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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-035, Extend Use of Simplified Acquisition Procedures for Certain Commercial Items

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


Final rule.


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 subpart 13.5, “Test Program for Certain Commercial Items,” to implement section 816 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 (Pub. L. 111-84). The rule extends the program for two more years. The program was to expire January 1, 2010.


Effective Date: March 19, 2010.

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For clarification of content, contact Mr. Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 208-4949. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-39, FAR case 2009-035.

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A. Background

This final rule amends the FAR to revise section 13.500(d) to implement section 816 of the NDAA for FY 2010. Section 816 of the NDAA for FY 2010 strikes out “2010” in subsection (e) of section 4202 of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (Division D of Pub. L. 104-106, 10 U.S.C. 2304 note) as amended by section 822 of the NDAA for FY 2008 (Pub. L. 110—181) and inserts “2012.” FAR subpart 13.5 authorizes as a test program, the use of simplified procedures for the acquisition of certain commercial items in amounts greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, but not exceeding $5.5 million, ($11 million for acquisitions described in FAR 13.500(e)) including options, if the contracting officer can reasonably expect that offers will include commercial items. FAR subpart 13.500(d) authorizes the contracting officer to issue solicitations under this subpart until January 1, 2010. This final rule extends this authority to January 1, 2012.

B. Decision to Issue a Final Rule

This case implements section 816 of the NDAA for FY 2010. It merely extends the end date of the Commercial Item Test Program from January 1, 2010, to January 1, 2012. Therefore, because there is no change in policy or procedure, the Councils determined to issue a final rule without comment.

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.

C. 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 Pub. L. 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required.

The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in parts affected by this rule in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (FAC 2005-39, FAR Case 2009-035) in correspondence.

D. 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 Start Printed Page 13414and Budget under 44 U.S.C. chapter 35, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 13

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Dated: March 15, 2010.

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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2. Amend section 13.500 by removing from paragraph (d) “January 1, 2010” and adding “January 1, 2012” in its place.

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[FR Doc. 2010-5985 Filed 3-18-10; 8:45 am]