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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Prompt Payment Under Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Services

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AGENCIES:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to adopt, as final, the interim rule published at 66 FR 53485, October 22, 2001. This rule requires an agency to pay an interest penalty whenever it makes an interim payment under a cost reimbursement contract for services more than 30 days after the agency receives a proper invoice from the contractor.

DATES:

Effective Date: May 23, 2003.

Applicability Date: This final rule applies to cost-reimbursement contracts for services, irrespective of award date, if interim payments requests under such contracts are due on or after December 15, 2000. In no event may agencies pay late payment penalty interest for any delay in payment that occurred prior to December 15, 2000.

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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 Mr. Edward Loeb at (202) 501-0650. Please cite FAC 2001-14, FAR case 2000-308.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 66 FR 53485, October 22, 2001, with request for comments. This FAR amendment eliminated the prior policy and contract clause prohibition on payment of late payment penalty interest for late interim finance payments under cost-reimbursement contracts for services. It added new policy and a contract clause, Alternate I to the FAR clause at 52.232-25, to provide for those penalty payments.

The interim FAR rule implemented section 1010 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Pub. L. 106-398). Section 1010 requires an agency to pay an interest penalty, in accordance with regulations issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 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 the contractor. The Act does not permit payment of late payment interest penalty for any period prior to December 15, 2000. OMB published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 65 FR 78403, December 15, 2000, and a final rule at 67 FR 79515, December 30, 2002. OMB's rule revised the prompt payment regulations at 5 CFR part 1315 to implement section 1010 of Public Law 106-398.

The Councils received no public comments to the interim FAR rule and have agreed to convert the interim rule to a final rule without change. The applicability date, however, has changed as explained below. The Federal Register notice published in conjunction with the FAR interim rule stated that “The policy and clause apply to all covered contracts awarded on or after December 15, 2000 * * * agencies may apply the FAR changes made by this rule to contracts awarded prior to December 15, 2000, at their discretion * * *.” (66 FR 53485, October 22, 2001.) This was consistent with OMB regulations. Subsequently, as a result of enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Pub. L. 107-107) on December 28, 2001, agencies no longer have this discretion. Section 1007 of Public Law 107-107 states that this policy applies to cost-reimbursement contracts for services awarded before, on, or after December 15, 2000. Section 1007 retains the prohibition against payment of late payment interest penalty for any period prior to December 15, 2000. For this reason, the applicability of the rule has been revised to reflect this change.Start Printed Page 28093

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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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 the rule only applies to the very limited number of contractors that are awarded cost-reimbursement service contracts and that are paid more than 30 days after the agency receives a proper invoice.

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.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 2, 32, and 52

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Dated: May 13, 2003.

Laura G. Smith,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

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Accordingly, DoD, GSA, and NASA adopt the interim rule amending

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

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[FR Doc. 03-12303 Filed 5-22-03; 8:45 am]

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