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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Marking of Government-Furnished Property (DFARS Case 2008-D050)

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


Proposed rule with request for comments.


DoD is issuing a proposed rule to require contractors to tag, label, or mark items of Government-furnished property identified in the contract when the Government-furnished material and Government-furnished property are subject to serialized item management.


Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before July 6, 2010, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.


You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2008-D050, using any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

E-mail: Include DFARS Case 2008-D050 in the subject line of the message.

Fax: 703-602-0350.

Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Mary Overstreet, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301-3060.

Comments received generally will be posted without change to, including any personal information provided.

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Ms. Mary Overstreet, 703-602-0311.

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A. Background

It is DoD policy to uniquely mark, identify, and track Government property through the use of unique identifiers. Unique identifiers allow DoD to track and trace property items throughout their lifecycle (in acquisition and logistics business processes and systems) in an integrated approach across the Department of Defense, Federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and domestic and foreign persons and organizations to provide national level traceability.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

DoD has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis consistent with 5 U.S.C. 603. A copy of the analysis may be obtained from the point of contact specified herein. The analysis is summarized as follows:

The objective of the rule is to improve the accountability and control of DoD assets. The proposed clause requires contractors who are provided Government-furnished property to tag, label, or mark the items of Government-furnished property identified in the contract when the requiring activity determines that such items are subject to serialized item management (serially-managed items). At this time, DoD is unable to estimate the number of small entities to which this rule will apply.

DoD invites comments from small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities.

DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in subparts 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 (DFARS Case 2008-D050) in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 96-511) does not apply because the Start Printed Page 25161rule does not impose additional 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 Parts 211 and 252

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Ynette R. Shelkin,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

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[Redesignated as 211.274-6]

2. Redesignate section 211.274-5 as 211.274-6.

3. Add section 211.274-5 to read as follows:

Policy for tagging, labeling, or marking of Government-furnished property.

(a) It is DoD policy that the appropriate tagging, labeling, or permanent marking of Government-furnished property, based on DoD marking standards (MIL Standard 130) or other standards, be required for Government-furnished property items where the requiring activity determines that such items are subject to serialized item management (serially-managed items).

(b) Exceptions. The contractor will not be required to tag, label, or mark Government-furnished property if such items were previously tagged, labeled, or marked.

3. In newly redesignated 211.274-6, add paragraph (c) to read as follows:

Contract clauses.
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(c) Use the clause at 252.211-70YY, Tagging, Labeling, and Marking of Government-furnished Property, in solicitations and contracts that contain the clause at—

(1) FAR 52.245-1, Government Property; or

(2) FAR 52.245-2, Government Property Installation Operation Services.

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4. Add section 252.211-70YY to read as follows:

Tagging, Labeling, and Marking of Government-furnished Property.

As prescribed in 211.274-6(c), use the following clause:


(a) Definitions. As used in this clause—

Government-furnished property means property in the possession of, or directly acquired by, the Government and subsequently furnished to the contractor for performance of a contract, including performance by subcontractors and at Prime Contractor Alternate locations. Government-furnished property includes reparables, e.g., spares and property furnished for repair, maintenance, overhaul, or modification; and Government-furnished material that is requisitioned from Government supply sources without reimbursement by the contractor.

Serially-managed item means an item designated by DoD to be uniquely tracked, controlled, or managed in maintenance, repair, and/or supply systems by means of its serial number.

(b) The Contractor shall tag, label, or mark Government-furnished property items identified in the contract when the requiring activity determines that such items are subject to serialized item management (serially-managed items).

(c) Exceptions. Paragraph (b) of this clause does not apply to—

(1) Government-furnished property that was previously marked;

(2) Contractor-acquired property;

(3) Property under any statutory leasing authority;

(4) Property to which the Government has acquired a lien or title solely because of partial, advance, progress, or performance-based payments;

(5) Intellectual property or software; or

(6) Real property.

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[FR Doc. 2010-10763 Filed 5-6-10; 8:45 am]