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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Small Disadvantaged Business Self-Certification

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AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate changes made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to its Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Program.

DATES:

Effective Date: December 13, 2010.

Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before February 11, 2011 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments identified by FAC 2005-47, FAR Case 2009-019, by any of the following methods:

  • Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting “FAR Case 2009-019” under the heading “Enter Keyword or ID” and selecting “Search.” Select the link “Submit a Comment” that corresponds with “FAR Case 2009-019.” Follow the instructions provided at the “Submit a Comment” screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and “FAR Case 2009-019” on your attached document.
  • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), ATTN: Hada Flowers, 1275 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20417.

Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAC 2005-47, FAR Case 2009-019, in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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 2005-47, FAR Case 2009-019.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

This interim rule amends the FAR to allow subcontractors on Federal contracts to self-represent their status as SDBs to prime contractors. SBA published an interim final rule in the Federal Register at 73 FR 57490, October 3, 2008, to allow SDB subcontractors to provide written statements to prime contractors representing in good faith their status as an SDB concern for the purposes of subcontract awards under Federal prime contracts. Under SBA's previous regulation, only those firms that were certified by SBA as SDBs could participate as SDBs for Federal prime contract and subcontract opportunities. SBA stated that, effective October 3, 2008, it would no longer serve as a source for SDB certification for firms seeking to establish themselves as SDBs. The revision to SBA's regulation removed any uncertainty regarding SDB subcontractors' ability to self-represent themselves in good faith to prime contractors.

In order to maintain consistency between the SBA regulations and the FAR, the Councils are amending the FAR as outlined below:

  • FAR 2.101, Definitions: The term “small disadvantaged business concern” is revised to be consistent with 13 CFR part 124, which continues to recognize small business concerns that have been certified by SBA, and to add language that allows small business concerns to self-represent their status as SDBs for subcontracts.
  • FAR 19.301-1, Representations by the offeror: Amended to update citations.
  • FAR 19.703, Eligibility requirements for participating in the Start Printed Page 77738program: Amended to add language that allows the contractor to rely on small business concerns to self-represent their status as SDBs for subcontracts.
  • FAR 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns: Amended to include language that the small business concern can self-represent its SDB status in writing.
  • FAR 52.219-25, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program—Disadvantaged Status and Reporting: Amended to allow the contractor to accept written self-representations of small disadvantaged status from subcontractors.

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of the 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 Councils do not expect this interim rule to 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 this revision removes a requirement for SDBs to obtain SBA SDB certification prior to award of a subcontract. This change will be beneficial to SDBs because they will no longer have to incur the cost associated with a formal certification process. Therefore, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. The Councils invite comments from small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities.

The Councils will also consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in parts 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 2005-47, FAR Case 2009-019) 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.

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. This action is necessary because the FAR currently prohibits small business concerns that are not certified by the SBA from participating as SDB concerns for subcontracting. This interim rule implements changes promulgated by the SBA and is necessary for the FAR to be consistent with SBA's regulations pertaining to SDB certifications. However, pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 418b and FAR 1.501-3(b), the Councils will consider public comments received in response to this interim rule in the formation of the final rule.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 2, 19, and 52

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Dated: November 24, 2010.

Millisa Gary,

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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PART 2—DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS

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2. Amend section 2.101 in paragraph (b)(2), in the definition “Small disadvantaged business concern”, by—

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a. Revising the introductory text and paragraph (1)(iii);

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b. Amending paragraph (2) by removing the period at the end of the paragraph and adding a semicolon in its place; and

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c. Adding paragraph (3).

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The revised and added text reads as follows:

Definitions.
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(b) * * *

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Small disadvantaged business concern (except for 52.212-3(c)(4) and 52.219-1(b)(2) for general statistical purposes and 52.212-3(c)(9)(ii), 52.219-22(b)(2), 52.219-22(b)(1)(C), and 52.219-23(a)(3) for joint ventures under the price evaluation adjustment for small disadvantaged business concerns), consistent with 13 CFR 124.1002, means an offeror, that is a small business under the size standard applicable to the acquisition; and either—

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(iii) It is identified, on the date of its representation, as a certified small disadvantaged business concern in the CCR Dynamic Small Business Search data base maintained by the Small Business Administration;

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(3) It represents in writing that it qualifies as a small disadvantaged business (SDB) for any Federal subcontracting program if it believes in good faith that it is owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and meets the SDB eligibility criteria of 13 CFR 124.1002.

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PART 19—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

[Amended]
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3. Amend section 19.301-1 in paragraph (d), in the last sentence, by removing “

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4. Amend section 19.703 by removing from paragraph (a)(1) “HUBZone small business,” and adding “HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business,” in its place; removing from paragraph (a)(2), in the second sentence, “

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Eligibility requirements for participating in the program.
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(b) A contractor acting in good faith may rely on the written representation of its subcontractor regarding the subcontractor's status as a small business, small disadvantaged business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, or a woman-owned small business concern. The contractor, the contracting officer, or any other interested party can challenge a subcontractor's size status representation by filing a protest, in accordance with 13 CFR 121.1001 through 121.1008. Protests challenging a subcontractor's small disadvantaged business representation must be filed in accordance with 13 CFR 124.1007 through 124.1014.

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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5. Amend section 52.212-5 by revising the date of the clause; removing from paragraph (b)(11) “(MAY 2004)”, and adding “(DEC 2010)” in its place; removing from paragraph (e)(1)(ii) “(October 2000)”, and adding “(DEC

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The revised text reads as follows:

Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items.
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Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items (DEC 2010)

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Alternate II (DEC 2010). * * *

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6. Amend section 52.213-4 by revising the date of the clause, and paragraph (a)(2)(vii) to read as follows:

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Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items).
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Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items) (DEC 2010)

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(vii) 52.244-6, Subcontracts for Commercial Items (DEC 2010).

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7. Amend section 52.219-8 by—

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a. Revising the date of the clause; and

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b. In paragraph (c), in the definition “Small disadvantaged business concern”, by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (4) as paragraphs (1)(i) through (iv), respectively, and revising the newly redesignated paragraph (1)(iv); and adding paragraph (2).

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The revised and added text reads as follows:

Utilization of Small Business Concerns.
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Utilization of Small Business Concerns (DEC 2010)

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Small disadvantaged business concern * * *

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(iv) It is identified, on the date of its representation, as a certified small disadvantaged business in the CCR Dynamic Small Business Search database maintained by the Small Business Administration, or

(2) It represents in writing that it qualifies as a small disadvantaged business (SDB) for any Federal subcontracting program, and believes in good faith that it is owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and meets the SDB eligibility criteria of 13 CFR 124.1002.

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8. Amend section 52.219-25 by revising the date of the clause; revising the second sentence of paragraph (a); redesignating paragraph (b) as paragraph (c); and adding a new paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program—Disadvantaged Status and Reporting.
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Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program—Disadvantaged Status and Reporting (DEC 2010)

(a) * * * The Contractor shall obtain representations of small disadvantaged status from joint venture partners, teaming arrangement members, and subcontractors (see exception in paragraph (b) of this section) through use of a provision substantially the same as paragraph (b)(1)(i) of the provision at FAR 52.219-22, Small Disadvantaged Business Status. * * *

(b) For subcontractors that are not certified as a small disadvantaged business by the Small Business Administration, the Contractor shall accept the subcontractor's written self-representation as a small disadvantaged business, unless the Contractor has reason to question the self-representation.

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9. Amend section 52.244-6 by revising the date of the clause; and removing from paragraph (c)(1)(iii) “(MAY 2004)” and adding “(DEC 2010)” in its place.

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The revised text reads as follows:

Subcontracts for Commercial Items.
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Subcontracts for Commercial Items (DEC 2010)

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[FR Doc. 2010-30563 Filed 12-10-10; 8:45 am]

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