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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Offering a Construction Requirement-8(a) Program

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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 FAR subpart 19.8, Contracting with the Small Business Administration (The 8(a) Program), to conform to the Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations. The FAR Council did not publish this rule for comment because this change will not have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of the Government and will not have a significant effect on contractors or offerors. Furthermore, this requirement has existed in the Small Business Administration Regulations since January 1, 2009, and the FAR is being updated to conform to these regulations. This revision changes the location for submitting offering letters to SBA for a construction requirement for which a specific offeror is nominated and impacts internal procedures that the contracting officer is now required to follow.


Effective Date: October 29, 2010

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For clarification of content, contact Mr. Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-2364. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-46, FAR case 2009-020.

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A. Background

This final rule amends the FAR to revise FAR 19.804-2(b) to conform to the SBA regulation 13 CFR 124.502(b)(3). The current FAR requires sole source offerings for construction Start Printed Page 60264requirements be submitted to the SBA District Office for the geographical area where the work is to be performed. However, the SBA regulation requires the offering letters for sole source requirements offered on behalf of a specific participant be submitted to the SBA district office servicing that concern.

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.

B. 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 1.501-3(a) and 41 U.S.C. 418b, and publication for public comments is not required.

The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in the part 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 2005-46, FAR Case 2009-020) in all correspondence.

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 19

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Dated: September 21, 2010.

Edward Loeb,

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 19.804-2 by—

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a. Revising paragraph (b)(1); and

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b. Redesignating paragraph (b)(2) as paragraph (b)(3); and adding a new paragraph (b)(2).

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The revised and added text reads as follows:

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Agency offering.
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(b)(1) An agency offering a construction requirement for which no specific offeror is nominated should submit it to the SBA District Office for the geographical area where the work is to be performed.

(2) An agency offering a construction requirement on behalf of a specific offeror should submit it to the SBA District Office servicing that concern.

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[FR Doc. 2010-24163 Filed 9-28-10; 8:45 am]