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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; People's Republic of China

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Acting Director of Defense Procurement has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 8120 of the DoD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 1999, as amended by Section 144 of Title I, Division C, of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999. Section 8120 places restrictions on the award of contracts to companies in which the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China owns more than 50 percent interest.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

February 10, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, PDUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0288; telefax (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 98-D305.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This rule finalizes the interim rule that was published at 64 FR 8727 on February 23, 1999. DoD received no public comments on the interim rule.

The interim rule implemented Section 8120 of the DoD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 1999 (Public Law 105-262). Section 8120 places restrictions on the award of contracts to companies owned or partially owned by the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. This final rule also incorporates the provisions of Section 144 of Title I, Division C, of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (Public Law 105-277). Section 144 of Public Law 105-277 amended Section 8120 of Public Law 105-262 to restrict contract award only if the Secretary of Defense determines that the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China owns more than 50 percent interest in a company. The Secretary of Defense has delegated the authority for such determinations to the Director of Defense Procurement.Start Printed Page 6554

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD certifies that this final rule will not 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 rule pertains only to companies in which the Director of Defense Procurement has determined that the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China owns more than 50 percent interest.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

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.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 212, 225, and 252

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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final With Changes

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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1. The authority citation for

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

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PART 225—FOREIGN ACQUISITION

2. Sections 225.771-2 through 225.771-4 are revised and section 225.771-5 is added to read as follows:

Legal authority.

This section implements Section 8120 of the DoD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 1999 (Pub. L. 105-262), as amended by Section 144 of Title I, Division C, of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (Pub. L. 105-277).

Prohibition on contract award.

If using fiscal year 1999 funds made available by Title III (Procurement) or Title IV (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation) of Pub. L. 105-262, do not award or renew a contract with any company in which the Director of Defense Procurement has determined that the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China owns more than 50 percent interest.

Procedures.

(a) Forward any information that the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China owns more than 50 percent interest in a company, through the head of the agency, to the Director, Defense Procurement, ATTN: OUSD (AT&L) DP/FC, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060.

(b) Upon verification of the information, the Director of Defense Procurement will ask the General Services Administration to list the company as ineligible on the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs.

Solicitation provision.

Use the provision at 252.225-7017, Prohibition on Award to Companies Owned by the People's Republic of China, in solicitations for contracts that will use fiscal year 1999 funds made available by Title III or IV of Pub. L. 105-262.

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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3. Section 252.225-7017 is revised to read as follows:

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Prohibition on Award to Companies Owned by the People's Republic of China.

As prescribed in 225.771-5, use the following provision:

Prohibition on Award to Companies Owned by the People's Republic of China (FEB 2000)

(a) Definition. “People's Republic of China,” as used in this provision, means the government of the People's Republic of China, including its political subdivisions, agencies, and instrumentalities.

(b) Prohibition on award. Section 8120 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 1999 (Pub. L. 105-262), as amended by Section 144 of Title I, Division C, of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (Pub. L. 105-277), prohibits the award of a contract under this solicitation to any company in which the Director of Defense Procurement (Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics)) has determined that the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China owns more than 50 percent interest.

(c) Representation. By submission of an offer, the offeror represents that the People's Republic of China or the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China does not own more than 50 percent interest in the offeror.

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[FR Doc. 00-2943 Filed 2-9-00; 8:45 am]

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