DATE: May 12, 2003

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Item Marking and Valuing of Government Property

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 12, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 91, page 25313

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR)

SYNOPSIS: DOD is soliciting comments from both government and industry on potential changes to policy in DFARS Part 245, Government Property, on government property in the possession of contractors. These changes relate to item marking and valuing (providing cost information) of contractor-acquired property and tangible item deliverables. In addition, DOD will hold a public meeting to discuss the potential changes and to hear the views of interested parties.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on May 28, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The names of individuals expected to attend the public meeting should be provided no later than May 21, 2003.

Written comments on the potential DFARS changes should be submitted no later than June 9, 2003.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at Logistics Management Institute (LMI), 2000 Corporate Ridge, McLean, VA 22102-7805. Directions to LMI can be obtained at http://www.lmi.org or by telephone at 703-917-9800.

The names of individuals expected to attend the public meeting should be provided to Claudia Low, by telephone at 703-917-7264; or by fax to 703-917-7066; or by e-mail to clow@lmi.org; or by mail to Logistics Management Institute, 2000 Corporate Ridge, McLean, VA 22102-7805. Walk-in attendance will be accommodated. However, pre-registration is preferred.

Comments should be submitted to Michael Canales by mail to OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(P), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060; by e-mail to Michael.Canales@osd.mil; or by fax to 703-614-1254.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Canales, 703-695-8571.

Potential DFARS changes will be made available in draft form in Microsoft Word 6.0 text format at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap. The draft changes are not a proposed rule, but are provided for discussion purposes only.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: During the past six months, DOD has issued a series of policy memoranda (available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap) and held numerous meetings with government and industry personnel on this subject. In addition, DOD is planning a "major transformation" of the DFARS "to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process and allow our acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate." (EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the DFARS transformation effort, see the February 28, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Transformation.")

The purpose of the ANPR is to provide the public with a preliminary indication of changes under consideration, and to solicit comments on those changes. After consideration of comments received in response to the ANPR and during the public meeting, DOD plans to publish two proposed DFARS rules for additional comments: one on item marking, and one on item value.

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

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