DATE: September 16, 2004
SUBJECT: General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) Amendment 2004-03; Preference for Acquisition of Leasehold Interests in Historic Real Property
SOURCE: Federal Register, September 16, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 179, page 55937
AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA)
ACTION: Final Rule
SYNOPSIS: GSA is amending GSAR 552.270-2, Historic Preference, to implement Executive Order 13006, Locating Federal Facilities on Historic Properties in Our Nation's Central Cities, by establishing a hierarchy of consideration and giving a price evaluation preference for those considerations.
EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the October 19, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Acquisition of Leasehold Interests in Real Property -- Historic Preference."
The GSAR is the shaded part of the GSA Acquisition Manual, which is available on the Internet at http://www.acqnet.gov/GSAM/gsam.html.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 16, 2004.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Wise at 202-208-1168.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Executive Order 13006, dated May 21, 1996, requires the federal government to "utilize and maintain, wherever operationally appropriate and economically prudent, historic properties and districts..." The executive order directs federal agencies to "give first consideration to historic properties within historic districts. If no such property is suitable, then federal agencies shall consider other developed or undeveloped sites within historic districts." If there is no suitable site within an historic district, "federal agencies shall then consider historic properties outside of historic districts."
GSAR 552.270-2 provided a 10% price evaluation preference to historic buildings without differentiation. On October 19, 2001, GSA published a proposed rule that would amend GSAR 552.270-2 to establish a hierarchy of consideration by giving a price evaluation preference to offers of space falling within the hierarchy, as follows:
No comments were received, so the proposed rule is finalized without changes.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.
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