Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Notice of request for public comments regarding an extension to an existing OMB clearance.
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection concerning subcontractor requests for bonds. A notice published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 28808 on May 24, 2010 and one comment was received.
Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to Start Printed Page 62541respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Submit comments on or before November 12, 2010.
Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000-0135 by any of the following methods:
- Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov.
Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting “Information Collection 9000-0135” under the heading “Enter Keyword or ID” and selecting “Search.” Select the link “Submit a Comment” that corresponds with “Information Collection 9000-0135.” Follow the instructions provided at the “Submit a Comment” screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and “Information Collection 9000-0135” on your attached document.
- Fax: 202-501-4067.
- Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4041, Washington, DC 20405. Attn: Hada Flowers/IC 9000-0135.
Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 9000-0135, in all correspondence related to this collection. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms. Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, Acquisition Policy Division, GSA (202) 219-0202 or e-mail Cecelia.firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Part 28 of the FAR contains guidance related to obtaining financial protection against damages under Government contracts (e.g., use of bonds, bid guarantees, insurance etc.). Part 52 contains the texts of solicitation provisions and contract clauses. These regulations implement a statutory requirement for information to be provided by Federal contractors relating to payment bonds furnished under construction contracts which are subject to the Miller Act (40 U.S.C. 270a-270d). This collection requirement is mandated by Section 806 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1992 and 1993 (Pub. L. 102-190), as amended by Section 2091 of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-335). The clause at 52.228-12, Prospective Subcontractor Requests for Bonds, implements Section 806(a)(3) of Public Law 102-190, as amended, which specifies that, upon the request of a prospective subcontractor or supplier offering to furnish labor or material for the performance of a construction contract for which a payment bond has been furnished to the United States pursuant to the Miller Act, the contractor shall promptly provide a copy of such payment bond to the requestor.
In conjunction with performance bonds, payment bonds are used in Government construction contracts to secure fulfillment of the contractor's obligations under the contract and to assure that the contractor makes all payments, as required by law, to persons furnishing labor or material in performance of the contract. This regulation provides prospective subcontractors and suppliers a copy of the payment bond furnished by the contractor to the Government for the performance of a Federal construction contract subject to the Miller Act. It is expected that prospective subcontractors and suppliers will use this information to determine whether to contract with that particular prime contractor. This information has been and will continue to be available from the Government. The requirement for contractors to provide a copy of the payment bond upon request to any prospective subcontractor or supplier under the Federal construction contract is contained in Section 806(a)(3) of Public Law 102-190, as amended by Sections 2091 and 8105 of Public Law 103-355.
One comment was received. The commenter expressed support for extending this information collection. The commenter had some concern because subcontractors are not receiving payment bonds from the prime contractor upon request. The Miller Act allows subcontractors to request a copy of the payment bond from the prime contractor. In addition, FAR 28.106-6(d) requires the contracting officer to provide a copy of the payment bond to subcontractors upon request. The commenter recommended that the Government consider creating an online system for prospective subcontractors and suppliers to view and print copies of the payment bond. At this time, the online system is deemed unnecessary because there are other alternatives currently in place to receive this information. As stated earlier, the FAR currently requires the contracting officer to provide to the subcontractor a copy of the payment bond upon request as stated in FAR 28.106(d). The Government is unaware of problems resulting from this option.
B. Annual Reporting Burden
Responses per Respondent: 5.
Total Responses: 63,490.
Hours per Response: .25.
Total Burden Hours: 15,872.50.
Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4041, Washington, DC 20405, telephone (202) 501-4755. Please cite OMB Control Number 9000-0135, Prospective Subcontractor Requests for Bonds, in all correspondence.Start Signature
Dated: October 6, 2010.
Edward C. Loeb,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
[FR Doc. 2010-25649 Filed 10-8-10; 8:45 am]
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