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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Responsible Prospective Contractors (DFARS Case 2008-D022)

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


Final rule.


DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to address use of the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS) in determining contractor responsibility. PPIRS is a Web-based application that stores information regarding contractor performance on Government contracts.


Effective Date: January 15, 2009.

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Mr. Michael Benavides, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone 703-602-1302; facsimile 703-602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2008-D022.

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A. Background

This final rule adds text at DFARS 209.105-1 to address use of PPIRS (available at in meeting requirements for determining contractor responsibility. The rule emphasizes that use of PPIRS information regarding contract Start Printed Page 2415termination for cause or default is just one consideration in making a determination of contractor responsibility.

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-D022.

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 209

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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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 209.105-1 is revised to read as follows:

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Obtaining information.

(1) For guidance on using the Excluded Parties List System, see PGI 209.105-1.

(2) A satisfactory performance record is a factor in determining contractor responsibility (see FAR 9.104-1(c)). One source of information relating to contractor performance is the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), available at Information relating to contract terminations for cause and for default is also available through PPIRS (see PGI 212.403(c) and PGI 249.470). This termination information is just one consideration in determining contractor responsibility.

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[FR Doc. E9-668 Filed 1-14-09; 8:45 am]