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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-016, Trade Agreements-New Thresholds

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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 on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate increased thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade Agreements, as determined by the United States Trade Representative.

DATES:

Effective Date: January 15, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Meredith Murphy, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 208-6925, for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-30, FAR case 2007-016.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 73 FR 10962 on February 28, 2008, to implement the biannual changes specified by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to the trade agreements thresholds. A correction was published in the Federal Register at 73 FR 16747, March 28, 2008.

No comments were received by the close of the public comment period on April 28, 2008. Therefore, the Councils agreed to convert the interim rule to a final rule without change.

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 the dollar threshold changes are designed to keep pace with inflation and thus maintain the status quo.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 104-13) applies because the final rule contains information collection requirements that affect the prescriptions for use of the certifications at FAR 52.225-4 (OMB Control No. 9000-0130) and FAR 52.225-6 (OMB Control No. 9000-0025) and the clauses at FAR 52.225-9 and 52.225-11 (OMB Control No. 9000-0141), which contain information collection requirements approved under the specified OMB control numbers by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. However, there is no impact on the estimated burden hours, because the threshold changes are in Start Printed Page 2746line with inflation and maintain the status quo.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 22, 25, and 52

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Dated: December 24, 2008

Edward Loeb,

Acting Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 22, 25, and 52, which was published at 73 FR 10962 on February 28, 2008, and amended at 73 FR 16747 on March 28, 2008, is adopted as a final rule without change.

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