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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Government Property (DFARS Case 2007-D020)

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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 update text addressing management of Government property in the possession of contractors. The DFARS changes are consistent with changes made to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

DATES:

Effective Date: July 29, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Mark Gomersall, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone 703-602-0302; facsimile 703-602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2007-D020.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This final rule updates and reorganizes DFARS Subparts 245.1, 245.3, 245.4, and 245.5 for consistency with FAR changes addressing management of government property in the possession of contractors, published at 72 FR 27364 on May 15, 2007. Related changes are made in Parts 204, 236, 237, 239, and 252. The following table summarizes the DFARS changes in this rule:

DFARS citationChanges made by this rule
204.7003Removed “facilities contracts” from the list of contract types, consistent with the removal of references to facilities contracts from the FAR.
237.7003Updated the reference to the applicable FAR Government Property clause.
239.7402Updated and clarified the text in paragraphs (b)(3) and (4).
245.104Updated and relocated the text to 245.105.
245.301(1) Updated the definition of “facilities project” and relocated it to 237.7501.
(2) Relocated the definition of “mapping, charting, and geodesy” to 245.101 without change.
(3) Removed the definition of “provide,” since this term is now defined in FAR 45.101.
(4) Removed the definitions of “agency-peculiar property,” “industrial plant equipment,” and “other plant equipment,” as they are no longer considered necessary.
245.302-1(a)Revised to eliminate text addressing responsibilities for approval of facilities projects, as these responsibilities are addressed DoD Directive 4275.5. The remaining text is relocated to 237.7502, with cross-references added at 236.275 and 245.102(3).
245.302-1(b) and DD Form 1419Removed. The specified equipment screening procedures have become obsolete.
245.302-2 and 245.302-7Removed. The separate procedures for facilities contracts are no longer necessary.
245.303-2Updated and relocated to 245.102(2).
245.307-2Removed. The corresponding FAR text has been removed.
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245.310Updated and relocated to 245.102(1).
245.310-70Relocated to 245.107-70.
245.401Removed as unnecessary.
245.403Relocated to 245.302(2).
245.405Updated and relocated to 245.302(1) and (3).
245.407Removed as unnecessary.
Subpart 245.5Removed as unnecessary.
Part 252Updated references and clause titles.

DoD published a proposed rule at 73 FR 55007 on September 24, 2008, to address the DFARS changes. Three sources submitted comments on the proposed rule. A discussion of the comments is provided below.

1. Comment: One respondent recommended retaining the definition of “agency peculiar property”.

DoD Response: The term “agency peculiar property” is no longer used in DFARS Part 245. Therefore, the definition has been excluded from the final rule.

2. Comment: One respondent recommended that the term “facilities” be defined and included within DFARS Part 245.

DoD Response: The term “facilities” is defined in DoD Directive 4275.5, Acquisition and Management of Industrial Resources. The rule contains a reference to Directive 4275.5 in Subpart 237.75.

3. Comment: One respondent suggested the addition of text at 245.105 to specify that the administrative contracting officer will perform property administration in the absence of an assigned property administrator.

DoD Response: DoD considers the additional text unnecessary, since the performance of contract property administration is already a contracting officer function listed in FAR 42.302(26). However, for clarity, the term “property administrator” has been revised to “assigned property administrator” at 245.105.

4. Comment: One respondent stated that the proposed text at 245.301(2) elevates the level of approval required for certain non-Government use of Government-owned equipment beyond that specified in the FAR, since FAR 45.301 assigns this responsibility to the head of the contracting activity whereas the proposed DFARS rule requires assistant Secretary or agency head approval.

DoD Response: This text has been excluded from the final rule. FAR 45.301 adequately addresses use and rental policy.

5. Comment: One respondent suggested the phrase “only if” be replaced with the term “provided” at DFARS 245.302(1)(i), with regard to the conditions placed on contracting officer approval of contractor use of Government property on work for foreign governments or international organizations.

DoD Response: The text at DFARS 245.302(1)(i) has been revised to replace the term “only if” with the term “provided.” Additionally, to preserve contracting officer flexibility, the word “shall” has been replaced with the word “may” in that same paragraph.

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 certifies 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 rule makes no significant change to DoD policy regarding the management of Government property in the possession of contractors.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The information collection requirements of DFARS Part 245 have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under Control Number 0704-0246.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 204, 236, 237, 239, 245, and 252

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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 204—ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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2. Section 204.7003 is amended as follows:

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a. In paragraph (a)(3)(iii) by removing “facilities contracts,”; and

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b. By revising paragraph (a)(3)(v) to read as follows:

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(v) Reserved—E

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PART 236—CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS

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3. Section 236.275 is added to read as follows:

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Construction of industrial resources.

See Subpart 237.75 for policy relating to facilities projects.

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PART 237—SERVICE CONTRACTING

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4. Section 237.7003 is amended by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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(c) Use the clause at FAR 52.245-1, Government Property, with its Alternate I, in solicitations and contracts that include port of entry requirements.

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5. Subpart 237.75 is added to read as follows:

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Subpart 237.75—Acquisition and Management of Industrial Resources
237.7501
Definition.
237.7502
Policy.

Subpart 237.75—Acquisition and Management of Industrial Resources

Definition.

Facilities project, as used in this subpart, means a Government project to provide, modernize, or replace real property for use by a contractor in performing a Government contract or subcontract.

Policy.

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(b) Departments and agencies shall submit reports of facilities projects to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees—

(1) At least 30 days before starting facilities projects involving real property (10 U.S.C. 2662); and

(2) In advance of starting construction for a facilities project regardless of cost. Use DD Form 1391, FY__ Military Construction Project Data, to notify congressional committees of projects that are not included in the annual budget.

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PART 239—ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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6. Section 239.7402 is amended by revising paragraphs (b)(3) and (4) to read as follows:

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(3) Except as provided in paragraph (b)(4) of this section, contractors and subcontractors shall normally provide all required property, to include telecommunications security equipment or related devices, in accordance with FAR 45.102. In some cases, such as for communications security (COMSEC) equipment designated as controlled cryptographic item (CCI), contractors or subcontractors must also meet ownership eligibility conditions.

(4) The head of the agency may authorize provision of the necessary property as Government-furnished property or acquisition as contractor-acquired property, as long as conditions of FAR 45.102(b) are met.

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PART 245—GOVERNMENT PROPERTY

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7. Subparts 245.1 and 245.3 are revised to read as follows:

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Subpart 245.1—General
245.101
Definitions.
245.102
Policy.
245.105
Contractor's property management system compliance.
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Contract clause.

Subpart 245.1—General

Definitions.

Mapping, charting, and geodesy property, as used in this subpart, is defined in the clause at 252.245-7000, Government-Furnished Mapping, Charting, and Geodesy Property.

Policy.

(1) Mapping, charting, and geodesy property. All Government-furnished mapping, charting, and geodesy (MC&G) property is under the control of the Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

(i) MC&G property shall not be duplicated, copied, or otherwise reproduced for purposes other than those necessary for contract performance.

(ii) Upon completion of contract performance, the contracting officer shall—

(A) Contact the Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, 4600 Sangamore Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-5003, for disposition instructions;

(B) Direct the contractor to destroy or return all Government-furnished MC&G property not consumed during contract performance; and

(C) Specify the destination and means of shipment for property to be returned to the Government.

(2) Government supply sources. When a contractor will be responsible for preparing requisitioning documentation to acquire Government-furnished property from Government supply sources, include in the contract the requirement to prepare the documentation in accordance with DoD 4000.25-1-M, Military Standard Requisitioning and Issue Procedures (MILSTRIP). Copies are available from the address cited at PGI 251.102.

(3) Acquisition and management of industrial resources. See Subpart 237.75 for policy relating to facilities projects.

Contractor's property management system compliance.

The assigned property administrator shall perform property administration in accordance with department or agency procedures.

Contract clause.

Use the clause at 252.245-7000, Government-Furnished Mapping, Charting, and Geodesy Property, in solicitations and contracts when mapping, charting, and geodesy property is to be furnished.

Subpart 245.3—Authorizing the Use and Rental of Government Property

Contracts with foreign governments or international organizations.

(1) General.

(i) Approval. A contractor may use Government property on work for foreign governments and international organizations only when approved in writing by the contracting officer having cognizance of the property. The contracting officer may grant approval, provided—

(A) The use will not interfere with foreseeable requirements of the United States;

(B) The work is undertaken as a DoD foreign military sale; or

(C) For a direct commercial sale, the foreign country or international organization would be authorized to contract with the department concerned under the Arms Export Control Act.

(ii) Use charges.

(A) The Use and Charges clause is applicable on direct commercial sales to foreign governments or international organizations.

(B) When a particular foreign government or international organization has funded the acquisition of property, do not assess the foreign government or international organization rental charges or nonrecurring recoupments for the use of such property.

(2) Special tooling and special test equipment.

(i) DoD normally recovers a fair share of nonrecurring costs of special tooling and special test equipment by including these costs in its calculation of the nonrecurring cost recoupment charge when major defense equipment is sold by foreign military sales or direct commercial sales to foreign governments or international organizations. “Major defense equipment” is defined in DoD Directive 2140.2, Recoupment of Nonrecurring Costs on Sales of U.S. Items, as any item of significant military equipment on the United States Munitions List having a nonrecurring research, development, test, and evaluation cost of more than $50 million or a total production cost of more than $200 million.

(ii) When the cost thresholds in paragraph (2)(i) of this section are not met, the contracting officer shall assess rental charges for use of special tooling and special test equipment pursuant to the Use and Charges clause if administratively practicable.

(3) Waivers.

(i) Rental charges for use of U.S. production and research property on commercial sales transactions to the Government of Canada are waived for all commercial contracts. This waiver is based on an understanding wherein the Government of Canada has agreed to waive its rental charges.

(ii) Requests for waiver or reduction of charges for the use of Government property on work for foreign governments or international organizations shall be submitted to the contracting officer, who shall refer the matter through contracting channels. In response to these requests, approvals may be granted only by the Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, for particular sales that are consistent with paragraph (1)(i)(C) of this section.

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Subparts 245.4 and 245.5 [Removed]

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8. Subparts 245.4 and 245.5 are removed.

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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9. Section 252.217-7005 is amended as follows:

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a. By revising the clause date to read “(JUL 2009)”; and

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b. In paragraph (e)(7) by removing “(Fixed-Price Contracts)”.

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10. Section 252.217-7010 is amended as follows:

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a. By revising the clause date to read “(JUL 2009)”; and

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b. In paragraph (c)(3) by removing “(Fixed Price Contracts)”.

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11. Section 252.242-7004 is amended as follows:

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a. By revising the clause date to read “(JUL 2009)”; and

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b. In paragraph (e)(9) introductory text, in the first sentence, by removing “Regardless of the provisions of FAR 45.505-3(f)(1)(ii), have” and adding in its place “Have”.

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12. Section 252.245-7000 is amended in the introductory text by removing “245.310-70” and adding in its place “245.107-70”.

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[FR Doc. E9-17954 Filed 7-28-09; 8:45 am]

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