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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Clause Flowdown-Commercial Items

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


Final rule.


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 clarify requirements for the inclusion of FAR clauses in subcontracts for commercial items awarded under contracts for other than commercial items.


Effective Date: March 12, 2001.

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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 1996-023.

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A. Background

This final rule amends the clause at FAR 52.244-6, Subcontracts for Commercial Items, to revise the list of clauses the contractor must flow down to subcontractors and to clarify that contractors may flow down a minimal number of other clauses.

DoD, GSA, and NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 62 FR 49903, September 23, 1997. Four sources submitted comments in response to the proposed rule. The Councils considered all comments in the development of the final rule.

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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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 the rule merely clarifies existing requirements regarding the inclusion of clauses in subcontracts for commercial items awarded under contracts for other than commercial items.

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

  • Government procurement
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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 48 CFR part 52 as set forth below:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 52 continues to read as follows:

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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 52.213-4 by removing from the clause heading “(July 2000)” and adding “(Mar 2001)” in its place; and be removing “(Oct 1998)” from paragraph (a)(2)(vi) of the clause and adding “Mar 2001” in its place.

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3. Amend section 52.244-6 by revising the section heading, the introductory text of paragraph (a), and the clause heading; removing “, as used in this clause,” from the definitions “Commercial item” and “Subcontract”; and by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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Subcontracts for Commercial Items.
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Subcontracts for Commercial Items (Mar 2001)

(a) Definitions. As used in this clause—

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(c)(1) The following clauses shall be flowed down to subcontracts for commercial items:

(i) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (OCT 2000) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)), in all subcontracts that offer further subcontracting opportunities. If the subcontract (except subcontracts to small business concerns) exceeds $500,000 ($1,000,000 for construction of any public facility), the subcontractor must include 52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities.

(ii) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (FEB 1999) (E.O. 11246).

(iii) 52.222-35, Affirmative Action for Disabled Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam Era (APR 1998) (38 U.S.C. 4212(a)).

(iv) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (JUN 1998) (29 U.S.C. 793).

(v) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flagged Commercial Vessels (JUN 2000) (46 U.S.C. Appx 1241) (flowdown not required for subcontracts awarded beginning May 1, 1996).

(2) While not required, the Contractor may flow down to subcontracts for commercial items a minimal number of additional clauses necessary to satisfy its contractual obligations.

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[FR Doc. 01-15 Filed 1-9-01; 8:45 am]