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Small Business Size Standards; Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule

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Small Business Administration.


Notice of intent to grant a waiver of the nonmanufacturer rule for overhead fiber optic groundwire and ancillary hardware components.


The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is considering granting a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Overhead Fiber Optic Groundwire and Ancillary Hardware Components. The basis for waivers is that no small business manufacturers are supplying these classes of products to the Federal government. The effect of a waiver would be to allow otherwise qualified regular dealers to supply the products of any domestic manufacturer on a Federal contract set aside for small businesses or awarded through the SBA 8(a) Program. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments and potential source information from interested parties.


Comments and sources must be submitted on or before May 30, 2003.


Address comments to Edith Butler, Program Analyst, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., Washington DC, 20416, Tel: (202) 619-0422.

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Edith Butler, Program Analyst, (202) 619-0422 FAX (202) 205-7280.

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Public Law 100-656, enacted on November 15, 1988, incorporated into the Small Start Printed Page 31642Business Act the previously existing regulation that recipients of Federal contracts set aside for small businesses or SBA's 8(a) Program must provide the product of a small business manufacturer or processor, if the recipient is other than the actual manufacturer or processor. This requirement is commonly referred to as the Nonmanufacturer Rule. The SBA regulations imposing this requirement are found at 13 CFR 121.406 (b). Section 303(h) of the law provides for waiver of this requirement by SBA for any “class of products” for which there are no small business manufacturers or processors in the Federal market.

To be considered available to participate in the Federal market on these classes of products, a small business manufacturer must have submitted a proposal for a contract solicitation or received a contract from the Federal government within the last 24 months.

The SBA defines “class of products” based on a six digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the four digit Product and Service Code established by the Federal Procurement Data System.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is currently processing a request to waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Overhead Fiber Optic Groundwire, NAICS 335921 and Ancillary Hardware Components, NAICS 334417. The public is invited to comment or provide source information to SBA on the proposed waiver of the nonmanufacturer rule for this NAICS code.

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Linda G. Williams,

Associate Administrator for Government Contracting.

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[FR Doc. 03-13212 Filed 5-27-03; 8:45 am]