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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Executive Order 13204, Revocation of Executive Order on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Certain Contracts

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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 implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13204, Revocation of Executive Order on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Certain Contracts, signed by the President on February 17, 2001. The E.O. requires that any rules implementing E.O. 12933, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Certain Contracts, be promptly rescinded.

DATES:

Effective Date: May 16, 2001.

Comment Date: Interested parties should submit comments to the FAR Secretariat at the address shown below on or before July 16, 2001 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:

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

Submit electronic comments via the Internet to: farcase.2001-017@gsa.gov

Please submit comments only and cite FAC 97-26, FAR case 2001-017 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. Linda Klein, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-3775. Please cite FAC 97-26, FAR case 2001-017.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Executive Order 12933 was signed October 20, 1994, by President Clinton and published in the Federal Register on October 24, 1994 (59 FR 53559). The E.O. required that building service contracts for public buildings include a clause requiring the contractor under a contract that succeeds a contract for performance of similar services at the same public building to offer certain employees under the predecessor contract, a right of first refusal to employment under the new contract. E.O. 12933 was implemented in the FAR as an interim rule in FAC 97-01 (62 FR 44823) dated August 22, 1997. The regulation was finalized with minor changes in FAC 97-11 (64 FR 10545) dated March 4, 1999. A further change was made in FAC 97-15 adding the clause to the commercial item clause list at 52.212-5 (64 FR 72450, December 27, 1999).

On February 17, 2001, President George W. Bush signed E.O. 13204 rescinding E.O. 12933 and calling for the prompt recession of any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies implementing or enforcing E.O. 12933, to the extent consistent with law. Contracting officers should not take any action on any complaint filed under former FAR Subpart 22.12.

Effective March 23, 2001, the Department of Labor rescinded its rule implementing E.O. 12933 (66 FR 16126, March 23, 2001).

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, 51 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule merely removes requirements from the FAR that implemented regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DoL) for which DoL certified would not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities (62 FR 28175, May 22, 1997). This rule implements the requirements of E.O. 13204. 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 97-26, FAR case 2001-017), 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.

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense (DoD), the Administrator of General Services (GSA), and the Administrator of 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 to implement E.O. 13204, Revocation of Executive Order on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Certain Contracts, dated February 17, 2001. E.O. 13204 required the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to promptly rescind any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies implementing or enforcing E.O. 12933. However, pursuant to Public Law 98-577 and FAR 1.501, public comments Start Printed Page 27417received in response to this interim rule will be considered in formulating the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 22 and 52

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Dated: May 10, 2001.

Al Matera,

Director, 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 22—APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS

Subpart 22.12 [Reserved]

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2. Remove and reserve Subpart 22.12.

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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3. Amend section 52.212-5 by revising the clause date to read May 2001; and by removing paragraph (c)(6).

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4. Remove and reserve section 52.222-50.

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[FR Doc. 01-12246 Filed 5-15-01; 8:45 am]

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