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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Extension of Authority To Carry Out Certain Prototype Projects (DFARS Case 2008-D008)

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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 implement Section 823 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. Section 823 provides a 5-year extension of the authority for DoD to carry out a pilot program for transition to follow-on contracting after use of other transaction authority.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

April 23, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Felisha Hitt, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone 703-602-0310; facsimile 703-602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2008-D008.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This final rule implements Section 823 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Pub. L. 110-181). Section 823 amended Section 845 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (as amended by Section 847 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004) (10 U.S.C. 2371 note), to provide a 5-year extension of the authority for DoD to carry out a pilot program for follow-on contracting for the production of items or processes begun as prototype projects under other transaction agreements. Items or processes that do not otherwise meet the definition of “commercial item” may be treated as commercial items in the award of contracts and subcontracts under the pilot program. In addition, items or processes acquired under the pilot program may be treated as developed in part with Federal funds and in part at private expense for purposes of negotiating rights in technical data.

The pilot program is addressed in DFARS Subpart 212.70. Accordingly, DFARS Subpart 212.70 is amended to reflect the extended expiration date, from September 30, 2008, to September 30, 2013.

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 subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2008-D008.

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 Part 212

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore,

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PART 212—ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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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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2. Section 212.7002-1 is amended in paragraph (a)(4) by removing “2008” and adding in its place “2013”.

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3. Section 212.7002-2 is amended in paragraph (a)(3) by removing “2008” and adding in its place “2013”.

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[FR Doc. E8-8695 Filed 4-22-08; 8:45 am]

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