B-230052, Feb 22, 1988

B-230052: Feb 22, 1988

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This is FAR case No. 87-50. Industry participation is encouraged in the review of standards. Specifications and related documents which are to be distributed "for guidance only" during an early phase of the acquisition cycle. The documents would be reviewed and tailored for mandatory use in succeeding phases of the acquisition cycle so as to ensure the inclusion of only those requirements which are necessary and cost effective. We have no objection to this policy.

B-230052, Feb 22, 1988

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General Accounting Office has no objection to a proposed amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which would institute a policy encouraging industry participation in the tailoring of specifications and standards in systems acquisitions (i.e., "acquisition streamlining"). Margaret A. Willis FAR Secretariat General Services Administration

This responds to your request for our comments on a proposal to amend Parts 7 and 10 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to institute a concept entitled "acquisition streamlining." This is FAR case No. 87-50.

The proposal would amend the acquisition planning process with respect to certain systems acquisitions when agencies designate programs as being subject to acquisition streamlining. Under the proposal, industry participation is encouraged in the review of standards, specifications and related documents which are to be distributed "for guidance only" during an early phase of the acquisition cycle. Based on input obtained during this process, the documents would be reviewed and tailored for mandatory use in succeeding phases of the acquisition cycle so as to ensure the inclusion of only those requirements which are necessary and cost effective.

We have no objection to this policy.