Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD).
DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update text on the acquisition of information technology. This rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.
July 11, 2006.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Bill Sain, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0293; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D068.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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—
○ Remove text that is obsolete or unnecessary;
○ Clarify text addressing charges for special construction or assembly related to telecommunications services;
○ Clarify the text of clauses used in basic agreements for telecommunications services; and
○ Remove text addressing the acquisition of telecommunications services from foreign carriers and examples of instances where additional information may be necessary to determine price reasonableness. Text on these subjects has been relocated to the 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 54698 on September 16, 2005. DoD received no comments on the proposed rule. DoD has adopted the proposed rule as a final rule, with an additional change at DFARS 239.7406(c) to add a reference to PGI text containing examples of instances where additional information may be necessary to determine price reasonableness.
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 clarifies DFARS text, but makes no significant change to DoD policy for the acquisition of information technology.
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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 239 and 252End List of Subjects Start Signature
Michele P. Peterson,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
Therefore,End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 239—ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
2. Section 239.7200 is removed.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
3. Section 239.7201 is added to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Contracting officers shall ensure that all applicable Federal Information Processing Standards are incorporated into solicitations.
4. Section 239.7202 is removed.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
5. Section 239.7400 is amended by revising the second sentence to read as follows:End Amendment Part
* * * Telecommunications services meet the definition of information technology.
6. Section 239.7402 is amended by revising paragraph (a) and adding paragraph (c) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Acquisition. DoD policy is to acquire telecommunications services from common and noncommon telecommunications carriers—
(1) On a competitive basis, except when acquisition using other than full and open competition is justified;
(2) Recognizing the regulations, practices, and decisions of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other governmental regulatory bodies on rates, cost principles, and accounting practices; and
(3) Making provision in telecommunications services contracts for adoption of—
(i) FCC approved practices; or
(ii) The generally accepted practices of the industry on those issues concerning common carrier services where—
(A) The governmental regulatory body has not expressed itself;
(B) The governmental regulatory body has declined jurisdiction; or
(C) There is no governmental regulatory body to decide.
(c) Foreign carriers. For information on contracting with foreign carriers, see PGI 239.7402(c).
7. Sections 239.7403 and 239.7404 are removed and reserved.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
8. Section 239.7406 is amended by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(c) Contracting officers shall obtain sufficient information to determine that the prices are reasonable in accordance with FAR 15.403-3 or 15.403-4. See PGI 239.7406 for examples of instances where additional information may be necessary to determine price reasonableness.
9. Section 239.7408-1 is amended in paragraph (e) by revising the last sentence to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(e) * * * The contracting officer must approve special construction charges before final payment.
10. Section 239.7408-2 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) The construction labor standards in FAR Subpart 22.4 ordinarily do not apply to special construction. However, if the special construction includes construction, alteration, or repair (as defined in FAR 22.401) of a public building or public work, the construction labor standards may apply. Determine applicability under FAR 22.402.
11. Section 239.7409 is amended in paragraph (b) by revising the second sentence to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(b) * * * The contracting officer should negotiate special assembly rates and charges before starting service. * * *
12. Section 239.7411 is amended by revising paragraph (d) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(d) Use the clause at 252.239-7016, Telecommunications Security Equipment, Devices, Techniques, and Services, in solicitations and contracts when performance of a contract requires secure telecommunications.
Subpart 239.75 [Removed]Start Amendment Part
13. Subpart 239.75 is removed.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSESEnd Part Start Amendment Part
14. Section 252.239-7013 is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
As prescribed in 239.7411(c), use the following clause:
OBLIGATION OF THE GOVERNMENT (JUL 2006)
(a) This basic agreement is not a contract. The Government incurs no monetary liability under this agreement.
(b) The Government incurs liability only upon issuance of a communication service authorization, which is the contract and incorporates the terms of this agreement.
(End of clause)
15. Section 252.239-7015 is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
As prescribed in 239.7411(c), use the following clause:
CONTINUATION OF COMMUNICATION SERVICE AUTHORIZATIONS (JUL 2006)
(a) All communication service authorizations issued by___incorporating Basic Agreement Number ___, dated ___, are modified to incorporate this basic agreement.
(b) Communication service authorizations currently in effect which were issued by the activity in paragraph (a) of this clause incorporating other agreements with the Contractor may also be modified to incorporate this agreement.
(c) This basic agreement is not a contract.
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