Part III

 
CONTENT

[Federal Register: August 17, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 159)]

[Rules and Regulations]

[Page 46363-46366]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Chapter 1

[Docket FAR--2007--0002, Sequence 4]

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-19; Small Entity Compliance Guide

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Small Entity Compliance Guide.

SUMMARY: This document is issued under the joint authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services and the Administrator of the National

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Aeronautics and Space Administration. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005- 19 which amend the FAR. An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-19 which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurieann Duarte, FAR Secretariat, (202) 501-4225. For clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below.

List of Rules in FAC 2005-19

Item

Subject

FAR case

Analyst

I.............. Reporting of Purchases from Overseas Sources. 2005-034

Murphy. II............. Changes to Lobbying Restrictions............. 2005-035

Woodson. III............ Online Representations and Certifications 2005-025

Woodson. Application Archiving Capability. *IV............ Requirement to Purchase Approved

2005-017

Jackson. Authentication Products and Services. V.............. Combating Trafficking in Persons (Interim)... 2005-012

Woodson. VI............. Emergency Acquisitions....................... 2005-038

Clark. *VII........... Small Business Credit for Alaska Native

2004-017

Cundiff. Corporations and Indian Tribes. VIII........... New Designated Countries--Bulgaria, Dominican 2006-028

Murphy. Republic, and Romania (Interim). IX............. Online Representations and Certifications 2006-025

Woodson. Application Review (Interim). X.............. Free Trade Agreements-- El Salvador,

2006-006

Murphy. Honduras, and Nicaragua. XI............. Free Trade Agreements--Bahrain and Guatemala. 2006-017

Murphy. XII............ Accepting and Dispensing of $1 Coin (Interim) 2006-027

Jackson. XIII........... Technical Amendments......................... ....................... .......................

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments to these FAR cases, refer to the specific item number and subject set forth in the documents following these item summaries.

FAC 2005-19 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I--Reporting of Purchases from Overseas Sources (FAR Case 2005- 034)

This final rule converts the interim rule to a final rule with a minor change. The interim rule amended FAR Part 25 and added a provision (52.225-18, Place of Manufacture) to implement Section 837 of Division A of the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (Pub. L. 109-115). Section 837 requires the head of each Federal agency to submit a report to Congress relating to acquisitions of articles, materials, or supplies that are manufactured outside the United States. The new provision requests from offerors necessary data regarding place of manufacture. The new provision will require an offeror to indicate whether the place of manufacture of the end products it expects to provide in response to the solicitation is predominantly inside or outside the United States. Whenever the place of manufacture for a contract is coded outside the United States, the contracting officer will be required to enter into FPDS the reason for buying items manufactured outside the United States. In addition, the rule clarifies different tests used to determine the country of origin (FAR 25.001) under the Buy American Act and the Trade Agreements Act.

Item II--Changes to Lobbying Restrictions (FAR Case 2005-035)

This final rule amends the FAR in order to be consistent with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and the OMB Interim Final Guidance, and to improve clarity of the regulation through improved use of plain language and compliance with FAR drafting conventions. Among the changes, this final rule--

Includes the new concept of ``lobbying contact'' and brings in the concept of registrants under the Lobbying Act of 1995;

Includes the OMB guidance that the term ``appropriated funds'' does not include profit or fee from a covered Federal action and that to the extent the contractor can demonstrate that the contractor has sufficient monies, other than Federal appropriated funds, the Government will assume that these other monies were spent for any influencing activities that would be unallowable if paid for with Federal appropriated funds;

Formalizes in the regulations the changes that were already incorporated in the OMB Form Standard Form LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities;

Removes 31 U.S.C. 1352, Limitations on Payment to Influence Certain Federal Transactions), from the list of laws that are inapplicable to subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial item; and

Makes the text, provisions, and clauses easier to understand, for both contracting officers and offerors/contractors.

Item III--Online Representations and Certifications Application Archiving Capability (FAR Case 2005-025)

This final rule amends the FAR to eliminate confusion between the FAR record retention requirements at FAR 4.803 and the requirements at FAR Subpart 4.12 requiring contractors to submit Annual Representations and Certifications via the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), a part of the Business Partner Network. Using ORCA eliminates the administrative burden for contractors of submitting the same information to various contracting offices, and establishes a common source for this information to procurement offices throughout the Government. The interim rule published at 71 FR 57362, September 28, 2006, is adopted as final without change.

Item IV--Requirement to Purchase Approved Authentication Products and Services (FAR Case 2005-017)

This final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to address the acquisition of products and services for personal identity verification that comply with requirements in Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, ``Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors,'' and Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS PUB) 201, ``Personal Identity

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Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors.''

Item V--Combating Trafficking in Persons (FAR Case 2005-012) (Interim)

This revised interim rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement 22 U.S.C. 7104(g). This statute requires that contracts must include a clause that authorizes the department or agency to terminate the contract, if the contractor, contractor employee, subcontractor, or subcontractor employee engages in trafficking in persons. To accurately reflect the statutory language, the revised interim rule provides for contract termination for engaging in severe forms of trafficking in persons or procurement of a commercial sex act during the period of performance of the contract, and provides for contract termination for use of forced labor in the performance of the contract. While the interim rule only applied to contracts for services (other than commercial), this revised interim rule applies to all contracts, including contracts for supplies, and all contracts for commercial items as defined at 2.101.

Item VI--Emergency Acquisitions (FAR Case 2005-038)

This final rule converts the interim rule published at 71 FR 38247, July 5, 2006, to a final rule with changes. This final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to provide a consolidated reference to acquisition flexibilities that may be used during emergency situations. This change improves the contracting officer's ability to expedite acquisition of supplies and services during emergency situations. The final rule makes no change to existing contracting policy.

Item VII--Small Business Credit for Alaska Native Corporations and Indian Tribes (FAR Case 2004-017)

This final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to provide that contractors may count subcontracts awarded to Alaskan Native Corporations (ANCs) and Indian tribes towards the satisfaction of goals for subcontracting with small business (SB) and small disadvantaged business (SDB) concerns, regardless of their size. This rule implements Section 702 of Pub. L. 107-117, as amended by Section 3003 of Pub. L. 107-206. These changes are expected to increase subcontracting opportunities for ANCs and Indian tribes, and improve Government and contractor subcontracting performance with these entities.

Item VIII--New Designated Countries--Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, and Romania (FAR Case 2006-028) (Interim)

This interim rule allows contracting officers to purchase the goods and services of Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic, and Romania without application of the Buy American Act if the acquisition is subject to the Free Trade Agreements. This trade agreement with the Dominican Republic joins the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Morocco, and Singapore Free Trade Agreements, and the CAFTA-DR with respect to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which are already in the FAR. The threshold for applicability of the Dominican Republic--Central America--United States Free Trade Agreement is $64,786 for supplies and services (the same as other Free Trade Agreements to date except Morocco, Bahrain, Israel, and Canada) and $7,407,000 for construction (the same as all other Free Trade Agreements to date except NAFTA and Bahrain). Bulgaria and Romania have become parties to the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement, so they are now designated countries.

Item IX--Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) Review (FAR Case 2006-025) (Interim)

This interim rule amends FAR 23.406 and 23.906, both titled Solicitation provision and contract clause, to revise the prescriptions for the use of 52.223-9 and 52.223-14 to provide for use under the same circumstances as the prescription for use of their associated provisions. These revisions allow the proper receipt of certification information and ensure compliance with the statutory requirements of 40 CFR Part 247 and 42 U.S.C. 11023.

Item X--Free Trade Agreements--El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua (FAR Case 2006-006)

This final rule converts the interim rule published at 71 FR 36935, June 28, 2006, to a final rule without change. This rule allows contracting officers to purchase the products of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua without application of the Buy American Act if the acquisition is subject to the Dominican Republic--Central America-- United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The CAFTA-DR took effect with respect to El Salvador on March 1, 2006. It took effect with respect to Honduras and Nicaragua on April 1, 2006. This agreement joins the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Australia, Chile, Morocco, Bahrain, and Singapore Free Trade Agreements which are already in the FAR. The threshold for applicability of the CAFTA-DR is $64,786 for supplies and services, and $7,407,000 for construction.

Item XI--Free Trade Agreements--Bahrain and Guatemala (FAR Case 2006- 017)

This final rule converts the interim rule published at 71 FR 67776, November 22, 2006, to a final rule without change. The rule allows contracting officers to purchase the goods and services of Bahrain and Guatemala without application of the Buy American Act if the acquisition is subject to the Free Trade Agreements. These trade agreements with Bahrain and Guatemala join the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Australia, Chile, Morocco, and Singapore Free Trade Agreements, and the CAFTA-DR with respect to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua that are already in the FAR. The threshold for applicability of the Dominican Republic--Central America--United States Free Trade Agreement is $64,786 for supplies and services (the same as other Free Trade Agreements to date except Morocco and Canada) and $7,407,000 for construction (the same as all other Free Trade Agreements to date except NAFTA). The threshold for applicability of the Bahrain Free Trade Agreement is $193,000 (the same as the Morocco FTA and the WTO GPA) and $8,422,165 for construction (the same as NAFTA).

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Item XII--Accepting and Dispensing of $1 Coin (FAR Case 2006-027) (Interim)

This interim rule implements the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-145). The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue annually four new $1 coins bearing the likenesses of the Presidents of the United States in the order of their service and to continue to mint and issue ``Sacagawea- design'' coins for circulation. In order to promote circulation of the coins, Section 104 of the Public Law also requires that Federal agencies take action so that, by January 1, 2008, entities that operate any business, including vending machines, on any premises owned by the United States or under the control of any agency or instrumentality of the United States, are capable of accepting and dispensing $1 coins and that the entities display notices of this capability on the business premises.

Item XIII--Technical Amendments

Editorial changes are made at FAR 31.201-5, 32.006-1, 32.006-2, 52.212-5, 52.232-16, and 52.245-1 in order to update references.

Dated: July 30, 2007. Al Matera, Acting Director, Contract Policy Division.

[FR Doc. 07-3805 Filed 8-16-07; 8:45 am]

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