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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 587-94
October 24, 1994

DOD, NASA AND GSA MAKE JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION STREAMLINING ACT OF 1994

This Administration is committed to promulgating quality regulations in an extremely expedited time frame to implement the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994, which was signed into law by President Clinton on Thursday, October 13, 1994. This statute will provide many significant benefits at all levels of the acquisition process.

To effect change, the Administration has established an implementation plan that differs significantly from the method used in the past for promulgating revision to the acquisition regulations. The process focuses on elimination of unnecessary administrative review by establishing integrated process teams consisting of experts from both the civilian and defense agencies responsible for developing the necessary regulations.

The project will be led by Captain Barry L. Cohen, SC, USN, Department of Defense (DoD) as the project manager. Edward C. Loeb, General Services Administration (GSA) has been designated as the deputy project manager. Regulations will be promulgated jointly by GSA, DoD, and NASA after approval by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council.

This legislation is the most significant change to laws that govern federal procurement since the passage of the Armed Services Procurement Act of 1947 (governing Defense and NASA procurement) and the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (governing civilian agency procurement). It is a major step forward in the Administration's acquisition reform program, and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to effect significant and meaningful change in an area that has important ramifications for our society. This initiative is one of the key components of the National Performance Review.

Copies of the implementation plan are available for media in the Directorate for Defense Information, room 2E765, the Pentagon.

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