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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Ship Critical Safety Items (DFARS Case 2007-D016)

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 130 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. Section 130 requires DoD to establish a quality control policy for the procurement, modification, repair, and overhaul of ship critical safety items.

DATES:

Effective date: January 10, 2008.

Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before March 10, 2008, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2007-D016, using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2007-D016 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: 703-602-7887.
  • Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Michael Benavides, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402.

Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Michael Benavides, 703-602-1302.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule implements Section 130 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109-364). Section 130 requires DoD to prescribe in regulations a quality Start Printed Page 1827control policy for the procurement of ship critical safety items and the modification, repair, and overhaul of those items.

Section 802 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 108-136) contained a similar requirement applicable to aviation critical safety items, which is implemented in DFARS 209.270-1 through 209.270-4. This interim rule amends DFARS 209.270-1 through 209.270-4 and related text to address ship critical safety items as well as aviation critical safety items. The rule identifies the responsibilities of the head of the design control activity with regard to quality control of critical safety items and related services.

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 does not expect this rule to 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 the rule primarily relates to internal DoD responsibilities for ensuring quality control of ship critical safety items. In addition, the Navy already has implemented stringent quality control programs with regard to such items. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties. DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2007-D016.

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.

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. This interim rule implements Section 130 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109-364). Section 130 requires DoD to prescribe in regulations a quality control policy for the procurement of ship critical safety items and the modification, repair, and overhaul of those items. Comments received in response to this interim rule will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 209, 217, and 246

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore,

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

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PART 209—CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS

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2. Sections 209.202, 209.270, and 209.270-1 are revised to read as follows:

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Policy.

(a)(1) Except for aviation or ship critical safety items, obtain approval in accordance with PGI 209.202(a)(1) when establishing qualification requirements. See 209.270 for approval of qualification requirements for aviation or ship critical safety items.

Aviation and ship critical safety items.
Scope.

This section—

(a) Implements—

(1) Section 802 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 108-136); and

(2) Section 130 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109-364); and

(b) Prescribes policy and procedures for qualification requirements in the procurement of aviation and ship critical safety items and the modification, repair, and overhaul of those items.

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3. Section 209.270-2 is amended by revising the definition of “Design control activity” and adding a definition of “Ship critical safety item” to read as follows:

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Design control activity—(1) With respect to an aviation critical safety item, means the systems command of a military department that is specifically responsible for ensuring the air worthiness of an aviation system or equipment in which an aviation critical safety item is to be used; and

(2) With respect to a ship critical safety item, means the systems command of a military department that is specifically responsible for ensuring the seaworthiness of a ship or ship equipment in which a ship critical safety item is to be used.

Ship critical safety item means any ship part, assembly, or support equipment containing a characteristic the failure, malfunction, or absence of which could cause—

(1) A catastrophic or critical failure resulting in loss of or serious damage to the ship; or

(2) An unacceptable risk of personal injury or loss of life.

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4. Section 209.270-3 is revised to read as follows:

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Policy.

(a) The head of the contracting activity responsible for procuring an aviation or ship critical safety item may enter into a contract for the procurement, modification, repair, or overhaul of such an item only with a source approved by the head of the design control activity.

(b) The approval authorities specified in this section apply instead of those otherwise specified in FAR 9.202(a)(1), 9.202(c), or 9.206-1(c), for the procurement, modification, repair, and overhaul of aviation or ship critical safety items.

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5. Section 209.270-4 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Procedures.

(a) The head of the design control activity shall—

(1) Identify items that meet the criteria for designation as aviation or ship critical safety items. See additional information at PGI 209.270-4;

(2) Approve qualification requirements in accordance with procedures established by the design control activity; and

(3) Qualify and identify aviation and ship critical safety item suppliers and products.

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PART 217—SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODS

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6. Section 217.7502 is amended in paragraph (b)(2) by revising the last sentence to read as follows:

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General.
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(b) * * *

(2) * * * See 209.270 for requirements applicable to replenishment parts for aviation or ship critical safety items.

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PART 246—QUALITY ASSURANCE

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7. Section 246.407 is amended by revising paragraph (S-70) to read as follows:

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Nonconforming supplies or services.
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(S-70) The head of the design control activity is the approval authority for acceptance of any nonconforming aviation or ship critical safety items or nonconforming modification, repair, or overhaul of such items (see 209.270). Authority for acceptance of minor nonconformances in aviation or ship critical safety items may be delegated as determined appropriate by the design control activity. See additional information at PGI 246.407.

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8. Section 246.504 is revised to read as follows:

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Certificate of conformance.

Before authorizing a certificate of conformance for aviation or ship critical safety items, obtain the concurrence of the head of the design control activity (see 209.270).

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[FR Doc. E8-173 Filed 1-9-08; 8:45 am]

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