Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed to adopt the interim rule published in the Federal Register at 71 FR 36935, June 28, 2006, as a final rule without change. This final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement with respect to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Effective Date: August 17, 2007.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms. Meredith Murphy, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 208-6925 for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-19, FAR case 2006-006.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 71 FR 36935 on June 28, 2006, to implement the Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with respect to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua (Public Law 109-53). No comments were received by the close of the public comment period on August 28, 2006. Therefore, the Councils agreed to convert the interim rule to a final rule without change.
This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.
B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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. Although the rule opens up Government procurement to the products of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the Councils do not anticipate any significant economic impact on U.S. small businesses. The Department of Defense only applies the trade agreements to the non-defense items listed at DFARS 225.401-70, and acquisitions that are set-aside for small businesses ar exempt.
C. Paperwork Reduction Act
The Paperwork Reduction Act does apply; however, these changes to the FAR do not impose additional information collection requirements to the paperwork burden previously approved under OMB Control Numbers 9000-0139, 9000-0025, and 9000-0141.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52End List of Subjects Start Signature
Dated: July 30, 2007
Acting Director, Contract Policy Division.
Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without ChangeStart Amendment Part
Accordingly, the interim rule amendingEnd Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 07-3801 Filed 8-16-07; 8:45 am]
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