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<DOC> GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA) Statement of Regulatory Priorities The General Services Administration (GSA) establishes policy for and provides economical and efficient management of Government property and records, including construction and operation of buildings, procurement and distribution of supplies, utilization and disposal of property; transportation, traffic, and communications management; and management of the Governmentwide automatic data processing resources program. GSA's regulatory priorities for 1995 reflect the President's mandate that regulations be streamlined to help create a Government that works better and costs less. Changing the multiple award schedule ordering procedures is by far the most indicative of GSA's commitment to deregulate and unify a cumbersome bureaucratic process. Revisions to three regulations will result in a uniform set of guiding principles that will make it easier for agencies to buy products and services at lower prices. Revising the entire GSA Acquisition Regulation is another sign of GSA's commitment to a simplified regulatory system that works toward providing services in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner. As required by E.O. 12866, GSA will strive to ensure that our regulations reflect the President's regulatory philosophy, principles, and priorities, and that they conform with GSA's restructured business plan. Periodic reviews will guarantee regulations that are effective, consistent, sensible, and understandable. While GSA's regulations have limited impact on the general public and State and local governments, these reviews will also focus on ways to eliminate any unnecessary requirements our actions may impose on society. Our continuing policy is to use regulatory direction only when it offers the most effective means of carrying out GSA's mission and responsibilities, eliminates requirements that are a burden, and simplifies procurement procedures. _______________________________________________________________________ GSA ___________________________________________________________ PRERULE STAGE ___________________________________________________________ 167. <bullet> IMPLEMENTATION OF PROCUREMENT STREAMLINING LEGISLATION Legal Authority: 40 USC 486(c) CFR Citation: Not yet determined Legal Deadline: None Abstract: Congress is actively considering proposed legislation that will make major changes in the laws that impact the Federal procurement process in order to streamline procurement procedures. The proposed legislation addresses many of the recommendations of the Section 800 panel on streamlining the procurement laws applicable to the Department of Defense as well as the recommendations of the National Performance Review. Statement of Need: Once the proposed legislation is enacted, major changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency supplemental acquisition regulations will be required to implement the statute. GSA, the Department of Defense, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which are jointly responsible for the FAR, will be responsible for promulgating necessary changes to the FAR to implement the procurement streamlining legislation. Summary of the Legal Basis: Unknown at this time. Legislation has not yet been enacted. Alternatives: Since the legislation has not been enacted, the alternatives for regulatory implementation cannot be detailed at this time. Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Formulation of a cost benefit analysis is premature until the statute is enacted. Risks: Cannot be established at this time. Timetable: Next Action Undetermined Small Entities Affected: None Government Levels Affected: None Procurement: This is a procurement-related action for which there is no statutory requirement. There is a paperwork burden associated with this action. Agency Contact: Marjorie Ashby Management Analyst Office of Acquisition Policy General Services Administration 18th & F Streets NW. Washington, DC 20405 202 501-3822 RIN: 3090-AF51 _______________________________________________________________________ GSA ___________________________________________________________ PROPOSED RULE STAGE ___________________________________________________________ 168. REISSUANCE OF THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ACQUISITION REGULATION (GSAR) Legal Authority: 40 USC 486(c) CFR Citation: 48 CFR 501 Legal Deadline: None Abstract: GSA proposes to revise and reissue chapter 5, 48 CFR, in its entirety. The reissuance will represent the culmination of the Total Quality Management project to review GSA's acquisition regulation/directive system. Statement of Need: GSA plans to publish a proposal to revise the entire GSAR. The proposal will redefine the objectives of the procurement system and its regulatory base, establish very narrow standards for the scope and nature of the regulation, eliminate provisions that impede productivity or unnecessarily increase administrative costs, reduce rigid rules in favor of guiding principles, delegate authority and accountability to the lowest level consistent with competency, and reduce the overall volume of the regulation by at least 50 percent. After consideration of public comments, the entire regulation will be issued in final form. Alternatives: Alternatives considered include an approach which would continue to include nonregulatory internal guidance in the GSAR rather than putting the internal guidance in a separate internal directive to be distributed to contracting personnel within the agency. Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Issuance of the final regulation will facilitate GSA's ability to operate in a competitive environment by enabling GSA contracting offices to deliver services in a more timely, efficient, and cost- effective manner. A specific dollar savings cannot be calculated. Timetable: _______________________________________________________________________ Action DFR Cite _______________________________________________________________________ NPRM 11/00/94 Final Action 04/00/95 Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations Government Levels Affected: None Sectors Affected: All Analysis: Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Procurement: This is a procurement-related action for which there is no statutory requirement. There is a paperwork burden associated with this action. Agency Contact: Marjorie Ashby Management Analyst Office of Acquisition Policy (VP) General Services Administration 18th & F Streets NW. Washington, DC 20405 202 501-3822 RIN: 3090-AE90 _______________________________________________________________________ GSA ___________________________________________________________ FINAL RULE STAGE ___________________________________________________________ 169. MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE PRICE REDUCTIONS CLAUSE Legal Authority: 40 USC 486(c) CFR Citation: 48 CFR 538; 48 CFR 552 Legal Deadline: None Abstract: This proposed change to the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation would prescribe a Price Reductions clause for use in multiple award schedule (MAS) solicitations and contracts. The clause is a modification of that currently in use. The requirements clarify the clause's applicability, reduce contractor reporting requirements, and eliminate MAS reductions based on a low price to an individual Federal agency. Statement of Need: GSA intends to amend the GSAR to prescribe the Price Reductions clause for use in multiple award schedule (MAS) contracts. The clause will replace the Price Reductions clause that is currently being used. The proposed clause clarifies the clause's applicability, reduces contractor reporting requirements, and eliminates MAS reductions based on a low price to an individual Federal agency. 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