DATE: May 28, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Rewrite of FAR Part 27 in Plain Language

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 28, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 102, page 31789

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

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that FAR Part 27, Patents, Data, and Copyrights, be amended to clarify, streamline, and update guidance in it, and clauses required by it, to provide a more logical presentation of this complex material.

DATES: Comments are due on or before July 28, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on proposed 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.1999-402@gsa.gov. Cite "FAR case 1999-402" when referring to this proposed rule.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule constitutes a rewrite of FAR Part 27 and its associated clauses which implement a number of statutes and executive orders pertaining to patents, data, and copyrights. This effort was undertaken to make the various policies and procedures in FAR Part 27 more succinct and understandable. In addition to numerous editorial and structural changes, some existing policies and procedures have been clarified to eliminate potential confusion among responsible parties and make clearer the distinction between the rights and obligations of the contractor and the government. In addition, some substantive revisions have been made to reflect changes to the various laws covering the subject matter in FAR Part 27.

The following are some of the more significant changes contained in this proposed rule:

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

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