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Interim DFARS Rule Requires Notice of Bundled Contracts

The Department of Defense has issued an interim rule that amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to require DoD contracting officers to give notice of bundled requirements. The rule implements Section 820 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (PL 111-84), which requires DoD COs to publish a notification "consistent with the requirements" of FAR 10.001(c)(2) on FedBizOpps.gov at least 30 days prior to the release of a solicitation for a bundled acquisition. In addition, if the agency determines "measurably substantial benefits are expected to be derived as a result of bundling," the notification must include a brief description of those benefits. Section 820 applies to acquisitions that are funded entirely by DoD and covered by FAR 7.107, Additional requirements for acquisitions involving bundling. The rule adds the notification requirement at new DFARS 205.205-70, Notification of bundling of DoD contracts, and adds a cross-reference to FAR 10.001(c)'s market research requirements at DFARS 210.001(c)(2). The effective date of the rule is July 13, 2010, and comments, identified by DFARS 2009-D033 are due September 13, 2010. For the text of the interim rule, see 70,016.579.




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