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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Authorization for Continued Contracts

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AGENCY:

Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to add policy permitting the assignment of an additional identification number to an existing contract for administrative purposes. This rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.

DATES:

Effective Date: May 12, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Deborah Tronic, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0289; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D052.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 http://www.acq.osd.mil/​dpap/​dars/​dfars/​transformation/​index.htm.

This final rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation initiative. The rule permits DoD contracting activities to assign an additional identification number to an existing contract by issuing a separate “continued” contract, when continued performance under the existing contract number is not practical for administrative reasons. The continued contract will incorporate all prices, terms, and conditions of the predecessor contract. Use of this procedure is expected to be limited, but will help to simplify administration, payment, and closeout of lengthy, complex contracts; and will help in situations where a contracting activity has exhausted its assigned series of identification numbers for orders placed against another activity's contract.

DoD published a proposed rule at 70 FR 23826 on May 5, 2005. One DoD contracting activity submitted comments requesting clarification of administrative matters pertaining to the Government's execution of this new procedure. A new section has been added to the DFARS companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI), at PGI 204.7001 (http://www.acq.osd.mil/​dpap/​dars/​pgi), to provide supplemental guidance to contracting officers regarding use of this procedure.

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 addresses an administrative procedure that is performed by the Government. A continued contract does not constitute a new procurement and will incorporate all prices, terms, and conditions of the predecessor contract.

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 204

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore,

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PART 204—ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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1. The authority citation for

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

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2. Section 204.7001 is revised to read as follows:

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204.7001 Policy.

(a) Use the uniform procurement instrument identification (PII) numbering system prescribed by this subpart for the solicitation/contract instruments described in 204.7003 and 204.7004.

(b) Retain the basic PII number unchanged for the life of the instrument unless the conditions in paragraph (c) of this section exist.

(c)(1) If continued performance under a contract number is not possible or is not in the Government's best interest solely for administrative reasons (e.g., when the supplementary PII serial numbering system is exhausted or for lengthy major systems contracts with multiple options), the contracting officer may assign an additional PII number by issuing a separate continued contract to permit continued contract performance.

(2) A continued contract—

(i) Does not constitute a new procurement;

(ii) Incorporates all prices, terms, and conditions of the predecessor contract effective at the time of issuance of the continued contract;

(iii) Operates as a separate contract independent of the predecessor contract once issued; and

(iv) Shall not evade competition, expand the scope of work, or extend the period of performance beyond that of the predecessor contract.

(3) When issuing a continued contract, the contracting officer shall—

(i) Issue an administrative modification to the predecessor contract to clearly state that—

(A) Any future awards provided for under the terms of the predecessor contract (e.g., issuance of orders or exercise of options) will be accomplished under the continued contract; and

(B) Supplies and services already acquired under the predecessor contract Start Printed Page 27641shall remain solely under that contract for purposes of Government inspection, acceptance, payment, and closeout; and

(ii) Follow the procedures at PGI 204.7001(c).

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[FR Doc. 06-4465 Filed 5-11-06; 8:45 am]

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