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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission of Cost or Pricing Data on Noncommercial Modifications of Commercial Items

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AGENCIES:

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

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) regarding prohibition on obtaining cost or pricing data to implement Section 818 of Public Law 108-375, the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005.

DATES:

Effective Date: June 8, 2005.

Comment Date: Interested parties should submit comments to the FAR Secretariat at the address shown below on or before August 8, 2005 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments identified by FAC 2005-04, FAR case 2004-035, by any of the following methods:

Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAC 2005-04, FAR case 2004-035, in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to http://Start Printed Page 33660www.acqnet.gov/​far/​ProposedRules/​proposed.htm, including any personal information provided.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755, for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Mr. Jeremy Olson at (202) 501-3221. Please cite FAC 2005-04, FAR case 2004-035.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Section 818, Submission of Cost or Pricing Data on Noncommercial Modifications of Commercial Items, of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, amends 10 U.S.C. 2306a. 10 U.S.C. 2306a provides exceptions to the requirement for submission of cost or pricing data, including an exception for commercial items. Section 818 states that the exception for a commercial item does not apply to noncommercial modifications of a commercial item that are expected to cost, in the aggregate, more than $500,000 or 5 percent of the total price of the contract, whichever is greater. Section 818 applies to offers submitted, and to modifications of contracts or subcontracts made, on or after June 1, 2005.

B. Discussion

The Councils are revising the commercial item discussion in paragraph (c)(3) of FAR 15.403-1, Prohibition on Obtaining Cost or Pricing Data, to reflect the requirements of Section 818. This includes inserting a new paragraph (3)(ii). This new paragraph provides the exception to the requirement for cost or pricing data for minor modifications that do not change the item from a commercial item to a noncommercial item. The exception applies to all such minor modifications for acquisitions funded by agencies other than DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard. For acquisitions funded by DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard, the exceptions apply to all such modifications if the total cost of the modifications do not exceed the greater of $500,000 or 5 percent of the total price of the contract.

This new policy applies only to acquisitions funded by DoD, NASA, or the Coast Guard, since the statute amends 10 U.S.C. 2306a, which only applies to DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard. The new language does not apply to acquisitions funded by other than DoD, NASA, or the Coast Guard because Section 818 did not amend 41 U.S.C. 254b, which prohibits obtaining cost or pricing data for commercial items. However, the new policy applies to contracts awarded or task or delivery orders placed on behalf of DoD, NASA, or the Coast Guard by an official of the United States outside of those agencies, because the statutory requirement of section 818 applies to the funds provided by DoD, NASA, or the Coast Guard.

C. Regulatory Planning and Review

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.

D. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The interim rule is not expected 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 number of small entities providing commercial items with non-commercial modifications costing more than $500,000 is expected to be very low.

Therefore, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 15 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 2004-035), in correspondence.

E. 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.

F. Determination to Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense (DoD), the Administrator of General Services (GSA), and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that an urgent and compelling reason exists to promulgate this interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. This action is necessary to implement the changes resulting from the enactment of Section 818 of Public Law 108-375, the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 that are effective June 1, 2005. However, pursuant to Public Law 98-577 and FAR 1.501, the Councils will consider public comments received in response to this interim rule in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 15

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Dated: May 27, 2005.

Julia B. Wise,

Director, Contract Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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PART 15—CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION

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1. The authority citation for

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

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2. Amend section 15.403-1 by revising the first sentence of paragraph (c)(3)(i), redesignating paragraph (c)(3)(ii) as (c)(3)(iii), and adding new paragraph (c)(3)(ii) to read as follows:

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Prohibition on obtaining cost or pricing data (10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 254b).

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(3) Commercial items. (i) Any acquisition of an item that meets the commercial item definition in 2.101, or any modification, as defined in paragraph (3)(i) of that definition, that does not change the item from a commercial item to a noncommercial item, is exempt from the requirement for cost or pricing data. * * *

(ii) The following requirements apply to minor modifications defined in paragraph (3)(ii) of the definition of a commercial item at 2.101 that do not change the item from a commercial item to a noncommercial item:

(A) For acquisitions funded by any agency other than DoD, NASA, or Coast Guard, the modifications are exempt from the requirement for submission of cost or pricing data.

(B) For acquisitions funded by DoD, NASA, or Coast Guard, the modifications are exempt from the requirement for submission of cost or pricing data provided the total cost of the modifications do not exceed the greater of $500,000 or 5 percent of the total price of the contract.

(C) For acquisitions funded by DoD, NASA, or Coast Guard where the total cost of the modifications exceeds the greater of $500,000 or 5 percent of the total price of the contract and no other exception or waiver applies, the contracting officer must require submission of cost or pricing data.

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[FR Doc. 05-11188 Filed 6-7-05; 8:45 am]

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