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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Limitation on Procurements on Behalf of DoD

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


Final rule.


DoD is adopting as final, with changes, the interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to address statutory provisions relating to interagency procurements on behalf of DoD. The final rule adds new policy at to address Section 801(b) requirements and expands existing DFARS definitions.


Effective Date: March 15, 2010.

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Ms. Meredith Murphy, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060, Telephone 703-602-1302; facsimile 703-602-0350, Please cite DFARS Case 2008-D005.

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A. Background

Section 854 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Pub. L. 108-375) prescribes policy for the acquisition of supplies and services through the use of contracts or orders issued by non-DoD agencies.

Section 801(b)(1), at paragraphs (A) and (C), of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Pub. L. 110-181) authorizes a DoD acquisition official to procure property and services in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold through civilian agencies only if—Start Printed Page 6820

(1) The civilian agencies agree to adhere to defense procurement requirements; or

(2) The Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L) certifies that the procurement is in the best interest of the Department.

The statute also requires DoD to issue guidance on interagency contracting consistent with the Act that addresses the circumstances in which it is appropriate for DoD acquisition officials to procure goods or services through a contract entered into by an agency outside the DoD.

DoD published an interim rule at 74 FR 34270 on July 15, 2009, to address the new statutory requirements. Statutory limitations in section 817 of Public Law 109-364, the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, and section 811 of Public Law 109-163, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, were previously implemented and do not impact this change.

Two respondents submitted comments on the interim rule. A discussion of the comments is provided as follows:

1. Compliance With Financial Management Regulations

Comment: Public Law 110-181 states that the non-DoD agency must comply with its requirements including the “applicable Department of Defense financial management regulations.” This requirement for the non-DoD activity to follow the DoD financial management regulations when making purchases for a non-DoD component should be included in the DFARS.

Response: The rule has been amended at DFARS 217.7802(a) to clarify that non-DoD activities will comply with applicable DoD financial management regulations when making purchases for a DoD component.

2. Definition of “Governmentwide Acquisition Contract”

Comment: “Governmentwide acquisition contract” should be defined in the DFARS to make certain of its appropriate meaning as defined in the public law.

Response: The rule was amended at DFARS 217.7801 to include the definition of “Governmentwide acquisition contract”.

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 addresses internal DoD procedural matters.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the proposed changes do not impose information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 217

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Ynette R. Shelkin,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending

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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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2. Section 217.7801 is amended by adding the definition of “governmentwide acquisition contract” to read as follows:

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Governmentwide acquisition contract means a task or delivery order contract that—

(1) Is entered into by a non-defense agency; and

(2) May be used as the contract under which property or services are procured for one or more other departments or agencies of the Federal Government.

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3. Section 217.7802 is amended by revising paragraph (a) introductory text to read as follows:

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(a) A DoD acquisition official may place an order, make a purchase, or otherwise acquire supplies or services for DoD in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold through a non-DoD agency in any fiscal year only if the head of the non-DoD agency has certified that the non-DoD agency will comply with defense procurement requirements for the fiscal year to include applicable DoD financial management regulations.

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[FR Doc. 2010-2698 Filed 2-10-10; 8:45 am]