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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: May 24, 2005

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Quality Assurance

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 24, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 99, page 29710

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is proposing to amend DFARS Part 246, Quality Assurance, to update text pertaining to government contract quality assurance requirements.

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 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) authorities, deviations from 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), which is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/pgi/index.htm.

Additional information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfars/transformation/index.htm.

For more on the PGI, see the November 1, 2004, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Procedures, Guidance, and Information."

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted no later than July 25, 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: dfars@acq.osd.mil; by fax to 703-602-0350; by mail to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Deborah Tronic, 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 2003-D027" when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Tronic, 703-602-0289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This proposed rule would amend DFARS Part 246 to update its text and to delete unnecessary or redundant language as follows:

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

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