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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Acquisition of Major Weapon Systems as Commercial Items (DFARS Case 2006-D012)

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006. Section 803 places limitations on the acquisition of a major weapon system as a commercial item.

DATES:

Effective date: October 4, 2006.

Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before December 4, 2006, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2006-D012, 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 2006-D012 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: (703) 602-0350.
  • Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Bill Sain, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Crystal Start Printed Page 58538Square 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:

Mr. Bill Sain, (703) 602-0293.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule adds DFARS policy to implement Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Pub. L. 109-163). Section 803 permits the treatment or acquisition of a major weapon system as a commercial item only if (1) the Secretary of Defense determines that the major weapon system meets the definition of commercial item at 41 U.S.C. 403(12) and such treatment is necessary to meet national security objectives; and (2) the congressional defense committees are notified at least 30 days before such treatment or acquisition occurs.

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 does not expect this rule to 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 relates to internal DoD considerations regarding the acquisition of major weapons systems. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. 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 2006-D012.

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.

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. This interim rule implements Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Pub. L. 109-163), which requires that, before DoD may treat or acquire a major weapon system as a commercial item (1) the Secretary of Defense must determine that the major weapon system meets the definition of commercial item at 41 U.S.C. 403(12) and that such treatment is necessary to meet national security objectives; and (2) the congressional defense committees must be notified at least 30 days in advance. Comments received in response to this interim rule will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 212 and 234

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore,

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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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PART 212—ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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2. Section 212.270 is added to read as follows:

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Major weapon systems as commercial items.

The DoD policy for acquiring major weapon systems as commercial items is in Subpart 234.70.

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PART 234—MAJOR SYSTEM ACQUISITION

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3. Subpart 234.70 is added to read as follows:

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Subpart 234.70—Acquisition of Major Weapon Systems as Commercial Items

234.7000
Scope of subpart.
234.7001
Definition.
234.7002
Policy.

Subpart 234.70—Acquisition of Major Weapon Systems as Commercial Items

Scope of subpart.

This subpart—

(a) Implements 10 U.S.C. 2379; and

(b) Requires a determination by the Secretary of Defense and a notification to Congress before acquiring a major weapon system as a commercial item.

Definition.

Major weapon system, as used in this subpart, means a weapon system acquired pursuant to a major defense acquisition program, as defined in 10 U.S.C. 2430 to be a program that—

(1) Is not a highly sensitive classified program, as determined by the Secretary of Defense; and

(2)(i) Is designated by the Secretary of Defense as a major defense acquisition program; or

(ii) Is estimated by the Secretary of Defense to require an eventual total expenditure for research, development, test, and evaluation of more than $300,000,000 (based on fiscal year 1990 constant dollars) or an eventual total expenditures for procurement of more than $1,800,000,000 (based on fiscal year 1990 constant dollars).

Policy.

(a) A DoD major weapon system may be treated as a commercial item, or acquired under procedures established for the acquisition of commercial items, only if—

(1) The Secretary of Defense determines that—

(i) The major weapon system is a commercial item as defined in FAR 2.101; and

(ii) Such treatment is necessary to meet national security objectives; and

(2) The congressional defense committees are notified at least 30 days before such treatment or acquisition occurs. Follow the procedures at PGI 234.7002.

(b) A subsystem or component of a major weapon system that meets the definition of a commercial item—

(1) Shall be acquired under the procedures established for the acquisition of commercial items (see FAR Part 12); and

(2) Is not subject to the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section.

(c) The authority of the Secretary of Defense to make a determination under paragraph (a)(1) of this section may not be delegated below the level of Deputy Secretary of Defense.

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[FR Doc. E6-16398 Filed 10-3-06; 8:45 am]

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