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 reinstate the treatment of the products of the Dominican Republic as eligible products under acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act, as directed by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
Effective Date: October 31, 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 Ms. Cecelia Davis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219-0202. Please cite FAC 2001-16, FAR case 2003-006.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This final rule amends FAR 25.003, 25.400, and the clauses at 52.212-5 and 52.225-5 to implement the direction of the USTR to reinstate the treatment of certain products of the Dominican Republic as eligible products under acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), as published by the USTR in the Federal Register at 68 FR 27883, May 21, 2003.
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 Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. This final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Pub. L. 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Parts 25 and 52 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (FAC 2001-16, FAR case 2003-006), in correspondence.
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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52End List of Subjects Start Signature
Dated: September 24, 2003.
Laura G. Auletta,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amendEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Part Start Printed Page 56685
PART 25—FOREIGN ACQUISITION
2. Amend section 25.003 in the definition “Caribbean Basin country” by adding “Dominican Republic,” after “Dominica,”.End Amendment Part
3. Amend section 25.400 in paragraph (a)(2) by removing “the Dominican Republic and”.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES
4. Amend section 52.212-5 by removing “(June 2003)” from the clause heading and in paragraph (b)(23) and adding “(Oct 2003)” in its place.End Amendment Part
5. Amend section 52.225-5 by revising the date of the clause to read “(Oct 2003)”; and in paragraph (a) of the clause, in the definition “Caribbean Basin country,” by adding “Dominican Republic,” after “Dominica,”.End Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 03-24587 Filed 9-30-03; 8:45 am]
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