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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Berry Amendment Memoranda

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement policy regarding acquisitions for which DoD determines that domestic items are not available to fulfill DoD requirements in a satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity at U.S. market prices.

DATES:

Effective July 26, 2005.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0328; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2004-D035.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

10 U.S.C. 2533a (the Berry Amendment) requires DoD to acquire certain items from domestic sources. 10 U.S.C. 2533a(c) provides an exception to this requirement if the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of the military department concerned determines that satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity of such items cannot be procured as and when needed at U.S. market prices. DoD has issued the following memoranda regarding domestic nonavailability determinations under 10 U.S.C. 2533a(c):

The Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum of May 1, 2001, provides that the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and the Secretaries of the military departments may make domestic nonavailability determinations under the Berry Amendment, but may not redelegate this authority. The memorandum also requires an analysis of alternatives, and a certification as to why such alternatives are unacceptable.

The Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) memorandum of October 22, 2004, requires Congressional notification of any domestic nonavailability determinations involving titanium or products containing titanium.

This final rule amends DFARS 225.7002-2(b) to reflect the requirements of the DoD memoranda.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule will not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors, or a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD. Therefore, publication for public comment is not required. However, DoD will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2004-D035.

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 Part 225

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore,

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1. The authority citation for

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

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PART 225—FOREIGN ACQUISITION

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2. Section 225.7002-2 is amended by adding paragraphs (b)(1) through (5) to read as follows:

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(1) The following officials are authorized, without power of Start Printed Page 43074redelegation, to make such a domestic nonavailability determination:

(i) The Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics).

(ii) The Secretary of the Army.

(iii) The Secretary of the Navy.

(iv) The Secretary of the Air Force.

(2) The supporting documentation for the determination shall include—

(i) An analysis of alternatives that would not require a domestic nonavailability determination; and

(ii) A written certification by the requiring activity, with specificity, why such alternatives are unacceptable.

(3) Defense agencies shall follow the procedures at PGI 225.7002-2(b)(3) when submitting a request for a domestic nonavailability determination.

(4) If an official listed in paragraph (b)(1)(ii) through (iv) of this subsection makes a domestic nonavailability determination for the acquisition of titanium or a product containing titanium, that official shall—

(i) Notify the congressional defense committees at least 10 days before the award of a contract that relies on such a determination; and

(ii) Provide a copy of the notification and the determination to the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, as specified in PGI 225.7002-2(b)(4).

(5) See PGI 225.7002-2(b)(5) for related policy memoranda.

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[FR Doc. 05-14623 Filed 7-25-05; 8:45 am]

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