Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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 remove the requirement for contracting offices to establish and maintain manual solicitation mailing lists and the need to use the Standard Form (SF) 129, Solicitation Mailing List Application.
Effective Date: August 25, 2003.Start Further Info
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. Ralph De Stefano, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-1758. Please cite FAC 2001-15, FAR case 2001-032.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
In order to broaden use and reliance on e-business applications, the Councils have been working with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to eliminate the need to maintain paper-based sources of contractor information. As part of this effort, the Councils have agreed to eliminate the SF 129, Solicitation Mailing List Application.
The SF 129 was created to enable contracting activities to obtain information from sources to develop a solicitation mailing list. At the time the form was developed, manual processes were the only means available to assure access to adequate sources of supplies and services. Today, by sharp contrast, there are multiple tools available to agencies that can provide the functionality of the SF 129, but in a more efficient and effective manner. With the Administration's encouragement, agencies are taking advantage of these tools. For example, an increasing number of agencies are requiring potential contractors to register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) System, a centrally located, searchable database, accessible via the Internet, as their tool of choice for developing, maintaining, and providing sources for future procurements. The CCR database enables prospective contractors to update their information in one place via a Web site. Contracting officers are now able to access, via the Internet, contractor data and industry information less expensively, and more efficiently identify sources for contracting opportunities. FAR changes are pending that will require use of CCR as the single validated source of data on contractors doing business with the Government (http://www.ccr.gov). Furthermore, agencies are continually working to develop new electronic means of matching interested businesses with Government contracting offices on “FedBizOpps,” http://www.FedBizOpps.gov, the designated single Governmentwide point of entry for public access to notices of procurement actions over $25,000. FedBizOpp, through its interested vendors list, has the capability to generate a list of vendors who are interested in a specific solicitation for purposes of teaming opportunities, subcontracting opportunities, and other business relationships. In light of these electronic initiatives, we have eliminated the manual collection of contractor data using the SF 129.
DoD, GSA, and NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 67 FR 67762, November 6, 2002. Three sources submitted comments in response to the proposed rule. All respondents agreed with the rule as published. One respondent pointed out a typographical error at 52.214-10. That error has been corrected. Additionally, the proposed rule inadvertently omitted the phrase “except for construction,” at 14.201-6(e), the prescription for the use of the provision at 52.214-10, Contract Award-Sealed Bidding. That language has been corrected in this final rule.
This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under section 6(b) of Executive Start Printed Page 43856Order 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 substitutes efficient electronic databases for solicitation mailing lists and the SF 129, Solicitation Mailing List Application. Continued reliance on the SF 129 would unnecessarily promote inefficiency associated with paper-based processes. The successful phase-out of the paper-based Commerce Business Daily in favor of reliance on FedBizOpps demonstrates that the Federal contracting community, including small businesses, is successfully transitioning to greater use of electronic tools and their associated efficiencies to conduct business.
C. Paperwork Reduction Act
The Paperwork Reduction Act no long applies because the final rule eliminates reporting and recordkeeping requirements currently approved under OMB Control Number 9000-0002. This rule will reduce the current OMB inventory by 464,000 hours.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 1, 5, 14, 19, 22, 36, 52, and 53End List of Subjects Start Signature
Dated: July 16, 2003.
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amendEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 1—FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS SYSTEM
2. Amend section 1.106 in the table following the introductory paragraph by removing from FAR segment 14.205 its corresponding OMB Control Number “9000-0002” and adding “9000-0037” in its place; and by removing the FAR segments “14.205-4(c)” and “SF 129” and their corresponding OMB Control Numbers “9000-0037” and “9000-0002”, respectively.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 5—PUBLICIZING CONTRACT ACTIONSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
3. Amend section 5.205 by revising the fourth sentence of paragraph (a) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) * * * Contracting officers must consider potential sources which respond to advance notices for a subsequent solicitation. * * *
4. Amend section 5.403 in paragraph (a) by removing “(a)End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 14—SEALED BIDDING
5. Amend section 14.103-1 by removing paragraph (b) and redesignating paragraphs “(c)” and “(d)” as “(b)” and “(c)”, respectively.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
6. Amend section 14.201-6 by revising paragraph (e) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(e) Insert in all invitations for bids, except those for construction, the provision at 52.214-10, Contract Award-Sealed Bidding.
7. Amend section 14.203-1 by revising the first sentence to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Invitations for bids or presolicitation notices must be provided in accordance with 5.102. * * *
8. Revise section 14.205 and its section heading to read as follows:End Amendment Part
In lieu of initially forwarding complete bid sets, the contracting officer may send presolicitation notices to concerns. The notice shall—
(a) Specify the final date for receipt of requests for a complete bid set;
(b) Briefly describe the requirement and furnish other essential information to enable concerns to determine whether they have an interest in the invitation; and
(c) Normally not include drawings, plans, and specifications. The return date of the notice must be sufficiently in advance of the mailing date of the invitation for bids to permit an accurate estimate of the number of bid sets required. Bid sets shall be sent to concerns that request them in response to the notice.
9. Remove sections 14.205-1 through 14.205-5.End Amendment Part
10. Amend section 14.211 in the first sentence of paragraph (a) by removing “14.205-4(c)” and adding “14.205” in its place.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
11. Amend section 14.503-1 by revising the introductory text of paragraph (a) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Requests for technical proposals shall be synopsized in accordance with Part 5. The request must include, as a minimum, the following:
PART 19—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS
12. Amend section 19.202-2 by removing paragraph (a) and redesignating paragraphs “(b)” and “(c)” as “(a)” and “(b)”, respectively.End Amendment Part
13. Amend section 19.202-4 by removing paragraph (c) and redesignating paragraph (d) as (c).End Amendment Part
14. Amend section 19.402 in paragraph (c)(3) by removing the words “on solicitation mailing lists or”.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 22—APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
15. Amend section 22.1009-2 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(b) Databases available via the Internet for lists of prospective offerors and contractors.
PART 36—CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS
16. Amend section 36.213-3 in the parenthetical in paragraph (d) by removing “14.205 and”.End Amendment Part Start Part Start Printed Page 43857
PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES
17. Remove and reserve section 52.214-9.End Amendment Part
18. Amend section 52.214-10 in the prescription by removing “14.201-6(e)(2)” and adding “14.201-6(e)” in its place.End Amendment Part Start Part
19. Amend section 53.214 by removing and reserving paragraph (e).End Amendment Part
20. Remove section 53.301-129.End Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 03-18533 Filed 7-23-03; 8:45 am]
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