Transition to the System for Award Management

November 18, 2011

DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement for the transition of the Integrated Acquisition Environment systems to the new System for Award Management architecture. Effective date: November 18, 2011. Federal Register Volume 76, Number 223 (Friday, November 18, 2011).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Julian E. Thrash, (703) 602-0310.

The Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) is an electronic Government initiative that aggregates Federal acquisition content by providing one Web site for regulations, systems, resources, opportunities, and training. The Web site at https://www.acquisition.gov was designed to create an easily navigable resource that is both more efficient and transparent. The transition of the IAE to the new System for Award Management (SAM) architecture has begun. Phase One will transition the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), and Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) to the new SAM architecture. This rule provides the first step in updating the DFARS for these changes by updating Web address in the DFARS for two references to ORCA to show that the application is now available through https://www.acquisition.gov. Future DFARS cases are anticipated to actually change the names of the systems to SAM once the transition is complete, as well as to begin the transition of the remaining IAE systems.

A related FAR case, 2011-021, Transition to the System for Award Management, is revising the Federal Acquisition Regulation references for the CCR, EPLS, and ORCA databases as being accessible through https://www.acquisition.gov.

DoD has issued this rule as a final rule because this rule is administrative as it only updates existing Web page addresses does not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Therefore, public comment is not required in accordance with 41 U.S.C. 1707.

DFARS Changes

This rule makes the following DFARS changes to reflect that the relevant database references for ORCA shown in the DFARS references are accessible through the new Web site, https://www.acquisition.gov: 212.301 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the acquisition of commercial items; and 252.204-7007 Alternate A, Annual Representations and Certifications.

Therefore, 48 CFR parts 212 and 252 are amended as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 212 and 252 continue to read as follows:

Authority:  41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

PART 212-ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

2. Amend section 212.301 paragraph (f) introductory text by removing the Internet address ''https://orca.bpn.gov'' and adding in its place ''https://www.acquisition.gov/''.

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

3. Amend section 252.204-7007 by--

(a) Amending the clause date by removing ''(SEP 2011)'' and adding in its place ''(NOV 2011)''; and

(b) Amending paragraph (e) by removing the Internet address ''https://orca.bpn.gov/'' and adding in its place ''https://www.acquisition.gov/''. 






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