[Federal Register: October 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 202)]
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48 CFR Chapter 1

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Small Entity Compliance Guide

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

ACTION: Small Entity Compliance Guide.


SUMMARY: This document is issued under the joint authority of the 
Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services and the 
Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 
This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with 
Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act 
of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121). It consists of a summary of rules appearing 
in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-17 which amends the FAR. An 
asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility 
analysis has been prepared in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 604. Interested 
parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by 
referring to FAC 2001-17, which precedes this document. These documents 
are also available via the Internet at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.arnet.gov/far.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Duarte, FAR Secretariat, (202) 
501-4225. For clarification of content, contact Ms. Rhonda Cundiff, 
Procurement Analyst, General Services Administration, at (202) 501-

* Contract Bundling (FAR Case 2002-029)

    This final rule implements the Office of Management and Budget's 
October 2002 report, entitled ``Contract Bundling: A Strategy for 
Increasing Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Business'' which 
requires amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to 
implement the following action items: (1) Revise the definition of 
bundling to expressly include multiple award contract vehicles and task 
and delivery orders under such contracts; (2) require procuring 
activities to coordinate with their small business specialist (SBS) 
proposed acquisition strategies or plans contemplating awards above 
specified dollar thresholds and require the SBS to notify the agency 
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Utilization (OSDBU) when those 
strategies include unnecessary and unjustified contract bundling; (3) 
reduce the threshold and revise the documentation required for 
substantial bundling; and (4) require agency OSDBUs to perform periodic 
oversight reviews of agency bundling activities. To implement the 
action items, this final rule amends FAR Parts 2, 7, 8, 10, 16, 19, and 

    Dated: October 16, 2003.
Laura Auletta,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
[FR Doc. 03-26464 Filed 10-17-03; 8:45 am]