DATE: May 24, 2001

SUBJECT: Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Administrative Amendments

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 24, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 101, page 28673

AGENCIES: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: EPA is adopting as final with minor editorial changes one provision and three clauses that were added to the EPAAR by an interim rule dated October 3, 2000. These involved EPA's mentor-protege program and its small disadvantaged business participation program.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) is Chapter 15 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It is available on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/oamrfp12/ptod/epaar.pdf.

For more on the interim rule, see the October 3, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Administrative Amendments."

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Schaffer, U.S. EPA, Office of Acquisition Management, Mail Code (3802R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460, 202-564-4366.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On October 3, 2000, EPA published an interim rule which added to the EPAAR various provisions and clauses that were used in EPA solicitations but had not been subject to the formal rulemaking process and, therefore, was not in the EPAAR. The interim rule incorporated 15 provisions and clauses into the EPAAR and solicited comments on the added provisions and clauses. Among the 15 provisions and clauses were the following:

EPAAR 1552.219-70Mentor-Protege Program
EPAAR 1552.219-71Procedures for Participation in the EPA Mentor-Protege Program
EPAAR 1552.219-72Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program
EPAAR 1552.219-73Small Disadvantaged Business Targets

This rule adopts these as final with minor editorial changes. However, the other 11 provisions and clauses are not finalized by this rule.

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

Copyright 2001 by Panoptic Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

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