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AGENCY:

Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update text regarding the application of labor laws to Government contracts. This rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.

DATES:

Effective Date: April 12, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Euclides Barrera, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0326; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D019.

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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 final rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation initiative. The DFARS changes—

  • Update text addressing labor requirements and labor relations matters that affect DoD contracts; and
  • Delete text addressing procedures for referral of labor relations matters to the appropriate authorities; for reporting labor disputes and the impact of those disputes on DoD requirements; for Start Printed Page 18670conducting investigations of suspected violations of labor standards; and for preparation of notices and waiver requests relating to certain labor requirements. Text on these subjects has been relocated to the new DFARS companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI), available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/​dpap/​dars/​pgi.

DoD published a proposed rule at 70 FR 39978 on July 12, 2005. DoD received no comments on the proposed rule. DoD has adopted the proposed rule as a final rule, with an additional relocation of internal DoD reporting requirements, from DFARS 222.101-3 to 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 certifies that this final rule will not 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 updates and streamlines DFARS text, but makes no significant change to DoD contracting policy or the application of labor laws to DoD contracts.

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 222

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore,

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PART 222—APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS

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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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2. Section 222.101-1 is revised to read as follows:

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General.

Follow the procedures at PGI 222.101-1 for referral of labor relations matters to the appropriate authorities.

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3. Section 222.101-3 is revised to read as follows:

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General.

Follow the procedures at PGI 222.101-3 for reporting labor disputes.

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4. Section 222.101-3-70 is revised to read as follows:

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Impact of labor disputes on defense programs.

(a) Each department and agency shall determine the degree of impact of potential or actual labor disputes on its own programs and requirements. For guidance on determining the degree of impact, see PGI 222.101-3-70(a).

(b) Each contracting activity shall obtain and develop data reflecting the impact of a labor dispute on its requirements and programs. Upon determining that the impact of the labor dispute is significant, the head of the contracting activity shall submit a report of findings and recommendations to the labor advisor in accordance with departmental procedures. This reporting requirement is assigned Report Control Symbol DD-AT&L(AR)1153 and must include the information specified at PGI 222.101-3-70(b).

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5. Section 222.101-4 is amended by revising paragraph (a)(ii) to read as follows:

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Removal of items from contractors' facilities affected by work stoppages.

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(ii) Upon the recommendation of the labor advisor, provide a written request for removal of the material to the cognizant contract administration office. Include in the request the information specified at PGI 222.101-4(a)(ii).

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6. Section 222.102-1 is revised to read as follows:

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Policy.

(1) Direct all inquiries from contractors or contractor employees regarding the applicability or interpretation of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) regulations to the Department of Labor.

(2) Upon request, provide the address of the appropriate field office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Department of Labor.

(3) Do not initiate any application for the suspension or relaxation of labor requirements without prior coordination with the labor advisor. Any requests for variances or alternative means of compliance with OSHA requirements must be approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Department of Labor.

through 222.404-11 [Removed]
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7. Sections 222.404-2 through 222.404-11 are removed.

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8. Section 222.406-8 is amended by revising paragraph (a), the heading of paragraph (c), and paragraph (d) to read as follows:

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Investigations.

(a) Before beginning an investigation, the investigator shall inform the contractor of the general scope of the investigation, and that the investigation will include examining pertinent records and interviewing employees. In conducting the investigation, follow the procedures at PGI 222.406-8(a).

(c) Contractor notification.

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(d) Contracting officer's report. Forward a detailed enforcement report or summary report to the agency head in accordance with agency procedures. Include in the report, as a minimum, the information specified at PGI 222.406-8(d).

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9. Section 222.407 is removed.

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10. Sections 222.804 through 222.805 are removed.

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11. Section 222.807 is revised to read as follows:

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Exemptions.

(c) Follow the procedures at PGI 222.807(c) when submitting a request for an exemption.

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12. Section 222.1003-7 is removed.

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13. Section 222.1008-2 is revised to read as follows:

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Preparation of SF 98a.

Follow the procedures at PGI 222.1008-2 regarding use of the Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations when preparing the SF 98a.

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14. Section 222.1014 is revised to read as follows:

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Delay of acquisition dates over 60 days.

Follow the procedures at PGI 222.1014 for submission of update requests to the Wage and Hour Division.

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15. Subpart 222.13 is revised to read as follows:

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Subpart 222.13—Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans

222.1305
Waivers.
222.1308
Complaint procedures.
222.1310
Solicitation provision and contract clauses.
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Subpart 222.13—Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans

Waivers.

(c) Follow the procedures at PGI 222.1305(c) for submission of waiver requests.

Complaint procedures.

The contracting officer shall—

(1) Forward each complaint received as indicated in FAR 22.1308; and

(2) Notify the complainant of the referral. The contractor in question shall not be advised in any manner or for any reason of the complainant's name, the nature of the complaint, or the fact that the complaint was received.

Solicitation provision and contract clauses.

(a)(1) Use of the clause at FAR 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans, with its paragraph (c), Listing Openings, also satisfies the requirement of 10 U.S.C. 2410k.

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16. Section 222.1406 is revised to read as follows:

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Complaint procedures.

The contracting officer shall notify the complainant of such referral. The contractor in question shall not be advised in any manner or for any reason of the complainant's name, the nature of the complaint, or the fact that the complaint was received.

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17. Sections 222.7100 and 222.7200 are removed.

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[FR Doc. 06-3456 Filed 4-11-06; 8:45 am]

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