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DATE: January 3, 2006

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-07, Miscellaneous Amendments

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 3, 2006, Vol. 71, No. 1, page 197

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

ACTION: Final and Interim Rules

SYNOPSIS: The Federal Acquisition Secretariat is issuing FAC 2005-07 to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) in the following areas: (1) standard transportation industry practices; (2) common identification standard for contractors; (3) performance-based acquisition; (4) Australian and Moroccan Free Trade Agreements; (5) Deletion of Very Small Business Pilot Program; (6) requirement for market research before making purchases from Federal Prison Industries; (7) exception from Buy American Act for commercial information technology; (8) removal of sanctions against Libya; (9) elimination of certain subcontract notification requirements; (10) annual representations and certifications -- North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code and size standard; and (11) technical amendments.

DATES: The effective date for these rules is January 3, 2006, except the effective date for Items (1), (3), and (8) is February 2, 2006. Comments on Items (2) and (7) should be submitted no later than March 6, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments on Items (2) and (7) to: (a) http://www.regulations.gov; (b) http://www.acqnet.gov/far/ProposedRules/proposed.htm; (c) e-mail: farcase.2005-015@gsa.gov (for Item (2)), and farcase.2005-022@gsa.gov (for Item (7)); (d) fax: 202-501-4067; or (e) mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurieann Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. Identify comments on Item (2) by "FAC 2005-07, FAR case 2005-015,” and comments on Item (7) by “FAC 2005-07, FAR case 2005-022.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The following analysts:

      Item (1), Jeritta Parnell, 202-501-4082.

      Items (2) and (3), Michael Jackson, 202-208-4949.

      Items (4), (7), and (8), Kimberly Marshall, 202-219-0986.

      Items (5) and (9), Rhonda Cundiff, 202-501-0044.

      Item (6), Linda Nelson, 202-501-1900.

      Item (10), Gerald Zaffos, 202-208-6091.

For general information, contact the FAR Secretariat, Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, 202-501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: (1) Standard Transportation Industry Practices

(2) Common Identification Standard for Contractors

(3) Change to Performance-Based Acquisition

(4) Australian and Moroccan Free Trade Agreements

(5) Deletion of the Very Small Business Pilot Program

(6) Requirement for Market Research Before Purchasing from Federal Prison Industries

(7) Exception from Buy American Act for Commercial Information Technology

(8) Removal of Sanctions Against Libya

(9) Elimination of Certain Subcontract Notification Requirements

(10) Annual Representations and Certifications -- NAICS Code and Size Standard

(11) Technical Amendments

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

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