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Information Collection; Bid Guarantees, Performance and Payment Bonds, and Alternative Payment Protections

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the FAR Council invites the public to comment upon a renewal concerning bid guarantees, performance and payment bonds, and alternative payment protections.

DATES:

Submit comments on or before June 14, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

The FAR Council invites interested persons to submit comments on this collection by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions on the site.
  • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Ms. Mandell/IC 9000-0045, Bid Guarantees, Performance and Payment Bonds, and Alternative Payment Protections.

Instructions: All items submitted must cite Information Collection 9000-0045, Bid Guarantees, Performance and Payment Bonds, and Alternative Payment Protections. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two-to-three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail). This information collection is pending at the FAR Council. The Council will submit it to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, at telephone 703-605-2868, or mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Overview of Information Collection

Description of the Information Collection

1. Type of Information Collection: Revision/Renewal of a currently approved collection.

2. Title of the Collection: Bid Guarantees, Performance and Payment Bonds, and Alternative Payment Protections.

3. Agency Form Number, if any: Standard Forms (SF) 24, 25, 25A, 25B, 34, 35, 273, 274, 275, 1416, and 1418.

Solicitation of Public Comment

Written comments and suggestions from the public should address one or more of the following four points:

(1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

B. Purpose

FAR Subparts 28.1 and 28.2; FAR clauses at 52.228-1, 52.228-2, 52.228-13, 52.228-14, 52.228-15, 52.228-16; and associated FAR standard forms implement the statutory requirements of the Miller Act (40 U.S.C. 3131 to 3134), which requires performance and payment bonds for any construction contract exceeding $150,000 unless it is impracticable to require bonds for work performed in a foreign country, or it is otherwise authorized by law. In addition, the regulations implement the notice to 40 U.S.C. 3132, entitled “Alternatives to Payment Bonds Provided by the Federal Acquisition Regulation,” which requires alternative payment protection for construction contracts that exceed $35,000 but do not exceed $150,000. Although not required by statute, under certain circumstances the FAR permits the Government to require bonds on other than construction contracts.

FAR clause 52.228-1, Bid Guarantee, as prescribed in FAR 28.101-2, requires the bidder to furnish a bid guarantee in the proper form and amount (SF 24, Bid Bond; SF 34, Annual Bid Bond).

FAR clause 52.228-2, Additional Bond Security, as prescribed in FAR 28.106-4(a), requires the Contractor to furnish additional bond security under certain circumstances. This clause is used both for construction and other than construction contracts. (SF 1415, Consent of Surety and Increase of Penalty).

FAR clause 52.228-13, Alternative Payment Protections, as prescribed in FAR 28.102-3(b), requires the Contractor to submit one of the payment protections listed in the clause by the Contracting Officer, in construction contracts greater than $35,000 but not exceeding $150,000.

FAR clause 52.228-14, Irrevocable Letter of Credit, as prescribed in FAR 28.204-4, requires offerors to provide certain information when they intend to use an irrevocable letter of credit (ILC) in lieu of a required bid bond, or to secure other types of required bonds such as performance and payment bonds. This clause is required in solicitations and contracts when a bid guarantee, or performance bonds, or performance and payment bonds are required.

FAR clause 52.228-15, Performance and Payment Bonds-Construction, as prescribed in FAR 28.102-3(a), requires the contractor to provide performance and payment bonds in construction contracts exceeding $150,000 (SF 25, Performance Bond; SF 25A, Payment Bond; SF 25B, Continuation Sheet (for SF's 24, 25, and 25A); SF 273, Reinsurance Agreement for a Miller Act Performance Bond; SF 274, Reinsurance Agreements for a Miller Act Payment Bond).

FAR clause 52.228-16, Performance and Payment Bonds-Other than Construction, as prescribed by 28.103-4, requires performance and payment bonds for other than construction contracts. This clause is only used in limited circumstances. (SF 35, Annual Start Printed Page 15225Performance Bond; SF 1416, Payment Bond for Other Than Construction Contracts; SF 275, Reinsurance Agreement in Favor of the United States; SF 1418, Performance Bond for Other than Construction Contracts).

C. Annual Reporting Burden

Respondents: 803.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Total Annual Responses: 803.

Hours per Response: 1.

Total Burden Hours: 803.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions.

Frequency: On occasion.

Obtaining Copies: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202-501-4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000-0045, Bid Guarantees, Performance and Payment Bonds, and Alternative Payment Protections, in all correspondence.

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Dated: April 10, 2019.

Janet Fry,

Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2019-07388 Filed 4-12-19; 8:45 am]

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