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AGENCIES:

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

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify the point that the Javits-Wagner O'Day (JWOD) program becomes a mandatory source of supplies and services and to update the address for the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.

DATES:

Interested parties should submit comments in writing on or before January 12, 2004 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments to—General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.

Submit electronic comments via the Internet to—farcase.2003-013@gsa.gov.

Please submit comments only and cite FAR case 2003-013 in all correspondence related to this case.

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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 Ms. Linda Nelson, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-1900. Please cite FAR case 2003-013.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The rule amends the FAR to clarify that the Javits-Wagner O'Day (JWOD) program becomes a mandatory source of supplies and services when the supplies or services have been added to the Procurement List maintained by the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (“the Committee”). A Web site for the “Procurement List” is added and the address for the Committee has also been updated. These changes are necessary to correct confusion and avoid misuse of mandatory source authority.

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 Councils do not expect this proposed 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. While we have made changes to clarify when a supply or service becomes a mandatory JWOD source, we have not substantively changed procedures for award and administration of contracts. An Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has, therefore, not been performed. We invite comments from small businesses and other interested parties. The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 8 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. (FAR case 2003-013), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the proposed 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 Part 8

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Dated: December 3, 2003.

Laura Auletta,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA propose amending 48 CFR part 8 as set forth below:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 8 is revised to read as follows:

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PART 8—REQUIRED SOURCES OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

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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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2. Amend section 8.002 by revising paragraphs (a)(1)(iv) and (a)(2)(i) to read as follows:

Priorities for use of Government supply sources.

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(iv) Supplies which are on the Procurement List maintained by the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (see Subpart 8.7);

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(2) Services. (i) Services, which are on the Procurement List maintained by the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (see Subpart 8.7);

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3. Amend section 8.004 by removing “available from” and adding “on the Procurement List maintained by” in its place.

4. Amend section 8.703 by revising the first paragraph to read as follows:

Procurement list.

The Committee maintains a Procurement List of all supplies and services required to be purchased from JWOD participating nonprofit agencies. The Procurement List may be accessed at: http://www.jwod.gov/​procurementlist. Questions concerning whether a supply item or service is on the Procurement List may be submitted at Internet e-mail address: info@jwod.gov or referred to the Committee offices at the following address and telephone number: Committee for Purchase from People, Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202-3259, (703) 603-7740.

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[FR Doc. 03-30694 Filed 12-10-03; 8:45 am]

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