Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require that the FAR clause, Subcontracts for Commercial Items, be inserted in solicitations and contracts other than those for commercial items.
Effective Date: March 9, 2005.Start Further Info
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This final rule amends FAR 44.403 by requiring the use of the clause at 52.244-6, Subcontracts for Commercial Items, in solicitations and contracts other than those for commercial items.
The current clause prescription requires use of the clause in solicitations and contracts for “supplies or services” other than commercial items. It is not clear whether this includes solicitations and contracts for construction. The clause matrix at FAR 52.301 lists the clause at 52.244-6 as required for solicitations and contracts for construction.
The revised clause prescription clarifies that the clause is required in all solicitations and contracts other than those for commercial items, thereby clearly including construction contracts that are not for the acquisition of commercial items.
DoD, GSA, and NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 68 FR 61302, October 27, 2003. One positive public comment was received supporting the revisions to the clause prescription. This final rule differs from the proposed rule by not adding the phrase “. . . and includes commercial construction materials but does not include construction itself” to the definition “Commercial item” under paragraph (a) of FAR clause 52.244-6, Definitions. This additional language is unnecessary to clarify the ambiguity between the matrix and the clause prescription. The change at FAR 44.403 and the clause matrix, that already requires the clause in solicitations and contracts for construction, provide sufficient clarity. Also, the additional language in the proposed rule could have been interpreted to conflict with OFPP Memorandum dated July 3, 2003, Applicability of FAR Part 12 to Construction Acquisitions. This rule is not intended to make any changes to existing OFPP guidance addressing the applicability of FAR Part 12 to construction acquisitions.
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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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 the rule is a clarification of existing policy. Inclusion of FAR clause 52.244-6 reduces the number of flow down clauses required in subcontracts for commercial items and commercial components.
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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 44End List of Subjects Start Signature
Dated: February 24, 2005.
Rodney P. Lantier,
Director, Contract Policy Division.
Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amendEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 44—SUBCONTRACTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURESEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Revise section 44.403 to read as follows:End Amendment Part
The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 52.244-6, Subcontracts for Commercial Items, in solicitations and contracts other than those for commercial items.
[FR Doc. 05-4091 Filed 3-8-05; 8:45 am]
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