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DATE: February 23, 2004

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Memorandum of Understanding with Sweden

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 23, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 35, page 8115

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DFARS 225.872, Contracting with Qualifying Country Sources, is amended to reflect a determination that it is inconsistent with the public interest to apply the restrictions of the Buy American Act to the acquisition of defense equipment produced or manufactured in Sweden.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the Buy American Act, see FAR Subpart 25.1, Buy American Act -- Supplies, FAR Subpart 25.2, Buy American Act -- Construction Materials, and the corresponding DFARS Subparts 225.1 and 225.2.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 23, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-0328; or fax: 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2003-D089" when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: A memorandum of understanding between the governments of Sweden and the United States provides for both governments to remove barriers to procurement of defense equipment produced in the other country, and to accord to industries in the other country treatment no less favorable in relation to procurement than is accorded to industries of its own country. Therefore, the Deputy Secretary of Defense has determined that it is inconsistent with the public interest to apply the restrictions of the Buy American Act to the acquisition of defense equipment produced or manufactured in Sweden.

To implement this determination, DFARS 225.872-1, General, is amended to add Sweden to the list of countries for which DOD has made such public interest determinations (paragraph (a)), and to remove Sweden from the list of countries for which exemption from the Buy American Act is permitted only on a purchase-by-purchase basis (paragraph (b)).

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

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