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 to convert the interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) published in the Federal Register at 69 FR 76352, December 20, 2004, to a final rule without change. This rule implemented Executive Order (E.O.) 13201, Notification of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues or Fees. The rule requires Government contractors and subcontractors to post notices, in all plants and offices, whether or not used in performing work that supports a Federal contract, informing their employees that under Federal law they cannot be required to join a union or maintain membership in a union to retain their jobs. The required notices also advise employees who are not union members that they can object to the use of their union dues for certain purposes.Start Printed Page 33656
Effective Date: June 8, 2005.
The Department of Labor's final rule implementing E.O. 13201 was published on March 29, 2004, with an effective date of April 28, 2004. This FAR rule is the formal notification to contracting officers to insert the E.O. 13201 clause in covered solicitations issued on or after the effective date of this rule.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755 for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Ms. Kimberly A. Marshall, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219-0986. Please cite FAC 2005-04, FAR case 2004-010.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation. DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 69 FR 76352, December 20, 2004. The 60-day comment period for the interim rule ended February 18, 2005. The Councils did not receive any public comments, and, therefore, agree to finalize the interim rule without 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 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 merely requires contractors to post notices and to insert a clause in subcontracts and purchase orders requiring subcontractors and vendors to post the notices also. The notices advise the contractors' and subcontractors' nonunion member employees of their rights under existing law concerning use of their union dues or fees where a union security agreement is in place. The rule provides sanctions for noncompliance, but full compliance with the Executive Order and any related rules, regulations and orders of the Secretary of Labor is expected of all contractors. Further, this rule is only implementing the Department of Labor (DOL) final rule. The Secretary of Labor has certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration that the DOL final rule will not substantially change existing obligations for Federal contractors. The Councils did not receive any comments relating to the Regulatory Flexibility Act. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Parts 2, 22, and 52 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 2005-04, FAR case 2004-010), in correspondence.
C. Paperwork Reduction Act
The Paperwork Reduction Act does apply; however, these changes to the FAR do not impose additional information collection requirements to the paperwork burden previously approved under OMB Control Number 1215-0203.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 2, 22, 52End List of Subjects Start Signature
Dated: May 27, 2005.
Julia B. Wise,
Director, Contract Policy Division.
Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without ChangeEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
Accordingly, the interim rule amendingEnd Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 05-11180 Filed 6-7-05; 8:45 am]
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