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DATE: January 21, 2004

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Definitions Clause

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 21, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 13 page 2987

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that FAR 52.202-1, Definitions, be amended to clarify what FAR definitions apply to FAR solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

DATES: Comments are due on or before March 22, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405, or by e-mail to farcase.2002-013@gsa.gov. Cite "FAR Case 2002-013" in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeritta Parnell, 202-501-4082.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The current FAR 52.202-1 is an incomplete list of definitions applicable to the provisions and clauses -- it contains definitions for "agency head," "commercial component," "commercial item," "component," "contracting officer," "nondevelopmental item," and "subcontracts" only. In contrast, FAR 2.101, Definitions, contains almost 200 definitions. Therefore, FAR 52.202-1 would be revised to state the following:

(a) When a solicitation provision or contract clause uses a word or term that is defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the word or term has the same meaning as the definition in FAR 2.101 in effect at the time the solicitation was issued, unless --
(1) The solicitation, or amended solicitation, provides a different definition;
(2) The contracting parties agree to a different definition;
(3) The part, subpart, or section of the FAR where the provision or clause is prescribed provides a different meaning; or
(4) The word or term is defined in Subpart 31 (sic) for use in the cost principles and procedures.
(b) The FAR Index is a guide to words and terms the FAR defines and shows where each definition is located. The FAR Index is available via the Internet at http://www.arnet.gov/ at the end of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, after the FAR Appendix.

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

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