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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Use of Commercial Software (DFARS Case 2008-D044)

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. Section 803 requires DoD to identify and evaluate, at all stages of the acquisition process, opportunities for the use of commercial computer software and other non-developmental software.

DATES:

Effective Date: July 15, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Julian Thrash, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone 703-602-0310; facsimile 703-602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2008-D044.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417) requires DoD to ensure that contracting officials identify and evaluate, at all stages of the acquisition process (including concept refinement, concept decision, and technology development), opportunities for the use of commercial computer software and other non-developmental software. This final rule adds text at DFARS 212.212 to address the requirements of Section 803 of Public Law 110-117. In addition, the rule adds cross-references to existing DFARS policy regarding the acquisition of commercial software, software maintenance, and software documentation.

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 subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2008-D044.

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 Parts 212 and 239

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Michele P. Peterson,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore,

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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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PART 212—ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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2. Section 212.212 is revised to read as follows:

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Computer software.

(1) Departments and agencies shall identify and evaluate, at all stages of the acquisition process (including concept refinement, concept decision, and technology development), opportunities for the use of commercial computer software and other non-developmental software in accordance with Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417).

(2) See Subpart 208.74 when acquiring commercial software or software maintenance. See 227.7202 for policy on the acquisition of commercial computer software and commercial computer software documentation.

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PART 239—ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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3. Section 239.101 is amended by adding a second sentence to read as follows:

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Policy.

* * * See 227.7202 for policy on the acquisition of commercial computer software and commercial computer software documentation.

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[FR Doc. E9-16659 Filed 7-14-09; 8:45 am]

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