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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Pollution Control and Clean Air and Water

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Proposed rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Acting Director of Defense Procurement is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to revise and relocate policy on the level of approval required to except a contract from certain restrictions of the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act. The policy is moved from the Pollution Control and Clean Air and Water subpart to the Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility subpart of the DFARS, because the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart on Pollution Control and Clean Air and Water has been removed.

DATES:

Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before July 21, 2000, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Interested parties should submit written comments on the proposed rule to: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Sandra G. Haberlin, PDUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telefax (703) 602-0350.

E-mail comments submitted via the Internet should be addressed to: dfars@acq.osd.mil

Please cite DFARS Case 2000-D004 in all correspondence related to this proposed rule. E-mail correspondence should cite DFARS Case 2000-D004 in the subject line.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Sandra G. Haberlin, (703) 602-0289.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

On December 27, 1999, Item I of Federal Acquisition Circular 97-15 (64 FR 72415) removed Subpart 23.1, Pollution Control and Clean Air and Water, from the FAR. Subpart 23.1 contained policy pertaining to entities that are ineligible for contract award due to a violation of the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act. The FAR text was deemed unnecessary, because contracting officers can use the General Services Administration List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs to ensure that they do not award contracts to ineligible entities. In accordance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations at 40 CFR 32.215(b), FAR Subpart 23.1 permitted an agency head to except a contract from the prohibition on award to a Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act violator if it was in the paramount interest of the United States to do so. DFARS Subpart 223.1 limited delegation of this exception authority to a level no lower than an official who is appointed by and with the advice of the Senate.

This DFARS rule proposes to—

1. Remove the text from DFARS Subpart 223.1, since FAR Subpart 23.1 no longer exists; and relocate the text to DFARS 209.405(b), since the corresponding text at FAR 9.405(b) addresses matters relating to entities on the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs;

2. Retain a limitation on delegation of the exception authority, but lower the permitted level of delegation to a level no lower than a general or flag officer or a member of the Senior Executive Service; and

3. Designate the text already located at DFARS 209.405 as 209.405(a), and amend the text to clarify that the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 2393 regarding a “compelling reason” determination apply only to the conduct of business with entities that are debarred or suspended.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The proposed rule is not expected 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 rule pertains only to the exceptional situations where there is a need to conduct business with entities that are debarred or suspended or, because of a violation of the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act, are ineligible for award. Therefore, an initial regulatory flexibility analysis has not been performed. Comments are invited from small businesses and other interested parties. Comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts also will be considered in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2000-D004.

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 209 and 223

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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Therefore, 48 CFR Parts 209 and 223 are proposed to be amended as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Parts 209 and 223 continues to read as follows:

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

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PART 209—CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS

2. Section 209.405 is revised to read as follows:

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(a) Under 10 U.S.C. 2393(b), when a department or agency determines that a compelling reason exists for it to conduct business with a contractor that is debarred or suspended from procurement programs, it must provide written notice of the determination to the General Services Administration, Office of Acquisition Policy. Examples of compelling reasons are—

(1) Only a debarred or suspended contractor can provide the supplies or services;

(2) Urgency requires contracting with a debarred or suspended contractor;

(3) The contractor and a department or agency have an agreement covering the same events that resulted in the debarment or suspension and the agreement includes the department of agency decision not to debar or suspend the contractor; or

(4) The national defense requires continued business dealings with the debarred or suspended contractor.

(b)(i) The Procurement Cause and Treatment Code “H” annotation in the GSA List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs identifies contractors that are declared ineligible for award of a contract or subcontract because of a violation of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7606) or the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1368).

(ii) Under the authority of 40 CFR 32.215(b), the agency head may grant an exception permitting award to a Code “H” ineligible contractor if it is in the paramount interest of the United States.

(A) The agency head may delegate this exception authority to a level no lower than a general or flag officer or a member of the Senior Executive Service.

(B) The official granting the exception must provide written notice to the Environmental Protection Agency debarring official.

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PART 223—ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

Subpart 223.1 [Removed]

3. Subpart 223.1 is removed.

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[FR Doc. 00-12414 Filed 5-19-00; 8:45 am]

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