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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Clauses With Alternates-Special Contracting Methods, Major System Acquisition, and Service Contracting (DFARS Case 2014-D004)

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AGENCY:

Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to revise and update clauses and their prescriptions for special contracting methods, major system acquisition, and service contracting to create basic and alternate clauses structured in a manner to facilitate use of automated contract writing systems. The rule also includes the full text of each alternate, rather than only showing the paragraphs that differ from the basic clause.

DATES:

Effective November 5, 2014.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Janetta Brewer, telephone 571-372-6104.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

DoD published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 79 FR 30535 on May 28, 2014, to revise provisions and clauses with alternates and the associated prescriptions, in order to clarify usage and facilitate the use of automated contract writing systems. No respondents submitted comments in response to the proposed rule, and no changes were made from the proposed rule in the final rule.

II. 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 is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

III. Regulatory Flexibility Act

A final regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared consistent with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., and is summarized as follows:

The purpose of this case is to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to create unique prescriptions for the basic version and each alternate of DFARS parts 217, 234, and 237 solicitations provisions and clauses, and to include the full text of each clause alternate.

The use of unique prescriptions for the basic version and each alternate of DFARS solicitations provisions and clauses will facilitate use of automated contract writing systems. The current convention requires the prescription for the basic provision or clause to address all the possibilities covered by the Start Printed Page 65593alternates, and then the prescription for each alternate addresses only what is different for the use of that particular alternate. This rule revises the prescriptions so that the basic solicitation provision or clause and each alternate is unique and stands on its own. The prescriptions are not revised in any way to change when they are applicable to offerors, contractors, or subcontractors.

Additionally, the inclusion of the full text of each provision or clause alternate aims to make the terms of a provision or clause alternate clearer to offerors, as well as to DoD contracting officers. Instead of the current convention for alternates to show only paragraphs changed from the basic version of the provision or clause, this rule proposes to include the full text of each version of the clause. This will assist in making the terms of the clause clearer, because all paragraph substitutions will have already been made. Inapplicable paragraphs from the basic version of the clause that are superseded by the alternate are not included in the solicitation or contract to prevent confusion.

According to the Federal Procurement Data System, in fiscal year 2012, DoD made approximately 270,000 contract awards (not including modification and orders) that exceeded the micro-purchase threshold, of which approximately 180,000 (67%) were awarded to small businesses. It is unknown how many of these contracts were awarded that included an alternate to a DFARS provision or clause. This rule may result in potential offerors, including small businesses, expending more time to become familiar with and to understand the new format of the clause alternates in full text contained in contracts issued by any DoD contracting activity. The rule also anticipates saving contractors time by making all paragraph substitutions from the basic version of the clause, and not requiring the contractors to read inapplicable paragraphs contained in the basic version of the clause where alternates are also included in the solicitations and contracts. The overall burden caused by this rule is expected to be negligible and will not be any greater on small businesses than it is on large businesses.

No comments were received in response to the initial regulatory flexibility analysis.

This rule does not add any new reporting or recordkeeping requirements. The rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other Federal rules. No alternatives were identified that will accomplish the objectives of the rule.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

The rule does not contain any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 217, 234, 237, and 252

  • Government procurement
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Manuel Quinones,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, 48 CFR parts 217, 234, 237, and 252 are amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 217, 234, 237, and 252 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

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PART 217—SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODS

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2. In section 217.208-70, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Additional clauses.

(a) Use the basic or the alternate of the clause at 252.217-7000, Exercise of Option to Fulfill Foreign Military Sales Commitments, in solicitations and contracts when an option may be used for foreign military sales requirements. Do not use the basic or the alternate of this clause in contracts for establishment or replenishment of DoD inventories or stocks, or acquisitions made under DoD cooperative logistics support arrangements.

(1) Use the basic clause when the foreign military sales country is known at the time of solicitation or award.

(2) Use the alternate I clause when the foreign military sale country is not known at the time of solicitation or award.

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PART 234—MAJOR SYSTEM ACQUISITION

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3. Revise section 234.7101 to read as follows:

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Solicitation provision and contract clause.

(a) Use the basic or the alternate of the provision at 252.234-7003, Notice of Cost and Software Data Reporting System, in any solicitation that includes the basic or the alternate of the clause at 252.234-7004, Cost and Software Data Reporting.

(1) Use the basic provision when the solicitation includes the clause at 252.234-7004, Cost and Software Data Reporting—Basic.

(2) Use the alternate I provision when the solicitation includes the clause at 252.234-7004, Cost and Software Data Reporting—Alternate I.

(b) Use the basic or the alternate of the clause at 252.234-7004, Cost and Software Data Reporting System, in solicitations that include major defense acquisition programs or major automated information system programs as follows:

(1) Use the basic clause in solicitations and contracts for major defense acquisition programs or major automated information system programs that exceed $50 million.

(2) Use the alternate I clause in solicitations and contracts for major defense acquisition programs or major automated information system programs with a value equal to or greater than $20 million, but less than or equal to $50 million, when so directed by the program manager with the approval of the OSD Deputy Director, Cost Assessment.

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PART 237—SERVICE CONTRACTING

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4. In section 237.7003, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

(a) Use the basic or the alternate of the provision at 252.237-7002, Award to Single Offeror, in solicitations and contracts for mortuary services.

(1) Use the basic provision in all sealed bid solicitations for mortuary services.

(2) Use the alternate I provision in all negotiated solicitations for mortuary services.

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5. In section 237.7101, revise paragraph (e) to read as follows:

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Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.
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(e) Use the basic or an alternate of the clause at 252.237-7016, Delivery Tickets, in all solicitations and contracts for laundry and dry cleaning services.

(1) Use the basic clause when services are not to be provided on a bulk weight basis.

(2) Use the alternate I clause when services are for bag type laundry to be provided on a bulk weight basis.

(3) Use the alternate II clause when services are unsorted laundry to be provided on a bulk weight basis.

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PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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6. Amend section 252.217-7000 by—

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a. Revising the introductory text, clause title, and date;

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b. Amending paragraph (b) by removing “(Insert name of country, or To Be Determined)” and adding “(Insert name of country)” in its place; and

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b. Revising Alternate I.

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The revisions read as follows:

Exercise of option to fulfill foreign military sales commitments.

As prescribed in 217.208-70(a), use one of the following clauses:

Basic. As prescribed in 217.208-70(a)(1), use the following clause:

EXERCISE OF OPTION TO FULFILL FOREIGN MILITARY SALES COMMITMENTS—BASIC (NOV 2014)

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Alternate I. As prescribed in 217.208-70(a)(2), use the following clause, which uses a different paragraph (b) than paragraph (b) of the basic clause:

EXERCISE OF OPTION TO FULFILL FOREIGN MILITARY SALES COMMITMENTS—ALTERNATE I (NOV 2014)

(a) The Government may exercise the option(s) of this contract to fulfill foreign military sales commitments.

(b) On the date the option is exercised, the Government shall identify the foreign country for the purpose of negotiating any equitable adjustment attributable to foreign military sales. Failure to agree on an equitable adjustment shall be treated as a dispute under the Disputes clause of this contract.

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7. Amend section 252.234-7003 by—

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a. Revising the introductory text, provision title, and date;

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b. In paragraph (b) introductory text removing “offeror” and adding “Offeror” in its place; and

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c. Revising Alternate I.

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The revisions read as follows:

Notice of Cost and Software Data Reporting System.

As prescribed in 234.7101(a), use one of the following provisions:

Basic. As prescribed in 234.7101(a)(1), use the following provision:

NOTICE OF COST AND SOFTWARE DATA REPORTING SYSTEM—BASIC (NOV 2014)

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Alternate I. As prescribed in 234.7101(a)(2), use the following provision, which uses a different paragraph (c) than the basic provision:

NOTICE OF COST AND SOFTWARE DATA REPORTING SYSTEM—ALTERNATE I (NOV 2014)

(a) This solicitation includes—

(1) The Government-approved cost and software data reporting (CSDR) plan for the contract, DD Form 2794; and

(2) The related Resource Distribution Table.

(b) As part of its proposal, the Offeror shall—

(1) Describe the process to be used to satisfy the requirements of the DoD 5000.04-M-1, CSDR Manual, and the Government-approved CSDR plan for the proposed contract;

(2) Demonstrate how contractor cost and data reporting (CCDR) will be based, to the maximum extent possible, upon actual cost transactions and not cost allocations;

(3) Demonstrate how the data from its accounting system will be mapped into the standard reporting categories required in the CCDR data item descriptions;

(4) Describe how recurring and nonrecurring costs will be segregated;

(5) Provide comments on the adequacy of the CSDR contract plan and related Resource Distribution Table; and

(6) Submit the DD Form 1921, Cost Data Summary Report, and DD Form 1921-1, Functional Cost-Hour Report, with its pricing proposal.

(c) CSDR reporting will be required for subcontractors for selected subcontracts identified in the CSDR contract plan as requiring such reporting. The offeror shall identify, by providing comments on the Resource Distribution Table, the subcontractors, or, if the subcontractors have not been selected, the subcontracted effort.

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8. Amend section 252.234-7004 by—

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a. Revising the introductory text, clause title, and date; and

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b. Revising Alternate I.

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The revisions read as follows:

Cost and Software Data Reporting System.

As prescribed in 234.7101(b), use one of the following clauses:

Basic. As prescribed at 234.7101(b)(1), use the following clause:

COST AND SOFTWARE DATA REPORTING SYSTEM—BASIC (NOV 2014)

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Alternate I. As prescribed in 234.7101(b)(2), use the following clause, which uses a different paragraph (b) than the basic clause:

COST AND SOFTWARE DATA REPORTING SYSTEM—ALTERNATE I (NOV 2014)

(a) In the performance of this contract, the Contractor shall use—

(1) A documented standard cost and software data reporting (CSDR) process that satisfies the guidelines contained in the DoD 5000.04-M-1, CSDR Manual;

(2) Management procedures that provide for generation of timely and reliable information for the contractor cost data reports (CCDRs) and software resources data reports (SRDRs) required by the CCDR and SRDR data items of this contract; and

(3) The Government-approved CSDR plan for this contract, DD Form 2794, and the related Resource Distribution Table as the basis for reporting in accordance with the required CSDR data item descriptions (DIDs).

(b) The Contractor shall require CSDR reporting from selected subcontractors identified in the CSDR contract plan as requiring such reporting. If the Contractor changes subcontractors or makes new awards for selected subcontract effort, the Contractor shall notify the Government.

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9. Amend section 252.237-7002 by—

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a. Revising the introductory text, provision title, and date; and

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b. Revising Alternate I.

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The revisions read as follows:

Award to single offeror.

As prescribed in 237.7003(a), use one of the following provisions:

Basic. As prescribed in 237.7003(a)(1), use the following provision:

AWARD TO SINGLE OFFEROR—BASIC (NOV 2014)

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Alternate I. As prescribed in 237.7003(a)(2), use the following provision, which uses a different paragraph (d) than the basic provision:

AWARD TO SINGLE OFFEROR—ALTERNATE I (NOV 2014)

(a) Award shall be made to a single offeror.

(b) Offerors shall include unit prices for each item. Failure to include unit prices for each item will be cause for rejection of the entire offer.

(c) The Government will evaluate offers on the basis of the estimated quantities shown.

(d) Award will be made to that responsive, responsible offeror whose total aggregate offer is in the best interest of the Government.

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10. Amend section 252.237-7016 by—

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a. Revising the introductory text, clause title, and date; and

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b. Revising Alternates I and II.

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Delivery tickets.

As prescribed in 237.7101(e), use one of the following clauses:

Basic. As prescribed in 237.7101(e)(1), use the following clause:

DELIVERY TICKETS—BASIC (NOV 2014)

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DELIVERY TICKETS—ALTERNATE I (NOV 2014)

(a) The Contractor shall complete delivery tickets in the number of copies required and in the form approved by the Contracting Officer, when it receives the articles to be serviced.

(b) The Contractor shall include one copy of each delivery ticket with its invoice for payment.

(c) Before the Contractor picks up articles for service under this contract, the Contracting Officer will ensure that—

(1) Each bag contains only articles within a single bag type as specified in the schedule; and

(2) Each bag is weighed and the weight and bag type are identified on the bag.

(d) The Contractor shall, at time of pickup—

(1) Verify the weight and bag type and record them on the delivery ticket; and

(2) Provide the Contracting Officer, or representative, a copy of the delivery ticket.

(e) At the time of delivery, the Contractor shall record the weight and bag type of serviced laundry on the delivery ticket. The Contracting Officer will ensure that this weight and bag type are verified at time of delivery.

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Alternate II. As prescribed in 237.7101 (e)(3), use the following clause, which includes paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) not included in the basic clause:

DELIVERY TICKETS—ALTERNATE II (NOV 2014)

(a) The Contractor shall complete delivery tickets in the number of copies required and in the form approved by the Contracting Officer, when it receives the articles to be serviced.

(b) The Contractor shall include one copy of each delivery ticket with its invoice for payment.

(c) Before the Contractor picks up articles for service under this contract, the Contracting Officer will ensure that each bag is weighed and that the weight is identified on the bag.

(d) The Contractor, at time of pickup, shall verify and record the weight on the delivery ticket and shall provide the Contracting Officer, or representative, a copy of the delivery ticket.

(e) At the time of delivery, the Contractor shall record the weight of serviced laundry on the delivery ticket. The Contracting Officer will ensure that this weight is verified at time of delivery.

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