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Major System Acquisition; Earned Value Management

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AGENCY:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

NASA is issuing a final rule to delete the requirement in the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) for contractors to establish and maintain an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) for firm-fixed-price (FFP) contracts. The final rule recognizes the reduction in risk associated with FFP contracts and intends to relieve contractors of an unnecessary reporting burden.

DATES:

Effective Date: July 8, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Carl Weber, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Suite 5K80); (202) 358-1784; e-mail: carl.c.weber@nasa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 76 FR 7526 on February 10, 2011. The sixty day comment period expired April 11, 2011. Three comments were received from two respondents. No changes are made to the proposed rule as a result of public comments.

II. Discussion and Analysis of the Public Comments

Comment: The respondent suggested that the policy should more clearly define in house and external Earned Value Management Requirements.

Response: The regulation in the NASA FAR Supplement, 1834.201, is only directed toward contractor external efforts. Internal Government requirements are included but are not regulatory and not a part of this rulemaking.

Comment: The respondent suggested including a statement requiring any additional reporting requirements for FFP contracts to be identified in the solicitation or subsequent contract modification.

Response: NASA will collect the necessary data for project management and oversight. The rule states: “The contracting officer shall collaborate with the government's program/project manager to ensure the appropriate data can be obtained or generated to fulfill program management needs”. There are various methods to obtain the appropriate data, and the CO will include Data Requirements in the solicitation and/or contract as needed on a case-by-case basis.

Comment: The respondent stated that NASA should consider implementing the change to existing contracts providing additional cost savings to NASA and the industry.

Response: NASA will not require, but may consider, implementing the change on existing contracts, on a case-by-case basis.

III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

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 it relaxes previous requirements in the NASA FAR Supplement and does not impose a significant economic impact beyond that previously required.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

This final rule does not impose any new information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 1834

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William P. McNally,

Assistant Administrator for Procurement.

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Accordingly, 48 CFR Part 1834 is amended as follows:

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PART 1834—MAJOR SYSTEM ACQUISITION

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2455(a), 2473(c)(1)

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2. Section 1834.201 is revised to read as follows:

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Policy.

(a) NASA requires use of an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) on acquisitions for development or production work, including development or production work for flight and ground support systems and components, prototypes, and institutional investments (facilities, IT infrastructure, etc.) as specified below:

(1) For cost or fixed-price incentive contracts and subcontracts valued at $50 Million or more the contractor shall have an EVMS that has been determined by the cognizant Federal agency to be in compliance with the guidelines in the American National Standards Institute/Electronic Industries Alliance Standard 748, Earned Value Management Systems (ANSI/EIA-748).

(2) For cost or fixed-price incentive contracts and subcontracts valued at $20 Million or more but less than $50 Million, the contractor shall have an EVMS that complies with the guidelines in ANSI/EIA-748, as determined by the cognizant Contracting Officer.

(3) For cost or fixed-price incentive contracts and subcontracts valued at less than $20 Million the application of EVM is optional and is a risk-based decision at the discretion of the program/project manager.

(b) Requiring earned value management for firm-fixed-price (FFP) contracts and subcontracts of any dollar value is discouraged; however, a schedule management system and adequate reporting shall be required to plan and track schedule performance for development or production contracts valued at $20 Million or more. In addition, for FFP contracts that are part of a program/project of $50 Million or more, the contracting officer shall collaborate with the government's program/project manager to ensure the appropriate data can be obtained or generated to fulfill program management needs and comply with NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) 7120.5.

(c) An EVMS is not required on non-developmental contracts for engineering support services, steady state operations, basic and applied research, and routine services such as janitorial services or grounds maintenance services.

(d) Contracting officers shall request the assistance of the cognizant Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) office in determining the adequacy of proposed EVMS plans and procedures and system compliance.

(e) Notwithstanding the EVMS requirements above, if an offeror proposes to use a system that has not been determined to be in compliance with the American National Standards Institute/Electronics Industries Alliance (ANSI/EIA) Standard-748, Earned Value Management Systems, the offeror shall submit a comprehensive plan for compliance with these EVMS standards, as specified in 1852.234-1, Notice of Earned Value Management System. Offerors shall not be eliminated from consideration for contract award because they do not have an EVMS that complies with these standards.

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3. In section 1834.203-70, the introductory text is revised to read as follows:

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NASA solicitation provision and contract clause.

Except for firm-fixed price contracts and the contracts identified in 1834.201(a)(3), the contracting officer shall insert—

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[FR Doc. 2011-17116 Filed 7-7-11; 8:45 am]

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