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    What types of programs are eligible for DPAS support and what resources are within the jurisdiction of DPAS?



    The purpose of DPAS is to ensure the timely availability of industrial resources to meet national defense and emergency preparedness requirements. The Guidance for DPAS is found in the Department of Defense Priorities and Allocations Manual (DoD 4400.1-M) dtd 21 Feb 2002 ( To answer your questions, I would begin by reading the manual and speaking with program leadership to determine if the SECDEF has assigned a DX or DO rating to your program or whether you are buying subcontracted items in support of those rated programs.

    DoD uses two ratings: "DO" and "DX." If necessary to meet required delivery dates at any level in the supply chain, DO rated orders must be given production preference over unrated (commercial) orders, and DX rated orders must be given preference over DO-rated orders and unrated orders.

    Once designated, Procuring Activities shall assign a priority rating to all defense contracts and purchase orders, except when 15 CFR 700.18 (reference (b)) prohibits this, or if they contain items the Department of Commerce (DoC) excludes in the DPAS Delegation such as:

    C3.2.1.1. Items that will not be production material for an approved program.

    C3.2.1.2. Civilian items or their packaging for military exchanges.

    C3.2.1.3. Any end items that:

    C3. Are commonly available in commercial markets, including

    retail establishments;

    C3. Require minimal modification for approved program use; and

    C3. Are readily available for approved program requirements.

    DoD 4400.1-M, Feb. 21, 2002,

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    C3.2.1.4. Items that are primarily for administrative purposes, such as for

    personnel or financial management.

    C3.2.1.5. Any items that do not directly support logistics, tactical, or

    operational program requirements, such as word processing equipment and furniture.

    C3.2.1.6. Liaison vehicles, including passenger aircraft and cars.

    C3.2.1.7. Personal items of clothing and equipment, such as T-shirts, insignia,

    and unauthorized personal items.

    C3.2.1.8. Items that support or enhance chemical or biological warfare

    capabilities unless the President or Secretary of Defense directly authorizes them.

    However, items that defend against or provide protection from chemical or biological

    attack may receive a priority rating.

    C3.2.2. Also apply the following restrictions to ratings when purchasing computer

    systems and/or peripheral equipment:

    C3.2.2.1. Procuring Activities shall assign priority ratings only when the

    computer system and/or peripheral equipment will be integral to an end item that is

    necessary for:

    C3. Strategic or tactical military operations.

    C3. Logistics support of military operations.

    C3. Research and development (R&D), production, testing, or

    construction at Government-owned facilities.

    C3.2.2.2. Defense contractors shall use DD Form 691 (see Chapter 4) to

    request priority ratings for acquiring computers and peripheral equipment as privately

    owned capital. The DPAS officer shall grant the request once the Administrative

    Contracting Officer (ACO) and PCO thoroughly evaluate it to ensure the equipment:

    C3. Is for defense-related R&D, production, or construction (i.e.,

    computer-aided design, testing, production control);

    C3. Is necessary to ensure timely deliveries on priority-rated

    defense contracts and purchase orders for approved programs; and

    DoD 4400.1-M, Feb. 21, 2002

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    C3. Has the smallest capacity available to meet all

    defense-related requirements sufficiently.

    C3.2.2.3. Procuring Activities shall not assign priority ratings for equipment

    when they:

    C3. Finance it with non-appropriated funds.

    C3. Use the equipment primarily for administrative or business

    purposes, such as financial management, insurance programs, commissary or base exchange operations, or personnel, education, and training programs.

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