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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-80; Introduction

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AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Summary presentation of final rules.

SUMMARY:

This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-80. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

DATES:

For effective dates see the separate documents, which follow.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The analyst whose name appears in the table below in relation to the FAR case. Please cite FAC 2005-80 and the specific FAR case number. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-501-4755.

Rules Listed in FAC 2005-80

ItemSubjectFAR caseAnalyst
IEnding Trafficking in Persons2013-001Davis.
IIManagement and Oversight of the Acquisition of Services2014-008Jackson.
IIITechnical Amendments
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments made by these rules, refer to the specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents following these item summaries. FAC 2005-80 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I—Ending Trafficking in Persons (FAR Case 2013-001)

This final rule amends the FAR to implement Executive Order 13627 and Title XVII of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and promotes the United States policy prohibiting trafficking in persons. Contractors and subcontractors must disclose to employees the key conditions of employment, starting with wages and work location; no recruiting fees are allowed to be charged to employees.

Compliance plans and annual certifications are required for portions of contracts over $500,000 performed outside the United States, except for commercially available off-the-shelf items of supply; plans shall be appropriate to the size and complexity of the contract or subcontract, and the nature and scope of the activities under the contract or subcontract. These plan exceptions will significantly reduce the impact on small entities.

Contracting officers should specify in the contract whether a written employee work document is required, which notifies the employee of certain details about the work and about trafficking in persons. The contracting officer is also required to notify the agency Inspector General, debarring and suspending official, and, if appropriate, law enforcement of credible information regarding violations. The contracting officer is required to put into FAPIIS violations substantiated by the agency Inspector General, after a final agency determination.

Item II—Management and Oversight of the Acquisition of Services (FAR Case 2014-008)

This final rule amends the FAR to implement a recommendation to strengthen guidance on service acquisitions by incorporating at FAR 37.101 the definitions relating to “uncompensated overtime” presently set forth in FAR 52.237-10(a), except that the defined term “uncompensated overtime rate” has been changed to “adjusted hourly rate (including uncompensated overtime).” Additionally, the definition of the new term “adjusted hourly rate (including uncompensated overtime)” clarifies that the proposed hours per week include uncompensated overtime hours over and above the standard 40-hour work week. FAR 52.237-10 is further amended to clarify the application of the adjusted hourly rate, and categorization of proposed hours subject to the adjusted hourly rate. In addition, FAR 52.237-10 has been amended to reflect that all proposed labor hours subject to the adjusted hourly rate shall be identified as either regular or overtime hours, by labor categories. Finally, FAR 37.115-2 has been amended to add a paragraph (d) to clarify that when there is uncompensated overtime, the adjusted hourly rate, rather than the hourly rate shall be applied to all proposed hours, whether regular or overtime hours.

This rule is not expected to have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. This final rule is also not expected to have a significant impact on contracting officers because it only clarifies policy that is already stated in the FAR. These requirements affect only the internal operating procedures of the Government.

Item III—Technical Amendments

Editorial changes are made at FAR 46.202-4, 52.212-3, and 52.225-18.

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Dated: January 22, 2015.

William Clark,

Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

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Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-80 is issued under the authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Unless otherwise specified, all Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other directive material contained in FAC 2005-80 is effective March 2, 2015.

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Dated: January 22, 2015.

Richard Ginman,

Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy.

Dated: January 22, 2015.

Jeffrey A. Koses,

Senior Procurement Executive/Deputy CAO, Office of Acquisition Policy, U.S. General Services Administration.

Dated: January 21, 2015.

William P. McNally,

Assistant Administrator, Office of Procurement National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2015-01523 Filed 1-28-15; 8:45 am]

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