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AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to convert size standards and other programs in the FAR based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

DATES:

Effective Date: October 1, 2000.

Comment Date: Interested parties should submit comments to the FAR Secretariat at the address shown below on or before September 25, 2000 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments to: General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Attn: Ms. Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.

Submit electronic comments via the Internet to: farcase.2000-604@gsa.gov

Please submit comments only and cite FAC 97-19, FAR case 2000-604 in all correspondence related to this case.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The FAR Secretariat, Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-4755, for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Ms. Victoria Moss, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-4764. Please cite FAC 97-19, FAR case 2000-604.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule amends the FAR to convert size standards and other programs in the FAR that are based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

The Small Business Administration (SBA) amended its regulations to convert small business size standards from the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). These new size standards were published in the Federal Register at 65 FR 30836, May 15, 2000, and are effective on October 1, 2000. NAICS is a new system that classifies business concerns according to how they conduct their economic activity. SBA has determined that NAICS is a better description of industries in the U.S. economy than the SIC system for purposes of establishing size standards. This interim rule adopts the NAICS-based size standards effective October 1, 2000.

This rule conforms the FAR to the final SBA size standards and converts other programs in the FAR currently based on SIC codes to NAICS codes. These programs include the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program at Subpart 19.10, the Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns at Subpart 19.11, the Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program at Subpart 19.12, and the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program at Subpart 19.13.

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 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.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The interim 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 coding changes are primarily internal to the Government. External uses of the codes under the small business subcontracting program and small disadvantaged business participation programs are primarily limited to large businesses. This rule includes implementation of SBA's final rule, and SBA has certified that the impact of the SIC to NAICS change on each business will not be substantial. Therefore, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Parts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C 601, et seq. (FAC 97-19, FAR case 2000-604), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) applies; however, this interim rule does not impose new reporting and recordkeeping requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. This rule will require restructuring of contractors' record systems to collect data on small disadvantaged businesses under small business subcontracting plans and small disadvantaged business participation plans by NAICS rather than SIC. Because this merely involves use of a different industry classification system, this interim rule does not affect existing OMB clearances (9000-0006, 9000-0007, and 9000-0150).

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense Start Printed Page 46056(DoD), the Administrator of General Services (GSA), and the Administrator for 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 action is necessary because the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a final rule on May 15, 2000, providing a new size standards listing that is based on NAICS rather than SIC codes. The SBA rule requires Federal agencies to use the new size standards, beginning October 1, 2000, to determine whether a business is a small business concern. Changes to the FAR are needed to establish policy for use of the new size standards in Government acquisitions. The required implementation date of October 1, 2000, does not permit time to issue a proposed FAR rule and evaluate public comments. However, pursuant to Public Law 98-577 and FAR 1.501, the Councils will consider public comments received in response to this interim rule in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 5, 12, 19, 23, 52, and 53

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Dated: July 19, 2000.

Edward C. Loeb,

Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

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PART 5—PUBLICIZING CONTRACT ACTIONS

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2. Amend section 5.205 by revising paragraph (f)(2) to read as follows:

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Special situations.
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(f) * * *

(2) Specifying the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code;

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PART 12—ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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3. Amend section 12.603 in the first sentence of paragraph (c)(2)(iv) by removing “standard industrial classification” and adding, in its place, “NAICS”.

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PART 19—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

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4. Amend section 19.001 by revising the definition “Industry” to read as follows:

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Definitions.
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Industry, as used in this part, means all concerns primarily engaged in similar lines of activity, as listed and described in the North American Industry Classification system (NAICS) manual (available via the Internet at http://www.census.gov/​epcd/​www/​naics.html).

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5. Amend section 19.102 by revising paragraphs (b)(1) and (h) to read as follows:

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Size standards.
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(1) Classifying the product or service being acquired in the industry whose definition, as found in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Manual (available via the Internet at http://www.census.gov/​epcd/​www/​naics.html), best describes the principal nature of the product or service being acquired;

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(h) the industry size standards are published by the Small Business Administration and are available via the Internet at http://www.sba.gov/​size/​NAICS-cover-page.htm.

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6. Amend section 19.201—

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a. In the first sentence of paragraph (b) by removing “Major Groups as contained in the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) manual” and adding, in its place, “North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industry Subsector”;

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b. In the sixth sentence of paragraph (b) by removing “SIC MAJOR Group” and adding, in its place, “NAICS Industry Subsector”;

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c. In the first sentence of the introductory text of paragraph (f)(1) by removing “major industry groups” and adding, in its place, “Industry subsectors”; and

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d. In paragraphs (f)(1)(ii) and (f)(1)(iii) by removing “SIC Major Group” and adding, in their place, “Industry subsector”.

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Determining North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and size standards.
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7. Amend section 19.303 by revising the section heading to read as set forth above; and in paragraph (a) by removing “standard industrial classification” and adding “NAICS” in its place.

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8. Amend section 19.501 in paragraph (g) by removing “product classification” and adding “NAICS code” in its place.

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9. Amend section 19.805-1 in paragraph (a)(2) by removing “standard industrial classification (SIC)” and adding “North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)” in its place.

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10. Amend section 19.1002 in the definition “Emerging small business” by removing “standard industrial classification” and adding “North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)” in its place.

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11. Amend section 19.1005 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Applicability.

(a) Designated industry groups.

NAICS codeNAICS description
Construction
Subsector 233—Building, Developing, and General Contracting
23311Land Subdivision and Land Development.
23321Single Family Housing Construction.
23322Multifamily Housing Construction.
23331Manufacturing and Industrial Building Construction.
23332Commercial and Institutional Building Construction.
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Subsector 234—Heavy Construction
23411Highway and Street Construction.
23412Bridge and Tunnel Construction.
23491Water, Sewer, and Pipeline Construction.
23492Power and Communication Transmission Line Construction.
23493Industrial Nonbuilding Structure Construction.
23499All Other Heavy Construction.
Subsector 235—Special Trade Contractors
23511Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors.
23521Painting and Wall Covering Contractors.
23531Electrical Contractors.
23541Masonry and Stone Contractors.
23542Drywall, Plastering, Acoustical, and Insulation Contractors.
23543Tile, Marble, Terrazzo, and Mosaic Contractors.
23551Carpentry Contractors.
23552Floor Laying and Other Floor Contractors.
23561Roofing, Siding, and Sheet Metal Contractors.
23571Concrete Contractors.
23581Water Well Drilling Contractors.
23591Structural Steel Erection Contractors.
23592Glass and Glazing Contractors.
23593Excavation Contractors.
23594Wrecking and Demolition Contractors.
23595Building Equipment and Other Machinery Installation Contractors.
23599All Other Special Trade Contractors.
Nonnuclear Ship Repair
336611Ship Building and Repairing
Architectural and Engineering Services (including surveying and mapping)
54131Architectural Services.
54133Engineering Services.
54136Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services.
54137Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services.
Refuse Systems and Related Services
562111Solid Waste Collection.
562119Other Waste Collection.
562219Other Nonhazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal.
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12. Revise the introductory text of section 19.1201 to read as follows:

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General.

This subpart addresses the evaluation of the extent of participation of small disadvantaged business (SDB) concerns in performance of contracts in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industry Subsectors as determined by the Department of Commerce (see 19.201(b)), and to the extent authorized by law. Two mechanisms are addressed in this subpart—

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13. Amend section 19.1306 by revising paragraph (a)(2)(i) to read as follows:

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HUBZone sole source awards.

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(i) $5,000,000 for a requirement within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for manufacturing; or

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14. In addition to the amendments set forth above, in the table below, for each section indicated in the left column, remove the text indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the section, and add the text indicated in the right column:

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19.303(c)(1) (twice); 19.303(c)(2)(ii)(B); 19.303(c)(3)(ii); 19.303(c)(4) (twice); 19.803(b)(4)(i)(B); 19.803(b)(4)(ii); 19.804-2(a)(3); 19.804-3(d) introductory text; 19.804-3(d)(1) (twice); 19.804-3(d)(2) (twice); 19.804-5(c); 19.804-6(c); 19.810(a)(3); 19.1007(a)(1)SICNAICS.
19.1102(a); 19.1202-1; 19.1202-2(a) and introductory text of paragraph (b); 19.1202-4(a); 19.1203SIC Major GroupsNAICS Industry Subsector.
19.1306(a)(2)(ii)SICNAICS.
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PART 23—ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

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15. Amend section 23.906 by revising paragraph (a)(2)(iv) to read as follows:

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Requirements.

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(iv) Do not fall within Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC) major groups 20 through 39 or their corresponding North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors 31 through 33; or

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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16. Amend section 52.212-1 by revising the date and paragraph (a) of the provision to read as follows:

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Instructions to Offerors—Commercial Items.
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Instructions to Offerors—Commercial Items (Oct. 2000)

(a) North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code and small business size standard. The NAICS code and small business size standard for this acquisition appear in Block 10 of the solicitation cover sheet (SF 1449). However, the small business size standard for a concern which submits an offer in its own name, but which proposes to furnish an item which it did not itself manufacture, is 500 employees.

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17. Amend section 52.212-3 by revising the date of the clause to read “(Oct 2000)”; and in paragraph (a) of the clause, in the definition “Emerging small business,” by removing “standard industrial classification” and adding, in its place, “NAICS”.

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18. Amend section 52.219-1 by revising the date and paragraph (a)(1) of the provision to read as follows:

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Small Business Program Representations.
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Small Business Program Representations (Oct. 2000)

(a)(1) The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is—[insert NAICS code].

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19. Amend section 52.219-9 by revising the date and paragraph (j)(2) of the clause to read as follows:

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Small Business Subcontracting Plan.
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Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Oct. 2000)

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(2) Standard Form 295, Summary Subcontract Report. This report encompasses all of the contracts with the awarding agency. It must be submitted semi-annually for contracts with the Department of Defense and annually for contracts with civilian agencies. If the reporting activity is covered by a commercial plan, the reporting activity must report annually all subcontract awards under that plan. All reports submitted at the close of each fiscal year (both individual and commercial plans) shall include a breakout, in the Contractor's format, of subcontract awards, in whole dollars, to small disadvantaged business concerns by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industry Subsector. For a commercial plan, the Contractor may obtain from each of its subcontractors a predominant NAICS Industry Subsector and report all awards to that subcontractor under its predominant NAICS Industry Subsector.

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20. Amend section 52.219-19 by revising the date of the provision to read “(Oct. 2000)” and in paragraph (a) by removing “standard industrial classification” and adding, in its place, “North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)”.

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21. Amend section 52.219-24 by—

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a. Revising the date of the provision to read “(Oct. 2000)”; and

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b. In paragraph (b) of the provision by removing “Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Major Groups” and adding, in its place, “North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industry Subsectors”.

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22. Amend section 52.219-26 by—

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a. Revising the date of the clause to read “(Oct. 2000);”

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b. In paragraph (a) of the clause by removing “Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Major Groups” and adding, in its place, “North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industry Subsectors”; and

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c. In paragraph (b) of the clause by removing “SIC Major Groups” and adding, in its place, “NAICS Industry Subsectors.”

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23. Amend section 52.223-13 by revising the date of the provision and paragraph (b)(2)(iv) to read as follows:

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Certification of Toxic Chemical Release Reporting.
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Certification of Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (Oct. 2000)

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□ (iv) The facility does not fall within Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC) major groups 20 through 39 or their corresponding North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors 31 through 33; or

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24. Amend section 52.223-14 by revising the date of the clause and paragraph (b)(4) to read as follows:

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Toxic Chemical Release Reporting.
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Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (Oct. 2000)

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(4) The facility does not fall within Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC) major groups 20 through 39 or their corresponding North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors 31 through 33; or

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PART 53—FORMS

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25. Amend section 53.204-2—

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a. In paragraph (a) by removing “(

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b. In paragraph (b) by removing “(

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26. Amend section 53.219 in paragraph (c) by removing “(

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27. Revise section 53.301-279 to read as follows:

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28. Revise section 53.301-281 to read as follows:

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29. Revise section 53.302-312 to read as follows:

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