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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Pilot Program for Transition to Follow-On Contracting After Use of Other Transaction Authority (DFARS Case 2008-D030)

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 824 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. Section 824 amended the DoD pilot program for transition to follow-on contracting after use of other transaction authority, to establish a new program expiration date and to include items developed under research projects within the scope of the program.

DATES:

Effective date: January 15, 2009.

Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before March 16, 2009, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2008-D030, using any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2008-D030 in the subject line of the message.

Fax: 703-602-7887.

Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Angie Sawyer, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.

Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402.

Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Angie Sawyer, 703-602-8384.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule amends the DoD pilot program addressed in DFARS Subpart 212.70, Pilot Program for Transition to Follow-On Contracting After Use of Other Transaction Authority. The pilot program implements Section 845(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (10 U.S.C. 2371 note), and provides that certain items that do not otherwise meet the definition of “commercial item” may be treated as commercial items in the award of contracts and subcontracts that follow an other transaction agreement. Section 824 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417) amended the authority for the pilot program to establish a new program expiration date of September 30, 2010, and to add items developed under research projects in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2371 to the types of items to which the program applies.

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

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD does not expect this rule to 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. Although the rule is expected to ease the transition of nontraditional defense contractors from the use of other transaction agreements to standard contracts, the economic impact is not expected to be substantial. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties. DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2008-D030.

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. Start Printed Page 2416

D. Determination to Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. This interim rule implements Section 824 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417). Section 824 amended the DoD pilot program that permits the use of streamlined procedures in the award of contracts and subcontracts that follow other transaction agreements, to include items developed under research projects within the scope of the program. The pilot program is intended to ease the transition of nontraditional defense contractors from the use of other transaction agreements to standard contracts. Comments received in response to this interim rule will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

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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 by revising paragraphs (a)(2) and (4) to read as follows:

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Contracts under the program.

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(2) Is a follow-on contract for the production of an item or process begun as a prototype project under an other transaction agreement or as a research project carried out in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2371;

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(4) Is awarded on or before September 30, 2010; and

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3. Section 212.7002-2 is amended by revising paragraphs (a)(1) and (3) to read as follows:

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Subcontracts under the program.

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(1) Is for the production of an item or process begun as a prototype project under an other transaction agreement or as a research project carried out in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2371;

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(3) Is awarded on or before September 30, 2010;

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