Acquisition regulations: Contracting officer qualifications,

[Federal Register: October 25, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 207)]

[Rules and Regulations]

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

48 CFR Part 201

[DFARS Case 2002-D021]

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Contracting Officer Qualifications

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 824 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002. Section 824 revised the qualification requirements that a new entrant into the contracting field must meet in order to serve as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer contracts exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 25, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Susan Schneider, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0326; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2002-D021.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This final rule revises DFARS 201.603-2 to implement Section 824 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107). Section 824 amended 10 U.S.C. 1724 to revise the qualification requirements that a new entrant into the contracting field must meet in order to serve as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer contracts exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold. The revised qualifications include a requirement for a baccalaureate degree and 24 semester credit hours of study in a business-related discipline.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule will not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors, or a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD. Therefore, publication for public comment is not required. However, DoD will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2002-D021.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does not impose any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 201

Government procurement.

Michele P. Peterson, Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

Therefore, 48 CFR part 201 is amended as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 201 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

PART 201--FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS SYSTEM

2. Section 201.603-2 is revised to read as follows:

201.603-2 Selection.

(1) In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1724, in order to qualify to serve as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer contracts for amounts above the simplified acquisition threshold, a person must--

(i) Have completed all contracting courses required for a contracting officer to serve in the grade in which the employee or member of the armed forces will serve;

(ii) Have at least 2 years experience in a contracting position;

(iii) Have--

(A) Received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution; and

(B) Completed at least 24 semester credit hours, or equivalent, of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management; and

(iv) Meet such additional requirements, based on the dollar value and complexity of the contracts awarded or administered in the position, as may be established by the Secretary of Defense.

(2) The qualification requirements in paragraph (1)(iii) of this subsection do not apply to a DoD employee or member of the armed forces who--

(i) On or before September 30, 2000, occupied--

(A) A contracting officer position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold; or

(B) A position either as an employee in the GS-1102 occupational series or a member of the armed forces in an occupational specialty similar to the GS-1102 series;

(ii) Is in a contingency contracting force; or

(iii) Is an individual appointed to a 3-year developmental position. Information on developmental opportunities is contained in DoD Manual 5000.52-M, Acquisition Career Development Program.

(3) Waivers to the requirements in paragraph (1) of this subsection may be authorized. Information on waivers is contained in DoD Manual 5000.52-M.

[FR Doc. 02-27107Filed10-24-02; 8:45 am]

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