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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Determining Official for Employment Provision Compliance-Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)

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AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by revising the responsibility for determining when a contractor is not in compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include both the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, pursuant to Executive Order 13286 published March 5, 2003.

DATES:

Effective Date: June 18, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755 for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Mr. Craig Goral, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-3856. Please cite FAC 2001-24, FAR case 2004-009.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This final rule amends FAR 9.406-2(b)(2) by revising the responsibility for determining when a contractor is not in compliance with INA to include both the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13286 published March 5, 2003. E.O. 13286 amended Section 4 of E.O. 12989, published February 15, 1996, by adding, along with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security as the responsible authority for determining when a contractor is not in compliance with the INA. Pursuant to this amendment, it is necessary to revise FAR 9.406-2(b)(2) to reflect this change.

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. This final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Public Law 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 9 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (FAC 2001-24, FAR case 2004-009), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to the FAR do not impose 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 Part 9

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Dated: June 10, 2004.

Ralph J. De Stefano,

Acting Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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PART 9—CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

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2. Amend section 9.406-2 by revising paragraph (b)(2) to read as follows:

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Causes for debarment.
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(2) A contractor, based on a determination by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General of the United States, that the contractor is not in compliance with Immigration and Nationality Act employment provisions (see Executive Order 12989, as amended by Executive Order 13286). Such determination is not reviewable in the debarment proceedings.

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3. Amend section 9.406-4 by revising the third sentence of paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Period of debarment.
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(b) * * * Debarments under 9.406-2(b)(2) may be extended for additional periods of one year if the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General determines that the contractor continues to be in violation of the employment provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. * * *

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[FR Doc. 04-13621 Filed 6-17-04; 8:45 am]

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