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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Expiration of the Price Evaluation Adjustment

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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 cancel for civilian agencies (except National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Coast Guard) the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) price evaluation adjustment which was originally authorized under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355, Sec. 7102). Civilian agencies (except NASA and Coast Guard) are not authorized to apply the price evaluation adjustment to their acquisitions.

DATES:

Effective Date: September 30, 2005.

Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments to the FAR Secretariat on or before November 29, 2005, to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments identified by FAC 2005-06, FAR case 2005-002, by any of the following methods:

Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAC 2005-06, FAR case 2005-002, 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 and/or business confidential 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. Rhonda Cundiff, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-0044. Please cite FAC 2005-06, FAR case 2005-002.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The small disadvantaged business price evaluation adjustment for civilian agencies, originally authorized under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355, Sec. 7102) expired. This provision, as implemented in FAR subpart 19.11, authorized agencies to apply the price evaluation adjustment to benefit certain small disadvantaged business concerns in competitive acquisitions. As a result of its expiration for civilian agencies (except NASA and Coast Guard), civilian agencies (except NASA and Coast Guard) have no statutory authority to apply the small disadvantaged business price evaluation adjustment to their acquisitions.

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 changes may 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 certain small disadvantaged business concerns for specific North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes will no longer benefit from the price evaluation adjustment in competitive acquisitions. An Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) has been prepared. The analysis is summarized as follows:

This interim rule amends Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 19.11, Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns. The small disadvantaged business price evaluation adjustment for civilian agencies other than National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Coast Guard, Start Printed Page 57463originally authorized under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355, Sec. 7102) expired. This provision, as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 19.11 authorized agencies to apply the price evaluation adjustment to benefit certain small disadvantaged business concerns in competitive acquisitions. This change may 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 civilian agencies (excluding NASA and Coast Guard) will no longer have the authority to apply the price evaluation adjustment to benefit certain small disadvantaged business concerns in competitive acquisitions. However, the price evaluation adjustment is still authorized for the Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and NASA.

The FAR Secretariat has submitted a copy of the IRFA 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 Part 19 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 2005-06, FAR case 2005-002), 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 because the small disadvantaged business price evaluation adjustment for civilian agencies other than NASA and Coast Guard, originally authorized under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355, Sec. 7102) expired. This revision to the FAR is necessary to ensure that civilian agencies (except Coast Guard and NASA) are aware that the price evaluation adjustment should not be applied to their acquisitions. 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 Parts 19 and 52

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Dated: September 22, 2005.

Julia B. Wise,

Director, Contract Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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1. The authority citation for

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

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PART 19—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

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2. Amend section 19.1102 by redesignating paragraphs (a) and (b) as (b) and (c), respectively, and adding a new paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Applicability.

(a) This subpart applies to the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Civilian agencies do not have the statutory authority (originally authorized in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355, Sec. 7102)) for use of the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) price evaluation adjustment.

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2. Amend section 19.1103 by revising paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows:

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Procedures.

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(2) An otherwise successful offer from a historically black college or university or minority institution.

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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3. Amend section 52.212-5 by revising the date of the clause and paragraph (b)(10)(i) of the clause to read as follows:

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Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.
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CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS—COMMERCIAL ITEMS (SEP 2005)

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(10)(i) 52.219-23, Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (SEP 2005) (10 U.S.C. 2323) (if the offeror elects to waive the adjustment, it shall so indicate in its offer).

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

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Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns.
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NOTICE OF PRICE EVALUATION ADJUSTMENT FOR SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS CONCERNS (SEP 2005)

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(b) Evaluation adjustment. (1)* * *

(ii) An otherwise successful offer from a historically black college or university or minority institution.

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[FR Doc. 05-19475 Filed 9-29-05; 8:45 am]

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