Effective Date: July 29, 1999
Expiration Date: July 29, 2013
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This NPR establishes NASA responsibilities, procedures and requirements for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of materials inventory at NASA Centers.
This NPR applies to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities. This NPR is also intended for use pursuant to FAR Part 45 and NASA FAR Supplement Part 1845, "Government Property," when a NASA contract provides that NASA property shall be made available to an onsite contractor, with NASA retaining accountability for the property. When the provisions of this Manual conflict with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS), or international agreements and procedures governing materials in foreign countries, the provisions of the latter shall prevail.
This NPR shall be amended by issuing page changes from time to time to reflect new or revised policies and procedures. Changed pages shall be denoted by a change number and an asterisk in the margin by the revised material. Changes must be implemented within 60 calendar days from the date of issuance, unless otherwise prescribed in the change.
1.4.1. A deviation is considered to be any of the following:
184.108.40.206. Use of a form different from a Standard Form (SF) or NASA Form prescribed by this Manual;
220.127.116.11. Alteration of a SF or NASA Form except as authorized by this Manual; or
18.104.22.168. Any policy, procedure, method, or practice inconsistent with that prescribed in this manual.
1.4.2. Deviations from this Manual shall be authorized only when special circumstances make such deviations clearly in the best interests of the Government. Such deviations shall be approved only by the Director, Logistics Management Office at NASA Headquarters.
1.5.1. NASA shall only acquire materials for mission performance.
1.5.2. Unless exempted in writing by the Director, Logistics Management Office at NASA Headquarters, or elsewhere in this NPR, all materials inventory shall be placed under continuing controls. Such controls shall be maintained and applied to accomplish the following:
22.214.171.124. Promote economy in the acquisition, retention, and use of material.
126.96.36.199. Achieve maximum use of existing materials resources.
188.8.131.52. Ensure the integrity of the Agency records, accounts, and reports.
184.108.40.206. Maximize the use of trading partner inventories (such as just-in-time) for stores stock as well as program and standby stock.
1.5.3. Materials shall be acquired for immediate use, for stock based on past usage history, for stock based on anticipated need, or in the case of program and standby stock, for future use to satisfy a known specific requirement.
1.5.4. Government-owned material shall be used only for official purposes.
1.5.5. Selected items designated for support of a repair program that meet the criteria of equipment may be held in the materials inventory as program stock.
1.5.6. Materials returned to stock shall be accounted for as inventory under the appropriate status code.
1.5.7. Materials shall be physically inventoried periodically and appropriate investigations and adjustments made to the records.
1.5.8. Materials which are no longer required for the performance of NASA programs shall be processed for redistribution or disposal.
1.5.9. Auditable document files and records shall be maintained to support transactions against all inventory accounts.
1.5.10. Duties and responsibilities for keeping accountable records and for physical custody of materials inventories, and systems thereto, shall be segregated, to the extent possible, in order to minimize opportunities for unauthorized, fraudulent, or otherwise irregular acts, and to support internal controls.
1.5.11. The Center materials inventory management system shall provide for compliance with the various policies governing the acquisition, storage, control, and distribution of hazardous materials.
1.6.1. Enterprise and Functional Associate Administrators.
Enterprise and Functional Associate Administrators at NASA Headquarters (or as redelegated to specific Office Directors under the Lead Center concept) are responsible for appropriate coordination, approval, and allocation of supplies within their programs in order to minimize cost and to make effective use of available resources.
1.6.2. Director, Logistics Management Office
The Director, Logistics Management Office at NASA Headquarters, is the functional manager for all matters pertaining to NASA materials inventory management. The Director is responsible for providing functional management, leadership, and assistance in the implementation of an effective materials inventory management program, including the following:
220.127.116.11. Formulating, publishing, and implementing Agencywide policies and procedures related to the establishment, maintenance, and oversight of material inventory systems.
18.104.22.168. Interfacing with other organizations, public and private, on matters relating to, or affecting, NASA material support systems and policies.
22.214.171.124. Assisting NASA Center management in the development and operation of internal control systems and ensuring their compatibility with Agency programs and policies.
126.96.36.199. Conducting assessments of materials inventory management activities.
188.8.131.52. Identifying specific data reporting requirements. Authorizing deviations from this Manual per paragraph 1.4.
1.6.3. Center Directors. Center Directors are responsible for the following:
184.108.40.206. Overseeing all NASA-owned material assets assigned to the Centers.
220.127.116.11. Approving and allocating material resources in the most effective manner.
18.104.22.168. Providing management direction and the resources necessary to accomplish the prescribed material inventory controls and accounting requirements.
22.214.171.124. Establishing and maintaining a well-defined material inventory program.
126.96.36.199. Appointing a single Supply and Equipment Management Officer (SEMO) to perform the functions and responsibilities in this manual.
188.8.131.52. Appointing an Inventory Adjustment Officer who shall be senior to, or of equivalent rank with, the SEMO.
1.6.4. Supply and Equipment Management Officer.
The SEMO is the principal official appointed by the Center Director for functional administration of supply and equipment management at the Center. The SEMO is primarily responsible for the following:
184.108.40.206. Ensuring that Center policies and procedures necessary to comply with this NPR are developed, implemented, and maintained.
220.127.116.11. Establishing, maintaining, and managing a well-defined inventory control system in accordance with this NPR and financial management regulations.
18.104.22.168. Recommending to the Center Director, in consultation with the Procurement Officer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance), Contracting Officer and Contracting Officer's Technical Representative, the operating procedures that would best serve the mission, program, and financial concerns of the Center.
22.214.171.124. Determining items to be designated for control as material inventory.
126.96.36.199. Ensuring that material inventory items are properly classified in accordance with this manual and in coordination with the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance) and other Center personnel as required.
188.8.131.52. Designating storage areas and supply points which provide for the preservation and protection of material inventories.
184.108.40.206. Designating a Precious Metals and Critical Materials Monitor and Coordinator to be responsible for maintaining surveillance over the acquisition and control of precious metals.
220.127.116.11. Establishing and maintaining interface with institutional, industrial, and support contractor organizations, using and administrating material inventories and personal property.
18.104.22.168. Sharing joint responsibility with the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance) for the accuracy of material fiscal reports.
22.214.171.124. Interfacing with the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Finance) in reconciling inventory records and financial records.
126.96.36.199. Ensuring that senior Center management is kept advised of significant supply matters.
188.8.131.52. Providing the Lead, Logistics Management Team, NASA Headquarters, a copy of each Center supply support services contract or statement of work.
184.108.40.206. Designating an Activity Address Code Coordinator to be responsible for coordinating the assignment, maintenance, and surveillance of activity address codes used by NASA Centers and NASA contractors to acquire supplies from Government supply sources.
1.6.5. Inventory Adjustment Officer.
The Inventory Adjustment Officer, appointed by the Center Director, is responsible for reviewing and approving inventory adjustment reports as outlined in chapter 4, paragraph 4.7.
The responsible individual may authorize a designee in writing to act on his/her behalf. The responsible individual shall retain all responsibilities that are given to a designee to execute. The designee shall ensure that feedback is provided to the responsible individual to keep the responsible individual fully and currently informed of significant actions, problems, or other matters of substance.
1.6.7. Responsibility of the Individual Employee.
Each employee is responsible for Government property as set forth in the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, in 5 CFR, Part 2635.
Terms commonly used in connection with this NPR are defined in Appendix A.
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