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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-017, Revocation of Executive Order 13201, Notification of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues or Fees

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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 (the Councils) are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to delete FAR Subpart 22.16 and the corresponding clause at FAR 52.222-39, Notification of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues or Fees, which implemented Executive Order (E.O.) 13201 of February 17, 2001, of the same title. E.O. 13201 required contractors to post a notice informing employees of their rights concerning payment of union dues or fees and detailed that employees could not be required to join unions or maintain membership in unions to retain their jobs. E.O. 13201 was revoked by E.O. 13496 of January 30, 2009, Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws.

DATES:

Effective Date: December 10, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For clarification of content, contact Ms. Rhonda Cundiff, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-0044. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-38, FAR case 2009-017.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

On January 30, 2009, the President issued E.O. 13496 (74 F.R. 6107, February 4, 2009) which requires contractors to post a notice informing employees of their rights under Federal labor laws, including the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 151 et seq. This Act encourages collective bargaining, allowing workers to freely associate, self-organize, and designate representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection. E.O. 13496 revoked the prior E.O. 13201. The new E.O. sets forth a different policy that will be included in the FAR as a separate rule in conjunction with guidance from the Secretary of Labor on the appropriate content for a replacement notice to employees. Therefore, the language at FAR Subpart 22.16 that prescribes the policy and procedures of E.O. 13201 is no longer applicable.

This final rule amends the FAR to delete FAR Subpart 22.16 in its entirety as well as the corresponding clause at FAR 52.222-39. FAR clauses 52.212-5 and 52.244-6 are also amended to delete any references to the revoked E.O. 13201 and FAR clause 52.222-39. The Department of Labor rescinded its Start Printed Page 65600implementing regulations on March 30, 2009 (74 F.R. 14045).

This is a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was 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 concerning the affected FAR parts 2, 22, and 52 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 2005-38, FAR case 2009-017), 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 Parts 2, 22, and 52

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Dated: November 30, 2009.

Al Matera,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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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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PART 2—DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS

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2. Amend section 2.101 in paragraph (b)(2), in the definition “United States”, by removing paragraph (5), and redesignating paragraphs (6) through (9) as paragraphs (5) through (8), respectively.

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PART 22—APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS

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Subpart 22.16—[Removed and reserved]

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3. Remove and reserve subpart 22.16.

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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4. Amend section 52.212-5 by—

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a. Revising the date of the clause;

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b. Removing paragraph (b)(26), and redesignating paragraphs (b)(27) through (b)(43) as (b)(26) through (b)(42), respectively;

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c. Removing and reserving paragraph (e)(1)(vii); and

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d. In Alternate II by—

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i. Revising the date of the alternate; and

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ii. Removing paragraph (e)(1)(ii)(G), and redesignating paragraphs (e)(1)(ii)(H) through (e)(1)(ii)(N) as paragraphs (e)(1)(ii)(G) through (e)(1)(ii)(M), respectively.

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The revised text reads as follows:

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Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.

CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS—COMMERCIAL ITEMS (DEC 2009)

Alternate II (DEC 2009). * * *

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5. Amend section 52.213-4 by revising the date of the clause and paragraph (a)(2)(vi) to read as follows:

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Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS—SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITIONS (OTHER THAN COMMERCIAL ITEMS) (DEC 2009)

(a) * * *

(2) * * *

(vi) 52.244-6, Subcontracts for Commercial Items (DEC 2009).

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6. Remove and reserve section 52.222-39.

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7. Amend section 52.244-6 by revising the date of the clause to read “(DEC 2009)”; and by removing and reserving paragraph (c)(1)(vii).

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[FR Doc. E9-28929 Filed 12-9-09; 8:45 am]

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