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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: December 30, 2003

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Unique Item Identification and Valuation

SOURCE: Federal Register, December 30, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 249, page 75196

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS 211.274, Item Identification and Valuation, and DFARS 252.211-7003, Item Identification and Valuation, in response to comments submitted in response to the interim rule published October 10, 2003, that required unique item identification and valuation of items with an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the original interim rule, see the October 10, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Unique Item Identification and Valuation."

For more on the meeting held to discuss the original interim rule, see the October 24, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Unique Item Identification and Valuation Meeting.

DATES: The interim rule is effective January 1, 2004, and applies to all solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2004. Comments on the interim rule must be submitted on or before March 1, 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: Steven Cohen, 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-D081" when making comments on this interim rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Cohen, 703-602-0293.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Secretary of Defense has determined that the implementation of unique identification (UID) is a strategic imperative, necessary to efficiently move supplies to warfighters. On October 10, 2003, DOD published an interim rule that added to the DFARS requirements for contractors to uniquely mark items and to provide for identification of the government's acquisition cost of items that are to be delivered to DOD, and held a public meeting on November 6, 2003, to discuss the interim rule. On Twenty-six respondents submitted comments on the interim rule and, as a result of the significance of the comments, has issued a second interim rule and is inviting further comments.

The following are the significant differences between the first and second interim rule:

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

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