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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-034, Reporting of Purchases from Overseas Sources

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AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed to adopt as a final rule with changes the interim rule published in the Federal Register at 71 FR 57375, September 28, 2006. This final rule implements 41 U.S.C. 10a, Buy American Act, as amended by Section 8306 of Public Law 110-28.

DATES:

Effective Date: August 17, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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 2005-034.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This final rule implements 41 U.S.C. 10a, which requires the head of each Federal agency to submit a report to Congress relating to acquisitions of articles, materials, or supplies that are manufactured outside the United States. The provision at 52.225-18 requests from offerors necessary data regarding place of manufacture.

DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 71 FR 57375, September 28, 2006. The 60-day comment period on the interim rule ended on November 27, 2006. The Councils received one public comment.

Comment: The respondent did not suggest any changes to the interim rule. Rather, the comment related to a statement in the Federal Register notice that the amendment is mandatory for solicitations issued and contracts awarded on or after October 1, 2006. The respondent considers this statement to be incorrect because the interim rule prescribes only a solicitation provision, which is to be incorporated in solicitations, not contracts.

Response: The Federal Register notice states that the amendment is mandatory for solicitations issued and contracts awarded on or after October 1, 2006. The respondent is correct that the solicitation provision is used only in solicitations, not contracts. However, other aspects of the interim rule are applicable to contracts. The contracting officer is required to enter into the FPDS data on all contracts awarded on or after October 1, 2006, even if the solicitation did not include the new FAR provision at 52.225-18, Place of Manufacture.

Section 8306 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (Pub. L. 110-28), signed on May 25, 2007, amended the Buy American Act (41 U.S.C. 10a) to include an agency reporting requirement for acquisition of articles manufactured outside the United States. Therefore, the statutory citation at FAR 25.004(a) is amended in this final rule to cite 41 U.S.C. 10a rather than Section 837 of Division A of the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (Pub.L. 109-115) and similar sections in subsequent appropriations acts.

As a conforming amendment, it is necessary to include the new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number in FAR 1.106. In addition, a technical correction deletes OMB Control Number 9000-0023 as a control number associated with FAR clause 52.225-2, because 52.225-2 no longer implements the Balance of Payments Program and OMB Control Number 9000-0023 has expired.

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

DoD, GSA, and NASA 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., because this final rule does not change the rules for buying, it only amends the statutory citation and finalizes an information collection requirement. It does not have a significant economic impact to ask offerors of manufactured end products Start Printed Page 46327to check off a box to indicate whether products offered to the Federal Government are predominantly manufactured in the United States or outside the United States. The offeror is not even required to identify the country of manufacture if the product is manufactured outside the United States. No comments were received with regard to impact on small entities.

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 Number 9000-0161.

The FAR Secretariat obtained an emergency approval of the new information collection requirement, estimated at 38,146 hours, under OMB Control Number 9000-0161, FAR Case 2005-034, Reporting of Overseas Purchases, from OMB under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. An estimated burden of 38,146 hours was granted temporary approval under OMB Control Number 9000-0161. We received no comments regarding the estimated burden hours.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 1, 25 and 5

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Dated: July 30, 2007.

Al Matera,

Acting Director, Contract Policy Division.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final With Changes

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c).

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PART 1—FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS SYSTEM

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2. Amend section 1.106 by removing from FAR Segment 52.225-2 “9000-0023 and” and by adding, in numerical order, new FAR Segment “52.225-18” with OMB Control Number “9000-0161.”

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PART 25—FOREIGN ACQUISITION

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3. Amend section 25.004 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Reporting of acquisition of end products manufactured outside the United States.

(a) In accordance with the requirements of 41 U.S.C. 10a, the head of each Federal agency must submit a report to Congress on the amount of the acquisitions made by the agency from entities that manufacture end products outside the United States in that fiscal year.

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[FR Doc. 07-3808 Filed 8-16-07; 8:45 am]

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