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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Required Sources of Supply

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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 update text addressing acquisitions made through Government supply sources. This proposed rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.

DATES:

Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before February 7, 2006, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2003-D072, 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 2003-D072 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: (703) 602-0350.
  • Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Robin Schulze, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Start Printed Page 73188
  • 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:

Ms. Robin Schulze, (703) 602-0326.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

DFARS Transformation is a major DoD initiative to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS. The objective is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process, while allowing the acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate. The transformed DFARS will contain only requirements of law, DoD-wide policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviations from FAR requirements, and policies/procedures that have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Additional information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/​dpap/​dars/​dfars/​transformation/​index.htm.

This proposed rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation initiative. The proposed DFARS changes:

  • Delete informational text on GSA Federal Supply Schedules that is unnecessary for inclusion in the DFARS.
  • Delete text on the Defense National Stockpile and the acquisition of helium. These issues are adequately addressed in the Federal Acquisition Regulation at 8.003 and subpart 8.5.
  • Delete obsolete text on the DoD Industrial Preparedness Production Planning Program. There is no longer a DoD-wide Program.
  • Delete procedures for ordering from central nonprofit agencies; for acquisition of items under the DoD Coordinated Acquisition Program; for contracting or performing field service functions for NASA; for use of the DoD Precious Metals Recovery Program; and for use of enterprise software agreements for acquiring commercial software and related services. Text on these subjects will be relocated to the new DFARS companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI). Additional information on PGI is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/​dpap/​dars/​pgi.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD does not expect this rule 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 rule deletes unnecessary, obsolete, or procedural DFARS text, but makes no significant change to DoD contracting policy. 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 2003-D072.

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 208, 252, and 253

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 208, 252, and 253 and Appendix B to Chapter 2 as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 208, 252, and 253 and Appendix B to subchapter I 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 208—REQUIRED SOURCES OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

2. Section 208.002 is revised to read as follows:

Priorities for use of Government supply sources.

(a)(1)(v) See subpart 208.70, Coordinated Acquisition, and subpart 208.74, Enterprise Software Agreements.

[Removed]

3. Section 208.003 is removed.

4. Section 208.705 is revised to read as follows:

Procedures.

Follow the procedures at PGI 208.705 when placing orders with central nonprofit agencies.

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5. Section 208.7000 is amended in paragraph (a), in the parenthetical, by removing “appendix B” and adding in its place “PGI 208.7006”.

6. Sections 208.7002-1 and 208.7002-2 are revised to read as follows:

Acquiring department responsibilities.

See PGI 208.7002-1 for the acquiring department's responsibilities.

Requiring department responsibilities.

See PGI 208.7002-2 for the requiring department's responsibilities.

7. Section 208.7003-1 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory text and paragraph (b) to read as follows:

Assignments under integrated materiel management (IMM).

(a) Acquire all items assigned for IMM from the IMM manager except—

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(b) Follow the procedures at PGI 208.7003-1(b) when an item assigned for IMM is to be acquired by the requiring department in accordance with paragraph (a)(3) of this subsection.

8. Section 208.7004 is revised to read as follows:

Procedures.

Follow the procedures at PGI 208.7004 for processing coordinated acquisition requirements.

[Removed]

9. Sections 208.7004-1 through 208.7004-10 are removed.

10. Sections 208.7005 and 208.7006 are revised to read as follows:

Military Interdepartmental Purchase Requests.

Follow the procedures at:

(a) PGI 253.208-1 when using DD Form 448, Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request; and

(b) PGI 253.208-2 when using DD Form 448-2, Acceptance of MIPR.

Coordinated acquisition assignments.

See PGI 208.7006 for coordinated acquisition assignments.

11. Sections 208.7101 and 208.7102 are revised to read as follows:

Policy.

Departments and agencies shall cooperate fully with NASA in making acquisition services, equipment, personnel, and facilities available on the basis of mutual agreement.

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Procedures.

Follow the procedures at PGI 208.7102 when contracting or performing services for NASA.

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12. Sections 208.7103, 208.7104, and 208.7105 are removed.

Subpart 208.72 [Removed and Reserved]

13. Subpart 208.72 (consisting of §§ 208.7201, 208.7202, 208.7203, and 208.7204) is removed and reserved.

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14. Section 208.7301 is amended by removing the definitions of “Dual pricing evaluation procedure” and “Precious Metals Indicator Code (PMIC)”.

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15. Section 208.7302 is amended in the first sentence by removing “(PMRP)”.

16. Sections 208.7303 and 208.7304 are revised to read as follows:

Procedures.

Follow the procedures at PGI 208.7303 for use of the Precious Metals Recovery Program.

Refined precious metals.

See PGI 208.7304 for a list of refined precious metals managed by DSCP.

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17. Section 208.7401 is amended by removing the definitions of “Golden Disk” and “Software product manager”.

18. Section 208.7403 is revised to read as follows:

Acquisition procedures.

Follow the procedures at PGI 208.7403 when acquiring commercial software and related services.

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

19. Section 252.225-7025 is amended by revising the clause date and paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows:

Restriction on Acquisition of Forgings.
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Restriction on Acquisition of Forgings (XXX 2005)

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(1) Domestic manufacture means:

(i) Manufactured in the United States or its outlying areas; or

(ii) Manufactured in Canada, if the Canadian firm normally produces similar items or is currently producing the item in support of DoD contracts (as a contractor or a subcontractor).

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PART 253—FORMS

20. Sections 253.208-1 and 253.208-2 are revised to read as follows:

DD Form 448, Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request.

Follow the procedures at PGI 253.208-1 for use of DD Form 448.

DD Form 448-2, Acceptance of MIPR.

Follow the procedures at PGI 253.208-2 for use of DD Form 448-2.

Appendix B to Chapter 2 [Removed and Reserved]

21. Appendix B to Chapter 2 is removed and reserved.

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[FR Doc. 05-23724 Filed 12-8-05; 8:45 am]

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