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The Defense Acquisition Regulations System has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).


Consideration will be given to all comments received by December 31, 2012.

Title, Associated Forms and OMB Number: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Part 232, Contract Financing, and the clause at 252.232-7002, Progress Payments for Foreign Military Sales Acquisitions; OMB Control Number 0704-0321.

Type of Request: Extension.

Number of Respondents: 381.

Responses per Respondent: Approximately 12.

Annual Responses: 4,572.

Average Burden per Response: Approximately 1.5 hours.

Annual Burden Hours: 6,858 (includes 2,286 response hours plus 4,572 recordkeeping hours).

Needs and Uses: The Arms Export Control Act requires, in the absence of a special Presidential Finding, that the U.S. Government purchase military equipment for foreign governments using foreign funds and without any charge to U.S. appropriated funds. In order to comply with this requirement, the Government needs to know how much to charge each country as progress payments are made for foreign military sales (FMS) purchases. The Government can only obtain this information from the contractor preparing the progress payment request. The clause at 252.232-7002, requires a contractor whose contract includes FMS requirements to submit a progress payment request with a supporting schedule that clearly distinguishes the contract's FMS requirements from U.S. contract requirements.

The information generated by the progress payment submission requirements of DFARS part 232 is used by contracting officers to maintain an audit trail and permit verification of calculations. The Government also uses this information to determine how much to disburse to the contractor. Absent this information, the Government would be unable to pay the FMS portion of the progress payment request, thereby breaching its contractual duties, with subsequent damages payable to the contractor; the Disbursing Officer would commit a statutory violation in wrongfully disbursing U.S. funds contrary to the Congressional instructions for payments for FMS work; or the U.S. Government would violate its fiduciary duty to the foreign country whose funds are improperly disbursed for some other country's purchases.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit and not-for- profit institutions.

Frequency: On occasion.

Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or maintain benefits.

OMB Desk Officer: Ms. Jasmeet Seehra.

Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to Ms. Seehra at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

You may also submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by the following method:

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number, and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other public submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

DoD Clearance Officer: Ms. Patricia Toppings.

Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Ms. Toppings at WHS/ESD/Information Management Division, 4800 Mark Center Drive, 2nd Floor, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.

Manuel Quinones,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

[FR Doc. 2012-28879 Filed 11-28-12; 8:45 am]