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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-002, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Administration and Associated Federal Acquisition Regulation Clauses

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AGENCIES:

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

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 revise the contract clauses related to the administration of the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) to maintain consistency between the FAR and CAS.

DATES:

Effective Date: August 11, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For clarification of content, contact Mr. Edward N. Chambers, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-3221. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAR Case 2007-002.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The CAS Board published a final rule in the Federal Register at 72 FR 32809 on June 14, 2007, revising the contract clauses for CAS administration. The final rule effected the following changes:

  • Amended the CAS applicability threshold to be the same as the threshold for compliance with the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) as required by section 822 of the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. 109-163). The TINA threshold is currently $650,000.
  • Changed the effective dates of 48 CFR 9903.201-3 and 48 CFR 9903.201-4(a), (c), and (e) from April 2000 and June 2000, respectively, to June 2007.

The CAS Board published a final rule in the Federal Register at 65 FR 37470 on June 14, 2000, revising the contract clauses for CAS administration. The final rule specified that the interest rate for overpayments by the Government under 48 CFR 9903.201-4(a), (c), and (e) shall be computed at the annual rate established under section 6621(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 6621(a)(2)).

In order to maintain consistency between CAS and FAR, the Councils issued an interim rule revising 30.201-4 and 50.230-1 through 50.230-5.

This final rule adopts, without change, the interim rule published in the Federal Register at 73 FR 54011 on September 17, 2008. No public comments were received in response to the interim rule.

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Start Printed Page 40468Order 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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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, at 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because contracts and subcontracts awarded to small businesses are exempt from the Cost Accounting Standards.

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 Parts 30 and 52

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Dated: August 4, 2009.

Al Matera,

Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

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Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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[FR Doc. E9-19167 Filed 8-10-09; 8:45 am]

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