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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Export-Controlled Information and Technology

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Proposed rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to address requirements for preventing unauthorized disclosure of export-controlled information and technology under DoD contracts.

DATES:

Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before September 12, 2005, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2004-D010, using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Defense Acquisition Regulations Web Site: http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcomm. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2004-D010 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: (703) 602-0350.
  • Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Amy Williams, 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 http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This proposed rule contains a new DFARS Subpart 204.73, Export-Controlled Information and Technology at Contractor, University, and Federally Funded Research and Development Center Facilities, and an associated contract clause. The proposed subpart provides general information on export control laws and regulations and requires contracting officers to ensure that contracts identify any export-controlled information and technology. The proposed clause is prescribed for use in solicitations and contracts for research and development or for services or supplies that may involve the use or generation of export-controlled information or technology. The clause requires the contractor to—

  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding export-controlled information and technology;
  • Maintain an effective export compliance program;
  • Conduct initial and periodic training on export compliance controls; and
  • Perform periodic assessments.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The proposed 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 all contractors, including small entities, are already subject to export-control laws and regulations. The requirements in this proposed rule are clarifications of existing responsibilities. 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 2004-D010.

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 204, 235, and 252

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 204, 235, and 252 as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 204, 235, 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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PART 204—ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

2. Subpart 204.73 is added to read as follows:

Subpart 204.73—Export-Controlled Information and Technology at Contractor, University, and Federally Funded Research and Development Center Facilities

204.7301
Definition.
204.7302
General.
204.7303
Policy.
204.7304
Contract clause.
Definition.

Export-controlled information and technology, as used in this subpart, is defined in the clause at 252.204-70XX.

General.

Export control laws and regulations restrict the transfer, by any means, of certain types of information and technology. Any access to export-controlled information or technology by a foreign national or a foreign person anywhere in the world, including the United States, is considered an export to the home country of the foreign national or foreign person. For additional information relating to restrictions on export-controlled information and technology, see PGI 204.7302.

Policy.

The contracting officer shall ensure that contracts identify any export-controlled information and technology, as determined by the requiring activity.

Contract clause.

Use the clause at 252.204-70XX, Requirements Regarding Access to Export-Controlled Information and Technology, in solicitations and contracts for—

(a) Research and development; or

(b) Services or supplies that may involve the use or generation of export-controlled information or technology.

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PART 235—RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTING

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3. Section 235.071 is redesignated as section 235.072.

4. A new section 235.071 is added to read as follows:

Export-controlled information and technology at contractor, university, and Federally Funded Research and Development Center facilities.

For requirements relating to restrictions on export-controlled information and technology, see Subpart 204.73.

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

5. Section 252.204-70XX is added to read as follows:

Requirements Regarding Access to Export-Controlled Information and Technology.

As prescribed in 204.7304, use the following clause:

Requirements Regarding Access to Export-Controlled Information and Technology (XXX 2005)

(a) Definition. Export-controlled information and technology, as used in this clause, means information and technology that may only be released to foreign nationals or foreign persons in accordance with the Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR parts 730-774) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 CFR parts 120-130), respectively.

(b) In performing this contract, the Contractor may gain access to export-controlled information or technology.

(c) The Contractor shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding export-controlled information and technology, including registration in accordance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

(d) The Contractor shall maintain an effective export compliance program. The program must include adequate controls over physical, visual, and electronic access to export-controlled information and technology to ensure that access by foreign firms and individuals is restricted as required by applicable Federal laws, Executive orders, and regulations.

(1) The access control plan shall include unique badging requirements for foreign nationals and foreign persons and segregated work areas for export-controlled information and technology.

(2) The Contractor shall not allow access by foreign nationals or foreign persons to export-controlled information and technology without obtaining an export license, other authorization, or exemption.

(e) The Contractor shall—

(1) Conduct initial and periodic training on export compliance controls for those employees who have access to export-controlled information and technology; andStart Printed Page 39978

(2) Perform periodic assessments to ensure full compliance with Federal export laws and regulations.

(f) Nothing in the terms of this contract is intended to change, supersede, or waive any of the requirements of applicable Federal laws, Executive orders, and regulations, including but not limited to—

(1) The Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2401 as extended by Executive Order 13222);

(2) The Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (22 U.S.C. 2751);

(3) The Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR parts 730-774);

(4) The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 CFR parts 120-130);

(5) DoD Directive 2040.2, International Transfers of Technology, Goods, Services, and Munitions; and

(6) DoD Industrial Security Regulation (DoD 5220.22-R).

(g) The Contractor shall include the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (g), in all subcontracts for—

(1) Research and development; or

(2) Services or supplies that may involve the use or generation of export-controlled information or technology.

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6. Sections 252.235-7002, 252.235-7003, 252.235-7010, and 252.235-7011 are amended in the introductory text by removing “235.071” and adding in its place “235.072”.

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[FR Doc. 05-13305 Filed 7-11-05; 8:45 am]

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