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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 8022 of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001. Section 8022 provides for incentive payments to DoD contractors, and subcontractors at any tier, that use Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises as subcontractors.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

May 31, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Angelina Moy, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-1302; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2000-D024.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This rule implements Section 8022 of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-259). Section 8022 provides funding for incentive payments to DoD contractors, and subcontractors at any tier, that use Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises as subcontractors.

DoD published an interim rule at 66 FR 47110 on September 11, 2001. The rule revised DFARS 226.104 and added a new clause at DFARS 252.226-7001. The new clause is similar to the clause at FAR 52.226-1, Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises, but contains the DoD requirement to provide for incentive payments to subcontractors at any tier.

Nineteen sources submitted comments in response to the interim rule. A summary of the comments and the DoD response is provided below:

Comment: The DFARS policy excludes contracts awarded using FAR Part 12 (commercial item) procedures from the Indian Incentive Program. This exclusion should be removed.

DoD Response: This exclusion was established under previous DFARS Case 99-D300, published at 65 FR 19858 on April 13, 2000. A change to this exclusion is outside the scope of the present case. However, the DoD Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is continuing to study this issue.

Comment: The definition of “Indian” should be amended to include Native Hawaiians.

DoD Response: Do not concur. The statutory basis for the Indian Incentive Program is 25 U.S.C. Chapter 17 (Section 1544). The definition of “Indian” provided in 25 U.S.C. Chapter 17 (Section 1452) does not include Native Hawaiians.

Comment: Prime contractors should be required to sponsor subcontractor claims for incentive payments.

DoD Response: Do not concur. The statute authorizing the Indian Incentive Program (25 U.S.C. 1544) provides that a contractor or subcontractor may be allowed an additional amount of compensation for subcontracts awarded to Indian organizations or Indian-owned economic enterprises. There is no statutory authority for DoD to require a contractor to submit or sponsor claims for incentive payments for its subcontractors.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD certifies 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 DoD already was implementing the Indian Incentive Program through use of the clause at FAR 52.226-1, Indian Organizations and Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises. The FAR clause permits incentive payments to large and small contractors that use Indian organizations or enterprises as subcontractors. The new DFARS clause expands the incentive payments to subcontractors at any tier. While this expansion should benefit small businesses that award lower-tier subcontracts to Indian organizations or enterprises, the economic impact should not be substantial.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does not impose any 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 Parts 226 and 252

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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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[FR Doc. 02-13360 Filed 5-30-02; 8:45 am]

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