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Requests for proposals posted via FACNET will have an average posting time of 10 days or less, writes Zimmerman.
The simplified acquisition procedures may not be used by an agency after December 31, 1999, for contracts greater than $50,000 unless the agency has certified to the Congress that it has implemented a "full FACNET capability."
An agency is not required to provide notice in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD) if: * the proposed procurement is for an amount not greater than the simplified acquisition threshold and is solicited through an agency system with "interim FACNET capability," or
* the proposed procurement is for a amount not greater than $25,000 and is to be made through a system with "full FACNET capability."
The current requirement for agencies to publish contract offerings in the CBD 15 days prior to solicitation will remain in effect for procuring activities at agencies that do not have interim FACNET capability; and purchases below the threshold when solicitation is not made available through electronic commerce procedures.
The bill establishes the Federal Acquisition Computer Network (FACNET) requiring the government to evolve its acquisition from one driven by paperwork into an expedited process based on electronic data interchange.
The law establishes parameters for a FACNET system built along functional lines with parameters set forth for government and private users.
It is envisioned, however, that many firms will use the services of a "value added network" (VAN), especially for small purchases, to access the FACNET system.
An agency may not use the new simplified acquisition procedures for contracts greater than $50,000 until it has certified to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) that it has implemented an "interim FACNET capability." Interim FACNET capability means that an agency can, at a minimum, provide widespread public notice of solicitations for contract opportunities; and receive responses to solicitations and associated requests for information.
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