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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2020-07; Introduction

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Summary presentation of final rules.

SUMMARY:

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) 2020-07. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC.

DATES:

For effective dates see the separate documents published in the RULES section of this issue of the Federal Register.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The analyst whose name appears in the table below in relation to the FAR case. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755 or GSARegSec@gsa.gov.

Rule Listed in FAC 2020-07

ItemSubjectFAR caseAnalyst
IRequirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification2015-002Glover.
IIIncreased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds2018-004Jackson.
IIIEvaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts2017-010Jackson.
IVModifications to Cost or Pricing Data Requirements2018-005Delgado.
VOrders Issued Via Fax or Electronic Commerce2018-022Glover.
VITechnical Amendments
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ADDRESSES:

The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the internet at https://www.regulations.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments made by these FAR rules, refer to the specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents following these item summaries. FAC 2020-07 amends the FAR as follows:

Item I—Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification (FAR Case 2015-002)

This final rule amends the FAR to provide procedures for use of the DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification, and the use of the Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE) for electronic submission to streamline the submission process. It requires use of the DD Form 254 by DoD components, and by nondefense agencies that have industrial security services agreements with DoD, and requires the use of the National Industrial Security Program Contracts Classification System module of the PIEE, unless the nondefense agency has an existing DD Form 254 information system.

Item II—Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds (FAR Case 2018-004)

This final rule increases the micro-purchase threshold (MPT) from $3,500 to $10,000, increases the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) from $150,000 to $250,000, and increases the special emergency procurement authority in paragraph (2) from $300,000 to $500,000. The rule also clarifies certain procurement terms, as well as aligns some non-statutory thresholds with the MPT and SAT. It implements section 217(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and sections 805, 806, and 1702(a) of the NDAA for FY 2018.

This final rule will likely have a positive significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Item III—Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts (FAR Case 2017-010)

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the FAR to implement section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328). The final rule modifies the requirement to consider price or cost as an evaluation factor for the award of certain multiple-award task order contracts issued by DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard. Specifically, the rule provides that, at the Government's discretion, solicitations for multiple-award contracts for the same or similar services that state the Government intends to award a contract to each qualifying offeror do not require price or cost as an evaluation factor for contract award. This exception does not apply to solicitations for multiple-award contracts that provide for sole source orders pursuant to 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)). When price or cost is not evaluated during contract award, the contracting officer shall consider price or cost as a factor for the award of each order under the contract. Section 825 also amends 10 U.S.C. 2304c(b) to add exemptions for the use of competitive procedures when placing an order under a multiple-award contract.

Item IV—Modifications to Cost or Pricing Data Requirements (FAR Case 2018-005)

This final rule increases the threshold for requesting certified cost or pricing data from $750,000 to $2 million for contracts entered into after June 30, 2018. For earlier contracts, contractors may request a modification to use the new clause Alternates, with the new $2 million threshold for subcontracts awarded on or after July 1, 2018. The rule implements section 811 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, Public Law 115-91.

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Item V—Orders Issued Via Fax or Electronic Commerce (FAR Case 2018-022)

This final rule amends a FAR clause to permit the issuance of task or delivery orders via facsimile or electronic commerce and clarify when an order is considered “issued” when using these methods. As a result, contracting officers will no longer need to include supplemental ordering language in the contract when anticipating the use of fax or electronic commerce to issue task or delivery orders. The authority to issue orders orally must still be separately authorized in the contract. A common understanding of when a task or delivery order is considered issued, in such situations, will be applied Governmentwide.

Item VI—Technical Amendments

Editorial changes are made at FAR 5.205, 9.109-4, 27.405-3, 52.209-13, and 52.212-5.

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William F. 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) 2020-07 is issued under the authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Unless otherwise specified, all Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other directive material contained in FAC 2020-07 is effective July 2, 2020 except for Items I, III, IV and V, which are effective August 3, 2020, and item II, which is effective August 31, 2020.

Kim Herrington,

Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Department of Defense.

Jeffrey A. Koses,

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

William G. Roets, II,

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

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[FR Doc. 2020-12761 Filed 7-1-20; 8:45 am]

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