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General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G512; Rewrite of GSAR Part 542; Contract Administration and Audit Services

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AGENCIES:

General Services Administration (GSA), Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise sections of GSAR Part 542 that provide requirements for contract administration and audit services.

DATES:

Effective Date: February 9, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

Contact Ms. Jeritta Parnell, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-4082 for clarification of content. For information pertaining to the status or publication schedules, please contact the Regulatory Secretariat (VPR), Room 4041, GS Building, Washington, DC, 20405, (202) 501-4755. Please cite Amendment 2008-04, GSAR case 2008-G512 (Change 26).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to update the text addressing GSAR Subpart 542.1107, Production Surveillance and Reporting, and the clause at 552.242-70, Status Report of Orders and Shipments. The language in the contract clause at 542.1107 is revised to add emphasis to the contracting officer's responsibilities. The clause at 552.242-70, Status Report of Orders and Shipments, is revised to update information about the referenced GSA office. The language in 542.15, Contractor Performance Information, is reorganized and removed from the GSAR because it is considered guidance that is internal to the agency.

GSA published a proposed rule with request for comments in the Federal Register at 73 FR 35614, June 24, 2008. There were three public comments, pertaining to GSAM 542.1503, received from one respondent. This language in 542.1503, previously shown as GSAR coverage, is now, not included in the GSAR but provided as instruction to contracting officers in the GSA Manual (GSAM). This is internal GSA guidance for contracting officers.

The respondent suggested “putting oversight mechanisms in place to review evaluations in the database for disagreements where no review, or an inadequate review, exists from Contracting Directors.” GSA does not agree. GSA's procedures allow flexibility for the Heads of the Services to identify the officials responsible for collecting, disseminating, and applying contractor performance information in the acquisition process. In addition, contracting directors, as specified by Service organizations, are responsible for reviewing and making the final determination. GSA believes that the information provided to agency personnel is adequate.

The respondent suggested that the contractor and the contracting director respond to the evaluation within 30 days from receipt of the contractor's rebuttal statements. GSA does not agree. The current coverage allows flexibility for the contracting office to make final determinations as needed for the contract at hand. In addition, FAR 42.1503(b) allows agencies to address final decisions as soon as is practical.

The respondent also recommended that GSAR 542.1503 should “provide guidance to Contracting Directors on what should be included in any review comments to satisfy the FAR and ensure an honest and unbiased evaluation.” GSA does not agree. The current coverage allows flexibility for the contracting director to make final determinations as needed for the contract at hand. Each contractor performance evaluation is tailored to the contract requirements and, therefore, is specific to the contract at hand.

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 General Services Administration certifies 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 the rule provides clarity for existing language and updates other language.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does apply; however, these changes to the GSAR do not impose additional information collection requirements to the paperwork burden previously approved on July 30, 2008, under OMB Control Number 3090-0027.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 542 and 552

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Dated: October 30, 2008.

David A. Drabkin,

Senior Procurement Executive, Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, General Services Administration.

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Therefore, GSA amends

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PART 542—CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).

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2. Revise section 542.1107 to read as follows:

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Contract clause.

The contracting officer shall insert 552.242-70, Status Report of Orders and Shipments, in solicitations and indefinite quantity and requirements contracts for Stock or Special Order Program items. The clause may be used in indefinite-delivery definite-quantity contracts for Stock or Special Order Program items when close monitoring is necessary because numerous shipments are involved.

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3. Remove Subpart 542.15.

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PART 552—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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4. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).

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5. Amend section 552.242-70 by—

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a. Revising the date of the clause;

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b. Removing from paragraph (a) “

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c. Revising paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Status Report of Orders and Shipments.

STATUS REPORT OF ORDERS AND SHIPMENTS February 9, 2009.

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(b) A copy of GSA Form 1678 will be forwarded to the Contractor with the contract. Additional copies of the form, if needed, may be reproduced by the Contractor.

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[FR Doc. E9-216 Filed 1-8-09; 8:45 am]

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