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Federal Acquisition Circular 97-25; Introduction

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Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Summary presentation of interim rules.


This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-25. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at​far.


For effective dates and comment dates, see separate documents which follow.

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The FAR Secretariat, Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-4755, for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below in relation to each FAR case or subject area. Please cite FAC 97-25 and specific FAR case number(s). Interested parties may also visit our website at​far.

ItemSubjectFAR caseAnalyst
IPreference for Performance-Based Contracting2000-307Wise.
IIContractor Personnel in the Procurement of Information Technology Services2000-609Nelson.
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Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments to these FAR cases, refer to the specific item number and subject set forth in the documents following these item summaries.

Federal Acquisition Circular 97-25 amends the FAR as specified below:

ITEM I—Preference for Performance-Based Contracting (FAR Case 2000-307)

This interim rule amends FAR 2.101, Definitions, and 37.102, Policy, to implement Section 821 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-398). The rule affects contracting officers that buy services by explicitly establishing a preference for performance-based contracts or task orders.

Item II—Contractor Personnel in the Procurement of Information Technology Services (FAR Case 2000-609)

This interim rule adds FAR 39.104 to implement Section 813 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-398). Section 813 prohibits the use of minimum experience or education requirements for contractor personnel in solicitations for the acquisition of information technology services, unless—

1. The contracting officer first determines that the needs of the agency cannot be met without such requirement; or

2. The needs of the agency require the use of a type of contract other than a performance-based contract.

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Dated: April 27, 2001.

Al Matera,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Federal Acquisition Circular

Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-25 is issued under the authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administration for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

All Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) changes and other directive materal contained in FAC 97-25 are effective May 2, 2001.

April 5, 2001.

David A. Drabkin,

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration.

Dated: April 25, 2001.

Deidre A. Lee,

Director, Defense Procurement.

April 6, 2001.

Tom Luedtke,

Associate Administrator for Procurement, National Aereonautics and Space Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-11007 Filed 5-1-01; 8:45 am]