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DATE: January 27, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-12, Procurements for Defense Against or Recovery From Terrorism or Nuclear, Biological, Chemical or Radiological Attack

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 27, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 17, page 4047

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council is issuing FAC 2001-12 to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Sections 852 through 856 and Section 858 of the Homeland Security Act (Public Law 107-296). Those sections increase the amount of the micro-purchase threshold and the simplified acquisition threshold, and provide streamlined procedures for procurements of supplies or services by or for an executive agency that are to be used to facilitate defense against or recovery from terrorism or nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological attack.

EFFECTIVE DATES: The Homeland Security Act covers solicitations issued during the one-year period starting on the date of enactment -- November 25, 2002. However, the act did not go into effect until 60 days after enactment -- January 24, 2003. Therefore, this interim rule is effective January 24, 2003 through November 24, 2003.

Comments on the interim rule should be submitted on or before March 28, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on interim rule to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Attn: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. Submit e-mail comments to: farcase.2002-026@gsa.gov. Cite "FAC 2001-12, FAR case 2002-026" in all correspondence related to the interim rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Moss, Procurement Analyst, 202-501-4764.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This interim rule implements Sections 852 through 856 and Section 858 of the Homeland Security Act. These provisions provide federal emergency procurement flexibilities.

These sections apply to "acquisitions of supplies or services that, as determined by the head of the agency, are to be used to facilitate defense against or recovery from terrorism or nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological attack." For these acquisitions, the Homeland Security Act makes the following changes to acquisition procedures, and FAC 2001-12 makes the corresponding changes to the FAR, as follows:

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