National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
This rule adopts as final without change, the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2003 (68 FR 71055). This final rule amends the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) by removing from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) those portions of the NFS containing information that consists of internal Agency administrative procedures and guidance that does not control the relationship between NASA and contractors or prospective contractors. This change is consistent with the guidance and policy in FAR Part 1 regarding what comprises the Federal Acquisition Regulations System and requires publication for public comment. The NFS document will continue to contain both information requiring codification in the CFR and internal Agency guidance in a single document that is available on the Internet. This change will reduce the administrative burden and time associated with maintaining the NFS by only publishing in the Federal Register for codification in the CFR material that is subject to public comment.
Effective Date: April 22, 2004.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Celeste Dalton, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK); (202) 358-1645; e-mail: Celeste.M.Dalton@nasa.gov.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Currently the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) contains information to implement or supplement the FAR. This information contains NASA's policies, procedures, contract clauses, solicitation provisions, and forms that govern the contracting process or otherwise control the relationship between NASA and contractors or prospective contractors. The NFS also contains information that consists of internal Agency administrative procedures and guidance that does not control the relationship between NASA and contractors or prospective contractors. Regardless of the nature of the information, as a policy, NASA has submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and published in the Federal Register all changes to the NFS. FAR 1.101 states in part that the “Federal Acquisition Regulations System consists of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the FAR. The FAR System does not include internal agency guidance of the type described in 1.301(a)(2).” FAR 1.301(a)(2) states in part “an agency head may issue or authorize the issuance of internal agency guidance at any organizational level (e.g., designations and delegations of authority, assignments of responsibilities, work-flow procedures, and internal reporting requirements).” Further, FAR 1.303 states that issuances under FAR 1.301(a)(2) need not be published in the Federal Register. Based on the foregoing, NASA is not required to publish and codify internal Agency guidance.
This final rule will modify the existing practice by only publishing those regulations which may have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of the Agency or have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors.
The NFS will continue to integrate into a single document both regulations subject to public comments and internal Agency guidance and procedures that do not require public comment. Those portions of the NFS that require public comment will continue to be amended by publishing changes in the Federal Register. NFS regulations that require public comment are issued as chapter 18 of title 48, CFR. Changes to portions of the regulations contained in the CFR, along with changes to internal guidance Start Printed Page 21764and procedures, will be incorporated into the NASA-maintained Internet version of the NFS through Procurement Notices (PNs). The single official NASA-maintained version of the NFS will remain available on the Internet. NASA personnel must comply with all regulatory and internal guidance and procedures contained in the NFS.
This change will result in savings in terms of the number of rules subject to publication in the Federal Register and provide greater responsiveness to internal administrative changes. NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on December 22, 2003 (68 FR 71055). No comments were received in response to the proposed rule. Therefore, the proposed rule is being converted to a final rule without change.
B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
NASA certifies that this final rule does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities with the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601. et seq., because this rule would only remove from the CFR information that is considered internal Agency administrative procedures and guidance. The information removed from the CFR will continue to be made available to the public via the Internet.
C. Paperwork Reduction Act
The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes do not impose recordkeeping or information collection requirements which 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 1813, 1814, 1815, 1816, and 1817End List of Subjects Start Signature
Assistant Administrator for Procurement.
Accordingly,End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 1813—SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURESEnd Part Start Amendment Part
2. Amend Part 1813 by removing Subpart 1813.1 and sections 1813.301, 1813.301-70, 1813.301-71, 1813.301-72, 1813.701-73, 1813.302, 1813.302-1, 1813.302-70, 1813.303, 1813.303-3, and 1813.307.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 1814—SEALED BIDDINGEnd Part Start Amendment Part
3. Amend Part 1814 by removing sections 1814.201, 1814.201-5, and Subpart 1814.4.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 1815—CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATIONEnd Part Start Amendment Part
4. Amend Part 1815 by—End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(a) Removing sections 1815.201, 1815.203, 1815.203-70, 1815.203-71, 1815.204, 1815.204-2, 1815.204-5, 1815.204-70;End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(b) In the first sentence of paragraph (b) of section 1815.208 removing “(see 1872.705-1 paragraph VII)”;End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(c) Removing sections 1815.300, 1815.300-70, 1815.303, 1815.304, 1815.304-70, 1815.305, 1815.305-71, 1815.306(d)(3)(A) and (B), 1815.307, 1815.308, 1815.370, 1815.403-1, 1815.403-3, 1815.403-4, 1815.404, 1815.404-2, 1815.404-4, 1815.404-470, 1815.404-471-1, 1815.404-471-2, 1815.404-471-3, 1815.404-471-4, 1815.404-471-5, 1815.404-471-6, 1815.406, 1815.406-1, 1815.406-170, 1815.406-171, 1815.406-172, 1815.406-3;End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(d) Removing “in 1816.603” in the last sentence of section 1815.504; Removing sections 1815.506, 1815.506-70;End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(e) In section 1815.604, redesignating paragraph (a) as (a)(6); andEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(f) Removing section 1815.606(b), and 1815.7002.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 1816—TYPES OF CONTRACTSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
5. Amend Part 1816 by—End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(a) Removing Subpart 1816.1, sections 1816.203, 1816.203-4, 1816.306, 1816.307(b) and (d), 1816.504, 1816.505, 1816.505-70, and Subpart 1816.6;End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(b) In section 1816.307, redesignating paragraphs (a) and (g) as (a)(1) and (g)(1) respectively;End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(c) In section 1816.402, deleting the period at the end of the introductory sentence and adding a colon in its place; andEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
(d) In paragraph (e) of section 1816.402-270, deleting the period at the end of the introductory sentence and adding a colon in its place.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 1817—SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
6. Amend Part 1817 by removing Subpart 1817.1, section 1817.203, paragraph (e)(ii) in section 1817.204, sections 1817.206, 1817.207, Subparts 1817.4, 1817.5, 1817.70, 1817.72, sections 1817.7301, 1817.7301-1, 1817-7301-2, 1817.7301-3, 1817.7301-4,1817.7301-5; and in section 1817.7302 removing “described in 1817.7301-5” in the first sentence of paragraphs (a) and (b).End Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 04-9011 Filed 4-21-04; 8:45 am]
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