Information Collection Requirement; Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services; Request for OMB Emergency Clearance; Comment Request

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 69362-69363]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27170]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Defense Acquisition Regulations System
[Docket Number DARS-2019-0063]
Information Collection Requirement; Covered Defense
Telecommunications Equipment or Services; Request for OMB Emergency
Clearance; Comment Request
AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
(DoD).
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: DoD is requesting the Office of Management and Budget provide
emergency clearance of collections of information under the provisions
of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by January
17, 2020.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DoD is requesting the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) provide emergency clearance of collections of
information associated with an interim rule to be published in the
Federal Register under the title ``Covered Defense Telecommunications
Equipment or Services (DFARS Case 2018-D022).''
    Consistent with 5 CFR 1320.13, DoD has determined the following
conditions have been met:
    a. The collection of information is needed prior to the expiration
of time periods normally associated with a routine submission for
review under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act in view of
the restrictions imposed by section 1656 of the National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal year (FY) 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91),
which was signed into law on December 12, 2017. Subsequently, section
889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232), was signed into
law on August 13, 2018, and established a similar Governmentwide
prohibition. The interim DFARS rule implements the section 1656 and
DoD-specific procedures associated with the section 889(a)(1)(A)
prohibitions for DoD, and is structured to align with and supplement
the higher-level Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) implementation of
the section 889(a)(1)(A) Governmentwide prohibition. Immediate action
is
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required to implement the requirements of the statutes for DoD.
    b. This collection of information is essential to DoD's mission by
ensuring that DoD does not procure prohibited articles. Section 1656
provides that DoD may not procure or obtain, or extend or renew a
contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to
carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland defense missions that
uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a
substantial or essential component of any system or as a critical
technology as a part of any system.
    c. DoD must be able to rely on the integrity and security of
equipment that is critical to the DoD nuclear deterrence and homeland
defense missions. The use of normal clearance procedures would prevent
the collection of information from contractors in an expeditious manner
with respect to national security functions of the United States.
    d. DoD cannot comply with normal clearance procedures, because
public harm is reasonably likely if current clearance procedures are
followed. Not only would DoD components be likely to purchase and
install prohibited items, agencies could incur substantial additional
costs replacing such items, as well as additional administrative costs
for replacement.
    DoD is requesting OMB provide emergency clearance for collection of
the required information for a period of six months. Public comments on
the information collection will be requested in the interim rule, which
will be published in the Federal Register.
Jennifer Lee Hawes,
Regulatory Control Officer, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
[FR Doc. 2019-27170 Filed 12-17-19; 8:45 am]
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