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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, DoD.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Defense (DoD) is revising the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) to adopt and implement Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance on nonprocurement suspension and debarment and to make needed technical corrections. DoD is adopting and implementing the OMB guidance in a new part in title 2 of the CFR, the Governmentwide title recently established for OMB guidance and agencies' implementing regulations on grants and agreements. The Department also is removing the common rule on nonprocurement suspension and debarment that is in 32 CFR, Chapter I, Subchapter C, since the common rule is superseded by the new part implementing the OMB guidance. Adopting and implementing the OMB guidance and removing the common rule completes the DoD actions that the OMB guidance specifies. This regulatory action also is the first step toward relocating all of the DoDGARs to 2 CFR.

DATES:

This final rule is effective on August 27, 2007 without further action. Submit comments by July 26, 2007 on any unintended changes this action makes in DoD policies and procedures for nonprocurement debarment and suspension. All comments on unintended changes will be considered and, if warranted, DoD will revise the rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and or RIN number and title, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 1160 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1160.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mark Herbst, (703) 588-1377 or mark.herbst@osd.mil.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Governmentwide Context for This DoD Regulatory Action

This DoD regulatory action is part of a Governmentwide initiative to streamline and simplify the Federal Government's policy framework for grants and agreements. As part of this initiative, OMB established a new title 2 of the CFR for grants and agreements [69 FR 26276, May 11, 2004], a step recommended by an interagency work group helping to implement the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-107). The primary purpose of the title is to co-locate OMB circulars and other guidance on grants and agreements with Federal agencies' regulations implementing those OMB issuances.

The Federal Register notice establishing 2 CFR also stated that OMB would issue in that new title Governmentwide guidance on nonprocurement debarment and suspension in a form that agencies could adopt by regulation. That approach enables a Federal agency to implement the guidance without having to repeat the full text, as it must do with a common rule. Instead, the agency's brief adopting regulation just needs to state any agency-specific additions and clarifications to the guidance. The approach is similar to the one that OMB and the agencies have used to implement the Governmentwide cost principles in OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, and A-122, and the audit guidance in OMB Circular A-133.

This new approach has two major advantages. First, it will reduce the volume of Federal regulations. We estimate that today's regulatory action reduces the volume of the DoDGARs by about eight percent. Second, the brief adopting part makes it easy for the affected public to identify an agency's additions and clarifications to the Governmentwide policies and procedures, something that was difficult with the common rule.

DoD Implementation of the OMB Guidance on Nonprocurement Suspension and Debarment

DoD is taking three steps in this regulatory action to implement the OMB guidance. First, DoD is establishing Chapter XI, “Department of Defense,” in Subtitle B of 2 CFR, where all of the DoDGARs ultimately will be located. Second, it is adding a new part 1125 to Chapter XI, as the brief part to adopt the OMB guidance and state DoD-specific additions and clarifications. Third, it is removing 32 CFR part 25, the part containing the common rule on nonprocurement debarment and suspension that the OMB guidance supersedes.

Technical Corrections to the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations

The technical corrections that DoD is making to the DoDGARs through this regulatory action accomplish two purposes. First, they replace the references to 32 CFR part 25 that appeared in other DoDGARs parts with references to the OMB guidance, as implemented by the new 2 CFR part 1125 (see amendment numbers 2.d, 3.b, 3.d-f, 3.i, 5.b-f, 6.b, 7.b-d, and 8.b-d following this preamble). Second, they correct typesetting errors made to some DoDGARs parts in an August 2005 Federal Register notice [70 FR 49460] (see amendment numbers 2.c, 3.c, 3.e-h, and 8.c following this preamble).

Administrative Procedure Act

Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) agencies generally Start Printed Page 34984offer interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations before they become effective. However, in this case, the substance of the regulation already has been subject to comment on two occasions. The first occasion was through DoD's adoption of the update to the Governmentwide nonprocurement debarment and suspension common rule that recast the regulation in plain English and made other needed changes. DoD proposed that regulation for comment on January 23, 2002 [67 FR 3265], before adopting the final rule on November 26, 2003 [68 FR 65534]. As permitted by OMB, DoD made a few agency-specific additions and clarifications to the Governmentwide wording when it adopted the common rule.

The second opportunity to comment was through OMB's conversion of the substance of the Governmentwide common rule to guidance suitable for agency adoption. OMB issued the guidance in interim final form on August 31, 2005 [70 FR 51863], with an opportunity for comment. It then issued the final guidance on November 15, 2006 [71 FR 66431].

Adopting 2 CFR part 1125 as a direct final rule constitutes an administrative simplification that makes no substantive changes to DoD policy or procedures for nonprocurement debarment and suspension. The new part includes the same agency-specific additions and clarifications to the OMB guidance that DoD made when it adopted the Governmentwide common rule in 2003. The substance of this final rule therefore is unchanged from what was adopted previously with opportunity for comment.

Accordingly, the Department finds that the solicitation of public comments on this direct final rule is unnecessary and that “'good cause”' exists under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 553(d) to make this rule effective on August 27, 2007 without further action.

Invitation To Comment

Although it is not necessary, DoD is providing an opportunity for comment. In doing so, we are not seeking to revisit substantive issues that were resolved during the adoption of the final common rule in 2003. Rather, we specifically invite comments only on any unintended substantive changes that the new 2 CFR part 1125 makes relative to DoD policy and procedures in 32 CFR part 25, the part that it is supersedes. If any comments identifying unintended substantive changes are received by July 26, 2007, the Department will make any amendments to the final rule that are warranted.

Executive Order 12866

This rule is not significant because the replacement of the common rule with OMB guidance and a brief DoD adopting regulation does not make any changes in current policies and procedures.

Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (5 U.S.C. 605(b))

This regulatory action will not have a significant adverse impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995 (Sec. 202, Pub. L. 104-4)

This regulatory action does not contain a Federal mandate that will result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any one year.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C., Chapter 35)

This regulatory action will not impose any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Federalism (Executive Order 13132)

This proposed regulatory action does not have Federalism implications, as set forth in Executive Order 13132. It will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

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List of Subjects

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Accordingly, under the authority of

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Title 2—Grants and Agreements

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1. Chapter XI, consisting of part 1125, to Subtitle B is added to read as follows:

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Chapter XI—Department of Defense

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PART 1125—NONPROCUREMENT DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION

1125.10
What does this part do?
1125.20
Does this part implement the OMB guidance in 2 CFR part 180 for all DoD nonprocurement transactions?
1125.30
Does this part apply to me?
1125.40
What policies and procedures must I follow?
Subpart A—General
1125.137
Who in the Department of Defense may grant an exception to let an excluded person participate in a covered transaction?
Subpart B—Covered Transactions
1125.220
What contracts and subcontracts, in addition to those listed in 2 CFR 180.220, are covered transactions?
Subpart C—Responsibilities of Participants Regarding Transactions
1125.332
What method must I use to pass requirements down to participants at lower tiers with whom I intend to do business?
Subpart D—Responsibilities of DoD Officials Regarding Transactions
1125.425
When do I check to see if a person is excluded or disqualified?
1125.437
What method do I use to communicate to a participant the requirements described in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.435?
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1125.930
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DoD Component.
1125.1010
Suspending official (DoD supplement to Governmentwide definition at 2 CFR 180.1010).
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Authority: Sec. 2455, Pub. L. 103-355, 108 Stat. 3327; E.O. 12549, 3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189; E.O. 12689, 3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235; 5 U.S.C. 301 and 10 U.S.C. 113.

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What does this part do?

This part adopts the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR part 180, as supplemented by this part, as the Department of Defense (DoD) policies and procedures for nonprocurement debarment and suspension. It thereby gives regulatory effect for the Department of Defense to the OMB guidance as supplemented by this part. This part satisfies the requirements in section 3 of Executive Order 12549, “Debarment and Suspension” (3 CFR 1986 Comp., p. 189), Executive Order 12689, “Debarment and Suspension” (3 CFR 1989 Comp., p. 235) and 31 U.S.C. 6101 note (Section 2455, Public Law 103-355, 108 Stat. 3327).

Does this part implement the OMB guidance in 2 CFR part 180 for all DoD nonprocurement transactions?

This part implements the OMB guidelines in 2 CFR part 180 for most DoD nonprocurement transactions. However, it does not implement the guidelines as they apply to prototype projects under the authority of Section 845 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (Pub. L. 103-160), as amended. The Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy maintains a DoD issuance separate from this part that addresses section 845 transactions.

Does this part apply to me?

This part and, through this part, pertinent portions of the OMB guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR part 180 (see table at 2 CFR 180.100(b)) apply to you if you are a—

(a) Participant or principal in a “covered transaction” (see Subpart B of 2 CFR part 180 and the definition of “nonprocurement transaction” at 2 CFR 180.970, as supplemented by Subpart B of this part), other than a section 845 transaction described in § 1125.20;

(b) Respondent in a DoD Component's nonprocurement suspension or debarment action;

(c) DoD Component's debarment or suspension official; or

(d) DoD Component's grants officer, agreements officer, or other official authorized to enter into a nonprocurement transaction that is a covered transaction.

What policies and procedures must I follow?

(a) General. You must follow the policies and procedures specified in applicable sections of the OMB guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR part 180, as implemented by this part.

(b) Specific sections of OMB guidance that this part supplements. In implementing the OMB guidance in 2 CFR part 180, this part supplements eight sections of the guidance, as shown in the following table. For each of those sections, you must follow the policies and procedures in the OMB guidance, as supplemented by this part.

Section of OMB guidanceSection in this part where supplementedWhat the supplementation clarifies
(1) 2 CFR 180.135§ 1125.137Who in DoD may grant an exception for an excluded person to participate in a covered transaction.
(2) 2 CFR 180.220§ 1125.220Which lower-tier contracts under a nonprocurement transaction are covered transactions.
(3) 2 CFR 180.330§ 1125.332What method a participant must use to communicate requirements to a lower-tier participant.
(4) 2 CFR 180.425§ 1125.425When a DoD awarding official must check to see if a person is excluded or disqualified.
(5) 2 CFR 180.435§ 1125.437What method a DoD official must use to communicate requirements to a participant.
(6) 2 CFR 180.930§ 1125.930Which DoD officials are debarring officials.
(7) 2 CFR 180.1010§ 1125.1010Which DoD officials are suspending officials.

(c) Sections of the OMB guidance that this part does not supplement. For any section of OMB guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR 180 that is not listed in paragraph (b) of this section, DoD policies and procedures are the same as those in the OMB guidance.

Subpart A—General

Who in the Department of Defense may grant an exception to let an excluded person participate in a covered transaction?

Within the Department of Defense, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of a Military Department, Head of a Defense Agency, Head of the Office of Economic Adjustment, and Head of the Special Operations Command have the authority to grant an exception to let an excluded person participate in a covered transaction, as provided in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.135.

Subpart B—Covered Transactions

What contracts and subcontracts, in addition to those listed in 2 CFR 180.220, are covered transactions?

Although the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.220(c) allows a Federal agency to do so (also see optional lower tier coverage in the figure in the Appendix to 2 CFR part 180), the Department of Defense does not extend coverage of nonprocurement suspension and debarment requirements beyond first-tier procurement contracts under a covered nonprocurement transaction.

Subpart C—Responsibilities of Participants Regarding Transactions

What method must I use to pass requirements down to participants at lower tiers with whom I intend to do business?

You as a participant in a covered transaction must include a term or condition in any lower-tier covered transaction into which you enter, to require the participant of that transaction to—

(a) Comply with Subpart C of the OMB guidance in 2 CFR part 180; and

(b) Include a similar term or condition in any covered transaction into which it enters at the next lower tier.

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Subpart D—Responsibilities of DoD Officials Regarding Transactions

When do I check to see if a person is excluded or disqualified?

In addition to the four instances identified in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.425, you as a DoD Component official must check to see if a person is excluded or disqualified before you obligate additional funding (e.g., through an incremental funding action) for a pre-existing grant or cooperative agreement with an institution of higher education, as provided in 32 CFR 22.520(e)(5).

What method do I use to communicate to a participant the requirements described in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.435?

You as a DoD Component official must include a term or condition in each covered transaction into which you enter, to communicate to the participant the requirements to—

(a) Comply with subpart C of 2 CFR part 180, as supplemented by Subpart C of this part; and

(b) Include a similar term or condition in any lower-tier covered transactions into which the participant enters.

Subpart E-H—[Reserved]

Subpart I—Definitions

Debarring official (DoD supplement to Governmentwide definition at 2 CFR 180.930).

DoD Components' debarring officials for nonprocurement transactions are the same officials identified in 48 CFR part 209, subpart 209.4, as debarring officials for procurement contracts.

DoD Component

In this part, DoD Component means the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a Military Department, a Defense Agency, a DoD Field Activity, or any other organizational entity of the Department of Defense that is authorized to award or administer grants, cooperative agreements, or other nonprocurement transactions.

Suspending official (DoD supplement to Governmentwide definition at 2 CFR 180.1010).

DoD Components' suspending officials for nonprocurement transactions are the same officials identified in 48 CFR part 209, subpart 209.4, as suspending officials for procurement contracts.

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Title 32—National Defense

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PART 21—DOD GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS—GENERAL MATTERS

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1. The authority citation for part 21 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 10 U.S.C. 113.

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2. Section 21.330 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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How are the DoDGARs published and maintained?

(a) The DoD publishes the DoDGARs in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and in a separate internal DoD document (DoD 3210.6-R).

(1) The location of the DoDGARs in the CFR currently is in transition. They are moving from Chapter I, Subchapter C, Title 32, to a new location in Chapter XI, Title 2 of the CFR. During the transition, there will be some parts of the DoDGARs in each of the two titles.

(2) The DoD document is divided into parts, subparts, and sections, to parallel the CFR publication. Cross references within the DoD document are stated as CFR citations (e.g., a reference to section 21.215 in part 21 would be to 32 CFR 21.215), which also is how they are stated in the CFR publication of the DoDGARs.

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3. Section 21.565 is revised to read as follows:

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Must DoD Components' electronic systems accept Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers?

The DoD Components must comply with paragraph 5.e of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policy directive entitled, “Requirement for a DUNS number in Applications for Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements.” [6] Paragraph 5.e requires electronic systems that handle information about grants and cooperative agreements (which, for the DoD, include Technology Investment Agreements) to accept DUNS numbers. Each DoD Component that awards or administers grants or cooperative agreements must ensure that DUNS numbers are accepted by each such system for which the DoD Component controls the system specifications. If the specifications of such a system are subject to another organization's control and the system can not accept DUNS numbers, the DoD Component must alert that organization to the OMB policy directive's requirement for use of DUNS numbers with a copy to: Director for Basic Sciences, ODDR&E, 3040 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3040.

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4. Appendix A to part 21 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 21—Instruments to Which DoDGARs Portions Apply

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PART 22—DOD GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS—AWARD AND ADMINISTRATION

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5. The authority citation for part 22 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 10 U.S.C. 113.

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6. Section 22.100 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(1) to read as follows:

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Purpose, relation to other parts, and organization.
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(1) The DoD implementation, in 2 CFR part 1125, of OMB guidance on nonprocurement debarment and suspension.

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7. Section 22.315 is amended by:

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a. Revising paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows; and

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b. Revising footnotes 2, 3, and 4 to read as follows:

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Merit-based, competitive procedures.
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(2) In accordance with that OMB policy directive, DoD Components also must post on the Internet any notice under which domestic entities may submit proposals, if the distribution of the notice is unlimited. DoD Components are encouraged to simultaneously publish the notice in other media (e.g., the Federal Register), if doing so would increase the likelihood of its being seen by potential proposers. If a DoD Component issues a specific notice with limited distribution (e.g., for national security considerations), the notice need not be posted on the Internet.

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2 This OMB policy directive is available at the Internet site http://www.whitehouse.gov/​omb/​grants/​grants_​docs.html (the link is “Final Policy Directive on Financial Assistance Program Announcements”).

3 This OMB policy directive is available at the Internet site http://www.whitehouse.gov/​omb/​grants/​grants_​docs.html (the link is “Office of Federal Financial Management Policy Directive on Use of Grants.Gov FIND”).

4 This OMB policy directive is available at the Internet site http://www.whitehouse.gov/​omb/​grants/​grants_​docs.html (the link is “Use of a Universal Identifier by Grant Applicants”).

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8. Section 22.405, paragraph (a) is amended by revising “Governmentwide policy, stated at

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9. Section 22.420 is amended by revising paragraph (c)(1) to read as follows:

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Pre-award procedures.
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(1) Is not identified in the Governmentwide Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) as being debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible to receive the award. In addition to being a requirement for every new award, note that checking the EPLS also is a requirement for subsequent obligations of additional funds, such as incremental funding actions, in the case of pre-existing awards to institutions of higher education, as described at 32 CFR 22.520(e)(5). The grants officer's responsibilities include (see the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.425 and 180.430, as implemented by the Department of Defense at 2 CFR 1125.425) checking the EPLS for:

(i) Potential recipients of prime awards; and

(ii) A recipient's principals (as defined in OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.995, implemented by the Department of Defense in 2 CFR part 1125), potential recipients of subawards, and principals of those potential subaward recipients, if DoD Component approval of those principals or lower-tier recipients is required under the terms of the award (e.g., if a subsequent change in a recipient's principal investigator or other key person would be subject to the DoD Component's prior approval under 32 CFR 32.25(c)(2), 33.30(d)(3), or 34.15(c)(2)(i)).

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10. Section 22.520 is amended by revising:

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a. Paragraphs (c)(3) and (4);

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b. Paragraph (d)(1);

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c. Paragraphs (e)(1), (3), (4), (5) introductory text, (5)(i), and (5)(ii); and

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d. Paragraph (f)(2)

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Campus access for military recruiting and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).
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(3) The Secretary of a Military Department or Secretary of Homeland Security from gaining access to campuses, or access to students (who are 17 years of age or older) on campuses, for purposes of military recruiting in a manner that is at least equal in quality and scope to the access to campuses and to students that is provided to any other employer; or

(4) Access by military recruiters for purposes of military recruiting to the following information pertaining to students (who are 17 years of age or older) enrolled at that institution (or any subelement of that institution):

(i) Names, addresses, and telephone listings.

(ii) Date and place of birth, levels of education, academic majors, degrees received, and the most recent educational institution enrolled in by the student.

(d) Policy—(1) Applicability to cooperative agreements. As a matter of DoD policy, the restrictions of 10 U.S.C. 983, as implemented by 32 CFR part 216, apply to cooperative agreements, as well as grants.

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(e) Grants officers' responsibilities. (1) A grants officer shall not award any grant or cooperative agreement to an institution of higher education that has been identified pursuant to the procedures of 32 CFR part 216. Such institutions are identified as being ineligible on the Governmentwide Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). The cause and treatment code on the EPLS indicates the reason for an institution's ineligibility, as well as the effect of the exclusion. Note that OMB guidance in 2 CFR 180.425 and 180.430, as implemented by the Department of Defense at 2 CFR part 1125, require a grants officer to check the EPLS prior to determining that a recipient is qualified to receive an award.

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(3) A grants officer shall include the following award term in each grant or cooperative agreement with an institution of higher education (note that this requirement does not flow down and that recipients are not required to include the award term in subawards):

“As a condition for receipt of funds available to the Department of Defense (DoD) under this award, the recipient agrees that it is not an institution of higher education (as defined in 32 CFR part 216) that has a policy or practice that either prohibits, or in effect prevents:

(A) The Secretary of a Military Department from maintaining, establishing, or operating a unit of the Senior Reserve Officers Training Corps (in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 654 and other applicable Federal laws) at that institution (or any subelement of that institution);

(B) Any student at that institution (or any subelement of that institution) from enrolling in a unit of the Senior ROTC at another institution of higher education;

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(D) Access by military recruiters for purposes of military recruiting to the names of students (who are 17 years of age or older and enrolled at that institution or any subelement of that institution); their addresses, telephone listings, dates and places of birth, levels of education, academic majors, and degrees received; and the most recent educational institutions in which they were enrolled.

If the recipient is determined, using the procedures in 32 CFR part 216, to be such an institution of higher education during the period of performance of this agreement, the Government will cease all payments of DoD funds under this agreement and all other DoD grants and cooperative agreements to the recipient, and it may suspend or terminate such grants and agreements unilaterally for material failure to comply with the terms and conditions of award.”

(4) If an institution of higher education refuses to accept the award term in paragraph (e)(3) of this section, the grants officer shall:

(i) Determine that the institution is not qualified with respect to the award. The grants officer may award to an alternative recipient.

(ii) Transmit the name of the institution, through appropriate channels, to the Director for Accession Policy, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy (ODUSD(MPP)), 4000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-4000. This will allow ODUSD(MPP) to decide whether to initiate an evaluation of the institution under 32 CFR part 216, to determine whether it is an institution that has a policy or practice described in paragraph (c) of this section.

(5) With respect to any pre-existing award to an institution of higher education that currently is listed on the EPLS pursuant to a determination under 32 CFR part 216, a grants officer:

(i) Shall not obligate additional funds available to the DoD for the award. A grants officer therefore must check the EPLS before approving an incremental funding action or other additional funding for any pre-existing award to an institution of higher education. The grants officer may not obligate the additional funds if the cause and treatment code indicates that the reason for an institution's EPLS listing is a determination under 32 CFR part 216 that institutional policies or practices restrict campus access of military recruiters or ROTC.

(ii) Shall not approve any request for payment submitted by such an institution (including payments for costs already incurred).

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(2) Awarding offices in DoD Components that may be identified from data in the Defense Assistance Awards Data System (see 32 CFR 21.520 through 21.555) as having awards with such institutions for which post-award payment administration was not delegated to ONR. The ONR is to alert those offices to their responsibilities under paragraph (e)(5) of this section.

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11. Section 22.710 is amended by revising the introductory text to read as follows:

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Assignment of grants administration offices.

In accordance with the policy stated in § 22.705(b), the DoD offices (referred to in this part as “grants administration offices”) that are assigned responsibility for performing field administration services for grants and cooperative agreements are (see the “Federal Directory of Contract Administration Services (CAS) Components” [10] for specific addresses of administration offices):

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12. Section 22.715 is amended by revising paragraph (a)(4) to read as follows:

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Grants administration office functions.
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(4) Issuing timely management decisions, in accordance with DoD Directive 7640.2, “Policy for Follow-up on Contract Audit Reports,” [13] on single audit findings referred by the OIG, DoD, under DoD Directive 7600.10, “Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.” [14]

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13. Appendix B to part 22 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix B to Part 22—Suggested Award Provisions for National Policy Requirements that Often Apply

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PART 25—[REMOVED]

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14. Under the authority of

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PART 32—ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, HOSPITALS, AND OTHER NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

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15. The authority citation for part 32 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 10 U.S.C. 113.

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16. Section 32.2 is amended by revising the introductory text and the definition of “suspension” to read as follows:

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Definitions.

The following are definitions of terms used in this part. Grants officers are cautioned that terms may be defined differently in this part than they are in other parts of the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations, because this part implements OMB Circular A-110 and uses definitions as stated in that Circular. In such cases, the definition given in this section applies to the term as it is used in this part, and the definition given in other parts applies to the term as it is used in those parts. For example, “suspension” is defined in this section to mean temporary withdrawal of Federal sponsorship under an award, but is defined in the part of the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations on nonprocurement suspension and debarment (2 CFR part 1125, which implements OMB guidance at 2 CFR part 180) to be an action taken to exclude a person from participating in a grant, cooperative agreement, or other covered transaction (see definition at 2 CFR 180.1015).

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Suspension. An action by a DoD Component that temporarily withdraws Federal sponsorship under an award, pending corrective action by the recipient or pending a decision to terminate the award by the DoD Component. Suspension of an award is a separate action from suspension of a participant under 2 CFR part 1125.

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17. Section 32.13 is revised to read as follows:

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Debarment and suspension.

DoD Components and recipients shall comply with the policy and procedural requirements in the OMB guidance on nonprocurement debarment and suspension (2 CFR part 180), as implemented by the Department of Defense in 2 CFR part 1125. Those policies and procedures restrict subawards and contracts with certain parties that are debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal assistance programs or activities.

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18. Paragraph (d) of § 32.44 is amended in the third sentence by revising “contracts with certain parties are restricted by the DoD implementation, in

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19. Paragraph (d) of section 32.62 is amended by revising “debarment and suspension under

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20. Paragraph 8 of Appendix A to part 32 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 32—Contract Provisions

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8. Debarment and Suspension (E.O.s 12549 and 12689)—A contract award with an amount expected to equal or exceed $25,000 and certain other contract awards (see 2 CFR 1125.220, which implements OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.220) shall not be made to parties listed on the Governmentwide Excluded Parties List System, in accordance with the DoD adoption at 2 CFR part 1125 of the OMB guidance implementing E.O.s 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” The Excluded Parties List System accessible on the Internet at www.epls.gov contains the names of parties debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded by agencies, as well as parties declared ineligible under statutory or regulatory authority other than E.O. 12549.

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PART 33—UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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21. The authority citation for part 33 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 10 U.S.C. 113.

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22. Section 33.35 is amended by revising “comply with the requirements of Subpart C,

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PART 34—ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

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23. The authority citation for part 34 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 10 U.S.C. 113.

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24. Section 34.2 is amended by revising the definition of “suspension” to read as follows:

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Suspension. An action by a DoD Component that temporarily withdraws Federal sponsorship under an award, pending corrective action by the recipient or pending a decision to terminate the award by the DoD Component. Suspension of an award is a separate action from suspension of a participant under 2 CFR part 1125.

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25. Paragraph (d) of section 34.52 is amended by revising “debarment and suspension under

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26. Paragraph 7 of Appendix A to part 34 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 34—Contract Provisions

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7. Debarment and Suspension (E.O.s 12549 and 12689)—A contract award with an amount expected to equal or exceed $25,000 and certain other contract awards (see 2 CFR 1125.220, which implements OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.220) shall not be made to parties listed on the Governmentwide Excluded Parties List System, in accordance with the DoD adoption at 2 CFR part 1125 of the OMB guidance implementing E.O.s 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” The Excluded Parties List System accessible on the Internet at www.epls.gov contains the names of parties debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded by agencies, as well as parties declared ineligible under statutory or regulatory authority other than E.O. 12549.

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PART 37—TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT AGREEMENTS

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27. The authority citation for part 37 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 10 U.S.C. 113.

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28. Section 37.130 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(1) to read as follows:

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(1) Part 1125 (2 CFR part 1125) on nonprocurement debarment and suspension, which applies because it covers nonprocurement instruments in general;

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29. Appendix D to part 37 is amended by revising the introductory text and paragraphs A, B, B.1, B.3, and B.5 to read as follows:

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Appendix D to Part 37—What Common National Policy Requirements May Apply and Need To Be Included in TIAs?

Whether your TIA is a cooperative agreement or another type of assistance transaction, as discussed in Appendix B to this part, the terms and conditions of the agreement must provide for recipients' compliance with applicable Federal statutes and regulations. This appendix lists some of the more common requirements to aid you in identifying ones that apply to your TIA. The list is not intended to be all-inclusive, however, and you may need to consult legal counsel to verify whether there are others that apply in your situation (e.g., due to a provision in the appropriations act for the specific funds that you are using or due to a statute or rule that applies to a particular program or type of activity).

A. Certifications

One requirement that applies to all TIAs currently requires you to obtain a certification at the time of proposal. That requirement is in a Governmentwide common rule about lobbying prohibitions, which is implemented by the DoD at 32 CFR part 28. The prohibitions apply to all financial assistance. Appendix A to 32 CFR part 22 includes a sample provision that you may use, to have proposers incorporate the certification by reference into their proposals.

B. Assurances That Apply to All TIAs

DoD policy is to use a certification, as described in the preceding paragraph, only for a national policy requirement that specifically requires one. The usual approach to communicating other national policy requirements to recipients is to incorporate them as award terms or conditions, or assurances. Appendix B to 32 CFR part 22 lists national policy requirements that commonly apply to grants and cooperative agreements. It also has suggested language for assurances to incorporate the requirements in award documents. Of those requirements, the following six apply to all TIAs:

1. Requirements concerning debarment and suspension in the OMB guidance in 2 CFR part 180, as implemented by the DoD at 2 CFR part 1125. The requirements apply to all nonprocurement transactions.

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3. Prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d, et seq.). These apply to all financial assistance. They require recipients to flow down the prohibitions to any subrecipients performing a part of the substantive research program (as opposed to suppliers from whom recipients purchase goods or services). For further information, see item a. under the heading “Nondiscrimination” in Appendix B to 32 CFR part 22.

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5. Prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of handicap, in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794). They apply to all financial assistance and require flow down to subrecipients. For further information, see item e.1. under the heading “Nondiscrimination” in Appendix B to 32 CFR part 22.

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30. Appendix E to part 37 is amended by revising paragraph B.2 to read as follows:

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Appendix E to Part 37—What Provisions May a Participant Need To Include When Purchasing Goods or Services Under a TIA?

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2. Debarment and suspension. A contract award with an amount expected to equal or exceed $25,000 and certain other contract awards (see 2 CFR 1125.220, which implements OMB guidance in 2 CFR 180.220) shall not be made to parties listed on the Governmentwide Excluded Parties List System, in accordance with the DoD adoption at 2 CFR part 1125 of the OMB guidance implementing E.O.s 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” The Excluded Parties List System accessible on the Internet at www.epls.gov contains the names of parties debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded by agencies, as well as parties declared ineligible under statutory or regulatory authority other than E.O. 12549.

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Dated: June 18, 2007.

L.M. Bynum,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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Footnotes

6.  This OMB policy directive is available at the Internet site http://www.whitehouse.gov/​omb/​grants/​grants_​docs.html.

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10.  The “Federal Directory of Contract Administration Services (CAS) Components” may be accessed through the Defense Contract Management Agency hompage at http://www.dcma.mil.

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14.  See footnote 13 to § 22.715(a)(4).

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