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DATE: March 29, 2005

SUBJECT: General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Deviations

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 29, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 59, page 15779

AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Final Rule

ACTION: GSA is amending GSAR Subpart 501.4, Deviations from the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation), to revise procedures for obtaining deviations, clarify the term “class deviation,” and clarify the term “contract action.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: The GSAR is the shaded part of the GSA Acquisition Manual (GSAM), which is available on the Internet at http://www.acqnet.gov/GSAM/gsam.html.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 29, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ernest Woodson, at 202-501-3775.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: FAR Subpart 1.4, Deviations from the FAR, prescribes policies and procedures for authorizing deviations from the FAR when necessary to meet the specific needs and requirements of an agency unless precluded by law, executive order, or regulation. FAR 1.402, Policy, states, “The development and testing of new techniques and methods of acquisition should not be stifled simply because such action would require a FAR deviation provides that the development and testing of new techniques and methods of acquisition should not be stifled simply because such actions would require a FAR deviation.” However, GSA deviations to the FAR and the GSAR have raised questions indicating the need to increase the involvement of the Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer. Therefore, this final rule makes the following changes to GSAR Subpart 501.4:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953.

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