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Trade Agreements Act-Exception for U.S.-Made End Products

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AGENCY:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This final rule adopts without change the proposed rule published in the Federal Register (67 FR 68551) on November 12, 2002. This final rule amends the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to implement the determination of the Assistant Administrator for Procurement that, for procurements subject to the Trade Agreements Act, it would be inconsistent with the public interest to apply the Buy American Act for U.S.-made end products that are substantially transformed in the United States.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

March 12, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patrick Flynn, Code HK, (202) 358-0460; e-mail: pflynn@hq.nasa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

On September 13, 2002, the Assistant Administrator for Procurement Start Printed Page 11748determined that, for procurements subject to the Trade Agreements Act, it would be inconsistent with the public interest to apply the Buy American Act to U.S.-made end products that are substantially transformed in the United Sates. The September 13, 2002, determination is consistent with Federal Acquisition Regulation policy and the Department of Defense policy with regard to the treatment of U.S.-made end products. This final rule implements the September 13, 2002, determination. This final rule will simplify evaluation of offers in acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act, because it will no longer be necessary to determine if a U.S.-made end product is also a domestic end product, i.e., the cost of domestic components exceeds the cost of all components by more than 50 percent.

NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (67 FR 68551) on November 12, 2002. Public comments were received from one industry association. Comments received were supportive of the change. This final rule adopts the proposed rule without change.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

NASA certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small business entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601, et seq.) because NASA has few acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act in which small businesses proposing domestic end products have received a percent price evaluation preference over offers of U.S.-made end products for which the cost of foreign components exceeds the cost of domestic components by 50 percent or more.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes do not impose any new recordkeeping or information collection requirements which require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. This final rule eliminates the requirement for offerors to track and document the origin of components of U.S.-made end products in acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act in order to comply with the FAR.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 1825

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Tom Luedtke,

Assistant Administrator for Procurement.

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Accordingly,

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)(1).

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PART 1825—FOREIGN ACQUISITION

[Amended]
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2. Amend section 1825.103 by adding paragraph (a)(iii) to read as follows:

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Exceptions.

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(iii) The Assistant Administrator for Procurement has determined that for procurements subject to the Trade Agreements Act, it would be inconsistent with the public interest to apply the Buy American Act to U.S.-made end products that are substantially transformed in the United States.

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3. Amend section 1825.1101 by adding paragraph (c)(1) to read as follows:

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Acquisition of supplies.

(c)(1) NASA has determined that the restrictions of the Buy American Act are not applicable to U.S.-made end products.

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[FR Doc. 03-5907 Filed 3-11-03; 8:45 am]

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