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<DOC> NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) Statement of Regulatory Priorities The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. The purpose of NASA is to carry out aeronautical and space activities of the United States. In order to carry out the purpose, NASA is authorized to conduct research for the solution of problems of flight within and outside the Earth's atmosphere; to develop, construct, test, and operate aeronautical and space vehicles for research purposes; to operate a space transportation system including the space shuttle, upper stages, space station, and related equipment; and to perform such other activities as may be required for the exploration of space. The term ``aeronautical and space vehicles'' means aircraft, missiles, satellites, and other space vehicles, together with related equipment, devices, components, and parts. NASA conducts activities required for the exploration of space with manned and unmanned vehicles and arranges for the most effective utilization of the scientific and engineering resources of the United States with other nations engaged in aeronautical and space activities for peaceful purposes. NASA's mission, as documented in its Strategic Plan dated May 1994, is to explore, use, and enable the development of space for human enterprise; advance scientific knowledge and understanding of the Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe and use the environment of space for research; and research, develop, verify, and transfer advanced aeronautics, space, and related technologies. The following are narrative descriptions of the most important regulations being planned for publication in the Federal Register during fiscal year 1995. NASA is testing the MidRange Procurement Procedure (48 CFR Part 1871) from July 1, 1993, to June 30, 1997. This simplified procedure covers procurements between $25,000 and $500,000 in annual value. The test began at Marshall Space Flight Center and is being expanded to cover other NASA Centers. The test uses best-value selection and seeks to establish a NASA Acquisition Bulletin Board that will reduce the time it takes to award contracts. Features of the test which are successful will be adopted permanently. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), 48 CFR chapter 1, contains procurement regulations that apply to NASA and other Federal Agencies. NASA implements and supplements FAR requirements through the NASA FAR Supplement, 48 CFR chapter 18. NASA plans to revise the NASA FAR Supplement, consistent with recommendations of the National Performance Review (NPR). For example, 48 CFR part 1845 implements and supplements FAR part 45, Government Property. Experience with this regulatory material over the last several years, coupled with the NPR emphasis on new approaches to the operation of the Federal Government, has made revision of Part 1845 necessary. The planned review and rewrite will have the objectives of simplifying, shortening, and clarifying Part 1845, while increasing the responsibility of regulation users to implement more general policy guidance. A similar approach will be taken in revising other NASA FAR Supplement parts. In addition, improved procedures, developed by NASA's Procurement Reinvention Laboratory in the Headquarters Acquisition Division, will be considered in revising the NASA FAR Supplement. The NASA supplemental executive agency standards of ethical conduct regulations, to be issued jointly with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in a new chapter of 5 CFR, after OGE approval, will supplement the new OGE executive branch standards of ethical conduct, codified at 5 CFR part 2635. The supplemental regulations will set forth NASA- specific provisions under applicable law and regulation which are needed to round out the executive branchwide ethical standards. NASA is working on technical amendments to refine and clarify the contractual cross-waiver of liability in NASA agreements involving launch services. A final rule for procedures for NASA alcohol testing programs will be published to implement the Civil Space Employee Testing Act of 1991 which requires NASA to establish an employee alcohol testing program. A notice of proposed rulemaking for crime control for child care programs will establish NASA policy and requirements for the development and implementation of child care programs in compliance with the Crime Control Act of 1990. This action will reduce risk to children under the age of 18 in NASA-sponsored child care programs by ensuring that criminal history background checks are conducted on child care workers who provide child care services at NASA-sponsored child care centers. BILLING CODE 7510-01-F
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