OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

3000 DEFENSE PENTAGON

WASHlNGTON, DC 20301-3000

September 15 1997

DP (DAR)

In reply refer to

DFARS Case: 97-D019

D. L. 97-020

MEMORANDUM FORDIRECTORS OF DEFENSE AGENCIES DEPUTY FOR ACQUISITION AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT,

ASN(RD&A)/ABM

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE (CONTRACTING), SAF/AQC

ASSISTANT DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (PROCUREMENT) DIRECTOR OF CONTRACTING

DEPUTY DIRECTOR (ACQUISITION), DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

SUBJECT: Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number

We have amended Parts 204 and 253 of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to replace the contractor identification number with the DUNS number; replace DFARS guidance on the use of the DUNS number with references to the FAR; and to remove guidance on locally developed coding systems which are no longer used to identify commercial and Government entities.

This final DFARS rule is effective October 1, 1997, and will be included in a future Defense Acquisition Circular.

Eleanor R. Spector

Director, Defense Procurement

[Federal Register: September [per DFARS Case 95-D708 and D.L. 97-015, dated 29 July 97], 1997 (Volume 62, Number 178)] [Rules and Regulations]

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

48 CFR Parts 204 and 253

[DFARS Case 97-D019]

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Data Universal Numbering System Number

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Director of Defense Procurement has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to revise guidance on the use of Data Universal Number System (DUNS) numbers for contractor identification.

DATES: Effective October 1, 1997.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Sandra Haberlin, PDUSD (A&T) DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0131; telefax (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 97-D019.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This final rule places DFARS guidance on the use of DUNS numbers with references to the FAR guidance on that subject; and removes DFARS guidance on locally developed coding systems.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The final rule does not constitute a significant revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Public Law 98-577, and publication for public comment is not required. However, comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts will be considered in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 97-D019 in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply, because the final rule does not impose any reporting or recordkeeping requirements which require Office of Management and Budget approval under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 204 and 253

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

Therefore, 48 CFR Parts 204 and 253 are amended as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Parts 204 and 253 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 41 U.S.C. 241 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

PART 204--ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

2. Section 204.7201 is amended in paragraph (b) by revising the second sentence to read as follows:

Sec. 204.7201 Definitions.

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(b) * * * CAGE codes and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers are two examples of contractor identification codes. 3. Section 204.7202-2 is revised to read as follows:

Sec. 204.7202-2 DUNS numbers.

Requirements for use of DUNS numbers are contained in FAR 4.602(d) and 4.603.

Sec. 204.7202-4 [Removed]

4. Section 204.7202-4 is removed.

5. Section 204.7204 is revised to read as follows:

Sec. 204.7204 Maintenance of the CAGE file.

(a) Changes, except name changes, may be submitted in writing-- (1) By the entity identified by the code, using company letterhead, through the contract administration office;

(2) By the contracting office; or

(3) By the contract administration office (see also FAR subpart 42.12, Novation and Change-of-Name Agreements);

(4) Using the DD Form 2051, facsimile or electronic equivalent, to: Defense Logistics Services Center, DLSC-SBB, Federal Center, 74 N. Washington, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3084, Telephone Numbers: DSN 932- 4358, FTS 552-4358, commercial (616) 961-4358, Facsimile: (616) 961- 4528, 4388,

Internet: http://www.dlsc.dla.mil/form2051.htm

(b) The change-of-name agreement shall be submitted to DLSC-SBB by the contracting officer responsible for execution of the agreement (see FAR subpart 42.12). In the event there are no current contracts in force, each contracting and contract administration office receiving notification of changes from the commercial entity shall forward a copy of the change notice annotated with the CAGE code to DLSC-SBB unless the change notice indicates that DLSC-SBB has already been notified. (c) Additional guidance for maintaining CAGE codes is set forth at Volume 7 of DoD 4100.39-M, Defense Integrated Data System (DIDS) Manual.

204.7204-1 and 204.7204-2 [Removed]

6. Sections 204.7204-1 and 204.7204-2 are removed.

204.7206 [Amended]

7. Section 204.7206 is amended in the introductory text by removing the phrase ``and contractor identification number codes''.

PART 253--FORMS

8. Section 253.204-70 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(5)(ii)(A) to read as follows:

253.204-70 DD Form 350, Individual Contracting Action Report.

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(b) * * *

(5) * * *

(ii) * * *

(A) BLOCK B5A, CONTRACTOR IDENTIFICATION NUMBER. Enter the contractor's 9-position Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number (see FAR 4.602(d) and 4.603).

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