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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Contracting for Architect-Engineer Services

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 1427 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. Section 1427 increases, from $85,000 to $300,000, the threshold below which acquisitions for architect-engineer services for military construction or family housing projects are set aside for small business concerns.

DATES:

Effective Date: June 8, 2004. Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before August 9, 2004, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2003-D105, using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Defense Acquisition Regulations Web Site: http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcomm. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2003-D105 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: (703) 602-0350.
  • Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Mr. Euclides Barrera, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402.

All comments received will be posted to http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Euclides Barrera, (703) 602-0296.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule amends DFARS part 219 to implement section 1427 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 108-136). Section 1427 amends 10 U.S.C. 2855 to increase, from $85,000 to $300,000, the threshold below which acquisitions for architect-engineer services for military construction or family housing projects are set aside for small business concerns.

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 has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, which is summarized as follows:

The objective of the rule is to establish a new dollar threshold of $300,000 for use in determining whether DoD acquisitions for architect-engineer services for military construction or family housing projects will be set aside for small business concerns. The legal basis for the rule is 10 U.S.C. 2855, as amended by section 1427 of Pub. L. 108-136. In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2855, acquisitions below the stated threshold must be set aside for small business concerns, and acquisitions at or above the threshold may not be set aside for small business concerns. The rule will apply to small entities that perform architect-engineer services. The rule will increase opportunities for these entities to receive DoD contract awards. 10 U.S.C. 2855 permits the Secretary of Defense to revise the dollar threshold specified within the statute, to ensure that small business concerns receive a reasonable share of contracts for architect-engineer services for military construction or family housing projects. The new statutory threshold of $300,000 is considered to be appropriate at this time.

A copy of the analysis may be obtained from the point of contact specified herein. 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-D105.

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.

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. This interim rule implements section 1427 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 108-136). Section 1427 amends 10 U.S.C. 2855 to increase, from $85,000 to $300,000, the threshold below which acquisitions for architect-engineer services for military construction or family housing projects are set aside for small business concerns. Section 1427 became effective upon enactment on November 24, 2003. Comments received in response to this interim rule will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 219

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Michele P. Peterson,

Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.

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Therefore,

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1. The authority citation for

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

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PART 219—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

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2. Section 219.502-1 is amended in paragraph (2) by removing “$85,000” both places it appears and adding “$300,000” in its place.

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3. Section 219.502-2 is amended in paragraph (a)(iii) by removing “$85,000” and adding “$300,000” in its place.

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4. Section 219.1005 is amended in paragraph (a)(i)(B) two times, in paragraph (a)(i)(C), and in paragraph

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[FR Doc. 04-12935 Filed 6-7-04; 8:45 am]

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