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DATE: March 3, 2004

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Performance Period Limitations

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 3, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 42, page 9963

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is amending NFS 1817.204, Contracts, to clarify that the five-year limitation on contracts applies to all procurement award instruments, including agreements, orders under a Federal Supply Schedule contracts, and other indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts awarded by other agencies, and to insure consistent application of the five-year performance period limitation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 3, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene Johnson, NASA, Office of Procurement, Program Operations Division (Code HS), Washington, DC 20546; (202) 358-4703; e-mail: eugene.johnson-1@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: NFS 1817.204(e)(i) states, "The 5-year limitation (basic plus option periods) applies to all NASA contracts regardless of type..." This language has been interpreted to mean that the limitation does not apply to agreements such as basic ordering agreements and blanket purchase agreements. This interpretation is not consistent with the intent of the limitation and does not support NASA's efforts to maximize opportunities for competition. Therefore, NFS 1817.204 is modified as follows:

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