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Is not yet complete. These are FAR case No. 90-53. We have no objection to the proposed changes. Item I) is an interim rule implementing the policies contained in Office of Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy Letter 89-1. Because our work in response to this requirement is not yet complete. We have no comments on the interim rule at this time.

B-242056, Jun 20, 1991, 91-1 CPD ***

PROCUREMENT - Special Procurement - Methods/Categories - Federal procurement regulations/laws - Contracting officers - Purchases - Review DIGEST: 1. General Accounting Office has no objection to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) case No. 90-53, a proposal to revise FAR sections 44.302 and 44.304 to give contracting officers more flexibility in reviewing contractor purchasing systems. PROCUREMENT - Special Procurement Methods/Categories - Federal procurement regulations/laws - Conflicts of interest - Experts/consultants 2. General Accounting Office has no comments at this time on Item I of Federal Acquisition Circular 90-1 (FAR case No. 90-18), which provides conflict of interest standards for consultants. GAO work in response to statutory requirement that Comptroller General assess the effectiveness of such regulations, is not yet complete.

Sharon A. Kiser

FAR Secretariat

General Services Administration:

This responds to your letter of October 25, 1990, requesting our comments on a proposed change to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and an interim FAR rule. These are FAR case No. 90-53, on contractor purchasing systems reviews, and FAR case No. 90-18 (Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 90-1) on consultants' conflicts of interest, respectively.

FAR case No. 90-53 proposes to amend FAR sections 44.302 and 44.304 to give contracting officers more latitude and discretion in the development of plans to review contractor purchasing systems. We have no objection to the proposed changes.

FAR case No. 90-18 (FAC 90-1, Item I) is an interim rule implementing the policies contained in Office of Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy Letter 89-1, "Conflict of Interest Policies Applicable to Consultants," dated December 8, 1989. Both FAC 90-1 and OFPP Policy Letter 89-1 implement section 8141 of the 1989 Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriation Act, which requires conflict of interest standards for persons who provide consulting services to the government.

Section 8141 also requires the Comptroller General to submit a report to the Congress assessing the effectiveness of the regulations prescribed under this section. Because our work in response to this requirement is not yet complete, we have no comments on the interim rule at this time.