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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-040, Trade Agreements Thresholds

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Interim Rule With Request For Comments.

Summary

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (the Councils) are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate increased thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade Agreements, as determined by the United States Trade Representative.

Unified Agenda

FAR Case 2009-040, Trade Agreements Thresholds

4 actions from July 2nd, 2010 to March 16th, 2011

  • July 2nd, 2010
  • August 31st, 2010
    • Interim Final Rule Comment Period End
  • March 16th, 2011
  • March 16th, 2011
    • Final Rule Effective
 

Table of Contents Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

Effective Date: July 2, 2010.

Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before August 31, 2010 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Submit comments identified by FAC 2005-43, FAR Case 2009-040, by any of the following methods:

Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting “FAR Case 2009-040” under the heading “Enter Keyword or ID” and selecting “Search”. Select the link “Submit a Comment” that corresponds with “FAR Case 2009-040”. Follow the instructions provided at the “Submit a Comment” screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and “FAR Case 2009-040” on your attached document.

  • Fax: 202-501-4067.
  • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4041, ATTN: Hada Flowers, Washington, DC 20405.

Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAC 2005-43, FAR case 2009-040, in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

For clarification of content, contact Ms. Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219-0202. Please cite FAC 2005-43, FAR Case 2009-040. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

A. Background Back to Top

Every two years, the trade agreements thresholds are adjusted according to a pre-determined formula under the agreements. On December 29, 2009 (74 FR 68907), the United States Trade Representative established new procurement thresholds. These thresholds became effective on January 1, 2010. The United States Trade Representative has specified the following new thresholds:

Trade agreement Supply contract (equal to or exceeding) Service contract (equal to or exceeding) Construction contract (equal to or exceeding)
WTO GPA $203,000 $203,000 $7,804,000
FTAs:      
Australia FTA 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Bahrain FTA 203,000 203,000 9,110,318
CAFTA-DR (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Chile FTA 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Morocco FTA 203,000 203,000 7,804,000
NAFTA:      
—Canada 25,000 70,079 9,110,318
—Mexico 70,079 70,079 9,110,318
Oman FTA 203,000 203,000 9,110,318
Peru FTA 203,000 203,000 7,804,000
Singapore FTA 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Israeli Trade Act 50,000

B. Executive Order 12866 Back to Top

This is a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act Back to Top

The Councils do not expect this interim rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the dollar threshold changes are designed to keep pace with inflation and thus maintain the status quo. Therefore, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. The Councils invite comments from small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities.

The Councils will also consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in parts affected by this rule in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (FAC 2005-43, FAR Case 2009-040) in all correspondence.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act Back to Top

The Paperwork Reduction Act does apply; however, these changes to the FAR do not impose additional information collection requirements to the paperwork burden previously approved under OMB Control Numbers 9000-0130 (FAR 52.225-4), 9000-0025 (FAR 52.225-6) and 9000-0141 (FAR 52.225-9, 52.225-11, 52.225-21, and 52.225-23). The interim rule affects the prescriptions for use of the certifications. However, there is no impact on the estimated burden hours, because the threshold changes are in line with inflation and maintain the status quo.

E. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule Back to Top

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense (DOD), the Administrator of General Services (GSA), and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. This interim rule incorporates increased dollar thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade Agreements, as determined by the United States Trade Representative. This action is necessary because the new thresholds became effective on January 1, 2010. However, pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 418b and FAR 1.501-3(b), the Councils will consider public comments received in response to this interim rule in the formation of the final rule. Absent this regulatory change, this requirement would not be incorporated into the FAR and implemented by the acquisition community.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 22, 25, and 52 Back to Top

Dated: June 25, 2010.

Edward Loeb,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR parts 22, 25, and 52 as set forth below:

1.The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 22, 25, and 52 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

PART 22—APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS Back to Top

22.1503 [Amended]

2.Amend section 22.1503 by removing from paragraph (b)(3) “$67,826” and adding “$70,079” in its place; and removing from paragraph (b)(4) “$194,000” and adding “$203,000” in its place.

PART 25—FOREIGN ACQUISITION Back to Top

25.202 [Amended]

3.Amend section 25.202 by removing from paragraph (c) “$7,443,000” and adding “$7,804,000” in its place.

4.Amend section 25.402 by revising the table that follows paragraph (b) to read as follows:

25.402 General.

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(b) * * *

Trade agreement Supply contract (equal to or exceeding) Service contract (equal to or exceeding) Construction contract (equal to or exceeding)
WTO GPA $203,000 $203,000 $7,804,000
FTAs:      
Australia FTA 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Bahrain FTA 203,000 203,000 9,110,318
CAFTA-DR (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Chile FTA 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Morocco FTA 203,000 203,000 7,804,000
NAFTA:      
—Canada 25,000 70,079 9,110,318
—Mexico 70,079 70,079 9,110,318
Oman FTA 203,000 203,000 9,110,318
Peru FTA 203,000 203,000 7,804,000
Singapore FTA 70,079 70,079 7,804,000
Israeli Trade Act 50,000

4.Amend section 25.504-2 by revising Example 1. to read as follows:

25.504-2 WTO GPA/Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative/FTAs.

Example 1.

Offer A 304,000 U.S.-made end product (not domestic).
Offer B 303,000 U.S.-made end product (domestic), small business.
Offer C 300,000 Eligible product.
Offer D 295,000 Noneligible product (not U.S.-made).

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25.603 [Amended]

5.Amend section 25.603 in paragraph (c) by removing “$7,443,000” and adding “$7,804,000” in its place.

25.1101 [Amended]

6.Amend section 25.1101 by—

a. Removing from paragraph (b)(1)(i)(A) “$194,000” and adding “$203,000” in its place;

b. Removing from paragraphs (b)(1)(iii) and (b)(2)(iii) “$67,826”, and adding “$70,079” in its place;

c. Removing from paragraphs (c)(1) and (d) “$194,000”, and adding “$203,000” in its place.

7.Amend section 25.1102 by removing from paragraphs (a) introductory text and (c) introductory text “$7,443,000” and adding “$7,804,000” in its place; revising the first sentence in paragraph (c)(3); and revising paragraph (d)(3) to read as follows:

25.1102 Acquisition of construction.

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(c) * * *

(3) For acquisitions valued at $7,804,000 or more, but less than $9,110,318, use the clause with its Alternate I. * * *

(d) * * *

(3) For acquisitions valued at $7,804,000 or more, but less than $9,110,318, use the clause with its Alternate II.

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES Back to Top

8.Amend section 52.212-5 by revising the date of the clause and paragraph (b)(20) to read as follows:

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.

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CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS—COMMERCIAL ITEMS (JUL 2010) Back to Top

(b) * * *

__(20) 52.222-19, Child Labor—Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Jul 2010) (E.O. 13126).

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9.Amend section 52.213-4 by revising the date of the clause and the first sentence of paragraph (b)(1)(i) to read as follows:

52.213-4 Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS—SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITIONS (OTHER THAN COMMERCIAL ITEMS) (JUL 2010) Back to Top

(b) * * *

(1) * * *

(i) 52.222-19, Child Labor—Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Jul 2010) (E.O. 13126). * * *

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10.Amend section 52.222-19 by revising the date of the clause; removing from paragraph (a)(3) “$67,826” and adding “$70,079” in its place; and removing from paragraph (a)(4) “$194,000” and adding “$203,000” in its place.

The revised text reads as follows:

52.222-19 Child Labor—Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies.

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CHILD LABOR—COOPERATION WITH AUTHORITIES AND REMEDIES (JUL 2010) Back to Top

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[FR Doc. 2010-15901 Filed 7-1-10; 8:45 am]

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