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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Ocean Transportation by U.S.-Flag Vessels

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Proposed rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to specify that requirements for use of U.S. -flag vessels, in the transportation of supplies by sea, apply to contracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold as well as those that exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.

DATES:

Comments on its proposed rule should be submitted to the address shown below on or before November 13, 2001 to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Respondents may submit comments directly on the World Wide Web at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Please cite DFARS Case 2000-D014 in the subject line of e-mailed comments.

Respondents that cannot submit comments using either of the above methods may submit comments to: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Mr. Rick Layser, OUSD (AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2000-D014.

At the end of the comment period, interested parties may view public comments on the World Wide Web at Start Printed Page 47154 http://emissary.acq.oad.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Rich Layser, (703) 602-0293.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The clause at DFARS 252.7023, Transportation of Supplies by Sea, contains requirements for use of U.S. -flag vessels when transporting supplies by sea under a DoD contract. The clause requires a contractor to (1) submit any request for use of other than U.S. -flag vessels in writing to the contracting officer; (2) provide a copy of the bill of lading to the contracting officer and the Maritime Administration after each shipment of supplies by sea; (3) provide with the final invoice a representation as to whether ocean transportation and U.S. -flag vessels were used in performance of the contract; and (4) include the clause in subcontracts for construction supplies, noncommercial items, and certain commercial items.

The DFARS presently exempts contracts and subcontracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold from use of the clause at 252.247-7023. In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2631, Supplies: Preference for United States Vessels, and regulations of the Maritime Administration at 46 CFR 381, the proposed rule would eliminate this exemption. Consistent with the provisions of 41 U.S.C. 427, Simplified Acquisition Procedures, the rule prescribes an alternate version of the clause for contracts and subcontracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold. The alternate version excludes the requirement for a contractor or subcontractor to provide a representation regarding ocean transportation with its final invoice.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The proposed 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, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because most entities that provide ocean transportation of freight are not small businesses. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties. DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts in accordance with 5U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2000-D014.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act applies. The proposed rule increases the number of contractors subject to the information collection requirements in paragraphs (d) and (e) of the clause at DFARS 252.247-7023. DoD estimates that this change will increase paperwork burden by approximately 240 hours. The additional hours were included in the estimate published at 66 FR 9070 on February 6, 2001, under OMB Control Number 0704-0245.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 213, 247, and 252

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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 213, 247, and 252 as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 213, 247, and 252 continues to read as follows:

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PART 213—SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURES

2. Section 213.301 is amended in paragraph (2)(i)(E) by removing the word “and”, and by adding paragraph (2)(i)(G) to read as follows:

Governmentwide commercial purchase card.
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(G) Does not require transportation of supplies by sea; and

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PART 247—TRANSPORTATION

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3. Section 247.572-1 is amended by removing paragraph (c) and redesignating paragraph (d) as paragraph (c).

4. Section 247.573 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(1) and adding paragraph (b)(4) to read as follows:

Solicitation provision and contract clauses.
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(b)(1) Use the clause at 252.247-7023, Transportation of Supplies by Sea, in all solicitations and resultant contracts, except those for direct purchase of ocean transportation services.

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(4) Use the clause with its Alternate III in solicitations and contracts with an anticipated value at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

5. Section 252.247-7023 is amended by revising the clause date, paragraph (e) introductory text, paragraph (f) introductory text, and paragraph (h), and by adding Alternate III to read as follows:

Transportation of Supplies by Sea.
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Transportation of Supplies by Sea (XXX 2001)

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(e) The Contractor shall, within 30 days after each shipment covered by this clause, provide the Contracting Officer and the Maritime Administration, Office of Cargo Preference, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, one copy of the rated on board vessel operating carrier's ocean bill of lading, which shall contain the following information:

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(f) The Contractor shall provide with its final invoice under this contract a representation that to the best of its knowledge and belief—

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(h) In the award of subcontracts for the types of supplies described in paragraph (b)(2) of this clause, the Contractor shall flow down the requirements of this clause as follows:

(1) The Contractor shall insert the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (h), in subcontractors that exceed the simplified acquisition threshold in part 2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

(2) The Contractor shall insert the substance of paragraphs (a) through (e) of this clause, and this paragraph (h), in subcontracts that are at or below the simplified acquisition threshold in part 2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

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Alternate III (XXX 2001)

As prescribed in 247.573(b)(4), substitute the following paragraph (f) for paragraphs (f), (g), and (h) of the basic clause:

(f) The Contractor shall insert the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (f), in subcontracts that are for a type of supplies described in paragraph (b)(2) of this clause.

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[FR Doc. 01-22427 Filed 9-10-01; 8:45 am]

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