AFAC

Air Force Acquisition Circular (AFAC) 2012-0104

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
SAF/AQCP, 1060 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1060, (571) 256-2408

SUMMARY OF CHANGES

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5301.603-2(S-90): Updates warrant selection criteria for enlisted and local nationals.

II

5301.670 and 5345.7001: DFARS 201.670 was updated to addresses property administrators and plant clearance officers. Therefore, we are moving language from 5345.7001 to 5301.670.

III

5306.501 and MP5306.502: Delete reference to AFI 63-301 and add reference to MP5306.502, Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program Duties and Responsibilities. Also updates Mandatory Procedure for the Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program.

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5390: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

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Appendix AA: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

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Appendix BB: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

VII

Appendix DD: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

VIII

MP5332.7: Updates Mandatory Procedure for Contract Funding by incorporating Policy Memo 11-C-05, Release of Requests for Proposals (RFP) in Advance of Investment Funding Availability.

Note: “*****” below indicates that text is omitted for the purpose of brevity.

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5301.603-2(S-90): Updates warrant selection criteria for enlisted and local nationals.

PART 5301
Federal Acquisition Regulations System

[Revised January 4, 2012]

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5301.603-2(S-90) Selection

(a) Individuals selected for contracting officer appointments shall be limited to military personnel in Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) 64PX or 6C0X1 and civilians in the GS-1102 or equivalent local national occupational series possessing an Intermediate (Level II) or Advanced (Level III) Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) certification in contracting who occupy a manning authorization listed under these specialty codes, except as otherwise authorized below.

(b) A member of the contingency contracting force in AFSC 6C0X1 who does not possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution may be nominated, evaluated, and selected for a limited home station warrant in accordance with this section and MP5301.603:

(c) Military personnel in AFSC 64PX and civilians in the GS-1102 or equivalent local national occupational series who occupy a manning authorization listed under these specialty codes and who possess a Level I APDP certification in contracting may only be selected for limited warrants for amounts less than $5M. Those contracting personnel who do not possess a Level I APDP certification in contracting (including Purchasing Agents in the GS-1105 series) may, with at least one year of contracting experience, be selected for limited warrants for amounts less than or equal to the SAT.

(d) For warrants above the SAT, local nationals (in an equivalent occupational series to GS-1102) shall be held to the same qualification requirements (i.e., contracting coursework and experience, formal education, including 24-semester credit hours in business disciplines, APDP certification in contracting) as members of the AT&L workforce.

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II

5301.670 and 5345.7001: DFARS 201.670 now addresses property administrators and plant clearance officers. Therefore, we are moving language from 5345.7001 to 5301.670.

PART 5301
Federal Acquisition Regulations System

[Revised January 4, 2012]

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5301.670 Appointment of property administrators and plant clearance officers

(a) When the Air Force retains contract administration, the SCCO or COCO shall select, appoint, or terminate (in writing) property administrators and plant clearance officers.

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PART 5345
Government Property

[Revised January 4, 2012]

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III

5306.501 and MP5306.502: Delete reference to AFI 63-301 and add reference to MP5306.502, Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program Duties and Responsibilities. Also updates Mandatory Procedure for the Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program.

PART 5306
Competition Requirements

[Revised January 4, 2012]

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5306.501 Requirement
The Air Force competition advocacy program is based on the authority provided by HAF MD 1-10, 8 Apr 09. The Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting) is designated as the Air Force Competition Advocate General. The following organizations are designated as “procuring activities”: Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), Air Mobility Command (AMC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Air Force District of Washington (AFDW), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), USAF Academy (USAFA), Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC), Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA). These organizations are authorized to further designate subordinate organizations as “procuring activities” subject to the requirements of FAR 6.501 and MP5306.502, Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy.

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MP5306.502
Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program

[Revised January 4, 2012]

This Mandatory Procedure (MP) implements AFPD 63-3, Competition and Commercial Advocacy. AFPD 63-3 implements Title 41, United States Code 418. This MP provides guidance and procedures for personnel implementing the Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program.

1. Objectives. The objective of the Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program is to promote and support full and open competition and commercial practices to the maximum extent possible. The procedures below define how the Air Force will manage the Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program and the associated reporting requirements. In addition to the requirements at FAR 6.501, the MAJCOM, DRU, AFISRA and any subordinate Competition and Commercial Advocate(s) must:

2. Roles and Responsibilities. In addition to the roles and responsibilities identified at FAR 6.502, Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocates must perform the roles and responsibilities identified below.

3. Appointment of the Competition and Commercial Advocate.

4. Annual Competition and Commercial Reporting Requirements.

Attachment 1
Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocate Nomination Memo

LETTERHEAD

MEMORANDUM FOR
Attn:

FROM:

SUBJECT: Competition and Commercial Advocate/Alternate Nomination

1. Pursuant to MP5306.502, Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program, subject nominations of primary and alternate Competition and Commercial Advocate assigned to ______________________________________________ are:

2. The nominee’s resume at attachment _____ demonstrates the candidate meets the qualifications

3. This letter supersedes the memo dated _________________, subject as above.

4. Please direct questions regarding this nomination to ________________________________, at DSN __________________.

SIGNATURE BLOCK

Attachment:
Resume

cc:

Attachment 2
Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocate Appointment Memo

MEMORANDUM FOR

FROM:

SUBJECT: Appointment of Competition and Commercial Advocate (or Alternate)

1. As Competition and Commercial Advocate for _______________________, I hereby appoint __________________________ as the Competition and Commercial Advocate (or Alternate) for ___________________________. This appointment is in accordance with AFFARS Mandatory Procedures (MP) 5306.502, Air Force Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program.

2. For further information concerning this appointment, you may contact [INSERT NAME, OFFICE SYMBOL AND PHONE NUMBER].

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Attachment 3
Air Force Competition and Commercial Report Cover Memo

LETTERHEAD

MEMORANDUM FOR SAF/AQCP

FROM:

SUBJECT: MAJCOM/FOA/DRU Fiscal Year (FY) __ Competition and Commercial Report

1. In accordance with MP5306.502, Competition and Commercial Advocacy Program, the FY_____ Competition and Commercial Report has been completed and may be accessed via the Air Force Competition and Commercial Trend Analysis Tool

2. The report supports a recommended competition goal of ____ percent for FY___. This recommendation represents a ____ percentage increase/decrease. (Include rationale for the increase or decrease in the competition goal within this paragraph.)

3. Please refer questions to ______________________________, DSN ___________________.

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5390: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

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Appendix AA: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

VI

Appendix BB: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

VII

Appendix DD: Deleted because there is no Air Force content and no associated FAR or DFARS numbering convention.

VIII

MP5332.7: Updates Mandatory Procedure for Contract Funding by incorporating Policy Memo 11-C-05, Release of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in Advance of Investment Funding Availability.

MP5332.7
Contract Funding

[Revised January 4, 2012]

Release of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in Advance of Funding Availability

1. Except for solicitations issued in accordance with procedures at FAR 32.703-2, a Request for Proposal (RFP) may be released, conditioned on the availability of funds only when using the procedures described in subparagraphs (a), (b), or (c) below. The following statement must be included in any such solicitation: “Notice to Offeror(s)/Supplier(s): Funds are not presently available for this effort. No award will be made under this solicitation until funds are available. The Government reserves the right to cancel this solicitation, either before or after the closing date. In the event the Government cancels this solicitation, the Government has no obligation to reimburse an offeror for any costs.”

(a) When the resulting contract is to be funded by Procurement or Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Appropriations, and the program/requirement has been included in the President’s budget as submitted to Congress. In these instances, the program manager shall provide the contracting officer a written statement (coordinated with FM at the Center level (or equivalent)) or as delegated to FM Organizational Senior Functional (OSF) that these investment funds will be used for the proposed acquisition and although not presently available, a reasonable expectation exists that funding will be authorized and available upon enactment of the Authorization and Appropriations Acts.

(b) Solicitations for programs funded by the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account when the Defense Appropriations Act is signed into law, for the Air National Guard Bureau and/or Air Force Reserve Command provided the Air National Guard or Reserve program manager confirms that funds have been identified for the acquisition.

(c) For solicitations funded by annual appropriations when the MAJCOMs/DRU Requiring Activity Functional Commander/Director, Director of Contracting, and Comptroller jointly agree in writing to authorize the contracting office to issue solicitations when it is anticipated that the contract(s) will be funded, but funds are not yet available.