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Updated: October 31, 2002

Procurement News - October 31, 2002

  • Technology Incentive
    DoD contracting and pricing professionals are being surveyed regarding the use of the technology incentive within the DoD Weighted Guidelines profit policy. See memo in PDF format. My POC is Mr. Richard G. Brown at Richard.G.Brown@osd.mil.
  • DFARS Change Notice 20021025
    DoD published 1 proposed and 5 final DFARS rules in the Federal Register on October 25, 2002.  The final rules apply to solicitations issued on or after October 25, 2002, except as otherwise permitted by FAR 1.108(d) (but see additional applicability requirements for DFARS Case 2001-D017).  The proposed rule solicits public comments, which are due by December 24, 2002.  A summary of each rule can be found at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dp/dars/dfars/chnotices/20021025.htm.
  • Competition Requirements for Purchase of Services Under Multiple Award Contracts
    On October 25, 2002, The DAR Council issued a change to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement that changes how orders for services over $100,000 are placed against multiple award contracts, including Federal Supply Service schedules. The rule implements Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2002. Section 803 requires the CO to contact as many as schedule holders that are capable of performing the work as practicable AND ensure that at least 3 responses are received, or, alternatively, contact ALL the schedule holders. If the order is placed against multiple award contracts that are not part of the Federal supply schedules program, the contracting officer must contact all awardees that are capable of performing the work and provide them an opportunity to submit a proposal that must be fairly considered for award. Program managers and other requiring offices must assist in determining which contractors are capable of performing the desired work. Training materials that further explain the new rules are posted at: http://www.acq.osd.mil/dp/Section803.htm. The information can be accessed via the special interest drop-down box on the homepage, listed under Section 803. For any other questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Melissa Rider, at (703) 614-3883 or via email: melissa.rider@osd.mil.
  • Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI)
    On October 25, 2002, DoD published a new ESI rule in the Federal Register. ESI, an approved "quick hit" initiative under the Business Initiative Council (BIC), thus became the official clearinghouse for all DoD buys of commercial software and services. The Defense Acquisition Regulation (DAR) Council added new procedures to the DoD FAR Supplement (DFARS) to require our customers and contracting officers to make best value purchases using established ESI Enterprise Software Agreements. Authorized ESI users include all Defense components and Defense contractors when authorized by their contracting officer. For more information on the ESI or to obtain product information, visit the ESI Website at http://www.don-imit.navy.mil/esi. The OSD POC is Jim Clausen in OASD(C3I)/DCIO and he can be reached at 703-602-0980, ext. 169 or via e-mail: James.Clausen@osd.mil.
  • The STAR Program
    The STAR Program is an interdisciplinary study of program and project management leadership. STAR, a seven day course, is sponsored by the Federal CIO Council's IT Workforce Committee and GSA. The next STAR Program, STAR 8, will be held Sunday, November 17, through Saturday, November 23, 2002 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge Hotel and Convention Center, King of Prussia, in eastern Pennsylvania. For more information, the STAR Program flier is available in WORD format.


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