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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-003, National Response Framework

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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) are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to reflect reissuance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Response Plan (NRP). On January 22, 2008, FEMA reissued the NRP as the National Response Framework (NRF). In addition, the term “Incident of National Significance” was eliminated. These changes became effective on March 22, 2008.

DATES:

Effective Date: November 13, 2009

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For clarification of content, contact Mr. Ed Loeb, Director, Contract Policy Division at (202) 501-0650. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-37, FAR case 2009-003.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

On January 22, 2008, FEMA, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, reissued the National Response Plan (NRP) as the National Response Framework (NRF). With the reissuance, the term “Incidents of National Significance” was eliminated. These changes became effective on March 22, 2008. Both the NRP and the term “Incidents of National Significance” are now obsolete.

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 and other interested parties concerning the affected FAR part 18 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 2005-37, FAR case 2009-003), 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 18

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Dated: October 5, 2009.

Al Matera,

Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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PART 18—EMERGENCY ACQUISITIONS

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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 18.001 by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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Definition.

(c) When the President issues an emergency declaration, or a major disaster declaration.

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3. Amend section 18.203 by revising the section heading to read as follows:

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Emergency declaration or major disaster declaration.
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4. Amend section 18.204 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Resources.

(a) National Response Framework. The National Response Framework (NRF) is a guide to how the Nation conducts all-hazards response. This key document establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response. The Framework identifies the key response principles, roles and structures that organize national response. It describes how communities, States, the Federal Government, the private-sector, and nongovernmental partners apply these principles for a coordinated, effective national response. It also describes special circumstances where the Federal Government exercises a larger role, including incidents where Federal interests are involved and catastrophic incidents where a State would require significant support. The NRF is available at http://www.fema.gov/​emergency/​nrf/​.

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[FR Doc. E9-24580 Filed 10-13-09; 8:45 am]

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