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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Small Entity Compliance Guide

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AGENCIES:

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

ACTION:

Small Entity Compliance Guide.

SUMMARY:

This document is issued under the joint authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121). It consists of a summary of the rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-14 which amends the FAR. An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 604. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2001-14 which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http://www.arnet.gov/​far.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Laurie Duarte, FAR Secretariat, (202) 501-4225. For clarification of content, Start Printed Page 28099contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below.

List of Rules in FAC 2001-14

ItemSubjectFAR caseAnalyst
IGeographic Use of the Term “United States”1999-400Davis
IIMiscellaneous Cost Principles2001-029Loeb
IIIPrompt Payment Under Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Services2000-308Loeb
IVElectronic Signatures2000-304Smith
VIncreased Federal Prison Industries, Inc. Waiver Threshold (Interim)2003-001Nelson
VIPast Performance Evaluation of Federal Prison Industries Contracts2001-035Smith
VIIContract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statute or Executive Orders—Commercial Items2000-009Moss
VIIITechnical Amendments
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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.

FAC 2001-14 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I—Geographic Use of the Term “United States” (FAR Case 1999-400)

This final rule amends the FAR to clarify the use of the term “United States,” when used in a geographic sense. The term “United States” is defined in FAR 2.101 to include the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Where a wider area of applicability is intended, the term is redefined in the appropriate part or subpart of the FAR, or supplemented by listing the additional areas of applicability each time the term is used. This rule corrects and updates references to the United States throughout the FAR, including a new definition of “outlying areas” of the United States, a term that encompasses the named outlying commonwealths, territories, and minor outlying islands.

Item II—Miscellaneous Cost Principles (FAR Case 2001-029)

This final rule amends the FAR by deleting the cost principle at FAR 31.205-45, Transportation costs, and streamlining the cost principles at FAR 31.205-10, Cost of money; FAR 31.205-28, Other business expenses; and FAR 31.205-48, Deferred research and development costs. The rule will only affect contracting officers that are required by a contract clause to use cost principles for the determination, negotiation, or allowance of contract costs.

Item III—Prompt Payment Under Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Services (FAR Case 2000-308)

The interim rule published in the Federal Register at 66 FR 53485, October 22, 2001, is converted to a final rule, without change, to implement statutory and regulatory changes related to late payment of an interim payment under a cost-reimbursement contract for services. The rule is of special interest to contracting officers that award or administer these type of contracts.

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 * * * .” 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.

Item IV—Electronic Signatures (FAR Case 2000-304)

Recent laws eliminate legal barriers to using electronic technology in business transactions, such as the formation and signing of contracts. This final rule furthers Government participation in electronic commerce when conducting Government procurements by adding a statement at FAR subpart 4.5, Electronic Commerce in Contracting, clarifying that agencies are permitted to accept electronic signatures and records in connection with Government contracts.

Item V—Increased Federal Prison Industries, Inc. Waiver Threshold (FAR Case 2003-001)

This interim rule revises the Federal Acquisition Regulation to increase the Federal Prison Industries, Inc.'s (FPI) clearance exception threshold at 8.606(e) from $25 to $2,500 and eliminates the criterion that delivery is required within 10 days. Federal agencies will not be required to make purchases from FPI of products on FPI's Schedule that are at or below this threshold.

Item VI—Past Performance Evaluation of Federal Prison Industries Contracts (FAR Case 2001-035)

This final rule requires agencies to evaluate Federal Prison Industries (FPI) contract performance. This change will permit Federal customers to rate FPI performance, compare FPI to private sector providers, and give FPI important feedback on previously awarded contracts. It is expected that this change will give FPI the same opportunity that we give private sector providers, to improve their customer satisfaction, in general, and their performance on delivery, price, and quality, specifically.

Item VII—Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statute or Executive Orders—Commercial Items (FAR Case 2000-009)

This final rule amends the clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statute or Executive Orders—Commercial Items, to ensure that required statutes enacted subsequent to FASA that contain civil or criminal penalties or specifically cite their applicability to commercial items are included on the list, and to ensure that any post-FASA items that did not meet this criteria are deleted from the list. In addition, the pre-FASA clauses and alternates that were inadvertently left off the list are added. The date of each clause is added to the list to identify what revision of the listed clause applies when this clause is added to a contract.

Item VIII—Technical Amendments

These amendments update references and make editorial changes at FAR Start Printed Page 2810052.213-4(a)(2)(vi), 52.244-6 section and clause headings, and 52.247-64(a).

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Dated: May 13, 2003.

Laura G. Smith,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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[FR Doc. 03-12309 Filed 5-21-03; 8:45 am]

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