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AGENCIES:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

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 reflect changes in contract action reporting to the Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation (FPDS-NG).

DATES:

Effective Date: December 11, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755 for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Mr. Gerald Zaffos, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 208-6091. Please cite FAC 2001-18, FAR case 2003-019.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The Federal Government is modernizing its procurement data collection system, the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). The new system, the Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation (FPDS-NG), became operational on October 1, 2003, for transactions awarded after that date. FPDS captured data on individual contract actions over $25,000 and summary data on contract actions below $25,000. FPDS-NG allows the Government to capture data on individual transactions regardless of dollar value. As a result, FPDS-NG provides more information to agencies for managing their programs and to the public for better understanding of how taxpayer funds are spent. The capabilities of FPDS-NG provide an efficient means of satisfying the statutory requirement of 41 U.S.C. 417, that each Executive agency maintain a computer file containing the information at FAR 4.601. Consequently, submitting contract action data to FPDS-NG will be considered compliance with the requirements of FAR 4.601.

Therefore, the FAR is being amended to revise 4.602 to—

  • Reflect that the information in FPDS-NG is available to the general public;
  • Provide the Web site for FPDS-NG, which must be entered as https://www.fpds.gov;​
  • Delete the physical address for the Federal Procurement Data Center;
  • Allow agencies to report all transactions between $2,500 and $25,000 to FPDS-NG as either individual contract actions or summary contract actions until September 30, 2004;
  • Require all contract actions over $2,500 be reported to FPDS-NG as individual contract actions after September 30, 2004;
  • Require agencies to insert the provision at 52.204-6, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number, in solicitations when the expected award amount will result in the generation of an individual contract action report and the contract does not include FAR clause 52.204-7, Central Contractor Registration; and
  • Eliminate the use of the SF 279, Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)—Individual Contract Action Report, and the SF 281, Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)—Summary Contract Action Report ($25,000 or Less).

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to Start Printed Page 69249review 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 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., does not apply because the rule applies to the internal process of Federal agencies and is not a significant revision of the FAR. A Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has, therefore, not been prepared.

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.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 4 and 53

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Dated: December 4, 2003.

Laura Auletta,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

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PART 4—ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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2. Amend section 4.601 by adding a sentence to the end of paragraph (a); and removing “from the computer file” from the introductory text of paragraphs (c) and (d). The added text reads as follows:

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Record requirements.

(a) * * * This file shall be accessible to the public using FPDS-NG.

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3. Amend section 4.602 by revising paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) to read as follows:

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Federal Procurement Data System.

(a) The FPDS provides a comprehensive mechanism for assembling, organizing, and presenting contract placement data for the Federal Government. Federal agencies will now report data directly to the Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation (FPDS-NG), which collects, processes, and disseminates official statistical data on Federal contracting. The data provide—

(1) A basis for recurring and special reports to the President, the Congress, the General Accounting Office, Federal executive agencies, and the general public;

(2) A means of measuring and assessing the impact of Federal contracting on the Nation's economy and the extent to which small, veteran-owned small, service-disabled veteran-owned small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, and women-owned small business concerns are sharing in Federal contracts; and

(3) Information for other policy and management control purposes, and for public access.

(b) The FPDS Web site, https://www.fpds.gov, provides instructions for submitting data. It also provides a complete list of departments, agencies, and other entities that submit data to the FPDS, as well as technical and end-user guidance, and a computer-based tutorial.

(c)(1) Data collection points in each agency shall submit FPDS-required data on contract actions directly to FPDS-NG. Agencies must report all transactions over $2,500 and modifications to those transactions regardless of dollar value.

(2) Agencies participating under the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program (see Subpart 19.10) shall report as an individual contract action all awards, regardless of dollar value, in the designated industry groups.

(3) Agencies may choose to report transactions at or below $2,500, including those made using the Governmentwide commercial purchase card, except as provided in paragraph (c)(2) of this section.

(4) Until September 30, 2004, agencies shall report contract actions between $2,500 and $25,000 either in individual or summary form. After September 30, 2004, agencies shall submit only individual contract action reports.

(d) The contracting officer must identify and report (if it is not pre-populated by the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database), a Contractor Identification Number for each successful offeror. A Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which is a nine-digit number assigned by Dun and Bradstreet Information Services to an establishment, is the Contractor Identification Number for Federal contractors. The DUNS number reported must identify the successful offeror's name and address exactly as stated in the offer and resultant contract. The contracting officer must ask the offeror to provide its DUNS number by using either the provision prescribed in paragraph (a) of 4.603 or the FAR clause prescribed at 4.1104. If the successful offeror does not provide its number, the contracting officer must contact the offeror and assist them in obtaining the DUNS number.

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4. Amend section 4.603 by revising paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows:

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Solicitation provisions.

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(1) Are expected to result in a requirement for the generation of an individual contract action report (see 4.602(c)); and

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PART 53—FORMS

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5. Remove and reserve section 53.204-2.

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6. Remove sections 53.301-279 and 53.301-281.

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[FR Doc. 03-30474 Filed 12-10-03; 8:45 am]

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