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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Definition of Terrorist Country

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove Iraq from the list of terrorist countries subject to a prohibition on DoD contract awards. This change is a result of the President's May 7, 2003, determination to suspend sanctions against Iraq.

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EFFECTIVE DATE:

September 17, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0328; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D098.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The provision at DFARS 252.209-7001, Disclosure of Ownership or Control by the Government of a Terrorist Country, implements 10 U.S.C. 2327, which prohibits DoD from entering into a contract with a firm that is owned or controlled by the government of a country that has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. This final rule amends the provision at DFARS 252.209-7001 to remove Iraq from the list of countries subject to the prohibition. This change is a result of the President's May 7, 2003, determination to suspend all sanctions against Iraq that apply to countries that have supported terrorism (Presidential Determination 2003-23, 68 FR 26459, May 16, 2003).

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule will not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors, or a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD. Therefore, publication for public comment is not required. However, DoD will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2003-D098.

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 Part 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 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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2. Section 252.209-7001 is amended by revising the clause date and the last sentence of paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows:

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Disclosure of Ownership or Control by the Government of a Terrorist Country.
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Disclosure of Ownership or Control by the Government of a Terrorist Country (SEP 2004)

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(2) * * * As of the date of this provision, terrorist countries subject to this provision include: Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

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[FR Doc. 04-21016 Filed 9-16-04; 8:45 am]

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