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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Written Assurance of Technical Data Conformity

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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 844 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. Section 844 eliminates the requirement for a contractor to furnish written assurance that technical data delivered to the Government is complete and accurate and satisfies the requirements of the contract.

DATES:

Effective date: June 8, 2004.

Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted 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-D104, 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-D104 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: (703) 602-0350.
  • Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Amy Williams, 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:

Ms. Amy Williams, (703) 602-0328.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule amends DFARS Subpart 227.71 and removes the clause at DFARS 252.227-7036, Declaration of Technical Data Conformity, to implement Section 844 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public Law 108-136). Section 844 amended 10 U.S.C. 2320(b) to eliminate the requirement for contractors to furnish written assurance that delivered technical data is complete and accurate and satisfies the requirements of the contract. This change reduces paperwork for contractors, but does not diminish the contractor's obligation to provide technical data that is complete and adequate, and that complies with contract requirements.

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 elimination of the requirement for a contractor to provide a written declaration of technical data conformity does not diminish the contractor's obligation to provide technical data that is complete and accurate and satisfies contract requirements. 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-D104.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The information collection requirements of the clause at DFARS 252.227-7036, Declaration of Technical Data Conformity, are currently approved under Office of Management and Budget Control Number 0704-0369. Elimination of this clause will reduce estimated annual public reporting burden by 126,886 hours (estimated 507,545 declarations annually at .25 hours per declaration).

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 844 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public Law 108-136). Section 844 amended 10 U.S.C. 2320(b) to eliminate the requirement for contractors to furnish written assurance that delivered technical data is complete and accurate and satisfies the requirements of the contract. Section 844 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 Parts 227 and 252

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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 227—PATENTS, DATA, AND COPYRIGHTS

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2. Section 227.7103-6 is amended as follows:

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a. In paragraph (e)(2) by adding “and” after the semicolon;

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b. By removing paragraph (e)(3); and

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c. By redesignating paragraph (e)(4) as paragraph (e)(3).

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3. Section 227.7103-14 is amended as follows:

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a. By removing paragraph (a)(1); and

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b. By redesignating paragraphs (a)(2) and (a)(3) as paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2), respectively.

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4. Section 227.7104 is amended as follows:

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a. In paragraph (e)(4) by adding “and” after the semicolon;

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b. By removing paragraph (e)(5); and

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c. By redesignating paragraph (e)(6) as paragraph (e)(5).

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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5. Section 252.227-7036 is removed and reserved.

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6. Section 252.227-7037 is amended in the introductory text as follows:

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a. By removing “227.7103(e)(4)” and adding in its place “227.7103-6(e)(3)”; and

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b. By removing “227.7104(e)(6)” and adding in its place “227.7104(e)(5)”.

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[FR Doc. 04-12936 Filed 6-7-04; 8:45 am]

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