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Small Business Size Standards: Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule

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AGENCY:

U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION:

Notice of intent to waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Improved Outer Tactical Vests and related accessories under Product Service Code (PSC) 8470 (Armor Personal) under North American Industry Classification Start Printed Page 20871System (NAICS) code 339113 (Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing).

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is considering granting a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Improved Outer Tactical Vests. According to a request, no small business manufacturers supply these products to the Federal government. If granted, the waiver would allow an otherwise qualified nonmanufacturer to supply the products of any manufacturer on a Federal contract set aside for small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, or Participants in the SBA's 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program.

DATES:

Comments and source information must be submitted May 6, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments and source information to Pamela M. McClam, Program Analyst, Small Business Administration, Office of Government Contracting, 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite 8800, Washington, DC 20416.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Pamela M. McClam, by telephone at (202) 205-7408; by FAX at (202) 481-4783, or by e-mail at Pamela.mcclam@sba.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 8(a)(17) of the Small Business Act (Act), 15 U.S.C. 637(a)(17), and SBA's implementing regulations provide that recipients of Federal contracts set aside for small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, or Participants in the SBA's 8(a) BD Program must provide the product of a small business manufacturer or processor, if the recipient is other than the actual manufacturer or processor of the product. This requirement is commonly referred to as the Nonmanufacturer Rule. 13 CFR 121.406(b),125.15(c). Section 8(a)(17)(b)(iv) of the Act authorizes SBA to waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for any “class of products” for which there are no small business manufacturers or processors available to participate in the Federal market.

In order to be considered available to participate in the Federal market for a class of products, a small business manufacturer must have submitted a proposal for a contract solicitation or received a contract from the Federal government within the last 24 months. 13 CFR 121.1202(1). The SBA defines “class of products” based on Office of Management and Budget's NAICS. In addition, SBA uses PSCs to identify particular products within the NAICS code to which a waiver would apply.

The SBA is currently processing a request to waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Improved Outer Tactical Vests and related accessories under NAICS code 339113, Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing, PSC 8470—Armor Personal.

The public is invited to comment or provide source information to SBA on the proposed waivers of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for this class of product within 15 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.

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Dated: April 14, 2010.

Randall S. Johnston,

Deputy Director for Government Contracting.

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[FR Doc. 2010-9142 Filed 4-20-10; 8:45 am]

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