DATE: January 27, 2004

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Electronic Representations and Certifications

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 27, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 17 page 4011

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that the FAR be amended to require offerors to submit representations and certifications electronically through the Business Partner Network (BPN) annually unless certain exceptions apply.

DATES: Comments are due on or before March 29, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405, or by e-mail to farcase.2002-024@gsa.gov. Cite "FAR Case 2002-024" in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeritta Parnell, 202-501-4082.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Currently, the FAR requires bidders and offerors to complete certain representations and certifications for each bid or offer they submit. One of the Integrated Acquisition Environment's (IAE) initiatives is to eliminate the administrative burden on offerors who must submit the same information to various contracting offices. This proposed rule would amend the FAR to require that representations and certifications be completed on-line through the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) portion of the BPN at least annually, and these representations and certifications would be available to contracting officers throughout the government. As part of this process, ORCA will use certain information that a contractor has already provided in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database (http://www.ccr.gov). Therefore, this requirement would apply only to bidders and offerors that are required to register in the CCR database.

This proposed rule would make the following changes to the FAR:

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

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