Department of Defense (DoD).
DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to extend the ending date for phasing out domestic source restrictions on the acquisition of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) carbon fiber. The ending date is extended from May 31, 2005, to May 31, 2006.
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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 2004-D002.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This final rule extends the ending date for phasing out domestic source restrictions on the acquisition of PAN carbon fiber from May 31, 2005, to May 31, 2006. The prescription for use of the clause at DFARS 252.225-7022, Restriction on Acquisition of Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Carbon Fiber, is amended to require inclusion of the clause in solicitations and contracts for major systems issued on or before May 31, 2006, if the system is not yet in development and demonstration.
The aerospace industry requested the extension to provide U.S. companies sufficient time to maintain the industrial and technological capability to support a critical material used in advanced aerospace weapons programs. In addition, the extension is consistent with Section 832 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Pub. L. 108-375), which requires a delay in phase-out of the restriction until DoD performs an assessment of the PAN carbon fiber industry and submits the resulting report to Congress.
DoD published a proposed rule at 69 FR 35567 on June 25, 2004. DoD received no comments on the proposed rule. Therefore, DoD has adopted the proposed rule as a final rule without change.
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 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 there are no known domestic small business manufacturers of PAN carbon fiber.
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 225End List of Subjects Start Signature
Michele P. Peterson,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
Therefore,End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 225—FOREIGN ACQUISITIONEnd Part Start Amendment Part
2. Section 225.7103-1 is amended by revising the second sentence to read as follows:End Amendment Part
* * * DoD is phasing out the restrictions over the period ending May 31, 2006. * * *
3. Section 225.7103-3 is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Use the clause at 252.225-7022, Restriction on Acquisition of Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Carbon Fiber, in solicitations and contracts for major systems issued on or before May 31, 2006, if the system is not yet in engineering and manufacturing Start Printed Page 6375development (milestone B as defined in DoDI 5000.2).
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