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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Definition of Information Technology

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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) to revise the definition of “information technology” to reflect the changes to the definition resulting from the enactment of Public Law 108-199, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004. The new language at Section 535(b) of Division F of Public Law 108-199 permanently revises the term “information technology,” which is defined at 40 U.S.C. 11101(6), to add “analysis” and “evaluation” and to clarify the term “ancillary equipment.”

DATES:

Effective Date: July 27, 2005.

Comment Date: Interested parties should submit comments to the FAR Secretariat at the address shown below on or before September 26, 2005 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments identified by FAC 2005-05, FAR case 2004-030, by any of the following methods:

Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAC 2005-05, FAR case 2004-030, in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.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 Ms. Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219-0202, or Mr. Bill Sain, Procurement Analyst, at (703) 602-0293. Please cite FAC 2005-05, FAR case 2004-030.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule implements the changes to the FAR definition of “information technology” resulting from the enactment of Section 535(b), Division F, of Public Law 108-199, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004. The public law was effective January 23, 2004. The rule modifies the definition of “information technology” at FAR 2.101(b) to include “analysis” and “evaluation.” The rule also modifies the term “information technology” to include peripheral equipment designed to be controlled by the central processing unit of a computer, and clarifies the term “ancillary equipment” to include imaging peripherals, input, output, and storage devices necessary for security and surveillance.

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 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 interim rule revises the definition of information technology resulting from the enactment of Public Law 108-199, Consolidated Appropriation Act 2004. This is a minor technical change to the definition. Therefore, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 2 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 2005-05, FAR case 2004-030), 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.

D. 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 urgent and compelling reasons exist 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 535(b), Division F, of Public Law 108-199, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004, that were effective January 23, 2004. 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 2

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Dated: July 20, 2005.

Julia B. Wise,

Director, Contract Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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PART 2—DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS

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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. In section 2.101, amend paragraph (b), in the definition “Information technology,” by adding the words “analysis, evaluation,” after the word “storage,” revising paragraph (2) of the definition; and in paragraph (3)(ii), adding “analysis, evaluation,” after the word “storage,”. The revised text reads as follows:

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Information technology * * *

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(2) The term “information technology” includes computers, ancillary equipment (including imaging peripherals, input, output, and storage devices necessary for security and surveillance), peripheral equipment designed to be controlled by the central processing unit of a computer, software, firmware and similar procedures, services (including support services), and related resources.

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[FR Doc. 05-14666 Filed 7-26-05; 8:45 am]

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