Federal Register: April 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 80)

DOCID: fr24ap08-17 FR Doc E8-8917

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agriculture Department

NOTICE: NOTICES

DOCID: fr24ap08-17

DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of Privacy Act System of Records.

SUBJECT CATEGORY:

Privacy Act of 1974; Report of a System of Records

DATES: Comments must be received no later than May 27, 2008. This system of records will be effective June 3, 2008 unless USDA receives comments which would result in a contrary determination.

DOCUMENT SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a, the Department of Agriculture gives notice of a proposed system of records entitled Integrated Acquisition System (IAS).

SUMMARY:

Reader Aids; ; Privacy Act; Systems of Records,

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Pursuant to the Executive Order 12931, Federal Procurement Reform, which directed effective and efficient spending of public funds through fundamental reforms in Government procurement, USDA has developed and implemented a new system of records designated as the USDA Integrated Acquisition System (IAS). The Office of Procurement and Property Management, a component of the Departmental Administration staff office, will maintain IAS. IAS will allow USDA to better serve the public through a USDAwide accounting and procurement system that conforms to generally accepted accounting standards and business best practices and ensures financial and procurement integrity.

USDA takes this action pursuant to the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103355), the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Pub. L. 105277, Div. C., Title XVII, 1701 to 1710, principally classified as a note under 44 U.S.C. 3504; Sec. 101; 15 U.S.C. 7001 et seq., and the EGovernment Act of 2002, Pub. L. 107 347, 44 U.S.C. 3541, et seq. These statutory authorities mandate standards and goals for acquisition reform, efficiency and effectiveness.

Prior to the implementation of IAS, the various USDA component agencies performed acquisition activities using multiple, disparate systems which were not connected. These systems included: Purchase Order System, Agriculture Contract Automation System, Procurement Request Information System, Comprizon.buy, XPDite, Pontius, FARA, Logistics Management System, Contract Administration Reporting System and Procurement Reporting System. With the implementation of the IAS, the aforementioned disparate acquisition systems were merged into an enterprise system, which serves all of the USDA mission areas namely: Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; Food Safety; Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Natural Resources and Environment; Research, Education and Economics; and, Rural Development.

Date: April 17, 2008.
Edward T. Schafer,
Secretary.
USDA/DA01

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

Ruby Harvey, Division Chief, DA/OPPM- PSD, USDA, 300 7th Street, SW., Room 262, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 4011023.