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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-82; Introduction

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


Summary presentation of final rules.


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) 2005-82. 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 see the 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 2005-82 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 2005-82

ItemSubjectFAR CaseAnalyst
IEqual Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities2014-013Loeb.
IIReview and Justification of Pass-Through Contracts2013-012Hopkins.
IIIEnhancements to Past Performance Evaluation Systems2014-010Glover.
IVTechnical Amendments
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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 2005-82 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I—Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities (FAR Case 2014-013)

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule adopting the interim rule published July 25, 2014, without change. The interim rule amended the FAR to implement final rules issued on September 24, 2013, by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the Department of Labor (DOL) relating to equal opportunity and affirmative action for veterans and individuals with disabilities. The DOL rules provide clarification of mandatory listing of employment openings, the posting of notices, making notices accessible to persons with disabilities, and requiring nondiscrimination statements in contractor solicitations or advertisements for employees. The FAR clauses were restructured in the interim rule to provide a citation to the applicable clause in the DOL regulations and include a statement that summarizes contractors' top level obligations under each clause. There is no significant impact on small entities imposed by the FAR rule.

Item II—Review and Justification of Pass-Through Contracts (FAR Case 2013-012)

This final rule amends the FAR to implement section 802 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Pub. L. 112-239), which provided for additional requirements relative to the review and justification of pass-through contracts. In those instances where an offeror for a contract, task order, or delivery order informs the agency pursuant to FAR 52.215-22 of their intention to award subcontracts for more than 70 percent of the total cost of work to be performed under the contract, task order, or delivery order, section 802 requires the contracting officer to (1) consider the availability of alternative contract vehicles and the feasibility of contracting directly with a subcontractor or subcontractors that will perform the bulk of the work; (2) make a written determination that the contracting approach selected is in the best interest of the Government; and (3) document the basis for such determination. These statutory requirements are being implemented in FAR 15.404-1(h) and for consistency purposes are applicable to all of the agencies subject to the FAR even though section 802 only applied to the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Because the rule augments the current responsibilities of contracting officers relative to the review and justification of pass-through contracts and does not initiate or impose any new administrative or performance requirements on contractors, and specifically exempts contract actions awarded pursuant to FAR subparts 19.5, 19.8, 19.13, 19.14, or 19.15, there is no impact on small businesses.

Item III—Enhancements to Past Performance Evaluation Systems (FAR Case 2014-010)

This final rule changes the language at FAR 42.1502 to accommodate the recent merger of the Architect-Engineer Contract Administration Support System (ACASS) and the Construction Contractor Appraisal Support System (CCASS) as modules within the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) database. This action will standardize the past performance reporting requirements under the CPARS database. The ACASS and CCASS modules were merged into CPARS on July 1, 2014.

This change does not place any new requirements on small entities.

Item IV—Technical Amendments

Editorial changes are made at FAR 4.905(a), 22.102-2(a), 39.101(a)(1)(ii), 52.212-4(v), 52.212-5(b)(36)(i), (b)(36)(ii), (b)(39)(ii), and (e)(1)(v), 52.213-4(a) and (b), and 52.223-16.

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Dated: April 30, 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) 2005-82 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 2005-82 is effective May 7, 2015 except for items II and III, which are effective June 8, 2015.

Dated: April 29, 2015.

RADM Althea H. Coetzee,

Acting Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy

Dated: May 1, 2015.

Jeffrey A. Koses,

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

Dated: April 28, 2015.

William P. McNally,

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

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[FR Doc. 2015-11027 Filed 5-6-15; 8:45 am]