Skip to Content

Rule

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Applicability of SDB and HUBZone Price Evaluation Factor

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble Start Printed Page 33661

AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

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 remove some of the exceptions to the applicability of the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and HUBZone price evaluation factor.

DATES:

Effective Date: July 8, 2005.

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 Marshall, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219-0986. Please cite FAC 2005-04, FAR case 2003-015.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This final rule amends FAR 19.1103(a) and FAR 19.1307(b) in order to remove the exceptions to the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and HUBZone preference programs that direct the contracting officer not to apply a price evaluation adjustment to offers of eligible products in acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 2501, et seq.) or where application of the factor would be inconsistent with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or other international agreement.

DoD, GSA, and NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 69 FR 53780, September 2, 2004. We received one response, which was entirely favorable to the rule. Therefore, we are converting the proposed rule to a final 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

This rule is expected to have a significant (beneficial) 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 it will reduce the exceptions to the preference for small disadvantaged businesses and HUBZone small businesses. A Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) has been prepared and is summarized as follows:

This rule was initiated at the request of the Small Business Administration in order to remove preferential treatment for certain offers of foreign products in acquisitions intending to provide a preference for small disadvantaged business concerns or HUBZone small business concerns. The objective of this rule is to remove exceptions to the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and HUBZone preference programs that direct the contracting officer not to apply a price evaluation adjustment to offers of eligible products in acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act or where application of the factor would be inconsistent with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or other international agreement. The rule applies to all offerors in acquisitions that provide a preference for small disadvantaged business concerns or HUBZone small business concerns. Because of the reduced exceptions to the preferences, this rule will have a beneficial impact on all domestic concerns, especially small entities that are small disadvantaged business concerns or HUBZone small business concerns.

The FAR Secretariat has submitted a copy of the FRFA to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. Interested parties may obtain a copy from the FAR Secretariat. The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Parts 19 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 2003-015), in correspondence.

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 Parts 19 and 52

End List of Subjects Start Signature

Dated: May 27, 2005

Julia B. Wise,

Director,Contract Policy Division.

End Signature Start Amendment Part

Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

1. The authority citation for

End Amendment Part Start Authority

Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

End Authority Start Part

PART 19—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

End Part
[Amended]
Start Amendment Part

2. Amend section 19.1103 by—

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

a. Adding “or” to the end of paragraph (a)(1);

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

b. Removing paragraphs (a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(5); and redesignating paragraph (a)(4) as (a)(2); and

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

c. Removing “; or” from the end of newly redesignated paragraph (a)(2) and adding a period in its place.

End Amendment Part
[Amended]
Start Amendment Part

3. Amend section 19.1307 by—

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

a. Adding “or” to the end of paragraph (b)(1);

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

b. Removing the semicolon from the end of paragraph (b)(2) and adding a period in its place; and

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

c. Removing paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4).

End Amendment Part Start Part

PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

End Part
[Amended]
Start Amendment Part

4. Amend section 52.212-5 by—

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

a. Revising the date of the clause to read “(JUL 2005)”;

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

b. Removing “(Jan 1999)” from paragraph (b)(3) of the clause and adding “(JUL 2005)” in its place; and

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

c. Removing “(June 2003)” from paragraph (b)(10)(i) of the clause and adding “(JUL 2005)” in its place.

End Amendment Part
[Amended]
Start Amendment Part

5. Amend section 52.219-4 by—

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

a. Revising the date of the clause to read “(JUL 2005)”; and

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

b. Adding “and” to the end of paragraph (b)(1)(i) of the clause; removing the semicolon from the end of paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of the clause and adding a period in its place; and removing paragraphs (b)(1)(iii) and (b)(1)(iv) of the clause.

End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part

6. Amend section 52.219-23 by revising the date of the clause and paragraph (b)(1) to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns.
Start Printed Page 33662

NOTICE OF PRICE EVALUATION ADJUSTMENT FOR SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS CONCERNS (JUL 2005)

(b) Evaluation adjustment. (1) The Contracting Officer will evaluate offers by adding a factor of ____________ [Contracting Officer insert the percentage] percent to the price of all offers, except—

(i) Offers from small disadvantaged business concerns that have not waived the adjustment; and

(ii) For DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard acquisitions, an otherwise successful offer from a historically black college or university or minority institution.

End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 05-11187 Filed 6-7-05; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6820-EP-S