DATE: December 2, 2003

SUBJECT: Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NMCARS) Issued

SOURCE: Navy Assistant Secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition Memorandum, November 25, 2003

AGENCIES: Department of the Navy (DON) and Marine Corps

ACTION: The Navy and the Marine Corps are issuing the NMCARS, which replaces the Navy Acquisition Procedures Supplement (NAPS).

EDITOR'S NOTE: The NMCARS is Chapter 52 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It is available on the Internet at http://www.abm.rda.hq.navy.mil/2november2003nmcars.doc. The Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Guide (NMCAG) is available on the Internet at http://www.abm.rda.hq.navy.mil/nmcagnov2003final.doc.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 25, 2003.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On November 25, 2003, the Navy Assistant Secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition issued a memorandum to Navy acquisition personnel notifying them that the new NMCARS is replacing the NAPS. "The NCMARS has been streamlined to reduce its content and focus principally on mandatory policies and procedures, including delegations of authority and assignment of responsibilities," the memorandum says. In addition to the NMCARS, the NMCAG is being issued, and it "primarily addresses administrative matters including procedures for processing documents for higher level approval, internal reporting requirements, and various discretionary practices."

The memorandum states, "To the extent this NMCARS conflicts with policy issued by any previous memorandum, the policy in the memorandum should be considered canceled and/or superseded. However, guidance contained in prior memoranda that does not conflict with this NMCARS remains in effect."

The following are the most noteworthy changes in the NMCARS:

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