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DOD, GSA, and NASA issue final rule emphasizing the requirement to place orders for architect-engineer services that are consistent with the FAR.

DOD, General Services Administration ("GSA"), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration ("NASA") have issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR") to implement Section 1427(b) of the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003. According to the agencies, this final rule will (1) emphasize the requirement to place orders for architect-engineer services that are consistent with the FAR and (2) amend FAR Parts 2, 8, 16, and 36 to ensure appropriate procedures are followed when ordering architect-engineer services. Further, the agencies assert that these service orders must not be placed pursuant to GSA multiple award schedule contracts and government-wide task and delivery order contracts unless the government awarded those contracts using procedures outlined in the FAR. The GSA has taken several steps in order to ensure that the requirements outlined in this final rule are adhered to, including, inter alia (1) adding information to the online and classroom training, (2) refining the scope of Multiple Award Schedule ("MAS") contracts, (3) adding a notice to GSA portal and MAS brochures, (4) adding new "frequently asked questions" on their Web site, and (5) conducting a customer compliance survey. This final rule became effective September 30, 2005. (70 Fed. Reg. 57452, 9/30/05)

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Title Annotation:Regulations
Publication:Contract Management
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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