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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Construction and Service Contracts in Noncontiguous States

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Department of Defense (DoD).


Final rule.


The Director of Defense Procurement has adopted as final, with changes, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 8071 of the Fiscal Year 2000 Defense Appropriations Act. Section 8071 provides that DoD contracts for construction or services performed in a noncontiguous State, that has an unemploymemt rate in excess of the national average, must include a clause requiring the contractor to employ individuals who are residents of that State and who, in the case of any craft or trade, possess or would be able to acquire promptly the necessary skills.Start Printed Page 50151


August 17, 2000.

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Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0288; telefax (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 99-D308.

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A. Background

DoD published an interim rule at 65 FR 14402 on March 16, 2000. The interim rule revised DFARS Subpart 222.70 and the clause at 252.222-7000, pertaining to restrictions on the employment of personnel in noncontiguous States, to implement Section 8071 of the Fiscal Year 2000 Defense Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 106-79). The final rule contains additional revisions to further clarify the definition of “noncontiguous State” and to delegate authority for waiver of the employment restrictions to the head of the agency.

One source submitted comments on the interim rule. DoD considered those comments in the development of the final rule.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD certifies that this final rule will not 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, prior to this rule, a similar requirement existed for the noncontiguous States of Alaska and Hawaii. DoD knows of no economic impact on small entities that resulted from the implementation of this requirement in those States.

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 222 and 252

  • Government procurement
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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final With Changes

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR Parts 222 and 252, which was published at 65 FR 14402 on March 16, 2000, is adopted as a final rule with the following changes:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Parts 222 and 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 222.7001 is revised to read as follows:

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“Noncontiguous State,” as used in this subpart, means Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Palmyra Atoll, and Wake Island.

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3. Section 222.7003 is revised to read as follows:

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The head of the agency may waive the requirements of 222.7002 on a case-by-case basis in the interest of national security.

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[FR Doc. 00-20958 Filed 8-16-00; 8:45 am]