Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Agency Office of the Inspector General (DFARS Case 2011-D006)

Summary:

DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to make some administrative corrections relating to DFARS clause 252.203-7003, Agency Office of the Inspector General.

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For further information contact:

Meredith Murphy, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301-3060. Telephone 703-602-1302; facsimile 703-602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2011-D006.

Supplementary information:

I. Background

On September 27, 2010, DoD published a final rule under DFARS Case 2010-D015, DoD Office of the Inspector General (75 FR 59101). That final rule provided the address for the DoD Office of the Inspector General, as required by FAR clause 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.

This final rule corrects two omissions in that rule published in September 2010. At 203.1004(a), the clause prescription did not include the title of the clause at 252.203-7003. This rule adds the clause title to the prescription.

The clause prescription at 203.1004 states that the clause at DFARS 252.203-7003 is used in solicitations and contracts that include the FAR clause at 52.203-13. FAR clause 52.203-13 is applicable to commercial items and is listed in FAR clause 52.212-5. If the contractor must make disclosures to the agency office of the Inspector General, as required by paragraph (b)(3)(i) of FAR 52.203-13, the contractor would need to know the address of the agency office of the Inspector General. However, DFARS case 2010-D015 did not add the DFARS clause at 252.203-7003, which provides the address of the DoD Office of the Inspector General, to the list of contract terms and conditions required to implement statutes or Executive orders applicable to Defense acquisitions of commercial items (DFARS 252.212-7001). This final rule remedies that omission. The rule also updates the list of clauses at 252.212-7001.

II. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

III. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because an initial regulatory flexibility analysis is only required for proposed or interim rules that require publication for public comment (5 U.S.C. 603) and a final regulatory flexibility analysis is only required for final rules that were previously published for public comment, and for which an initial regulatory flexibility analysis was prepared (5 U.S.C. 604).

This final rule does not constitute a significant DFARS revision as defined at FAR 1.501-1 because this rule will not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors, or a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of the Government. Therefore, publication for public comment under 41 U.S.C. 1707 is not required.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

The rule does not impose any new information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

List of subjects in 48 cfr parts 203 and 252

Government procurement.

Ynette R. Shelkin,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

Therefore, 48 CFR parts 203 and 252 are amended as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 203 and 252 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

Part 203—improper business practices and personal conflicts of interest

2. Amend section 203.1004 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: 203.1004

(a) Use the clause at 252.203-7003, Agency Office of the Inspector General, in solicitations and contracts that include the FAR clause 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.

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Part 252—solicitation provisions and contract clauses

3. Amend section 252.212-7001 by revising the clause date and revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: 252.212-7001 * * * * *

CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS APPLICABLE TO DEFENSE ACQUISITIONS OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS (JUN 2011)

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(b) The Contractor agrees to comply with any clause that is checked on the following list of Defense FAR Supplement clauses which, if checked, is included in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items or components.

(1) __ 252.203-7000, Requirements Relating to Compensation of Former DoD Officials (JAN 2009) (Section 847 of Pub. L. 110-181).

(2) __252.203-7003, Agency Office of the Inspector General (SEP 2010) (Section 6101 of Pub. L. 110-252, 41 U.S.C. 3509 note).

(3) __ 252.205-7000, Provision of Information to Cooperative Agreement Holders (DEC 1991) (10 U.S.C. 2416).

(4) __ 252.219-7003, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (DoD Contracts) (OCT 2010) (15 U.S.C. 637).

(5) __ 252.219-7004, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Test Program) (JAN 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637 note).

(6)(i) __ 252.225-7001, Buy American Act and Balance of Payments Program (JAN 2009) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83, E.O. 10582).

(ii) __ Alternate I (DEC 2010) of 252.225-7001.

(7) __ 252.225-7008, Restriction on Acquisition of Specialty Metals (JUL 2009) (10 U.S.C. 2533b).

(8) __ 252.225-7009, Restriction on Acquisition of Certain Articles Containing Specialty Metals (JAN 2011) (10 U.S.C. 2533b).

(9) __ 252.225-7012, Preference for Certain Domestic Commodities (JUN 2010) (10 U.S.C. 2533a).

(10) __ 252.225-7015, Restriction on Acquisition of Hand or Measuring Tools (JUN 2005) (10 U.S.C. 2533a).

(11) __ 252.225-7016, Restriction on Acquisition of Ball and Roller Bearings (DEC 2010) (Section 8065 of Pub. L. 107-117 and the same restriction in subsequent DoD appropriations acts).

(12)(i) __ 252.225-7021, Trade Agreements (NOV 2009) (19 U.S.C. 2501-2518 and 19 U.S.C. 3301 note).

(ii) __ Alternate I (SEP 2008) of 252.225-7021.

(iii) __ Alternate II (DEC 2010) of 252.225-7021.

(13) __ 252.225-7027, Restriction on Contingent Fees for Foreign Military Sales (APR 2003) (22 U.S.C. 2779).

(14) __ 252.225-7028, Exclusionary Policies and Practices of Foreign Governments (APR 2003) (22 U.S.C. 2755).

(15)(i) __ 252.225-7036, Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Balance of Payments Program (DEC 2010) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83, and 19 U.S.C. 3301 note).

(ii) __ Alternate I (JUL 2009) of 252.225-7036.

(iii) __ Alternate II (DEC 2010) of 252.225-7036.

(iv) __ Alternate III (DEC 2010) of 252.225-7036.

(16) __ 252.225-7038, Restriction on Acquisition of Air Circuit Breakers (JUN 2005) (10 U.S.C. 2534(a)(3)).

(17) __ 252.226-7001, Utilization of Indian Organizations, Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises, and Native Hawaiian Small Business Concerns (SEP 2004) (Section 8021 of Pub. L. 107-248 and similar sections in subsequent DoD appropriations acts).

(18) __ 252.227-7015, Technical Data—Commercial Items (MAR 2011) (10 U.S.C. 2320).

(19) __ 252.227-7037, Validation of Restrictive Markings on Technical Data (SEP 1999) (10 U.S.C. 2321).

(20) __ 252.232-7003, Electronic Submission of Payment Requests and Receiving Reports (MAR 2008) (10 U.S.C. 2227).

(21) __ 252.237-7010, Prohibition on Interrogation of Detainees by Contractor Personnel (NOV 2010) (Section 1038 of Pub. L. 111-84).

(22) __ 252.237-7019, Training for Contractor Personnel Interacting with Detainees (SEP 2006) (Section 1092 of Pub. L. 108-375).

(23) __ 252.243-7002, Requests for Equitable Adjustment (MAR 1998) (10 U.S.C. 2410).

(24) __ 252.246-7004, Safety of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Equipment For Military Operations (OCT 2010) (Section 807 of Pub. L. 111-84).

(25)__ 252.247-7003, Pass-Through of Motor Carrier Fuel Surcharge Adjustment to the Cost Bearer (SEP 2010) (Section 884 of Pub. L. 110-417).

(26)(i) __ 252.247-7023, Transportation of Supplies by Sea (MAY 2002) (10 U.S.C. 2631).

(ii) __ Alternate I (MAR 2000) of 252.247-7023.

(iii) __ Alternate II (MAR 2000) of 252.247-7023.

(iv) __ Alternate III (MAY 2002) of 252.247-7023.

(27) __ 252.247-7024, Notification of Transportation of Supplies by Sea (MAR (2000) (10 U.S.C. 2631).

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