DATE: September 24, 2002

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Contract Closeout

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 24, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 187, page 59799

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

ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR)

SYNOPSIS: Comments are being sought from both government and industry on how the FAR, Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), and General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) can be revised to facilitate timely contract closeout.

DATES: Comments are due on or before November 25, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405, or by e-mail to ANPR.contractcloseout@gsa.gov. Cite ANPR Contract Closeout in all correspondence related to this ANPR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Layser at 703-602-0293.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: There is a substantial backlog of contracts that have not been closed out within the timeframes required by FAR 4.804, Closeout of Contract Files. DOD has analyzed the contract closeout process and the causes of the backlog, and has identified the lack of contract funding and agency resources as significant causes, along with process related delays like late submittal of final vouchers, final price redetermination proposals, royalty/patents submittals and approvals, final audits, overhead rate negotiations, and disposition of government property and classified materials.

This ANPR is seeking comments on which, if any, FAR, DFARS, or GSAR requirements should be changed to help facilitate the contract closeout process. An interagency team has been established that will review the FAR, DFARS, and GSAR to determine what changes, if any, can be made to facilitate timely contract closeout. FAR, DFARS, and GSAR requirements relating to contract closeout that are not required by statute, not needed to ensure adequately standardized government business practices, or not needed to protect the public interest will be considered for revision or elimination.

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

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