Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), Start Printed Page 20304and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed to adopt as final without change, the interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify that prime contractors must confirm that a subcontractor representing itself as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business concern is certified, consistent with the requirements of 15 U.S.C. 632 et. seq., as amended.
Effective Date: April 19, 2006.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For clarification of content, contact Ms. Rhonda Cundiff, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-0044. Please cite FAC 2005-09, FAR case 2005-009. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 70 FR 43581, July 27, 2005, with request for comments. No public comments were received on the interim rule. The Councils agreed to convert the interim rule to a final rule without change.
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 this final rule will have a positive effect on small businesses who are certified HUBZone small business concerns and are losing subcontracting opportunities taken by another company falsely claiming to be a certified HUBZone small business concern.
The FAR Secretariat has submitted a copy of the Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. The analysis is summarized as follows:
Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
A Department of Defense Inspector General report D-2003-019 “DoD Contractor Subcontracting With Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) Small Businesses” found that prime contractors were overstating their HUBZone accomplishments because subcontractor’s representations were not being verified. This final rule revises the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require a prime contractor to verify that its HUBZone subcontractors are certified as required by 15 U.S.C. 632 et seq., as amended.
Interested parties may obtain a copy from the FAR Secretariat.
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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 19 and 52End List of Subjects Start Signature
Dated: April 12, 2006.
Director,Contract Policy Division.
Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without ChangeStart Amendment Part
Accordingly, the interim rule amendingEnd Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 06-3682 Filed 4-18-06; 8:45 am]
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