DATE: June 25, 2004

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Payment and Billing Instructions

SOURCE: Federal Register, June 25, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 122, page 35564

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is proposing to amend DFARS Part 204, Administrative Matters, and DFARS Appendix F, Material Inspection and Receiving Report, to improve payment and billing instructions in defense contracts.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted on or before August 24, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments, identified by "DFARS Case 2003-D009," to: (1) http://www.regulations.gov; (2) http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm; (3) e-mail: dfars@osd.mil; fax: 703-602-0350; (4) mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Thaddeus Godlewski, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; (5) hand-delivery/courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thaddeus Godlewski, 703-602-2022.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 11, 2003, DOD announced plans for conducting a "major transformation" of the DFARS (see the February 11, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Transformation"). The objective of the DFARS transformation is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process while allowing the acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate. The transformed DFARS will contain only requirements of law, DOD-wide policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviations from Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements, and policies and procedures that have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DOD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. All mandatory and non-mandatory internal DOD procedures, non-mandatory guidance, and supplemental information will be contained in the DFARS companion document, the "Procedures, Guidance, and Information" (PGI) (for more on the PGI, see the February 23, 2004, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Procedures, Guidance, and Information").

The following are the changes that are being proposed to DFARS Part 204:

In addition, Appendix F-306, Invoice Instructions, would be amended to address electronic invoice submissions.

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

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