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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Part 12 and Assignment of Claims

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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 amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add, in the contract clause addressing terms and conditions for commercial items, the prohibition for a contractor to assign its rights to receive payment in accordance with the Assignment of Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3727) when a third party makes payment under the contract (e.g., use of the Governmentwide commercial purchase card). This prohibition is currently in the contract clause addressing terms and conditions required to implement statutes or Executive orders for commercial items.

DATES:

Effective Date: March 12, 2001.

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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 97-22, FAR case 1999-021.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Paragraph (e) of the clause at FAR 52.232-36, Payment by Third Party, states that a contractor may not assign its rights to receive payment under the assignment of claims terms of the contract if payment is made by a third party (e.g., use of the Governmentwide commercial purchase card). This clause is included in paragraph (b)(25) of the clause at FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.

Paragraph (b) of the clause at FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions—Commercial Items, states that a contractor may assign its rights to receive payments due as a result of performance of the contract, but paragraph (b) does not include the prohibition against the assignment of claims if payment is made by a third party (e.g., use of the Governmentwide commercial purchase card). FAR 12.302(b) further states that the contracting officer shall not tailor FAR 52.212-4(b).

The purpose of this rule is to correct the inconsistency between FAR 52.212-4(b) and FAR 52.212-5(b)(25). The rule revises FAR 52.212-4(b) to add the prohibition against the assignment of claims when payment is made by a third party.

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 Public Law 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR part 52 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 97-22, FAR case 1999-021), 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 52

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Dated: December 22, 2000.

Al Matera,

Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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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. Amend section 52.212-4 by revising the date of the clause and paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Contract Terms and Conditions—Commercial Items.
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Contract Terms and Conditions—Commercial Items (Mar 2001)

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(b) Assignment. The Contractor or its assignee may assign its rights to receive payment due as a result of performance of this contract to a bank, trust company, or other financing institution, including any Federal lending agency in accordance with the Assignment of Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3727). However, when a third party makes payment (e.g., use of the Governmentwide commercial purchase card), the Contractor may not assign its rights to receive payment under this contract.

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