DATE: October 28, 2002

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Training Supporting Implementation of Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, Competition Requirements for Purchase of Services Under Multiple Award Contracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 28, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 208, page 65721

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: DOD is sponsoring two training sessions to support implementation of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) final rule implementing Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107), which requires DOD to issue policy requiring competition in the purchase of services under multiple award contracts.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the final rule implementing Section 803, see the October 25, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Competition Requirements for Purchase of Services Under Multiple Award Contracts."

For more on the acquisition-related provisions of the FY 2002 National Defense Authorization Act, see the January 2, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002."

DATES: Training will be conducted on October 31, 2002, and on November 12, 2002, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Training will be conducted in the Crystal City area of Arlington, VA, in Room C-43, Crystal Mall 4, 1941 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. The room is located on the Underground/Tunnel level and is accessible from the Metro.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding registration for the training sessions or other training issues, contact Melissa Rider at melissa.rider@osd.mil or 703-614-3883. For information regarding final rule content, contact Susan Schneider at 703-602-0326.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On October 25, 2002, DOD published a rule amending the DFARS to implement Public Law 107-107, Section 803, Competition Requirement for Purchase of Services Pursuant to Multiple Award Contracts, which requires that each DOD purchase of services over $100,000 made under a multiple award contract be made on a competitive basis unless a contracting officer waives the requirement under certain specific circumstances. In the introduction to the final rule was the statement, "DOD and civilian agency contracting professionals that place orders under multiple award contracts using DOD funds, and contractors that sell services on multiple award contracts, should receive training on the new procedures for placing orders over $100,000 for services. DOD has developed many training tools on Section 803 and will be providing training in the DC metro area."

Two sessions of this training will be held in Arlington, VA, on October 31, 2000, and November 12, 2002. Attendance at the sessions is limited to 60. The notice elaborates that "DOD contracting personnel and personnel who develop requirements for service task orders under multiple award vehicles (including Federal Supply Service multiple award schedules), civilian agency personnel who fulfill DOD requirements under the Economy Act, and representatives of companies that have been awarded a multiple award contract for services should attend the training. Civilian agencies must follow the new DOD procedures if they acquire services on behalf of DOD under multiple award contracts or schedules.

For those who are unable to attend the training sessions, briefings, including briefer notes, have been posted to the Defense Procurement Web site at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dp under the special interest drop down box "Section 803."

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

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