DATE: November 1, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Electronic Signatures

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 1, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 212, page 65697

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that the FAR be amended to clarify and encourage the use of electronic signatures in federal procurement.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (Public Law 106-229), see the July 3, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act 'Signed' Into Law."

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before January 2, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405; e-mail: farcase.2000-304@gsa.gov. Cite FAR case 2000-304 in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph De Stephano, Procurement Analyst, 202-501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On October 21, 1998, the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (Title XVII of Division C of Public Law 105-277, the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1999) was enacted. The act requires federal agencies, by October 21, 2003, to give persons who must maintain, submit, or disclose information the option of doing so electronically when practicable as a substitute for paper, and to use electronic signatures to verify the identity of the sender and the integrity of electronic content.

On June 30, 2000, President Clinton signed into law the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. The act went into effect October 1, 2000, and it makes electronic signatures as valid as "normal" signatures for most documents, including contracts.

To further government participation in electronic commerce when conducting federal procurements, this proposed rule would make the following changes to the FAR:

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

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