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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Small Disadvantaged Businesses and Leader Company Contracting

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Department of Defense (DoD).


Proposed rule with request for comments.


DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to revise text pertaining to DoD review of small business subcontracting plans, and to remove text pertaining to leader company contracting. This proposed rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.


Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before June 22, 2004, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.


Respondents may submit comments via the Internet at​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcomm. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D092 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: Ms. Karen Fischetti, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D092.

At the end of the comment period, interested parties may view public comments on the Internet at​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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Ms. Karen Fischetti, (703) 602-0288.

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A. Background

DFARS Transformation is a major DoD initiative to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS. The objective is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process, while allowing the acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate. The transformed DFARS will contain only requirements of law, DoD-wide policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviations from FAR requirements, and policies/procedures that have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Additional information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at​dpap/​dfars/​transf.htm.

This proposed rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation initiative. The proposed changes—

  • Remove DFARS Subpart 217.4, which addresses the participation of small disadvantaged business concerns Start Printed Page 21997in leader company contracting. DoD rarely uses leader company contracting. Incentives for major DoD contractors to assist small disadvantaged business concerns are provided through the DoD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program, in accordance with DFARS Subpart 219.71 and Appendix I.
  • Lower the approval level at DFARS 219.705-4(d), from two levels above the contracting officer to one level above the contracting officer, for small business subcontracting plans that contain a small disadvantaged business goal of less than five percent.

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 the rule deletes text that is seldom used and revises review procedures that are internal to DoD. 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 subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2003-D092.

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.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 217 and 219

  • Government procurement
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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 217 and 219 as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 217 and 219 continues to read as follows:

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

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Subpart 217.4—[Removed]

2. Subpart 217.4 is removed.

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3. Section 219.705-4 is amended in paragraph (d) by revising the second sentence to read as follows:

Reviewing the subcontracting plan.

(d) * * * A small disadvantaged business goal of less than five percent must be approved one level above the contracting officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-9270 Filed 4-22-04; 8:45 am]