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Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to delete obsolete regulations relating to the year 2000 compliance.
Effective: December 26, 2014.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Edward Loeb, Procurement Analyst, at 202-501-0650, for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-78, FAR Case 2014-006.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
DoD, GSA, and NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 79 FR 16274 on March 25, 2014. No public comments were submitted. The final rule makes no changes from the proposed rule.
DoD, GSA, and NASA are amending the FAR to delete obsolete coverage relating to the year 2000 compliance at FAR 39.002, 39.101(a) and 39.106. Also, the rule makes conforming changes to FAR 39.107 and the introductory text to the clause at FAR 52.239-1. The year 2000 coverage is outdated, and no longer needed because all of the issues addressing the transition to year 2000 compliance language have been resolved. Executive Order (E.O.) 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, on retrospective review of regulations, requires agencies to conduct a review and analysis of their regulations and prepare a plan listing regulations that should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed to make the agency's regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives. The Start Printed Page 70344deletion of this outdated FAR text is consistent with this E.O.
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
DoD, GSA, and NASA have prepared a Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) consistent with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. The FRFA is summarized as follows:
This rule amends the FAR to delete obsolete coverage relating to the year 2000 compliance at FAR 39.002, 39.101(a) and 39.106. Also, the rule makes conforming changes to FAR 39.107 and the introductory text to the clause at FAR 52.239-1. The year 2000 coverage is no longer needed because all of the issues addressing the transition to year 2000 compliance language have been resolved. Based upon FPDS data, there were 9021 IT contractors in FY 2013, of which 6284 were small businesses. The impact on small businesses is expected to be neutral since we are deleting an obsolete requirement.
The Regulatory Secretariat has submitted a copy of the FRFA to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the FRFA from the Regulatory Secretariat.
V. Paperwork Reduction Act
The rule does not contain any new 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).Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 39 and 52
- Government procurement
Dated: November 17, 2014.
Acting Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.
Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR parts 39 and 52 as set forth below:Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 39 and 52 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 39—ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
2. Amend section 39.002 by removing the definition “Year 2000 compliant”.End Amendment Part
3. Amend section 39.101 by removing paragraph (a); and redesignating paragraphs (b) through (e) as paragraphs (a) through (d), respectively.End Amendment Part
4. Remove section 39.106.End Amendment Part
5. Redesignate section 39.107 as section 39.106.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 52-SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES
6. Amend section 52.239-1 by removing from the introductory text “39.107” and adding “39.106” in its place.End Amendment Part End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 2014-27660 Filed 11-24-14; 8:45 am]
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