National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
This is a final rule amending the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to add a contract clause the purpose of which is to assure contractors (and offerors) understand that they are responsible for export compliance in accordance with law and regulation, and that they should not rely on NASA to obtain necessary licenses in execution of the contracted work. This clause complies with performance based contacting principles. It notifies the contractor of its responsibilities under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) during contract performance. Additional, tailored clauses may be required when specific exemptions or licenses are applicable, as, for example, with the International Space Station. These clauses would be developed on a case-by-case basis.
February 11, 2000.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Patrick Flynn, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), (202) 358-0460.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
A proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 1999 (64 FR 58031-58032). No comments were received. This final rule adopts the proposed rule without change.
B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
NASA certifies that this regulation will not have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small business entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) because it does not impose any new requirements.
C. Paperwork Reduction Act
The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to the NFS do not impose any recordkeeping or information collection requirements, or collections of information from offerors, contractors, or members of the public that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 1825 and 1852End List of Subjects Start Signature
Associate Administrator for Procurement.
Accordingly,End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 1825—FOREIGN ACQUISITIONEnd Part Start Amendment Part
2. Sections 1825.970, 1825.970-1, and 1825.970-2 are added to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) NASA contractors and subcontractors are subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120 through 130, and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730 through 799. The contractor is responsible for obtaining the appropriate licenses or other approvals from the Department of State or the Department of Commerce when it exports hardware, technical data, or software, or provides technical assistance to a foreign destination or “foreign person”, as defined in 22 CFR 120.16, and there are no applicable or available exemptions/exceptions to the ITAR/EAR, respectively. A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States is not a “foreign person”. (See 22 CFR 120.16 and 15 CFR 734.2(b)(2)(ii).)
(b) The exemption at 22 CFR 125.4(b)(3) of the ITAR provides that a contractor may export technical data without a license if the contract between the agency and the exporter provides for the export of the data. The clause at 1852.225-70, Alternate I, provides contractual authority for the exemption, but the exemption is available only after the contracting officer, or designated representative, provides written authorization or direction enabling its Start Printed Page 6916use. It is NASA policy that the exemption at 22 CFR 125.4(b)(3) may only be used when technical data (including software) is exchanged with a NASA foreign partner pursuant to the terms of an international agreement in furtherance of an international collaborative effort. The contracting officer must obtain the approval of the Center Export Administrator before granting the contractor the authority to use this exemption.
Insert the clause at 1852.225-70, Export Licenses, in all solicitations and contracts, except in contracts with foreign entities. Insert the clause with its Alternate I when the NASA project office indicates that technical data (including software) is to be exchanged by the contractor with a NASA foreign partner pursuant to an international agreement.
PART 1852—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSESEnd Part Start Amendment Part
3. Section 1852.225-70 is added to read as follows:End Amendment Part
As prescribed in 1825.970-2, insert the following clause:
EXPORT LICENSES (FEB 2000)
(a) The Contractor shall comply with all U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-799, in the performance of this contract. In the absence of available license exemptions/exceptions, the Contractor shall be responsible for obtaining the appropriate licenses or other approvals, if required, for exports of hardware, technical data, and software, or for the provision of technical assistance.
(b) The Contractor shall be responsible for obtaining export licenses, if required, before utilizing foreign persons in the performance of this contract, including instances where the work is to be performed on-site at [insert name of NASA installation], where the foreign person will have access to export-controlled technical data or software.
(c) The Contractor shall be responsible for all regulatory record keeping requirements associated with the use of licenses and license exemptions/exceptions.
(d) The Contractor shall be responsible for ensuring that the provisions of this clause apply to its subcontractors.
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ALTERNATE 1 (FEB 2000)
As prescribed in 1825.970-2, add the following paragraph (e) as Alternate I to the clause:
(e) The Contractor may request, in writing, that the Contracting Officer authorizes it to export ITAR-controlled technical data (including software) pursuant to the exemption at 22 CFR 125.4(b)(3). The Contracting Officer or designated representative may authorize or direct the use of the exemption where the data does not disclose details of the design, development, production, or manufacture of any defense article.
[FR Doc. 00-3009 Filed 2-10-00; 8:45 am]
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