Department of Defense (DoD).
DoD has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003. Section 827 authorizes DoD to enter into multiyear contracts for environmental remediation services for military installations.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Euclides Barrera, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0296; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D004.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
DoD published an interim rule at 68 FR 43332 on July 22, 2003, to implement Section 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-314). Section 827 amended 10 U.S.C. 2306c to provide authority for DoD to enter into multiyear contracts for environmental remediation services for military installations. Two sources submitted comments on the interim rule. A discussion of the comments is provided below.
1. Comment: The interim rule is a major step forward for environmental remediation that can be accomplished within 5 years. However, the rule should provide for limited authority beyond 5 years where practicable and in the best interest of the Government.
DoD Response: The recommended change is not feasible, since 10 U.S.C. 2306c limits multiyear contracting authority for services to not more than 5 years.
2. Comment: DFARS 232.703-1(1)(iii), which addresses incremental funding, must be sustained and clarified to provide the ability to cash flow expensive remedial projects that cannot be fully funded within a single year appropriation.
DoD Response: No change to the incremental funding policy in DFARS 232.703-1(1)(iii) is necessary for implementation of this rule.
3. Comment: There is confusion within DoD as to what constitutes environmental services and environmental construction. DoD should clarify that all actions taken to remediate contamination under the DERA program constitute environmental services.
DoD Response: The recommended clarification is outside the scope of this DFARS case.
4. Comment: The definition of “military installation” or the list in DFARS 217.171(a)(1)(v) should specifically include industrial property to remove any question as to whether the remediation services can be used at both active and former government-owned-contractor-operated industrial plants currently or previously owned by DoD.
DoD Response: The definition of “military installation” in DFARS 217.103 and the list in DFARS 217.171(a)(1)(v) are consistent with the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 2306c as amended by Section 827 of Public Law 107-314. The multiyear contracting authority provided by the rule applies to environmental remediation services that meet the criteria at DFARS 217.171(a)(1)(v).
This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993. Start Printed Page 26508
B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
DoD certifies that this final rule will not 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 application of the rule is limited to contracts for environmental remediation services at military installations or sites formerly used by DoD. Before using the multiyear contracting authority provided by the rule, the head of the agency must determine that certain conditions exist, to include a determination that use of a multiyear contract will promote the best interests of the United States by encouraging effective competition and promoting economies in operations.
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 217End List of Subjects Start Signature
Michele P. Peterson,
Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.
Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without ChangeStart Amendment Part
Accordingly, the interim rule amendingEnd Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 04-10881 Filed 5-12-04; 8:45 am]
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