Federal Register: December 6, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 235)
DOCID: FR Doc 01-30261
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
CFR Citation: 48 CFR Part 235
DFA ID: [DFARS Case 2001-D002]
NOTICE: PROPOSED RULES
ACTION: Acquisition regulations:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Research and Development Streamlined Contracting Procedures
DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to
the address shown below on or before February 4, 2002, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.
DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to eliminate the requirement for posting of solicitations at the research and development streamlined solicitation website. Instead, each contracting activity will use its own procedures for electronic posting of research and development streamlined solicitations. Contracting activities will continue to make synopses and solicitations available through the Governmentwide point of entry (FedBizOpps).
Research and development streamlined contracting procedures,
DFARS Subpart 235.70 contains streamlined procedures for acquiring research and development using a standard solicitation and contract format. The standard format is available on the research and development streamlined solicitation (RDSS) website at http://www/ rdss.osd.mil. DFARS 235.70032 presently requires that each solicitation issued in the standard format be posted at the RDSS website. This proposed rule eliminates the requirement for contracting activities to post their solicitations at the RDSS website, to permit each activity to use its own procedures for electronic posting of solicitations. However, contracting activities will continue to make synopses and solicitations available through the Governmentwide point of entry (FedBizOpps) in accordance with FAR 5.102 and 5.203.
This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.
B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
The proposed rule is not expected to 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 does not significantly change solicitation procedures or limit public access to solicitation information. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties. DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2001D002.
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.
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 235
Michele P. Peterson,
Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.
Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR part 235 as follows:
1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 235 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.
PART 235RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTING
2. Section 235.70032 is revised to read as follows: 235.70032 RDSS process.
(a) Synopsis. The synopsis required by FAR 5.203 must include (1) The information required by FAR 5.207; and
(2) A statement that the solicitation will be issued in the research and development streamlined solicitation format shown at the RDSS/C website.
(1) The solicitation, to be made available consistent with the requirements of FAR 5.102
(i) Must be in the format shown at the RDSS/C website;
(ii) Must include the applicable version number of the RDSS standard format; and
(iii) Must incorporate by reference the appropriate terms and conditions of the RDSS standard format.
(2) To encourage preparation of better cost proposals, consider allowing a delay between the due dates for technical and cost proposals.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Ms. Angelena Moy, (703) 602-1302.