[Federal Register: January 7, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 4)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
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Part V

Department of Defense

General Services Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


48 CFR Parts 1, 5 et al.

Federal Acquisition Circular 2001-19 and Federal Acquisition 
Regulations; Final Rules and Interim Rule

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48 CFR Chapter 1

Federal Acquisition Circular 2001-19; Introduction

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

ACTION: Summary presentation of final rules and technical amendments 
and corrections.


SUMMARY: This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and 
the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council in this Federal Acquisition 
Circular (FAC) 2001-19. A companion document, the Small Entity 
Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, 
is 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.

DATES: For effective dates and comment dates, see separate documents 
which follow.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755 
for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For 
clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the 
table below in relation to each FAR case or subject area. Please cite 
FAC 2001-19 and specific FAR case number(s). Interested parties may 
also visit our Web site at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.arnet.gov/far.

         Item                  Subject           FAR case       Analyst
I.....................  New Consolidated      2000-608A       Davis.
                         Form for Selection
                         of Architect-
II....................  Free Trade            2003-016        Davis.
                         and Singapore, and
                         Trade Agreements

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the 
actual revisions and/or amendments to these FAR cases, refer to the 
specific item number and subject set forth in the documents following 
these item summaries.
    FAC 2001-19 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I--New Consolidated Form for Selection of Architect-Engineer 
Contractors (FAR Case 2000-608A)

    This amendment to final rule, FAR Case 2000-608, New Consolidated 
Form for Selection of Architect-Engineer Contractors, changes the 
effective date from January 12, 2004, to June 8, 2004. This final rule 
was published in FAC 2001-018 in the Federal Register at 68 FR 69227, 
December 11, 2003. This amendment also eliminates the reference to an 
applicability date. By changing the effective date, it allows the users 
of the SF 330 more time to prepare before the SF 330 is effective.

Item II--Free Trade Agreements--Chile and Singapore, and Trade 
Agreements Thresholds (Interim) (FAR Case 2003-016)

    This interim rule amends FAR parts 5, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 25, 
and 52 to implement new Free Trade Agreements with Chile and Singapore, 
as approved by Congress (Public Laws 108-77 and 108-78). These Free 
Trade Agreements are scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2004. 
Singapore is already a designated country under the Trade Agreements 
Act, but Chile was not previously a designated country. The threshold 
under these Free Trade Agreements for acquisition of end products and 
services is $58,550 and the threshold for construction contracts is 
$6,725,000. In acquisitions that exceed these thresholds and are 
subject to trade agreements, this rule allows the acquisition of end 
products or construction material from Chile or Singapore without 
application of the Buy American Act, and provides for certain 
procedures in the acquisition of services, unless the service is 
excluded from coverage by the trade agreement. The interim rule directs 
the contracting officer to determine the origin of a service by the 
country in which the firm providing the services is established. The 
interim rule also implements new dollar thresholds for application of 
trade agreements, as published by the U.S. Trade Representative in the 
Federal Register at 68 FR 70861, December 19, 2003. Contracting 
officers must review the new thresholds in order to select the 
appropriate clauses to implement the Buy American Act, trade 
agreements, and sanctions of European Union country end products and 

    Dated: December 30, 2003.
Laura Auletta,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

Federal Acquisition Circular

    Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-19 is issued under the 
authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General 
Services, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and 
Space Administration.
    Unless otherwise specified, all Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR) and other directive material contained in FAC 2001-19 are 
effective January 7, 2004, except for Item II, which is effective 
January 1, 2004.

Dated: December 30, 2003.

Richard K. Sylvester,

Acting Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy.

Dated: December 29, 2003.

David A. Drabkin,

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Acquisition Policy, 
General Services Administration.

Dated: December 30, 2003.

Lynn W. Bailets,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Procurement, National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration.

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