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Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-013, Nonavailable Articles

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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) are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise the list of articles determined to be domestically nonavailable.


Effective Date: July 16, 2010.

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For clarification of content, contact Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219-0202. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-42, FAR Case 2009-013.

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A. Background

The Buy American Act does not apply with respect to articles, materials, or supplies if articles, materials, or supplies of the class or kind to be acquired, either as end items or components, are not mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities and of a satisfactory quality.

A domestic nonavailability determination has been made for the articles listed in FAR 25.104(a). As stated at FAR 25.103, this determination does not necessarily mean that there is no domestic source for the listed items, but that domestic sources can only meet 50 percent or less of total U.S. Government and nongovernment demand. Before acquisition of an article on the list, the procuring agency is responsible for conducting market research appropriate to the circumstances, including seeking domestic sources.Start Printed Page 34283

The Councils published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 74 FR 39597 on August 7, 2009. The Councils received no public comments. Therefore, the Councils are adding “Yeast, active dry and instant active dry.”, and “Pineapple, canned.”, to the list of nonavailable articles at 25.104(a). The list is further corrected to read “Modacrylic fiber” in lieu of “Modacrylic fur ruff”, as explained in the proposed rule.

In addition, as required by FAR 25.104(b), the entire list of nonavailable articles was published for public comment. Because no public comments were received, there will be no further changes to the list at this time.

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under section 6 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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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 Councils have not identified any domestic small businesses that can fulfill the Government’s requirements for the added items.

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 part 25

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Dated: June 2, 2010.

Edward Loeb,

Acting 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 25.104 in paragraph (a) by removing the article “Modacrylic fur ruff.” and adding “Modacrylic fiber.” in its place; and adding, in alphabetical order, the articles “Pineapple, canned.” and “Yeast, active dry and instant active dry.”.

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[FR Doc. 2010-14176 Filed 6-15-10; 8:45 am]