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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-028, Role of Interagency Committee on Debarment and Suspension

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AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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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 implement Section 873(a)(1) and (2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. Section 873(a)(1) and (2) clarifies the role of the Interagency Committee on Debarment and Suspension when more than one agency has an interest in the debarment or suspension of a contractor.

DATES:

Effective Date: July 31, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For clarification of content, contact Mr. Edward Loeb, Director, at (202) 501-0650. The TTY Federal Relay Number for further information is 1-800-877-8973. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-34, FAR case 2008-028.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This case amends FAR 9.402 to implement Section 873(a)(1) and (2) of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 (Public Law 110-417), which was enacted on October 14, 2008. Section 873 of the Act defines the role of the Interagency Committee on Debarment and Suspension. Among other responsibilities, the Interagency Committee on Debarment and Suspension is authorized to resolve issues regarding the agency that will have lead responsibility in initiating a suspension or debarment proceeding. The Committee will also coordinate actions among interested agencies with respect to such action.

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 Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. This final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Public Law 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR Part 9 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (FAC 2005-34, FAR case 2008-028), in all correspondence.

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. Chapter 35, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 9

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Dated: June 25, 2009.

Al Matera,

Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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PART 9—CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS

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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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2. Amend section 9.402 by revising paragraph (c), redesignating paragraph (d) as paragraph (e), and adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:

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Policy.

(c) Agencies are encouraged to establish methods and procedures for coordinating their debarment or suspension actions.

(d) When more than one agency has an interest in the debarment or suspension of a contractor, the Interagency Committee on Debarment and Suspension, established under Executive Order 12549, and authorized by Section 873 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417), shall resolve the lead agency issue and coordinate such resolution among all interested agencies prior to the initiation of any suspension, debarment, or related administrative action by any agency.

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[FR Doc. E9-15431 Filed 6-30-09; 8:45 am]

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