DATE: November 14, 2003

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); DOD Activity Address Codes in Contract

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 14, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 220, page 64555

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS Subpart 204.70, Uniform Procurement Instrument Identification Numbers, to prescribe the use of DOD activity address codes in the first six positions of solicitation and contract numbers. This provides consistency in the method of identifying DOD activities and eliminates the need to maintain the list of DOD activity address numbers in DFARS Appendix G, Activity Address Numbers, which is removed.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule being finalized, see the June 11, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); DOD Activity Address Codes in Contract Numbers."

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 14, 2003.

B>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Euclides Barrera, 703-602-0296.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This final rule amends DFARS Subpart 204.70 to prescribe the use of a contracting office's DOD activity address code (DODAAC) in the first six positions of a solicitation or contract number, instead of the DOD activity address number found in DFARS Appendix G, Activity Address Numbers.

A proposed rule that would make this change was published June 11, 2003, because DOD was planning to use DODAACs in numbering solicitations and contracts, beginning October 1, 2003. However, Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-16, Item (3), revised the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require agencies to assign a unique identifier to every procurement instrument, beginning October 1, 2003, so a change became mandatory. (EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on FAC 2001-16, see the October 1, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-16, Miscellaneous Amendments.")

Four comments were received in response to the proposed rule, and the proposed rule is adopted as final with two minor changes. The following are the changes being made by this final rule (the differences between the proposed and final rules are noted):

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

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