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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Environment, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace

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Department of Defense (DoD).


Proposed rule with request for comments.


DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update text pertaining to the environment, occupational safety, and a drug-free workplace. This proposed rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.


Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before June 13, 2005, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.


You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2003-D039, using any of the following methods:

○ Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

○ Defense Acquisition Regulations Web site:​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcomm. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

○ E-mail: Include DFARS Case 2003-D039 in the subject line of the message.

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○ Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Mr. Bill Sain, 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​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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Mr. Bill Sain, (703) 602-4245.

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A. Background

DFARS Transformation is a major DoD initiative to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS. The objective is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process, while allowing the acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate. The transformed DFARS will contain only requirements of law, DoD-wide policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviations from FAR requirements, and policies/procedures that have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Additional information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at​dp/​dars/​transf.htm.

This proposed rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation Initiative. The proposed changes include—

○ Deletion of redundant or unncessary text at DFARS 223.300, 223.302, 223.370-3(a), 223.570-1, and 223.570-3.

○ Deletion of text at DFARS 223.370-4 and 223.405 containing internal DoD procedures relating to safety precautions for ammunitions and explosives and use of recovered materials. This text will be relocated to the new DFARS companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI), available at​dpap/​dars/​pgi.

○ Relocation of text on ozone-depleting substances, from DFARS Subpart 211.2 to Subpart 223.8, with retention of a cross-reference in Subpart 211.2.

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 the rule removes DFARS text that is unnecessary or internal to DoD, but makes no significant change to DoD contracting policy. 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-D039.

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 Parts 211, 223, and 252

  • Government procurement
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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR Parts 211, 223, and 252 as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Parts 211, 223, and 252 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

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2. Section 211.271 is revised to read as follows:

Elimination of use of class I ozone-depleting substances.

See Subpart 223.8 for restrictions on contracting for ozone-depleting substances.

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3. The heading of Part 223 is revised to read as set forth above.


4. Section 223.300 is removed.

5. Section 223.302 is revised to read as follows:


(e) The contracting officer shall also provide hazard warning labels, that are received from apparent successful offerors, to the cognizant safety officer.

6. Section 223.370-3 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:


(a) DoD policy is to ensure that its contractors take reasonable precautions in handling ammunition and explosives so as to minimize the potential for mishaps.

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7. Section 223.370-4 is revised to read as follows:


Follow the procedures at PGI 223.370-4.

8. Section 223.405 is revised to read as follows:


Follow the procedures at PGI 223.405.


9. Section 223.570-1 is removed.

[Redesignated as 223.570-1]

10. Section 223.570-2 is redesignated as section 223.570-1.


11. Section 223.570-3 is removed.

[Redesignated as 223.570-2]

12. Section 223.570-4 is redesignated as section 223.570-2.

13. Section 223.803 is revised to read as follows:


(1) Contracts. No DoD contract may include a specification or standard that requires the use of a class I ozone-depleting substance or that can be met only through the use of such a substance unless the inclusion of the specification or standard is specifically authorized at a level no lower than a general or flag officer or a member of the Senior Executive Service of the requiring activity in accordance with Section 326, Public Law 102-484 (10 U.S.C. 2301 (repealed) note). This restriction is in addition to any imposed by the Clean Air Act and applies after June 1, 1993, to all DoD contracts, regardless of place of performance.

(2) Modifications.

(i) Contracts awarded before June 1, 1993, with a value in excess of $10 million, that are modified or extended (including option exercise) and, as a result of the modification or extension, will expire more than one year after the effective date of the modification or extension, must be evaluated in accordance with agency procedures for the elimination of ozone-depleting substances.

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(B) No further modification or extension may be made to the contract until the evaluation is complete.

(ii) If, as a result of this evaluation, it is determined that an economically feasible substitute substance or alternative technology is available, the contracting officer shall modify the contract to require the use of the substitute substance or alternative technology.

(iii) If a substitute substance or alternative technology is not available, a written determination shall be made to that effect at a level no lower than a general or flag officer or a member of the Senior Executive Service of the requiring activity.

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14. Section 252.223-7004 is amended in the introductory text by removing “223.570-4” and adding in its place “223.570-2”.

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[FR Doc. 05-7093 Filed 4-11-05; 8:45 am]