PIC 99-15

Procurement Information Circular

September 10, 1999


PURPOSE: To extend the class deviation to FAR Part 45 adopted in PIC 98-13.

BACKGROUND: The Department of Defense (DOD) is sponsoring an initiative to rewrite FAR Part 45, Government Property, to improve its clarity and minimize imposed burdens. DOD initially approved a deviation on July 14, 1995, as an interim measure to reduce property recordkeeping and physical inventory requirements for low value property. This deviation was subsequently extended on June 20, 1997, and again on June 30, 1998. NASA adopted the initial DOD deviation through PIC 95-8, dated October 11, 1995, the first extension through PIC 98-4, dated February 5, 1998, and the second extension through PIC 98-13, dated July 14, 1998.

GUIDANCE: The class deviation provided in PIC 98-13 is extended. A copy of the July 13, 1999, DoD extension is enclosed (the changed FAR language is identical to that in PIC 98-13, except that the low-value property threshold has been raised from $1,500 to $5,000). This deviation is mandatory for all solicitations issued after receipt of this PIC, except solicitations for contracts performed entirely, or in substantial part, on NASA installations. In these cases, the deviation may be used at the contracting officer's discretion. Existing contracts may be modified to incorporate the provisions of the deviation only if adequate consideration is obtained. There is no change to the NASA FAR Supplement as a result of this deviation.

CANCELLATION: This PIC supersedes PIC 98-13.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This PIC is effective as dated, and shall remain in effect until FAR Part 45 is revised to include the provisions in the deviation.

HEADQUARTERS CONTACT: Jim Dolvin, Code HK, (202) 358-1279.

Tom Luedtke
Associate Administrator for Procurement