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AGENCY:

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, DoD.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Start Printed Page 25705Research and Engineering announces a proposed extension of a public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

DATES:

Consideration will be given to all comments received by July 1, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.

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 submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, write to Department of Defense Basic Research Office, ATTN: Dr. Mark Herbst, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 17C-08, Alexandria, VA, or call Dr. Herbst at 571-372-6547.

Title, Associated Form, and OMB Number: Representations to Implement Appropriation Act Provisions on Felony Convictions and Unpaid Federal Tax Liabilities, OMB Control Number 0704-0494.

Needs and Uses: The information collection will enable DoD awarding officials to exercise due diligence and continue to comply with provisions of three Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 appropriations acts that make funds available to DoD Components for obligation, as well as similar provisions that future years' appropriations acts may include. The details of the provisions in the three FY 2012 acts vary somewhat but they generally require DoD to consider suspension or debarment before using appropriated funding to enter into a grant or cooperative agreement with a corporation if the awarding official is aware that the corporation has an unpaid federal tax liability or was convicted of a felony criminal violation within the preceding 24 months. The FY 2012 provisions are in:

  • Sections 8124 and 8125 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division A of Pub. L. 112-74, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012);
  • Section 514 of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division H of Pub. L. 112-74); and
  • Sections 504 and 505 of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division B of Pub. L. 112-74).

Affected Public: Primary affected public is comprised of Not-For-Profit institutions, but may also include any other entity that submits an application or proposal to a DoD Component that may result in the award of a grant or cooperative agreement using funds subject to a relevant appropriation act provision.

Annual Burden Hours: 1,250 hours.

Number of Respondents: Estimated 2,500.

Responses per Respondent: 6 on average with a wide variation across entities.

Annual Responses: Estimated 15,000.

Average Burden Per Response: 5 minutes.

Frequency: On occasion.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Summary of Information Collection

Respondents are entities submitting applications or proposals to Department of Defense Components that may result in the award of grants or cooperative agreements. Each entity under a competitive program will be required to submit representations with its application or proposal to disclose whether it is a corporation that has an outstanding tax liability or has been convicted of a felony criminal violation within the past 24 months. Most applicants for DoD awards submit electronic applications through Grants.gov and the representations would be electronically attached to the applicant's SF 424 (OMB Control Number 4040-0004).

A memorandum to DoD Components from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering specifies wording of the representations to be used for continuing obligations of FY 2012 appropriations and provides guidance on tailoring of the wording, if needed, to conform to provisions of future appropriations acts. The memorandum may be viewed at the DoD Basic Research Office Web site (http://www.acq.osd.mil/​rd/​basic_​research/​funding/​documents/​appropriations_​act_​provisions.pdf).

An awarding official prior to making a grant or cooperative agreement award will use the information provided by the representations in judging whether the entity recommended to receive the award is eligible to do so—i.e., to decide whether the agency must first consider suspension or debarment of the entity and determine that further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government. An entity that fails to submit a required representation therefore will be ineligible to receive a grant or cooperative agreement from the agency.

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Dated: April 25, 2013.

Aaron Siegel,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2013-10356 Filed 5-1-13; 8:45 am]

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