DATE: February 10, 2004

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Solicitation Numbering Scheme

SOURCE: Procurement Notice (PN) 97-92, February 9, 2004

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


SYNOPSIS: NASA is revising NFS Subpart 1804.71, Uniform Acquisition Instrument Identification, to standardize the scheme for the numbering of solicitations throughout NASA.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Paragraph (a)(2) of FAR 1.301, Policy, states that "an agency head may issue or authorize the issuance of internal agency guidance at any organizational level (e.g., designations and delegations of authority, assignments of responsibilities, work-flow procedures, and internal reporting requirements)." Since FAR 1.303, Publication and Codification, states that issuances under FAR 1.301(a)(2) need not be published in the Federal Register, NASA is not required to publish and codify internal agency guidance, but has been doing so as a matter of policy.

NASA has modified the process for maintenance of the NFS by publishing in the Federal Register only that information that may have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of the agency or have a significant cost or administrative effect on contractors. The Internet version of the NFS (available at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/regs/nfstoc.htm) continues to provide, in a single document, both the regulations subject to public comments and internal agency guidance and procedures that do not require public comment. Changes to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) version of the NFS (that is, the portions of the NFS that require public comment) will continue to be amended by publishing changes in the Federal Register. Changes to the CFR version of the NFS, along with changes to internal guidance and procedures, are incorporated into the Internet version of the NFS through Procurement Notices (PNs). This PN initiates the new procedure.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Sateriale, Code HC, 202-358-0491; e-mail: ken.sateriale@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: NASA recently implemented an automated Integrated Financial Management Program (IFMP) which limits the number of characters that may be used in the solicitation number field. This PN revises the solicitation numbering scheme as follows:

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