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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Commercial Item Determinations (DFARS Case 2007-D005)

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to address requirements for DoD contracting officers to ensure that an item meets the definition of “commercial item” specified in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), when using commercial item procedures for acquisitions exceeding $1 million in value.

DATES:

Effective Date: January 24, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Michael Benavides, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone 703-602-1302; facsimile 703-602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2007-D005.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, applies to the acquisition of supplies or services that meet the definition of “commercial item” in FAR 2.101. To emphasize the applicability of FAR Part 12, this DFARS rule specifies that, when using FAR Part 12 procedures for acquisitions exceeding $1 million in value, the contracting officer must determine in writing that the acquisition meets the commercial item definition in FAR 2.101, and the contracting officer must include the written determination in the contract file.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule will not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors, or a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD. Therefore, publication for public comment under 41 U.S.C. 418b is not required. However, DoD will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2007-D005.

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 207 and 212

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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 207—ACQUISITION PLANNING

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2. Section 207.102 is added to read as follows:

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Policy.

(a)(1) See 212.102 regarding requirements for a written determination that the commercial item definition has been met when using FAR Part 12 procedures.

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PART 212—ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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3. Subpart 212.1 is added to read as follows:

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Subpart 212.1—Acquisition of Commercial Items—General

Applicability.

(a)(i) When using FAR Part 12 procedures for acquisitions exceeding $1 million in value, the contracting officer shall—

(A) Determine in writing that the acquisition meets the commercial item definition in FAR 2.101; and

(B) Include the written determination in the contract file.

(ii) Follow the procedures at PGI 212.102(a) regarding file documentation.

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[FR Doc. E8-1121 Filed 1-23-08; 8:45 am]

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