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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Sole Source 8(a) Awards to Small Business Concerns Owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has adopted as final, with changes, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement DoD appropriations act provisions permitting the award of sole source contracts to small business concerns owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations. The rule applies to manufacturing contracts exceeding $5,000,000 and non-manufacturing contracts exceeding $3,000,000 that are awarded under the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Program.

DATES:

Effective Date: June 16, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Deborah Tronic, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0289; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2004-D031.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

DoD published an interim rule at 70 FR 43072 on July 26, 2005, to implement Section 8021 of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 108-87) and Section 8021 of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Pub. L. 108-287). In addition to providing funding for the DoD Indian Incentive Program, these statutes required that small business concerns owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations be provided the same status as Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations with regard to sole source contract awards under the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Program. The interim rule amended DFARS 219.805-1 to reflect this requirement.

Three sources submitted comments on the interim rule. All three supported the rule and recommended that the rule be made permanent. DoD has adopted the interim rule as a final rule, with additional changes to reflect the provisions of Section 8020 of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Pub. L. 109-148). Section 8020 established a permanent requirement for provision of Native Hawaiian Organizations with the same status as Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations under the 8(a) Program.

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 a final regulatory flexibility analysis consistent with 5 U.S.C. 604. A copy of the analysis may be obtained from the point of contact specified herein. The analysis is summarized as follows:

This rule amends the DFARS to implement DoD appropriations act provisions permitting the award of sole source contracts to small business concerns owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations. The rule applies to manufacturing contracts exceeding $5,000,000 and non-manufacturing contracts exceeding $3,000,000 that are awarded under the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Program. The objective of the rule is to provide small business concerns owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations the same status that is provided to Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations under the 8(a) Program. Awards to these entities are exempt from the competition requirements that otherwise would apply to award of manufacturing contracts exceeding $5,000,000 and non-manufacturing contracts exceeding $3,000,000 under the Program. The rule will benefit small business concerns owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations, by permitting sole source contract awards to these concerns.

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 219

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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PART 219—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

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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 219.805-1 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(2)(A) to read as follows:

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General.

(b)(2)(A) For acquisitions that exceed the competitive threshold, the SBA also may accept the requirement for a sole source 8(a) award on behalf of a small business concern owned by a Native Hawaiian Organization (Section 8020 of Pub. L. 109-148).

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[FR Doc. E6-9506 Filed 6-15-06; 8:45 am]

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