Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH
DATE: April 21, 2005
SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Radio Frequency Identification
SOURCE: Federal Register, April 21, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 76, page 20726
AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)
ACTION: Proposed Rule
SYNOPSIS: This proposed rule would amend DFARS Subpart 211.2, Using and Maintaining Requirements Contracts, to require contractors to affix passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags at the case and palletized unit load levels when shipping packaged operational rations, clothing, individual equipment, tools, personal demand items, or weapon system repair parts, to the Defense Distribution Depot in Susquehanna, PA, or the Defense Distribution Depot in San Joaquin, CA.
DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted on or before June 20, 2005.
ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm; by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax to 703-602-0350; by mail to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Michele Peterson, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; or by courier/hand to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402. Cite "DFARS Case 2004-D011" when making comments on this proposed rule.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Peterson, 703-602-0311.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The proposed rule add DFARS 211.275, Radio Frequency Identification, which would consist of the following subsections:
- DFARS 211.275-1, Definitions, which would reference DFARS 252.211-7XXX, Radio Frequency Identification, for the definitions of bulk commodities, case, palletized unit load, passive RFID tag, and radio frequency identification.
- DFARS 211.275-2, Policy, which would require that passive RFID tags be affixed to individual cases and palletized unit loads of the following classes of supply that are delivered to either the Defense Distribution Depot, Susquehanna, PA, or the Defense Distribution Depot, San Joaquin, CA (except for bulk commodities):
Subclass of Class I -- Packaged operational rations
Class II -- Clothing, individual equipment, tentage, organizational tool kits, hand tools, and administrative and housekeeping supplies and equipment
Class VI -- Personal demand items (non-military sales items)
Class IX--Repair parts and components including kits, assemblies and subassemblies, reparable and consumable items required for maintenance support of all equipment, excluding medical-peculiar repair parts
- DFARS 211.275-3, Contract Clause, which would require that DFARS 252.211-7XXX be included in solicitations and contracts that will require delivery of items meeting the criteria in DFARS 211.275-2.
DFARS 252.211-7XXX would provide the pertinent definitions, restate the policy in 211.275-2, require that the RFID tags employ data encoding schemes located at http://www.dodrfid.org/tagdata.htm, and that the contractor electronically submit an advance shipment notice with the RFID tag identification in advance of the shipment in accordance with the procedures at http://www.dodrfid.org/asn.htm.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In the introduction to the proposed rule, DOD states that it is particularly interested in receiving comments on the following aspects of the proposed rule:
- The definitions of the terms “case” and “palletized unit load” and their use throughout the rule.
- The impact of providing electronic advance shipment notice information.
- Whether small business considerations have been fully addressed.
- Scientific, industry, or manufacturing-based evidence from changes or additions to packaging or package systems in order to assess the possible impact, if any, on the environment and materials recycling, including corrugated, metal, and plastic shipping containers and pallets.
- What are the options for minimizing and mitigating the effects on the materials recycling process from the use of RFID tags on shipping containers and pallets?
ADDITIONAL EDITOR’S NOTE: DOD’s RFID implementation plan, which is located at http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/rfid/implementation_plan.htm, lists the following future actions:
- Commencing January 1st, 2006, in addition to the requirements in the proposed rule, RFID tagging will be required on all individual cases, all cases packaged within palletized unit loads, and all palletized unit loads (pending appropriate safety certification) for the following classes of supply:
Class I -- Subsistence and Comfort Items
This requirement will apply to these commodities when shipped to Defense Distribution Depot, Susquehanna, PA, the Defense Distribution Depot, San Joaquin, CA, and the following:
Class III -- Packaged Petroleum, Lubricants, Oils, Preservatives, Chemicals and Additives
Class IV -- Construction and Barrier Equipment
Class V -- Ammunition of all types
Class VII -- Major End Items
Class VIII -- Pharmaceuticals and Medical Materials
Marine Corps Maintenance Depot, Albany, GA
Marine Corps Maintenance Depot, Barstow, CA
Army Maintenance Depot, Anniston, AL
Army Maintenance Depot, Corpus Christi, TX
Army Maintenance Depot, Red River, TX
Army Maintenance Depot, Tobyhanna, PA
Air Mobility Command Terminal, Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, SC
Air Mobility Command Terminal, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE
Air Mobility Command Terminal, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
Air Mobility Command Terminal, Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA
Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, UT
Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK
Air Logistics Center, Warner Robbins, GA
Naval Aviation Depot, Cherry Point, NC
Naval Aviation Depot, Jacksonville, FL
Naval Aviation Depot North Island, San Diego, CA
Defense Logistics Agency
Defense Distribution Depot, Albany, GA
Defense Distribution Depot, Anniston, AL
Defense Distribution Depot, Barstow, CA
Defense Distribution Depot, Cherry Point, NC
Defense Distribution Depot, Columbus, OH
Defense Distribution Depot, Corpus Christi, TX
Defense Distribution Depot, Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, UT
Defense Distribution Depot, Jacksonville, FL
Defense Distribution Depot, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK
Defense Distribution Depot, Norfolk, VA
Defense Distribution Depot, Puget Sound, WA
Defense Distribution Depot, Red River, TX
Defense Distribution Depot, Richmond, VA
Defense Distribution Depot North Island, San Diego, CA
Defense Distribution Depot, Tobyhanna, PA
Defense Distribution Depot, Warner Robbins, GA
- Commencing January 1st, 2007, RFID tagging will be required for all classes of supply on all individual cases, all cases packaged within palletized unit loads, all pallets, and all unit packs for unique identification (UID) items, shipped to any DOD location.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953.
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