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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-004, CAS Administration

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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 a proposed rule, published in the Federal Register at 71 FR 58338, October 3, 2006, as a final rule, with minor changes. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement revisions to the regulations related to the administration of the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) as they pertain to contracts with foreign concerns, including United Kingdom (U.K.) concerns.

DATES:

Effective Date: October 17, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For clarification of content, contact Mr. Edward Chambers, at (202) 501-3221. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-27, FAR case 2006-004.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The Councils published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 71 FR 58338, October 3, 2006, to maintain consistency between CAS and FAR in matters relating to disclosure requirements and the administration of CAS for contracts awarded to foreign concerns, including U.K. concerns.

This proposed rule was issued in response to the Cost Accounting Standards Board's interim rule (70 FR 29457, May 23, 2005) (finalized without change at 72 FR 32546, June 13, 2007), revising the applicability of CAS to U.K. contracts and subcontracts.

The Councils received no comments on the proposed rule and have adopted the proposed rule as a final rule with minor changes. The minor changes to 30.201-4(c) clarify that clause 52.230-4 need not be included in contracts with foreign concerns otherwise exempt from CAS coverage, and that foreign concerns do not include foreign governments, or their agents or instrumentalities.

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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 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 all small businesses are exempt from CAS.

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 Parts 30 and 52

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Dated: September 9, 2008.

Al Matera,

Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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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 30—COST ACCOUNTING STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION

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2. Amend section 30.201-4 by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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Contract clauses.

(c) Disclosure and Consistency of Cost Accounting Practices for Contracts Awarded to Foreign Concerns. The contracting officer shall insert the clause at FAR 52.230-4, Disclosure and Consistency of Cost Accounting Practices for Contracts Awarded to Foreign Concerns, in negotiated contracts with foreign concerns, unless the contract is otherwise exempt from CAS (see 48 CFR 9903.201-1). Such contracts are subject to CAS 401 and 402 under 48 CFR 9903.201-1(b)(4)(FAR Appendix). Foreign concerns do not include foreign governments or their agents or instrumentalities.

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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3. Amend section 52.230-4 by revising the section heading, the clause heading and date, and the first, second, and fourth sentences of the clause to read as follows.

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Disclosure and Consistency of Cost Accounting Practices for Contracts Awarded to Foreign Concerns.

DISCLOSURE AND CONSISTENCY OF COST ACCOUNTING PRACTICES FOR CONTRACTS AWARDED TO FOREIGN CONCERNS (OCT 2008).

The Contactor agrees that it will consistently follow the cost accounting practices disclosed on FORM CASB DS-1, or other disclosure form as permitted by 48 CFR 9903.202-1(e), in estimating, accumulating, and reporting costs under this contract, and comply with the requirements of CAS 401, Consistency in Estimating, Accumulating, and Reporting Costs, and CAS 402, Consistency in Allocating Costs Incurred for the Same Purpose. In the event the Contractor fails to follow such practices, or Start Printed Page 54014comply consistently with CAS 401 and 402, it agrees that the contract price shall be adjusted, together with interest, if such failure results in increased cost paid by the U.S. Government. * * * The Contractor agrees that the Disclosure Statement or other form permitted, pursuant to 48 CFR 9903.202-1(e) shall be available for inspection and use by authorized representatives of the United States Government.

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[FR Doc. E8-21365 Filed 9-16-08; 8:45 am]

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