DEFENSE FAR SUPPLEMENT (DFARS) Change Notice 20030301

DoD has published the following interim and proposed DFARS rules in the Federal Register:

Interim Rule:

Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment Requests (DFARS Case 2002-D001)

Changes the DFARS to require contractors to submit, and DoD to process, contract payment requests electronically. This change applies to solicitations issued on or after March 1, 2003. Some exceptions are authorized. One of the exceptions enables the contracting officer, the payment office, and the contractor to mutually agree on alternative methods when electronic systems are not available to ensure timely payments. This change was published in the Federal Register on February 21, 2003, with a request for comments by April 22, 2003.

Affected subparts/sections: DFARS Table of Contents; Part 232 Table of Contents; 232.70; Part 252 Table of Contents; 252.212; 252.232; 252.246

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:

Payment Withholding (DFARS Case 2002-D017)

Proposes to supplement the clause at FAR 52.232-7, Payments under Time-and-Materials and Labor-Hour Contracts, to remove the requirement for a contracting officer to routinely withhold 5 percent of payments due under a time-and-materials or labor-hour contract. Instead, the administrative contracting officer would withhold payment amounts only if necessary to protect the Government's interests. This proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on February 28, 2003, with a request for comments by April 29, 2003.

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.