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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: February 23, 2004

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Major Systems Acquisition

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 23, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 35, page 8155

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that DFARS Part 234, Major Systems Acquisition, and DFARS Subpart 242.11, Production Surveillance and Reporting, be amended to update the text pertaining to major systems acquisition, earned value management systems (EVMS), and cost/schedule status reporting.

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).

This proposed rule is one of the first fourteen proposed changes implementing the DFARS Transformation. The other thirteen proposed changes are described in other FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCHES published today.

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

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted on or before April 23, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Also, respondents who cannot submit comments through the web site or by e-mail may submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Teresa Brooks, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062, or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2003-D030" when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Brooks, 703-602-0326.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule would make the following changes to the DFARS:

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

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