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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-001, Labor Standards for Contracts Containing Construction Requirements-Contract Pricing Method References

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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 on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise references to published pricing sources available to the contracting officer. The revision will Start Printed Page 63089provide greater flexibilities for contracting officers when selecting sources of pricing data.

DATES:

Effective Date: December 7, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Ernest Woodson, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-3775 for clarification of content. The TTY Federal Relay Number for further information is 1-800-877-8973. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-21, FAR case 2007-001.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

FAR 22.404-12(c)(2) allows the contracting officer to include in the contract a separately specified pricing method that permits an adjustment to the contract price or contract labor unit price at the exercise of each option to extend the term of the contract. References to published pricing sources are included to assist the contracting officer in identifying pricing data to support the pricing method used to calculate the contract pricing adjustment. This final rule revises the language at FAR 22.404-12(c)(2) that references published pricing sources available to the contracting officer. The FAR currently references a single commercial product and the intent of this change is to not show favor to any commercial product. The revised language deletes the specified product and allows the contracting officer to choose any commercial product.

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 Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. This final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Public Law 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 22 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (FAC 2005-21, FAR case 2007-001), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to the FAR do not impose 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 Part 22

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Dated: October 31, 2007.

Al Matera,

Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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PART 22—APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS

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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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2. Amend section 22.404-12 by revising the third sentence of paragraph (c)(2) to read as follows:

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Labor standards for contracts containing construction requirements and option provisions that extend the term of the contract.
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(2) * * * An example of a contract pricing method that the contracting officer might separately specify is incorporation in the solicitation and resulting contract of the pricing data from an annually published unit pricing book (e.g., the U.S. Army Computer-Aided Cost Estimating System or similar commercial product), which is multiplied in the contract by a factor proposed by the contractor (e.g., .95 or 1.1). * * *

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[FR Doc. 07-5483 Filed 11-6-07; 8:45 am]

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