DATE: February 23, 2004
SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Improper Business Practices and Contractor Qualifications Relating to Debarment, Suspension, and Business Ethics
SOURCE: Federal Register, February 23, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 35, page 8146
AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)
ACTION: Proposed Rule
SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that DFARS Part 203, Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest, and DFARS Part 209, Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility, be amended to streamline and clarify text pertaining to debarment, suspension, and improper business practices.
EDITOR'S NOTE: 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).
This proposed rule is one of the first fourteen proposed changes implementing the DFARS Transformation. The other thirteen proposed changes are described in other FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCHES published today.
Additional information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dfars/transf.htm.
DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted on or before April 23, 2004.
ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: email@example.com. Also, respondents who cannot submit comments through the web site or by e-mail may submit comments to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Euclides Barrera, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062, or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite "DFARS Case 2003-D012" when making comments on this proposed rule.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Euclides Barrera, 703-602-0296.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule would make the following changes to DFARS Parts 203 and 209:
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