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Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations

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AGENCY:

General Services Administration (GSA).

ACTION:

Request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” GSA is seeking input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales programs, that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before July 31, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments identified by “Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations” by any of the following methods:

  • Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching for Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations. Select the link “Comment Now” that corresponds with “Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations.” Follow the instructions provided on the screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and “Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations” on your attached document.
  • Google form found at: https://goo.gl/​forms/​GahAhb2aT4MVlREo1. If you are commenting via the google form, please note that each regulation or part that you are identifying for repeal, replacement or modification should be entered into the form separately. This will assist GSA in its tracking and analysis of the comments received.
  • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Francine Serafin, Office of Government-wide Policy, 202-705-8659, or via email at francine.serafin@gsa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary Start Printed Page 24654regulatory burdens” on the American people. Section 3(a) of the E.O. directs federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force). One of the duties of the Task Force is to evaluate existing regulations and “make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification.” The E.O. further asks that each Task Force “attempt to identify regulations that:

(i) Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;

(ii) are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;

(iii) impose costs that exceed benefits;

(iv) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies;

(v) are inconsistent with the requirements of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriates Act, 2001 (44 U.S.C. 3516 note), or the guidance issued pursuant to that provision in particular those regulations that rely in whole or in part on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or that are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard of reproducibility; or

(vi) derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.”

Section 3(e) of the E.O. calls on the Task Force to “seek input and other assistance, as permitted by law, from entities significantly affected by Federal regulations, including State, local, and tribal governments, small businesses, consumers, non-governmental organizations, and trade associations” on regulations that meet some or all of the criteria above. Through this notice, GSA is soliciting such input from the public to inform its Task Force's evaluation. This notice is specifically requesting input on existing acquisition regulations, policies, and guidance issued by GSA (e.g., GSAR, GSA handbooks) or by the Federal Acquisition Service or the Public Building Service. Examples of regulations, policies, and guidance GSA is requesting input on include GSA's supplement to the FAR, the GSA Acquisition Regulations (GSAR), the GSA Acquisition Manual (GSAM), or acquisition policies, standards, business practices and guidance that have not been codified through regulation, but may be still be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.

GSA has recently received public comments on Commercial Software Licenses and Order Level Materials (Other Direct Costs). These rules are currently in the final rulemaking stages and additional comments are not requested.

GSA is particularly interested in comments on areas not recently addressed, such as evergreen, price adjustments, catalogs, requirements relating to utilities, construction, and facilities. In addition, the recent Transactional Data Reporting rule is a final rule and is in a pilot stage. As such, comments on it, along with the Price Reduction Clause and the Commercial Sales Practice format, are also encouraged.

GSA requests that comments be as specific as possible, include any supporting data or other information such as cost information, provide a Federal Register (FR) or Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) citation when referencing a specific regulation, or cite a FAS or PBS clause number when citing service level policy. To be beneficial, comments should provide specific suggestions regarding repeal, replacement or modification. Although the agency may not respond to each individual comment, the GSA values public feedback and will give careful consideration to all input that it receives. GSA will also be conducting targeted outreach on this same topic.

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Dated: May 23, 2017.

Michael Downing,

Regulatory Reform Officer, Office of the Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2017-11052 Filed 5-26-17; 8:45 am]

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