DATE: October 25, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR); Contractor Legal Management Requirements

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 25, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 207, page 63809

AGENCIES: Department of Energy (DOE)

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

SYNOPSIS: DOE is proposing to amend the DEAR to conform to proposed DOE regulations that would cover reimbursable legal costs incurred by its facility management and operations (M&O) contractors with contracts exceeding $10,000,000.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The DEAR is available on the Internet at http://www.pr.doe.gov/DEAR/dear.html.

DATES: Comments must be received no later than November 24, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit three (3) copies of comments to Laura Fullerton, GC-61, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Procurement and Assistance Management, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Fullerton, 202-586-3420 or e-mail: Laura.Fullerton@hq.doe.gov, or Anne Broker, 202-586-5060 or e-mail: Anne.Broker@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The cost principles and contract clauses in DOE's contracts generally make legal costs, including the cost of litigation, allowable if reasonable and incurred in accordance with the applicable cost principles and contract clauses.

This proposed rulemaking would create a new Part 719, Contractor Legal Management Requirements, in Chapter 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Energy, which would consist of regulations intended to monitor and control legal costs and to provide guidance to aid contractors and DOE personnel in making determinations regarding the reasonableness of all outside legal costs, including the costs of litigation. 10 CFR Part 719 would cover all outside legal costs incurred by contractors with contracts exceeding $10,000,000 at facilities owned or leased by DOE.

To conform the DEAR to the new 10 CFR Part 719, the following conforming changes would be made:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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