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DOD/DARC RIN: 0750-AI81 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Independent Research and Development (DFARS Case 2016-D002) 

DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to improve the effectiveness of independent research and development (IR&D) investments by the defense industrial base that are reimbursed as allowable costs. Specifically, DoD is revising DFARS 231.205-18, Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal Costs, to require that proposed new IR&D efforts be communicated to appropriate DoD personnel prior to the initiation of these investments, and that results from these investments should also be shared with appropriate DoD personnel. The objective of this engagement is to ensure that both IR&D performers and their potential DoD customers have sufficient awareness of each other’s efforts and to provide industry with some feedback on the relevance of proposed and completed IR&D work. DoD does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR 231   
Legal Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/16/2016  81 FR 7721   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/18/2016 
Final Action  04/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Hawes
Defense Acquisition Regulations System
Department of Defense
3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B941,
Washington, DC 20301-3060
Phone:571 372-6115