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Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) change notice 20051109.

DoD published the following DFARS changes on Nov. 9, 2005. To review these changes in their entirety, go to the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy Web site at <http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfars/changenotice/index.htm>.

Final Rules

Information Technology Equipment--Screening of Government Inventory (DFARS Case 2003-D054)

Deletes obsolete procedures for screening of government inventory before authorizing a contractor to purchase information technology equipment. DoD now manages information technology equipment in the same manner as other government property, in accordance with FAR Part 45 and DFARS Part 245.

Acquisition of Telecommunications Services (DFARS Case 2003-D055)

Revises DFARS text on the acquisition of telecommunications services to update terminology, delete obsolete text, and add text addressing DoD's authority to enter into contracts for telecommunications resources. Adds to DFARS PGI (Procedures, Guidance, and Information), historical documents on delegated authority from the General Services Administration for the procurement of telecommunications services.

Update of Clauses for Telecommunications Services (DFARS Case 2003-D053)

Deletes an obsolete clause and revises the applicability of certain clauses used in contracts for telecommunications services. The revised clauses previously were applicable only to common carriers (those subject to Federal Communications Commission or other governmental regulation). This change makes the clauses applicable to both common and noncommon carriers to reflect the current business environment, where the differences between common and noncommon carriers have become less distinct.

Contract Administration (DFARS Case 2003-D023)

Deletes text that is unnecessary or duplicative of FAR policy in the areas of: visits to contractor facilities; conduct of postaward conferences; review and negotiation of contractor costs and billing rates; use of contractor past performance information; and contractor internal controls. Relocates procedures to PGI in the areas of: providing contract administration services to foreign governments and international organizations; coordination between corporate and individual administrative contracting officers; processing of contractor novation and change-of-name agreements; processing of voluntary refunds from contractors; and providing technical representatives at contractor facilities. Updates the clause on contractor material management and accounting systems for consistency with policy found in the prescriptive DFARS text.

Contract Modifications (DFARS Case 2003-D024)

Deletes unnecessary text on contract modifications; clarifies procedures for determining if a request for equitable adjustment requires contractor certification; and relocates to PGI, procedures for identifying foreign military sales requirements, for obligating or deobligating contract funds, and for review and definitization of change orders.

Subcontracting Policies and Procedures (DFARS Case 2003-D025)

Clarifies government responsibilities for conducting reviews of contractor purchasing systems; updates a reference to a FAR clause on contracts for commercial items; and relocates to PGI, examples of weaknesses in a contractor's purchasing system that may indicate the need for a review.

Extraordinary Contractual Actions (DFARS Case 2003-D048)

Updates requirements for processing a contractor's request for extraordinary contract adjustment. Relocates to PGI, procedures for preparation of records relating to contractor requests for adjustment and for submission of those requests to a contract adjustment board.

Technical Amendment

Amends the clause at 252.211-7005, Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications and Standards, to update the Internet address for obtaining a list of processes accepted under the DoD Single Process Initiative.

Proposed Rule

Contract Administration Functions (DFARS Case 2003-D051)

Updates the list of contract administration functions to clarify responsibilities for payment administration and verification of contractor compliance with earned value management system requirements; deletes obsolete text on mobilization production planning surveys; and relocates to PGI, procedures for designation of contract payment offices.
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