DATE: December 6, 2001

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Research and Development Streamlined Contracting Procedures

SOURCE: Federal Register, December 6, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 235, page 63348

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is proposing to amend DFARS Subpart 235.70, Research and Development Streamlined Contracting Procedures, to eliminate the requirement for posting of solicitations at the research and development streamlined solicitation website (http://www.rdss.osd.mil). However, contracting activities would still continue to make synopses and solicitations available through the FedBizOpps (http://www.fedbizopps.gov), the "governmentwide point of entry."

DATES: Comments on this proposed rule must be submitted no later than February 4, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Also, respondents who cannot submit comments through the web site or by e-mail may submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Sandra Haberlin, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062, or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 2000-D306 when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelena Moy, 703-602-1302.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: 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 235.7003-2, RDSS Process, 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 FedBizOpps.gov in accordance with FAR 5.102, Availability of Solicitations, and FAR 5.203, Publicizing and Response Time, and include the information required by FAR 5.207, Preparation and Transmittal of Synopses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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