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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Advisory and Assistance Services

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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 the acquisition of advisory and assistance services. This rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.


September 30, 2005.

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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-D042.

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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/​dars/​dfars/​transformation/​index.htm.

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

  • Deletes the definition of “advisory and assistance services” at DFARS 237.201. The definition is used primarily for budget reporting under 10 U.S.C. 2212, and is adequately addressed in financial management regulations.
  • Deletes obsolete text on contracting for engineering and technical services at DFARS 237.203. This text was based on DoD Directive 1130.2, Engineering and Technical Sevices—Management Control, which was cancelled in 1990.
  • Deletes a reference listing of DoD publications that govern the conduct of audits at DFARS 237.270. This list has been relocated to the new DFARS companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI). Additional information on PGI is available at​dpap/​dars/​pgi.
  • Deletes obsolete text on management controls and requesting activity responsibilities at DFARS 237.271 and 237.272. This text was based on OMB Circular A-120, Guidelines for the Use of Advisory and Assistance Services, which was rescinded in 1993. OMB Circular A-120 was replaced by OFPP Policy Letter 93-1, Management Oversight of Service Contracting, which is implemented in FAR Subpart 37.5.

DoD published a proposed rule at 70 FR 8562 on February 22, 2005. 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 makes no significant change to DoD policy for the acquisition of advisory and assistance services.

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 237

  • Government procurement
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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, 48 CFR Part 237 is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 237 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. Sections 237.201 and 237.203 are removed.

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3. Section 237.270 is revised to read as follows:

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Acquisition of audit services.

(a) General policy. (1) Do not contract for audit services unless—

(i) The cognizant DoD audit organization determines that expertise required to perform the audit is not available within the DoD audit organization; or

(ii) Temporary audit assistance is required to meet audit reporting requirements mandated by law or DoD regulation.

(2) See PGI 237.270 for a list of DoD publications that govern the conduct of audits.

(b) Contract period. Except in unusual circumstances, award contracts for recurring audit services for a 1-year period with at least 2 option years.

(c) Approvals. Do not issue a solicitation for audit services unless the requiring activity provides evidence that the cognizant DoD audit organization has approved the statement of work. The requiring agency shall obtain the same evidence of approval for subsequent material changes to the statement of work.

(d) Solicitation provisions and contract clauses. (1) Use the provision at Start Printed Page 57194252.237-7000, Notice of Special Standards of Responsibility, in solicitations for audit services.

(2) Use the clause at 252.237-7001, Compliance with Audit Standards, in solicitations and contracts for audit services.

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4. Sections 237.271 and 237.272 are removed.

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[FR Doc. 05-19458 Filed 9-29-05; 8:45 am]