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Procurement Information Circular

January 20, 2010




PURPOSE:  To issue a class deviation to allow the use of the clause at FAR 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer – Central Contractor Registration (CCR) until proposed changes to the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) are published as a Final Rule in the Federal Register. 


BACKGROUND:  Currently, NFS 1832.1110(a)(1) requires Contracting Officers to use the clause at FAR 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer – Other than Central Contractor Registration.


In order to better align with Federal-wide vendor databases, the Agency has elected to use the CCR system to validate vendor information across all Integrated Enterprise Management (IEM) systems.  The process to build the required interfaces is underway and is expected to be completed in early 2010.


Payments against NASA contracts and other procurement actions are made by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC). The NSSC is already using the CCR to validate vendor information. Therefore, to ensure the vendor community is prepared for the change and has sufficient time to update their vendor information in the CCR system, FAR 52.232-34 will no longer be used as the default EFT requirement and the provisions at NFS 1832.1110(a)(1) will be deleted.


GUIDANCE:  Contracting Officers should use the clause at FAR 52.232-33 for all solicitations issued and contracts awarded on or after the effective date of this PIC.  FAR 52.232-34 will no longer apply unless a contractor meets one of the exceptions in FAR Subpart 4.11.


For existing contracts, Contracting Officers shall modify contracts to use the clause at FAR 52. 232-33 in lieu of 52.232-34 at the next available contract modification opportunity or within 12 months of this PIC’s effective date, whichever comes first.  For the subset of contracts identified in the enclosed, the contract modification should be completed no later than 19 February 2010.   If an exception in FAR Subpart 4.11 applies to an existing contract, no modification is necessary.


EFFECTIVE DATE:  This PIC is effective as dated and shall remain in effect until the proposed change to the NFS is published as a final rule. 


HEADQUARTERS CONTACT:  Ken Stepka, Office of Procurement, Analysis Division, (202)358-0492, email:




William McNally

Assistant Administrator for Procurement




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