DATE: December 1, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Excluded Parties System Enhancement

SOURCE: Federal Register, December 1, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 230 page 67353

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

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that the publication of the paper List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs be terminated, and that it be replaced by the electronic Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).

EDITOR'S NOTE: The EPLS is available on-line at http://epls.gov/.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted on or before January 30, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on response the proposed rule to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Attn: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. Submit e-mail comments to: farcase.2002-023@gsa.gov. Cite "FAR case 2002-023" when referring to this proposed rule.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: By terminating the paper List of Parties and relying on the electronic EPLS, agencies will: (1) be able to enter their data directly to the EPLS; (2) improve the reliability of the content by allowing content owners to directly input entries; (3) provide access to historical data that was previously provided through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) procedures; (4) enhance the ability to verify entries by permitting search by exact name and social security number; and (5) shorten the lead time between exclusionary action taken by agencies and updating the content.

To implement this change, the following revisions would be made to the FAR:

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

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