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Proposed Rule

Defense Acquisition Regulations System; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Buy American Act Exemption for Commercial Information Technology (DFARS Case 2005-D011)

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AGENCY:

Defense Acquisition Regulations System, 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 implement provisions of annual appropriations acts that authorize an exemption from the Buy American Act for the acquisition of commercial information technology.

DATES:

Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before June 12, 2006 to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2005-D011, using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2005-D011 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: (703) 602-0350.
  • Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Amy Williams, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402.

Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Amy Williams, (703) 602-0328.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Section 535 of Division F of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. 108-199); Section 517 of Division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 108-447); and Section 717 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2006 (Pub. L. 109-115) provide an exemption from the Buy American Act for the acquisition of information technology that is a commercial item. This proposed rule amends the acquisition procedures in DFARS part 225 to reflect the exemption. The proposed rule applies the same exemption to the Balance of Payments Program policy in DFARS subpart 225.75, since the Balance of Payments Program is an extension of the Buy American Act restrictions to acquisitions of supplies for overseas use. The proposed rule will eliminate the need for issuance of annual deviations to address the exemption.

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 has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis consistent with 5 U.S.C. 603. The analysis is summarized as follows:

The objective of the proposed rule is to promote Government access to commercial information technology, by eliminating the application of domestic source requirements to the acquisition of such information technology. The proposed rule will apply to entities interested in providing commercial information technology products to Start Printed Page 18695DoD. Such entities will no longer need to track the origin of components to determine if an information technology product complies with Buy American Act requirements. As a result, manufacturers of domestic components of information technology products may face increased competition from manufacturers of foreign components. There are no significant alternatives to the proposed rule that would accomplish the objectives of the applicable statutes.

A copy of the analysis may be obtained from the point of contact specified herein. 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 2005-D011.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The proposed rule will reduce the information collection requirements that have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget, under Clearance Number 0704-0229, for use through May 31, 2007. Under this clearance, 36,175 annual burden hours have been approved for the provision at DFARS 252.225-7000, Buy American Act-Balance of Payments Program Certificate; and 1,000 annual burden hours have been approved for the provision at DFARS 252.225-7035, Buy American Act-Free Trade Agreements-Balance of Payments Program Certificate. DoD estimates that the proposed rule will result in a 5 percent reduction in the burden hours for the provision at DFARS 252.225-7000 (1,800 hours) and a 50 percent reduction in the burden hours for the provision at DFARS 252.225-7035 (500 hours).

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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, 48 CFR part 225 is proposed to be amended as follows:

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PART 225—FOREIGN ACQUISITION

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 225 continues to read as follows:

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

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2. Section 225.1101 is amended by revising paragraph (2)(iii), paragraph (10)(i) introductory text, and paragraph (10)(ii) to read as follows:

Acquisition of supplies.
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(iii) An exception to the Buy American Act or Balance of Payments Program applies (see FAR 25.103, 225.103, and 225.7501); or

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(10)(i) Except as provided in paragraph (10)(ii) of this section, use the clause at 252.225-7036, Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Balance of Payments Program, instead of the clause at FAR 52.225-3, Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act, in solicitations and contracts for the items listed at 225.401-70, when the estimated value equals or exceeds $25,000, but is less than $193,000, and a Free Trade Agreement applies to the acquisition.

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(ii) Do not use the clause if—

(A) Purchase from foreign sources is restricted (see 225.401(a)(2)), unless the contracting officer anticipates a waiver of the restriction; or

(B) Acquiring information technology that is a commercial item, using fiscal year 2004 or subsequent funds (Section 535 of Division F of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. 108-199), and the same provision in subsequent appropriations acts).

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3. Section 225.7501 is amended by revising paragraphs (a)(2)(iv) and (v) and adding paragraph (a)(2)(vi) to read as follows:

Policy.
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(iv) An industrial gas;

(v) A brand drug specified by the Defense Medical Materiel Board; or

(vi) Information technology that is a commercial item, using fiscal year 2004 or subsequent funds (Section 535 of Division F of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. 108-199), and the same provision in subsequent appropriations acts);

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[FR Doc. E6-5281 Filed 4-11-06; 8:45 am]

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