703-602-1302.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires every contractor doing business with the government to provide its Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and requires the government to make all contract payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT), which means contractors must provide certain technical information about their financial institutions and their accounts.

DOD developed the CCR to collect and maintain this information, and, since 1998, DFARS Subpart 204.73 had required that a contractor must be registered in the CCR to be eligible for award of a defense contract. Over the years, many agencies decided to have their contractors register in CCR and entered into agreements with DOD to share the CCR data.

FAC 2001-16 added FAR Subpart 4.11, Central Contractor Registration, and it requires all federal contractors to register in the CCR database prior to award of any contract or agreement. Since the DFARS policy has been superseded by the FAR policy, this interim rule removes DFARS Subpart 204.73 and most other DFARS policy pertaining to CCR. However, there is still a need to address requirements for CAGE code information to accommodate DOD payment systems, so this interim rule retains DOD requirements for inclusion of CAGE codes on contracts and in the CCR database.

Besides removing DFARS Subpart 204.73, this interim rule makes these additional changes:

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

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