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Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Deletion of Supplemental Coverage for the Definition of “Simplified Acquisition Threshold” (DFARS Case 2016-D007)

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


Final rule.


DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to delete the supplemental coverage for the definition “simplified acquisition threshold.” Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) final rule 2015-020 added to the FAR the simplified acquisition threshold for contracts to be awarded and performed, or purchases to be made, outside the United States in support of a humanitarian or peacekeeping operation.


Effective June 30, 2016.

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Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Julie Hammond, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP/DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060, telephone 571-372-6174.

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I. Background

DoD is amending the DFARS to delete the supplemental definition for “simplified acquisition threshold” with regard to humanitarian or peacekeeping operations at DFARS part 202. This supplemental definition was included in DFARS when there was no existing coverage in the FAR. The simplified acquisition threshold for humanitarian or peacekeeping operations has been added to the FAR under final rule 2015-020. There is no need to duplicate the definition in the DFARS; therefore, this rule removes the supplemental definition at DFARS part 202.

II. Publication of This Final Rule for Public Comment Is Not Required by Statute

41 U.S.C. 1707, Publication of Proposed Regulations, is the statute that applies to the publication of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Paragraph (a)(1) of the statute requires that a procurement policy, regulation, procedure or form (including an amendment or modification thereof) must be published for public comment if it has either a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of the agency issuing the policy, regulation, procedure or form (including an amendment or modification thereof) must be published for public comment if it has either a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of the agency issuing the policy, regulation, procedure or form, or has a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. This final rule is not required to be published for public comment, because the DFARS change to remove a definition that is being elevated to the FAR will not have any cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors.

III. 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.

IV. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold and for Commercial Items, Including Commercially Available Off-the-Shelf Items

This case does not add any new provisions or clauses or impact any existing provisions or clauses.

V. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because this final rule does not constitute a significant DFARS revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501-1, and 41 U.S.C. 1707 does not require publication for public comment.

VI. 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 Start Printed Page 42557Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 202

  • Government procurement
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Jennifer L. Hawes,

Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, 48 CFR part 202 is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 202 continues to read as follows:

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

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2. Amend section 202.101 by removing the definition of “Simplified acquisition threshold”.

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[FR Doc. 2016-15236 Filed 6-29-16; 8:45 am]