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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: November 22, 2004

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Removal of Obsolete Research and Development Contracting Procedures

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 22, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 224, page 67857

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is removing DFARS Subpart 235.70, Research and Development Streamlined Contracting Procedures, because the procedures have become obsolete.

EDITOR'S NOTE: On February 11, 2003, DOD announced plans for conducting a "major transformation" of the DFARS (see the February 11, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Transformation"). The objective of the DFARS transformation is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process while allowing the acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate. The transformed DFARS will contain only requirements of law, DOD-wide policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviations from Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements, and policies and procedures that have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DOD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. All mandatory and non-mandatory internal DOD procedures, non-mandatory guidance, and supplemental information will be contained in the DFARS companion document, the Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI).

Additional information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dfars/transf.htm.

For more on the PGI, see the November 1, 2004, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Procedures, Guidance, and Information."

For more on the proposed rule, see the February 23, 2004, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Removal of Obsolete Research and Development Contracting Procedures."

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 22, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thaddeus Godlewski, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-2022; fax: 703-602-0350.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: In response to the DFARS Transformation initiative, DOD published a proposed rule on February 23, 2004, that would delete DFARS Subpart 235.70, which contains procedures for acquiring research and development using a standard solicitation and contract format and the capabilities of the World Wide Web. These procedures have become obsolete due to advances in technology since their creation.

No comments were received on the proposed rule, so DOD is adopting the proposed rule as final without change.

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

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