Department of Defense (DoD).
DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to reflect a determination of the Deputy Secretary of Defense that it is inconsistent with the public interest to apply the restrictions of the Buy American Act to the acquisition of defense equipment produced or manufactured in Sweden.
February 23, 2004.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0328; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D089.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
A memorandum of understanding between the Government of Sweden and the Government of the United States provides for both governments to remove barriers to procurement of defense equipment produced in the Start Printed Page 8116other country, and to accord to industries in the other country treatment no less favorable in relation to procurement than is accorded to industries of its own country. Therefore, DoD has determined that it is inconsistent with the public interest to apply the restrictions of the Buy American Act to the acquisition of defense equipment produced or manufactured in Sweden. This final rule amends DFARS 225.872-1 to add Sweden to the list of countries for which DoD has made such public interest determinations, and to remove Sweden from the list of countries for which exemption from the Buy American Act is permitted only on a purchase-by-purchase basis.
This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.
B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
This rule will not have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Therefore, publication for public comment is not required. However, DoD will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2003-D089.
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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 225
- Government procurement
Michele P. Peterson,
Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.
Therefore, 48 CFR Part 225 is amended as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 225 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 225—FOREIGN ACQUISITION
2. Section 225.872-1 is amended as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
a. In paragraph (a) by adding, in alphabetical order, “Sweden” to the list of countries; andEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
b. In paragraph (b) by removing “Sweden” from the list of countries.End Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 04-3698 Filed 2-20-04; 8:45 am]
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