DATE: July 27, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Geographic Use of the Term "United States"

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 27, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 145, page 39229

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 clarify the use of the term "United States" by substituting more consistent terminology for the geographic application of FAR policies and procedures.

DATES: Interested parties should submit comments on or before September 25, 2001, to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405, or be e-mail to farcase.1999-400@gsa.gov. Cite FAR case 1999-400 in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cecelia Davis at 202-219-0202.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The current FAR 2.101 definition of "United States" is the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Where a wider area of applicability is intended, the term is redefined in the appropriate FAR part or subpart, or supplemented by listing the additional areas of applicability each time the term is used. There are different definitions for "United States" in FAR Subpart 22.8, Equal Employment Opportunity; FAR Subpart 22.10, Service Contract Act of 1965; FAR Part 25, Foreign Acquisition; and FAR Subpart 47.4, Air Transportation by U.S.-Flag Carriers.

In addition, there no longer is a "Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands," and the term "possessions" is no longer as encompassing as it once was and should not include the various unincorporated territories and commonwealths. Therefore, the current FAR 2.101 definition of "United States" would be revised to add the following, and the term "United States" would be revised throughout the FAR to reflect the appropriate definition:

In addition, the definition of "possessions" would be removed from FAR 2.101.

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

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