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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-81; Introduction

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


Summary presentation of an interim rule.


This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-81. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at


For effective dates and comment dates see separate documents, which follow.

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The analyst whose name appears in the table below in relation to the FAR case. Please cite FAC 2005-81 and the specific FAR case number. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-501-4755.

Rule Listed in FAC 2005-81

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Further Amendments to Equal Employment Opportunity (Interim)2015-013Loeb.
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Summary for the FAR rule follows. For the actual revisions and/or amendments made by this FAR case, refer to the specific item number and subject set forth in the document following this item summary. FAC 2005-81 amends the FAR as specified below:

I—Further Amendments to Equal Employment Opportunity (FAR Case 2015-013)

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13672, entitled “Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity”. E.O. 13672 was signed July 21, 2014. This interim rule is also implementing a final rule issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the Department of Labor, which was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 72985 on December 9, 2014, Implementation of Executive Order 13672 Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Contractors and Subcontractors.

Executive Order 11246, dated September 24, 1965, established requirements for non-discriminatory practices in hiring and employment for Federal contractors and subcontractors. The bases of discrimination prohibited by E.O. 11246 are race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. E.O. 13672 adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the prohibited bases of discrimination established by Executive Order 11246. There is no significant impact on small entities imposed by the FAR rule.

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Dated: April 7, 2015.

William Clark,

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

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Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-81 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 2005-81 is effective April 10, 2015.

Dated: April 6, 2015.

RADM Althea H. Coetzee,

Acting Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy.

Dated: April 6, 2015.

Jeffrey A. Koses,

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

Dated: April 6, 2015.

Monica Y. Manning,

Acting Assistant Administrator for Procurement, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2015-08281 Filed 4-8-15; 11:15 am]