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DATE: September 2, 2004

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Scientific and Technical Reports -- SBIR and STTR Contracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 2, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 170, page 53652

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is removing NFS Part 1871, MidRange Procurement Procedures, because the FAR provides contracting officers with broad discretion and flexibility in the source selection process, so a separate MidRange process is no longer necessary.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 2, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the proposed rule must cite "RIN number 2700-AD02," and may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; to Celeste Dalton, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20546; or by e-mail to: Celeste.M.Dalton@nasa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celeste Dalton, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK); 202-358-1645; e-mail: Celeste.M.Dalton@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) approved a test of NASA's MidRange procurement procedures in 1993. The purpose of the MidRange procedures was to reduce the leadtime and effort associated with the conduct of acquisitions between $25,000 (the small purchase threshold at that time) and $500,000. Subsequent changes increased the threshold to $10,000,000 for non-commercial items and $25,000,000 for commercial items. The MidRange procedures are no longer unique and all the source selection methodologies under NFS Part 1871 have been incorporated in FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, FAR Part 14, Sealed Bidding, and FAR Part 15, Contracting by Negotiation. Retaining a separate NASA MidRange process is no longer necessary, so NFS Part 1871 is removed.

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