DATE: November 28, 2003

SUBJECT: Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (AFARS); Contractors Accompanying the Force

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 28, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 229, pages 66738 and 66740

AGENCIES: Department of the Army

ACTION: Interim Final Rules

SYNOPSIS: The Army is amending the AFARS to increase consistency in Army contracts that may require deployment of contractor personnel.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The AFARS is Chapter 51 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It is available on the Internet at http://dasapp.saalt.army.mil/Ind_base_policy/AFARS%20conformed.htm.

DATES: The effective date for these two interim final rules is November 28, 2003. Comments on these interim final rules must be submitted on or before January 27, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may e-mail comments to: s.wisniewski@us.army.mil, or mail to Procurement Policy and Support Office, Attn: SAAL-PP, Sharon Wisniewski, Presidential Towers, 2511 S. Jeff Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, 22202, facsimile (703) 604-8178. Cite "AFARS CAF Clause" in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Wisniewski, 586-574-7050, or Linda Fowlkes, 703-604-7104.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: These interim final rules are intended to consolidate information needed to facilitate the deployment of contractor personnel to Iraq or other areas of operations and to incorporate it into the AFARS so each contractor and contracting office does not have to research current guidance on contractors accompanying the force, and to increase consistency among Army contracts.

The first interim final rule adds AFARS Subpart 225.74, Antiterrorism/Force Policy Protection for Defense Contractors Outside the United States, which consists of AFARS 5125.74-9000, Contractors Accompanying the Force -- Deployment of Contractor Personnel in Support of Military Operations, which consists of the following:

The second interim final rule incorporates AFARS 5152.225-74-9000. It provides a detailed compilation of the applicable statutes, rules, regulations, and guidance that apply to contractor personnel (such as joint publications, field manuals, international laws, treaties, agreements); requires compliance with combatant command orders; provides requirements for the maintenance and administration of personnel data; provides requirements for clothing and equipment, weapons and training, vehicle and equipment operation, and passports, visas and customs; and requires coordination of local purchases of goods and services in accordance with instructions provided by the administrative contracting officer (ACO) or the contracting officer's designated representative. Furthermore, it requires that the clause be included in all subcontracts.

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

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