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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Government Rights in the Design of DoD Vessels (DFARS Case 2008-D039)

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement section 825 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417). Section 825 clarifies the Government's rights in technical data in the designs of DoD vessels, boats, craft, and components thereof. This interim rule also implements the Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendments of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-434).

DATES:

Effective date: November 23, 2009.

Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted to the address shown below on or before January 22, 2010, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Respondents may submit comments via the Internet at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf/​pubcom. As an alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@osd.mil. Please cite DFARS Case 2008-D039 in the subject line of e-mailed comments.

Respondents that cannot submit comments using either of the above methods may submit comments to: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Ms. Amy Williams, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; facsimile (703) 602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2008-D039.

Interested parties may view public comments on the Internet at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/​dar/​dfars.nsf.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The requirements of the Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendments and new section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 are similar in both substance and language. This interim rule adds language to the existing technical data policy sections and creates two new clause alternates.

10 U.S.C. 2320 establishes requirements for DoD's acquisition of technical data and neither of the above statutory changes covers computer software. Accordingly, additional coverage in the DFARS for computer software is unnecessary.

Both statutory changes provide new requirements, not presently covered in the DFARS, for the acquisition of vessels and hulls covered by vessel hull design registrations. DFARS coverage is appropriate because these statutory changes directly impact the acquisition of vessels and hulls by DoD and its components.

To implement the statutory changes, DoD has added new paragraph (c) to current 227.7102-1, Policy, and new paragraph (g) to current 227.7103-1, Policy. Contracting officers must be made aware of the requirements of 17 U.S.C. 1301(a)(3) and 10 U.S.C. 7317, as these statutes affect both the rights of the contractors and DoD.

The rule also provides Alternates to clauses 252.227-7013, Rights in Technical Data—Noncommercial Items, and 252.227-7015, Technical Data—Commercial Items. Each Alternate adds to the basic clause—

(i) A new definition for “vessel designs”; and

(ii) An affirmative grant of appropriate rights in same to the Government.

This rule was subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD does not expect this rule to 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 it does not create any burden for small business concerns. The rule just clarifies the Government's rights in technical data in the designs of DoD vessels, boats, craft, and components thereof. For acquisition of vessels and hulls covered by vessel hull design registrations, the rule provides that the Government shall have certain rights for a vessel design (including a vessel design embodied in a useful article) that is developed or delivered to the Government, to the same extent that the Government is granted rights in the technical data pertaining to the vessel design. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties.

DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2008-D039.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the DFARS rule will not impose any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. This interim rule implements section 825 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417) and the Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendments of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-434). These statutes were effective upon enactment. Comments received in response to this interim rule will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 227 and 252

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Amy G. Williams,

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 227—PATENTS, DATA, AND COPYRIGHTS

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2. Section 227.7100 is amended by redesignating paragraphs (a)(6) and (a)(7) as paragraphs (a)(8) and (a)(9) respectively and adding new paragraphs (a)(6) and (a)(7), to read as follows:

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(6) 10 U.S.C. 7317.

(7) 17 U.S.C. 1301, et seq.

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3. Section 227.7102-1 is amended by adding paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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(c) The Government's rights in a vessel design, and in any useful article embodying a vessel design, must be consistent with the Government's rights in technical data pertaining to the design (10 U.S.C. 7317; 17 U.S.C. 1301(a)(3)).

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4. Section 227.7102-3 is amended by redesignating paragraph (a) as paragraph (a)(1) and adding paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows:

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(2) Use the clause at 252.227-7015 with its Alternate I in contracts for the development or delivery of a vessel design or any useful article embodying a vessel design.

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5. Section 227.7103-1 is amended by adding paragraph (g) to read as follows:

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(g) The Government's rights in a vessel design, and in any useful article embodying a vessel design, must be consistent with the Government's rights in technical data pertaining to the design (10 U.S.C. 7317; 17 U.S.C. 1301(a)(3)).

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6. Section 227.7103-6 is amended by redesignating paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) as (b)(i) and (b)(ii), paragraph (b) as (b)(1), and adding paragraph (b)(2) to read as follows:

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(2) Use the clause at 252.227-7013 with its Alternate II in contracts for the development or delivery of a vessel design or any useful article embodying a vessel design.

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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7. Section 252.227-7013 is amended in the introductory text of Alternate I by removing ”227.7103-6(b)” and adding in its place “227.7103-6(b)(1)”; and adding Alternate II to read as follows:

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Alternate II (NOV 2009)

As prescribed in 227.7103-6(b)(2), add the following paragraphs (a)(16) and (b)(7) to the basic clause:

(a)(16) “Vessel design” means the design of a vessel, boat, or craft, and its components, including the hull, decks, superstructure, and the exterior surface shape of all external shipboard equipment and systems. The term includes designs covered by 10 U.S.C. 7317, and designs protectable under 17 U.S.C. 1301, et seq.

(b)(7) Vessel designs. For a vessel design (including a vessel design embodied in a useful article) that is developed or delivered under this contract, the Government shall have the right to make and have made any useful article that embodies the vessel design, to import the article, to sell the article, and to distribute the article for sale or to use the article in trade, to the same extent that the Government is granted rights in the technical data pertaining to the vessel design.

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8. Section 252.227-7015 is amended in the introductory text by removing “227.7102-3” and adding in its place “227.7102-3(a)(1)”; and adding Alternate I to read as follows:

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Alternate I (NOV 2009)

As prescribed in 227.7102-3(a)(2), add the following paragraphs (a)(5) and (b)(3) to the basic clause:

(a)(5) “Vessel design” means the design of a vessel, boat, or craft, and its components, including the hull, decks, superstructure, and the exterior surface shape of all external shipboard equipment and systems. The term includes designs covered by 10 U.S.C. 7317, and designs protectable under 17 U.S.C. 1301, et seq.

(b)(3) Vessel designs. For a vessel design (including a vessel design embodied in a useful article) that is developed or delivered under this contract, the Government shall have the right to make and have made any useful article that embodies the vessel design, to import the article, to sell the article, and to distribute the article for sale or to use the article in trade, to the same extent that the Government is granted rights in the technical data pertaining to the vessel design.

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[FR Doc. E9-27844 Filed 11-20-09; 8:45 am]

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