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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

This agenda provides summary descriptions of regulations being developed by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council in compliance with Executive Order 12866 “Regulatory Planning and Review.” This agenda is being published to allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process.

The Regulatory Secretariat Division has attempted to list all regulations pending at the time of publication, except for minor and routine or repetitive actions; however, unanticipated requirements may result in the issuance of regulations that are not included in this agenda. There is no legal significance to the omission of an item from this listing. Also, the dates shown for the steps of each action are estimated and are not commitments to act on or by the dates shown.

Published proposed rules may be reviewed in their entirety at the Government's rulemaking Web site at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Hada Flowers, Director, Regulatory Secretariat Division, Room 783E, 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, (202) 501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

DoD, GSA, and NASA, under their several statutory authorities, jointly issue and maintain the FAR through periodic issuance of changes published in the Federal Register and produced electronically as Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs). The electronic version of the FAR, including changes, can be accessed on the FAR Web site at http://www.acquisition.gov/far.

Dated: September 9, 2011.

Joseph A. Neurauter,

Director, Office of Acquisition Policy and Senior Procurement Executive.

DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
480FAR Case 2010-013, Privacy Training9000-AM02
481Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems9000-AM10
482FAR Case 2009-009, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act)—Reporting Requirements9000-AL21
483FAR Case 2010-008, Recovery Act Subcontract Reporting Procedures9000-AL63
484FAR Case 2008-039, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards9000-AL66
485FAR Case 2011-004, Socioeconomic Program Parity9000-AL88
486FAR Case 2010-015, Woman-Owned Small Business Program9000-AL97
487FAR Case 2010-004, Biobased Procurements9000-AM03
488FAR Case 2009-016, Constitutionality of Federal Contracting Programs for Minority-Owned and Other Small Businesses9000-AM05
489FAR Case 2011-015, Extension of Sunset Date for Protests of Task and Delivery Orders9000-AM08
490FAR Case 2011-024, Set-Asides for Small Business9000-AM12

DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
491FAR Case 2010-011, Standard Form 330 for Architect-Engineer Services9000-AM04

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Proposed Rule Stage

480. FAR Case 2010-013, Privacy Training

Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a; 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA will publish a proposed rule. This rule develops a new FAR clause to ensure that all contractors are required to complete training in the protection of privacy and the handling and safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). A number of agencies currently require that contractors who handle personally identifiable information or operate a system of records on behalf of the Federal Government complete agency-provided privacy training. However, in some circumstances an agency may provide a contractor the Privacy Act requirements, and the contractor will train its own employees, and shall upon request, provide evidence of privacy training for all applicable employees. The proposed FAR language provides flexibility for agencies to conduct the privacy training or require the contractor to conduct the privacy training.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/14/1176 FR 63896
NPRM Comment Period End12/13/11
Final Rule06/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 501-2364, Email: karlos.morgan@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AM02

481. • Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA proposes to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add a new subpart for the safeguarding of unclassified Government information within contractor information systems. The amendment would also add a contract clause to address requirements for the safeguarding of unclassified Government information.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM05/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: William Clark, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 219-1813, Email: william.clark@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AM10

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Final Rule Stage

482. FAR Case 2009-009, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The Recovery Act)—Reporting Requirements

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: This final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement section 1512 of Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which requires contractors to report on their use of Recovery Act funds.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule03/31/0974 FR 14639
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End06/01/09
Final Rule06/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: William Clark, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 219-1813, Email: william.clark@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AL21

483. FAR Case 2010-008, Recovery Act Subcontract Reporting Procedures

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: This final rule will amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to include the clause at 52.204-11 to require first-tier subcontractors to report the number of jobs resulting from Recovery Act funded subcontracts to their prime contractor. The final rule will not require the renegotiation of contracts that included the FAR clause 52.204-11 dated March 2009.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule07/02/1075 FR 38684
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End08/31/10
Final Rule06/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 501-2364, Email: karlos.morgan@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AL63

484. FAR Case 2008-039, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA will adopt as final, with changes, the interim rule that amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 2 of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110-252, which requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish a free, public, Web site containing full disclosure of all Federal contract award information. This rule requires contractors to report executive compensation and first-tier subcontractor awards on contracts expected to be $25,000 or more, except classified contracts, and contracts with individuals.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule07/08/1075 FR 39414
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End09/07/10
Final Rule03/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: William Clark, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 219-1813, Email: william.clark@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AL66

485. FAR Case 2011-004, Socioeconomic Program Parity

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA will issue a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1347 of the “Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.” Section 1347 clarifies there is no order of precedence among the small business socioeconomic programs. Accordingly, this final rule clarifies the existence of socioeconomic parity and that contracting officers may exercise discretion when determining whether an acquisition will be restricted to small businesses participating in the 8(a) Business Development Program, Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program, or the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule03/16/1176 FR 14566
Interim Final Rule Effective03/16/11
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End05/16/11
Final Action02/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 501-2364, Email: karlos.morgan@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AL88

486. FAR Case 2010-015, Woman-Owned Small Business Program

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA will issue a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 8(m) of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 637(m) to provide a tool for Federal agencies to increase Federal procurement opportunities to Women-owned Small Business (WOSB) concerns. The objective of the final rule is to assist Federal agencies in eliminating barriers to the participation by WOSBs in Federal contracting, thereby achieving the Federal Government's goal of awarding five percent of Federal contract dollars to WOSBs, as provided in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule04/01/1176 FR 18304
Interim Final Rule Effective04/01/11
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End05/31/11
Final Action02/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 501-2364, Email: karlos.morgan@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AL97

487. FAR Case 2010-004, Biobased Procurements

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement changes to 7 U.S.C. 8102, as amended by Public Law 110-246. The rule proposes to change the definition of “biobased product” and require contractors to report annually the product types and dollar value of any biobased products purchased during the preceding fiscal year on service and construct contracts where such products may be purchased.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM07/13/1176 FR 41179
NPRM Comment Period End09/12/11
Final Action03/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: William Clark, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 219-1813, Email: william.clark@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AM03

488. Far Case 2009-016, Constitutionality of Federal Contracting Programs for Minority-Owned and Other Small Businesses

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: This rule implements the decision of the Rothe case. The Rothe case concerns the constitutionality of 10 U.S.C. 2323, section 1207 as enacted in 2006, that sets a 5 percent goal of DOD contracting dollars to small businesses, incorporating minorities and the award of contracts to SDBs at prices up to 10 percent above the fair market price. The Rothe case found that section 1207 is “facially unconstitutional” and impacts not only SDBs but certain institutions of higher learning (i.e., HBCUs/MIs).

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM09/09/1176 FR 55849
NPRM Comment Period End11/08/11
Final Action06/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 501-2364, Email: karlos.morgan@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AM05

489. FAR Case 2011-015, Extension of Sunset Date for Protests of Task and Delivery Orders

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: This interim rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. The statute extends the sunset date for protests against the award of task or delivery orders by DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard from May 27, 2011 to September 30, 2016.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule07/05/1176 FR 39238
Interim Final Rule Effective07/05/11
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End09/06/11
Final Action06/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Deborah Lague, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 694-8149, Email: deborah.lague@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AM08

490. • FAR Case 2011-024, Set-Asides for Small Business

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act). Section 1331 addresses set-asides of task and delivery orders under multiple-award contracts, partial set-asides under multiple-award contracts, and the reserving of one or more multiple-award contracts that are awarded using full and open competition. Within this same context, section 1331 also addresses the Federal Supply Schedules Program managed by the General Services Administration. DoD, GSA, and NASA are coordinating with the Small Business Administration (SBA) on the development of an SBA proposed rule that will provide greater detail regarding implementation of section 1331 authorities.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule11/02/1176 FR 68032
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End01/03/12
Final Rule06/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, Phone: 202 501-2364, Email: karlos.morgan@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AM12

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Completed Actions

491. FAR Case 2010-011, Standard Form 330 for Architect-Engineer Services

Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)

Abstract: This rule deletes part 2 of the SF 330, which collects general qualifications data not related to a particular planned contract action. The Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) now collects this data centrally from interested A&E vendors at the time they complete the other representations and certifications in ORCA.

Completed:

ReasonDateFR Cite
Withdrawn by Agency Request10/26/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Curtis Glover, Phone: 202 501-1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.

RIN: 9000-AM04

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