Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Small Entity Compliance Guide.
This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Start Printed Page 70483Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-71, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-71, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
November 25, 2013.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below. Please cite FAC 2005-71 and the FAR case number. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-501-4755.
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Rules Listed in FAC 2005-71
|*I||Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors||2012-031||Chambers.|
|II||New Designated Country—Croatia||2013-019||Davis.|
Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments made by these FAR cases, refer to the specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents following these item summaries. FAC 2005-71 amends the FAR as specified below:
Item I—Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors (FAR Case 2012-031)
This final rule amends the FAR to add a new clause, Providing Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors, as part of the implementation of OMB Memorandum M-12-16, Providing Prompt Payment to Small Business Subcontractors (as extended by OMB Memorandum M-13-15, Extension of Policy to Provide Accelerated Payment to Small Business Subcontractors). This new clause requires the prime contractor, upon receipt of accelerated payments from the Government, to make accelerated payments to small business subcontractors, to the maximum extent practicable, after receipt of a proper invoice and all proper documentation from small business subcontractors. This clause will be inserted into all new solicitations issued after the effective date of this rule and resultant contracts, including solicitations and contracts for the acquisition of commercial items. This rule does not provide any new rights under the Prompt Payment Act and does not affect the application of the Prompt Payment Act late payment interest provisions. Small businesses benefit from this clause in that they should be paid more expeditiously by their prime contractor, which should improve small businesses overall cash flow.
Item II—New Designated Country—Croatia (FAR Case 2013-019)
This final rule amends the FAR to add Croatia as a new designated country under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA). Croatia joined the European Union on July 1, 2013, which is a party to the WTO GPA.
Therefore, this rule adds Croatia to the list of WTO GPA countries wherever it appears in the FAR, whether as a separate definition, part of the definition of “designated country,” the definition of “Recovery Act designated country,” or as part of the list of countries exempt from the prohibition of acquisition of products produced by forced or indentured child labor. As a member of the European Union, Croatia also is a party to the Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft.
This final rule will not have a significant economic impact on small entities.
Item III—Technical Amendments
Editorial changes are made at FAR 31.205-6, 52.202-1, 52.212-3, 52.212-5, and 52.213-4.
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Dated: November 18, 2013.
Acting Director, Office of Government-Wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-Wide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-28056 Filed 11-22-13; 8:45 am]
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