DATE: March 31, 2003

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Foreign Acquisition

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 31, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 61, page 15615

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS Part 225, Foreign Acquisition, and its corresponding clauses to simplify and clarify the policies pertaining to the acquisition of supplies and services from foreign sources.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the October 7, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Foreign Acquisition."

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 30, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; 703-602-0328; or by facsimile: 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2002-D009" when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Because of the complexity of the Buy American Act and the trade agreements, DOD published on October 7, 2002, a proposal to extensively revise DFARS Part 225 to simplify and clarify the regulations governing the acquisition of supplies and services from foreign sources. The rule proposed to:

Five respondents submitted comments on the proposed rule. Other than minor editorial changes, the proposed rule is adopted as final.

The most significant change between the proposed and final rules is the reinstatement of DFARS 225.170, Acquisition From or Through Other Government Agencies, which require the DFARS Part 225 evaluation procedures to be applied to foreign items on Federal Supply Schedules.

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

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