DEFENSE FAR SUPPLEMENT (DFARS) Change Notice 20021220

 

DoD published 1 proposed and 3 final DFARS rules in the Federal Register on December 20, 2002.  The final rules apply to solicitations issued on or after December 20, 2002, except as otherwise permitted by FAR 1.108(d).  The proposed rule solicits public comments, which are due by February 18, 2003.  A summary of each rule follows:

 

Final Rules:

 

Extension of DoD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program (DFARS Case 2002-D029)

 

Changes the DFARS to extend, through September 30, 2005, the period during which companies may enter into agreements under the DoD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program; and to extend, through September 30, 2008, the period during which mentor firms may incur costs that are eligible for reimbursement or credit under the Program.  The Program provides incentives for DoD contractors to assist protégé firms in enhancing their capabilities and increasing their participation in Government and commercial contracts.  The rule implements Section 812 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002. 

 

Affected subparts/sections:  219.71; Appendix I

 

The Federal Register notice for this rule is available here.

 

A Microsoft Word format document showing all additions and deletions made by this rule is here.

 

Trade Agreements Act – Exception for U.S.-Made End Products (DFARS Case 2002-D008)

 

Changes the DFARS to implement a determination of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) (USD(AT&L)) that it is inconsistent with the public interest to apply the restrictions of the Buy American Act to U.S.-made end products that are substantially transformed in the United States. The rule simplifies evaluation of offers in acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act, because it eliminates the need to determine if a U.S.-made end product is also a domestic end product, i.e., the cost of domestic components exceeds the cost of all components by more than 50 percent.  Additionally, the provision at DFARS 252.225-7006, Buy American Act Trade Agreements—Balance of Payments Program Certificate, and the clause at DFARS 252.225-7007, Buy American Act—Trade Agreements—Balance of Payments Program, are no longer necessary, because the provision at DFARS 252.225-7020, Trade Agreements Certificate, and the clause at DFARS 252.225-7021, Trade Agreements, are now appropriate for all acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act.  This rule also applies the USD(AT&L) determination to acquisitions subject to the Balance of Payments Program, since the Balance of Payments Program is an extension of the Buy American Act restrictions to acquisitions of supplies for overseas use.

 

Affected subparts/sections:  225.0; 225.1; 225.4; 225.5; 225.11; 225.75; Part 252 Table of Contents; 252.212; 252.225

 

The Federal Register notice for this rule is available here.

 

A Microsoft Word format document showing all additions and deletions made by this rule is here.

 

Technical Amendments

 

Changes the DFARS to update titles, section numbers, and paragraph designations.

 

Affected subparts/sections:  208.0; 208.70; 252.242; Appendix G, Part 2  

 

The Federal Register notice for this rule is available here.

 

A Microsoft Word format document showing all additions and deletions made by this rule is here.

 

Proposed Rule:

 

Purchase Card Internal Controls (DFARS Case 2002-D025)

 

Proposes to add DFARS policy on internal controls for proper use of the Governmentwide commercial purchase card and convenience checks.  The rule implements recommendations made by the DoD Charge Card Task Force, in its final report dated June 27, 2002, to strengthen management of the purchase card program. 

 

The Federal Register notice for this rule is available here.

 

A Microsoft Word format document showing all additions and deletions proposed by this rule is here.