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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: February 23, 2004

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 23, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 35, page 8157

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that DFARS Subpart 235.70, Research and Development Streamlined Contracting Procedures, be removed 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).

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-D058" when making comments on this proposed rule.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule 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.

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

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