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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Approval of Service Contracts and Task Orders

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement section 801(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002. Section 801(b) requires DoD to establish and implement a management structure for the procurement of services.

DATES:

Effective date: October 1, 2003.

Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted to the address shown below on or before December 1, 2003, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Respondents may submit comments directly on the World Wide Web at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Please cite DFARS Case 2002-D024 in the subject line of e-mailed comments.

Respondents that cannot submit comments using either of the above methods may submit comments to: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Mr. Steven Cohen, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2002-D024.

At the end of the comment period, interested parties may view public comments on the World Wide Web at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Steven Cohen, (703) 602-0293.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule adds DFARS section 237.170, Approval of contracts and task orders for services, to implement Section 801(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107).

Section 801 of Public Law 107-107 established a series of requirements impacting the acquisition of services in DoD. On May 31, 2002, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) issued a policy memorandum that established a review structure and process for the acquisition of services in accordance with section 801(d). The policy memorandum is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.acq.osd.mil/​dpap.

This interim DFARS rule implements section 801(b) of Public Law 107-107 by establishing approval requirements for contracts and task orders for services. The rule prohibits the acquisition of services through use of a DoD contract or task order that is not performance based, or through any contract or task order that is awarded by an agency other than DoD, unless certain approval requirements are met. With respect to services acquisitions through a contract or task order awarded by an agency other than DoD, the rule requires approval in accordance with department or agency procedures. Each of the three Start Printed Page 56564military departments has developed a “Management and Oversight of Acquisition of Services Process” to provide a review structure for services acquisitions, as required by the May 31, 2002, memorandum. The military departments are working to implement this infrastructure, which will include approval levels for services acquired through another agency's contract.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD does not expect this rule to 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 FAR part 37 already requires the use of performance-based contracting to the maximum extent practicable. This DFARS rule establishes internal DoD approval requirements to manage compliance with the existing FAR requirements. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties. DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2002-D024.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does not impose any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

D. Determination to Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. This interim rule implements section 801(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, which requires DoD to establish and implement a management structure for the procurement of services. Section 801(b) became effective upon enactment on December 28, 2001. Comments received in response to this interim rule will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 237

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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

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PART 237—SERVICE CONTRACTING

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2. Sections 237.170 through 237.170-3 are added to read as follows:

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Approval of contracts and task orders for services.
Scope.

This section—

(a) Implements 10 U.S.C. 2330; and

(b) Applies to services acquired for DoD, regardless of whether the services are acquired through—

(1) A DoD contract or task order; or

(2) A contract or task order awarded by an agency other than DoD.

Prohibition on acquisition of services.

Unless approval is obtained in accordance with 237.170-3, do not acquire services through use of a contract or task order that'

(a) Is not performance based; or

(b) Is awarded by an agency other than DoD.

Approval requirements.

(a) Acquisition of services through a DoD contract or task order that is not performance based.

(1) For acquisitions at or below $50,000,000, obtain the approval of the official designated by the department or agency.

(2) For acquisitions exceeding $50,000,000, obtain the approval of the senior procurement executive.

(b) Acquisition of services through any contract or task order awarded by an agency other than DoD. Obtain approval in accordance with department or agency procedures.

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[FR Doc. 03-24627 Filed 9-30-03; 8:45 am]

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