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DATE: April 8, 2003

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Shipment by Government Bills of Lading

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 8, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 67, page 16969

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is adopting as final, without change, the June 6, 2002, interim rule that amended NFS 1852.247-73, Bills of Lading, to specify that shipment by Government Bills of Lading (GBLs) may only be used to ship international and domestic overseas items deliverable under contracts, and that all other shipments are to be made via Commercial Bills of Lading (CBLs).

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the interim rule, see the June 6, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Shipment by Government Bills of Lading."

DATES: April 8, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lou Becker, NASA Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20546; 202-358-4593; e-mail: Louis.G.Becker@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On April 26, 2000, the General Services Administration (GSA) published Federal Management Regulation (FMR) Part 102-118, Transportation Documentation and Audit. FMR 102-118 encouraged agencies to expand their use of charge cards, commercial bills of lading, and electronic payment methods in place of the GBL, and stated that the GBL and General Transportation Requests (GTR) forms would not be authorized for domestic shipments after September 30, 2001, though they would be available, if needed, for international and domestic overseas shipments (see the April 26, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Transportation Payment and Audit").

On October 6, 2000, GSA published FMR Part 102-117, Transportation Management. FMR Part 102-117 stated that September 30, 2001, was the deadline for the elimination of Optional Form 1103, U.S. Government Bill of Lading (GBL), and Optional Form 1203, U.S. Government Bill of Lading -- Privately Owned Personal Property (PPGBL) for domestic freight and household goods shipments (see the October 6, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Transportation Management").

On September 24, 2001, GSA extended the retirement date of these two forms for six months, until March 31, 2002, to give agencies more time to enhance electronic transportation systems currently in place and transition to the use commercial practices (see the September 24, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Transportation Management and Transportation Payment and Audit").

NFS 1852.247-73, Shipment by Government Bills of Lading, had required contractors to use GBLs to ship all items with a transportation cost exceeding $100. Therefore, in response to GSA's actions, NASA published an interim rule on June 6, 2002, that revised NFS 1852.247-73 by changing the name from "Shipment by Government Bills of Lading " to "Bills of Lading," and amending the clause to state, "All domestic shipments shall be made via commercial bills of lading (CBLs)" (paragraph (a) of the revised clause), and "International (export) and domestic overseas shipments of items deliverable under this contract shall be made by government bills of lading (GBLs)" (paragraph (b)).

No comments were submitted on the interim rule, so NASA is finalizing the interim rule without changes.

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