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Federal Acquisition Circular 2001-01; Introduction

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AGENCIES:

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

ACTION:

Summary presentation of final and interim rules.

SUMMARY:

This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-01. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.arnet.gov/​far.

DATES:

For effective dates and comment dates, see separate documents which follow.

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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 the analyst whose name appears in the table below in relation to each FAR case or subject area. Please cite FAC 2001-01 and specific FAR case number(s). Interested parties may also visit our Web site at http://www.arnet.gov/​far.

ItemSubjectFAR caseAnalyst
IApplication of the Davis-Bacon Act to Construction Contracts With Options to Extend the Term of the Contract1997-613Nelson.
IIAcquisition of Commercial Items2000-303Moss.
IIIPrompt Payment Under Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Services (Interim)2000-308Olson.
IVVeterans' Employment1998-614Nelson.
VVeterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 (Interim)2000-302Cundiff.
VIVery Small Business Pilot Program2001-001Cundiff.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments to these FAR cases, refer to the specific item number and subject set forth in the documents following these item summaries.

Federal Acquisition Circular 2001-01 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I—Application of the Davis-Bacon Act to Construction Contracts With Options To Extend the Term of the Contract

This final rule implements the Department of Labor's requirement to incorporate a current Davis-Bacon Act wage determination at the exercise of each option to extend the term of a contract for construction.

Item II—Acquisition of Commercial Items

This final rule amends the FAR to clarify the definition of “commercial item.” The revised language will help contracting officers make commerciality determinations. The rule also alerts contracting officers to be aware of customary commercial terms and conditions that may affect the contract price when pricing commercial items. The rule also clarifies that Subpart 46.8, Contractor Liability for Loss of or Damage to Property of the Government, does not apply to acquisitions of commercial items. Contracting officers should use standard commercial practices instead of the policies in Subpart 46.8. Finally, the rule amends the clause at 52.212-4, Limitation of liability, to conform it to standard commercial practice.

Item III—Prompt Payment Under Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Services

This interim rule implements changes in the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Prompt Payment Act regulations at 5 CFR 1315 that implemented Section 1010 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001. Those changes were published by OMB as an interim final rule and became effective on December 15, 2000 (65 FR 78403) and were applicable to all covered contracts awarded on or after December 15, 2000. Section 1010 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 requires agencies to pay an interest penalty, in accordance with regulations issued, whenever an interim payment under a cost-reimbursement contract for services is paid more than 30 days after the agency receives a proper invoice from a contractor. The Act does not permit payment of late payment penalty interest for any period prior to December 15, 2000.

This FAR amendment eliminates the prior policy and contract clause prohibitions on payment of late payment penalty interest for late interim finance payments under cost-reimbursement contracts for services. It adds new policy and contract clause coverage to provide for those penalty payments.

Item IV—Veterans’ Employment

This final rule amends the FAR to implement statutory and regulatory changes relating to veterans’ employment opportunities and reporting. Most significantly for contracting officers, the rule amends the FAR to prohibit contracting officers from obligating or expending appropriated funds to enter into a contract with a contractor that has not met its veterans’ employment reporting requirements (VETS-100 Report). This prohibition does not apply to contracts for commercial items or contracts valued at or below the simplified acquisition threshold. The rule adds a new solicitation provision that requires each offeror to represent, by submission of its offer, that it is in compliance with the VETS-100 reporting requirements. The contracting officer may verify compliance by checking with the Department of Labor.

Item V—Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999

This interim rule amends the FAR to implement section 803 of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 2000, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001 (Pub. L. 106-554) that was enacted on December 21, 2000.

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Item VI—Very Small Business Pilot Program

This final rule amends FAR Subpart 19.9 to implement Section 503(c) of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 2000 (part of Public Law 106-554). Section 503(c) extends, for three additional years, the Very Small Business Pilot Program until September 30, 2003. The purpose of the program is to improve access to Government contract opportunities for concerns that are substantially below SBA's size standards by reserving certain acquisitions for competition among such concerns.

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Dated: October 12, 2001.

Al Matera,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Federal Acquisition Circular

Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-01 is issued under the authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Unless otherwise specified, all Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other directive material contained in FAC 2001-01 is effective December 21, 2001, except for Items III and V, which are effective October 22, 2001.

Dated: August 31, 2001.

Carolyn M. Balven,

Acting Director, Defense Procurement.

Dated: August 28, 2001.

David A. Drabkin,

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration.

Dated: August 27, 2001.

Anne Guenther,

Acting Associate Administrator for Procurement, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-26295 Filed 10-19-01; 8:45 am]

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