DATE: January 3, 2005

SUBJECT: Department of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR); Miscellaneous Amendments

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 3, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 1, page 38

AGENCIES: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

ACTION: Direct Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: HHS is amending the HHSAR to make various administrative and editorial changes, updating and removing outdated references, and bringing it into conformance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

EDITOR'S NOTE: The HHSAR is Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is available on the Internet at http://www.knownet.hhs.gov/acquisition/hhsar/.

DATES: This direct final rule will become effective March 4, 2005, unless significant adverse comments are received by February 2, 2005. HHS reserves the "direct final rule" procedure for rules it believes are noncontroversial. If HHS receives any adverse comments on the contents of the direct final rule, HHS will withdraw the rule.

ADDRESSES: Comments on this direct final rule may be submitted by e-mail to Tracey.Mock@hhs.gov or by mail to Tracey Mock, DHHS, OS, ASAM, Office of Acquisition Management and Policy, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 324E, Washington, DC 20201. Cite "48 CFR 3" in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracey Mock, Office of Acquisition.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The amendments being made to the HHSAR concern internal procedural matters which are administrative in nature, and will not have a major effect on the general public or on contractors or offerors supporting HHS. The majority of the amendments concern HHS organizational title changes resulting from reorganizations, such as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) being renamed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in June 2001.

The following are some of the more significant changes being made to the HHSAR by this direct final rule:

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