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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Acquisition Planning

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


Final rule.


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


Effective Date: September 8, 2006.

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Mr. Mark Gomersall, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0302; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D044.

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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.

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

  • Increase the dollar thresholds for preparation of written acquisition plans;
  • Update acquisition planning requirements for consistency with changes to the DoD 5000 series publications;
  • Delete unnecessary text relating to contract administration and class justifications for other than full and open competition;
  • Clarify requirements for funding of leases; and
  • Delete text addressing the contents of written acquisition plans. Text on this subject has been relocated to the DFARS companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI), available at​dpap/​dars/​pgi.

DoD published a proposed rule at 70 FR 54693 on September 16, 2005. DoD received no comments on the proposed rule and has adopted the proposed rule as a final rule, with minor editorial changes at 207.103(h) and 207.471(c).

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 internal DoD requirements for acquisition planning.

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 207

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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

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2. Section 207.102 is removed.

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3. Section 207.103 is revised to read as follows:

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Agency-head responsibilities.

(d)(i) Prepare written acquisition plans for—

(A) Acquisitions for development, as defined in FAR 35.001, when the total cost of all contracts for the acquisition program is estimated at $10 million or more;

(B) Acquisitions for production or services when the total cost of all contracts for the acquisition program is estimated at $50 million or more for all years or $25 million or more for any fiscal year; and

(C) Any other acquisition considered appropriate by the department or agency.

(ii) Written plans are not required in acquisitions for a final buy out or one-time buy. The terms “final buy out” and “one-time buy” refer to a single contract that covers all known present and future requirements. This exception does not apply to a multiyear contract or a contract with options or phases.

(e) Prepare written acquisition plans for acquisition programs meeting the thresholds of paragraphs (d)(i)(A) and (B) of this section on a program basis. Other acquisition plans may be written on either a program or an individual contract basis.

(g) The program manager, or other official responsible for the program, has overall responsibility for acquisition planning.

(h) For procurement of conventional ammunition, as defined in DoDD 5160.65, Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA), the SCMA will review the acquisition plan to determine if it is consistent with retaining national technology and industrial base capabilities in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(3) and Section 806 of Public Law 105-261. The department or agency—

(i) Shall submit the acquisition plan to the address in PGI 207.103(h); and

(ii) Shall not proceed with the procurement until the SMCA provides written concurrence with the acquisition plan. In the case of a non-concurrence, the SCMA will resolve issues with the Army Office of the Executive Director for Conventional Ammunition.

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4. Section 207.104 is removed.

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5. Section 207.105 is revised to read as follows:

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Contents of written acquisition plans.

In addition to the requirements of FAR 7.105, planners shall follow the procedures at PGI 207.105.

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6. Section 207.471 is amended by revising paragraphs (b) and (c) to read as follows:

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Funding requirements.
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(b) DoD leases are either capital leases or operating leases. See FMR 7000.14-R, Volume 4, Chapter 7, Section 070207.

(c) Use procurement funds for capital leases, as these are essentially installment purchases of property.

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[FR Doc. E6-14907 Filed 9-7-06; 8:45 am]