DATE: November 4, 2002

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Elimination of the Standard Form 129, Solicitation Mailing List Application

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 6, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 215, page 67761

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

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed to amend the FAR to remove the requirement for contracting offices to establish and maintain manual solicitation mailing lists and the need to use the Standard Form (SF) 129, Solicitation Mailing List Application.

DATES: Comments are due on or before January 6, 2003.

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 farcase.2001-032@gsa.gov. Cite "FAR Case 2001-032" in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph De Stefano, 202-501-1758.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The SF 129 was created to enable contracting activities to obtain information from sources to develop a solicitation mailing list. At the time the form was developed, manual processes were the only means available to assure access to adequate sources of supplies and services. Today, in contrast, agencies have access to many tools that can provide the functionality of the SF 129 but in a more efficient and effective manner.

For example, many agencies now require potential contractors to register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system, a centrally located, searchable database, accessible by the Internet, as their tool of choice for developing, maintaining, and providing sources for future procurements. The CCR database enables prospective contractors to update their information in one place: http://www.ccr.gov. Also, information obtained manually on the SF 129 may now be obtained through PRO-Net (the Procurement Marketing and Access Network (http://pro-net.sba.gov)), a gateway to procurement information for and about small businesses operated by the Small Business Administration. In addition, agencies are continually working to develop new electronic means of matching interested businesses with government contracting offices on FedBizOpps (http://www.fedbizopps.gov), the designated single governmentwide point of entry for public access to notices of procurement actions over $25,000. FedBizOpps is capable of generating a list of vendors that are interested in a specific solicitation for purposes of teaming opportunities, subcontracting opportunities, and other business relationships. In light of these electronic initiatives, it is proposed that the manual collection of contractor data using the SF 129 be eliminated.

The most significant changes would be the elimination of FAR 14.205-1, Establishment of Lists; FAR 14.205-2, Removal of Names from Solicitation Mailing Lists; FAR 14.205-3, Reinstatement on Solicitation Mailing Lists; FAR 14.205-4, Excessively Long Mailing Lists; FAR 14.205-5, Release of Solicitation Mailing Lists; FAR 52.214-9, Failure to Submit Bid (which requires the removal from mailing lists of bidders that do not either submit bids or notify the issuing office they want to receive future solicitations); and FAR 53.301-129, Standard Form 129. In addition, paragraphs in various sections throughout the FAR that refer to the SF 129, bidders lists, or mailng lists, would be amended or deleted.

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

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