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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; OMB Circular A-73, Audit of Federal Operations and Programs

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Department of Defense (DoD).


Final rule.


The Acting Director of Defense Procurement has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove the requirement for contractors to comply with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-73 when performing audit services for DoD. OMB rescinded Circular No. A-73 on May 22, 1995.


May 22, 2000.

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Ms. Sandra Haberlin, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, PDUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0289; telefax (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2000-D007.

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A. Background

On March 7, 1995, OMB published a notice of proposed rescission of OMB Circular No. A-73, Audit of Federal Operations and Programs (60 FR 12581). The circular contained audit practices and extended the application of certain principles of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 100-504) (IG Act) to Federal agencies not covered by the IG Act. The March 7, 1995 notice stated that the circular was unnecessary. The audit practices in the circular had become common practices throughout the Federal Government, and the IG Act had been expanded in 1988 to cover almost all Federal entities of significant size. The notice further stated that the rescission would take place on May 22, 1995, unless OMB received comments that raised significant concerns regarding the proposed rescission. OMB rescinded the circular on May 22, 1995.

Therefore, this final rule revises the clause at DFARS 252.237-7001, Compliance with Audit Standards, to remove the requirement for contractors performing audit services to comply with OMB Circular No. A-73.

This rule was not subject to OMB review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This final rule does not constitute a significant revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Public Law 98-577 and publication for public comment is not required. However, DoD will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2000-D007.

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 Part 252

  • Government procurement
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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Therefore, 48 CFR Part 252 is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 252 continues to read as follows:

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

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2. Section 252.237-7001 is revised to read as follows:

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Compliance with audit standards.

As prescribed in 237.270(d)(2), use the following clause:

Compliance With Audit Standards (May 2000)

The Contractor, in performance of all audit services under this contract, shall comply with “Government Auditing Standards” issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.

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[FR Doc. 00-12419 Filed 5-19-00; 8:45 am]