By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
A final rule issued by the Army Corps of Engineers removes 33 CFR Part 210, Procurement Activities of the Corps of Engineers. The regulations provided procedures for advance notices to prospective bidders on certain construction contracts, notifying successful bidders of the acceptance of their bids, issuing notices to proceed, and administration of appeals before the Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals. However, the regulations were out-of-date, duplicated other regulations, and otherwise covered internal agency operations that had no public compliance component or adverse public impact. Some the regulations duplicated or were updated by FAR Parts 5, 11, 14, and 15, which provide procedures for advance notice, notice of award, commencement, and completion of work. Other regulations no longer applied. Further, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals absorbed the CEBCA in July of 2000. The Corps issued the rule to provide clarity and reduce confusion regarding the current policy governing the agency’s internal procurement activities and to ensure compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The final rule went into effect on July 2, 2021. For the text of the rule, see 86 FR 35225.
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