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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Berry Amendment Restrictions-Clothing Materials and Components Covered (DFARS Case 2006-D031)

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 833(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006. Section 833(b) expands the foreign source restrictions applicable to the acquisition of clothing to also include clothing materials and components, other than sensors, electronics, or other items added to, and not normally associated with, clothing and the materials and components thereof.

DATES:

Effective Date: August 2, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0328; facsimile (703) 602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2006-D031.

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A. Background

DoD published an interim rule at 72 FR 2637 on January 22, 2007, to implement Section 833(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109-163). Section 833(b) amended 10 U.S.C. 2533a (the Berry Amendment) to expand the foreign source restrictions applicable to the acquisition of clothing to also include clothing materials and components, other than sensors, electronics, or other items added to, and not normally associated with, clothing and the materials and components thereof.

DoD received no comments on the interim rule. Therefore, DoD has adopted the interim rule as a final rule without change.

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:

The objective of the rule is to provide for the acquisition of clothing, and clothing materials and components, from domestic sources in accordance with statutory requirements. The rule applies to entities interested in receiving DoD contracts or subcontracts for the acquisition of clothing. Based on data collected through the DoD contract action reporting system, DoD awarded 6,072 contract actions relating to the acquisition of clothing items during fiscal year 2005. These actions had a total dollar value of $1.868 billion and involved 1,110 contractors. Of these actions, 4,087 totaling $.81 billion involved 906 contractors that were small business concerns. This rule may have a positive impact on small businesses that manufacture clothing materials and components, by reducing foreign competition. However, the rule could have a negative impact on small businesses that have been using foreign components in the manufacture of clothing products.

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 Parts 225 and 252

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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[FR Doc. E7-14898 Filed 8-1-07; 8:45 am]

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