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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Repeal of Reporting Requirements under Public Law 85-804

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AGENCIES:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraph 901(r)(1) of the Federal Reports Elimination Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-362), that repealed section 4 of Public Law 85-804 (50 U.S.C. 1434). Section 4 required each department and agency to report annually to Congress any contract action in excess of $50,000 issued under the authority of this law.

DATES:

Effective Date: September 25, 2000.

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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. Linda Klein, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-3775. Please cite FAC 97-19, FAR case 2000-006.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The final rule revises FAR 50.000 to update the reference to Public Law 85-804 and eliminates the reporting requirements at FAR 50.104. Agencies are no longer required to submit to Congress annually a report of actions taken on requests for relief under the authority of Public Law 85-804.

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 final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Pub. L. 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 50 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 2000-006), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to the FAR do not impose 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 50

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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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PART 50—EXTRAORDINARY CONTRACTUAL ACTIONS

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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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2. Revise section 50.000 to read as follows:

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Scope of part.

This part prescribes policies and procedures for entering into, amending, or modifying contracts in order to facilitate the national defense under the extraordinary emergency authority granted by Public Law 85-804 (50 U.S.C. 1431-1434), referred to in this part as the “Act”, and Executive Order 10789, dated November 14, 1958, referred to in this part as “the Executive order”, It does not cover advance payments (see subpart 32.4).

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3. Remove and reserve section 50.104.

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[FR Doc. 00-18676 Filed 7-25-00; 8:45 am]

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