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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Sealed Bidding

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Department of Defense (DoD).


Final rule.


DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update text pertaining to sealed bidding. This rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.


November 10, 2004.

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Ms. Robin Schulze, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0326; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D076.

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A. Background

DFARS Transformation is a major DoD initiative to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS. The objective 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 FAR authorities, deviations from FAR requirements, and policies/procedures that have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Additional information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at​dpap/​dfars/​transf.htm.

This final rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation initiative. The DFARS changes include—

  • Deletion of unnecessary text at DFARS 214.201-1, 214.407-3(h), and 214.5.
  • Redesignation of DFARS 214.202-5(d) as 214.202-5(c) for consistency with the corresponding FAR text.
  • Addition of the Defense Contract Management Agency General Counsel to the list of agency officials authorized to permit correction of mistakes in bid before award.

DoD published a proposed rule at 69 FR 8152 on February 23, 2004. DoD received no comments on the proposed rule. Therefore, DoD has adopted the proposed rule as a final rule without change.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule deletes unnecessary text and updates administrative information, but makes no significant change to contracting policy.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does not impose any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 214

  • Government procurement
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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Therefore, 48 CFR part 214 is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 214 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

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2. Section 214.201-1 is removed.

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3. Section 214.202-5 is amended by redesignating paragraph (d) as paragraph (c).

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4. Section 214.407-3 is amended as follows:

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a. By adding paragraph (e)(ix); and

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b. By removing paragraph (h). The added text reads as follows:

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Other mistakes disclosed before award.

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(ix) Defense Contract Management Agency: General Counsel, DCMA.

Subpart 214.5—[Removed]

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5. Subpart 214.5 is removed.

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[FR Doc. 04-24864 Filed 11-9-04; 8:45 am]