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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Contractor Performance of Acquisition Functions Closely Associated With Inherently Governmental Functions

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Final Rule.

Summary

DoD has adopted as final, with changes, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Section 804 places limitations on the award of contracts for the performance of acquisition functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Effective March 21, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Ms. Robin Schulze, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (ATL) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0326, facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2004-D021.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

A. Background Back to Top

DoD published an interim rule at 70 FR 14572 on March 23, 2005, to implement Section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Section 804 places limitations on the award of contracts for the performance of acquisition functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions.

Three sources submitted comments on the interim rule. A discussion of the comments is provided below.

1. Comment: One respondent recommended revision of the text at 207.503(S-70)(1) to replace the phrase “functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions that are listed at FAR 7.503(d)” with the phrase “services and actions that are listed at FAR 7.503(d).” Since 10 U.S.C. 2383(b)(3) states that the phrase “functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions” means those functions described in FAR 7.503(d), use of the FAR reference would meet the letter of the law and would avoid introducing a new phrase in the DFARS.

DoD Response: DoD believes that use of the phrase “functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions,” along with the reference to FAR 7.503(d), more clearly describes the requirements of the rule. Therefore, DoD has made no change to the rule as a result of this comment.

2. Comment: One respondent recommended amending the text at 207.503(S-70)(1)(i)(B) to remove the word “supervise” and replace it with the phrase “provide oversight to” to prevent a conflict with Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy Letter 92-1, Inherently Governmental Functions. The respondent stated that OFPP Policy Letter 92-1 cautions against exercising “such control over contractor activities to convert the contract * * * to a personal services contract,” and that use of the word “supervise,” could be understood by Federal officials that they are to interact with contractor employees in the same way they supervise Federal employees.

DoD Response: It should be noted that OMB Circular No. A-76 dated May 29, 2003, supersedes OFPP Policy Letter 92-1. However, DoD agrees that the term “supervise” could be subject to differing interpretations and could lead to an inappropriate contract relationship. Therefore, DoD has amended the rule to replace the term “supervise” with the term “oversee.”

3. Comment: One respondent stated that, given the importance of this issue, DoD should provide further guidance concerning the circumstances under which contracting officers may make a determination under 207.503(S-70)(1)(i)(A), that appropriate DoD personnel cannot reasonably be made available to perform the functions.

DoD Response: DoD does not believe that additional guidance is necessary. The availability decision must be made on a case-by-case basis, and DoD contracting officers should retain the flexibility to make informed decisions to meet mission needs.

4. Comment: One respondent expressed support for the rule, since the rule places some controls on the award of contracts for the performance of jobs closely associated with the Federal Government's purchases of goods and services. The respondent believes that the Government should protect inherently governmental functions, and recommended that DoD require contracting officers to provide written justifications of decisions made under this DFARS rule and that those justifications be made publicly available on the World Wide Web.

DoD Response: In accordance with FAR Subpart 4.8, the Government contract file should document the basis for an acquisition and the relevant decisions made by the contracting officer. DoD does not believe it is necessary to post the determinations made in accordance with this rule on the World Wide Web.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act Back to Top

DoD has prepared a final regulatory flexibility analysis consistent with 5 U.S.C. 604. A copy of the analysis may be obtained from the point of contact specified herein. The analysis is summarized as follows:

The objective of the rule is to ensure proper management and oversight of contracts for functions that generally are not considered to be inherently governmental, but may approach being in that category because of the nature of the function, the manner in which the contractor performs the contract, or the manner in which the Government administers contractor performance. The impact of the rule on small entities is unknown at this time. DoD agencies will implement the requirements of the rule in making decisions whether to enter into, and in the administration of, contracts for performance of the acquisition functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions that are listed in section 7.503(d) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. DoD received no comments on the initial regulatory flexibility analysis. As a result of comments received on the interim rule, the final rule contains a minor change to clarify that Government personnel “oversee” but do not “supervise” contractor personnel.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act Back to Top

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply, because the rule does not impose any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 207 Back to Top

Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR part 207, which was published at 70 FR 14572 on March 23, 2005, is adopted as a final rule with the following change:

PART 207—ACQUISITION PLANNING Back to Top

1.The authority citation for 48 CFR part 207 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

207.503 [Amended]

2.Section 207.503 is amended in paragraph (S-70)(1)(i)(B) by removing “supervise” and adding in its place “oversee”.

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[FR Doc. 06-2643 Filed 3-20-06; 8:45 am]

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