Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-006, Free Trade Agreements-El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, 36935-36938 [06-5707]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 28, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 22.1012–2 [Removed] 22.1012–3 [Redesignated as 22.1012–2] 22.1012–4 and 22.1012–5 [Removed] 23a. Remove sections 22.1012–2, 22.1012–4 and 22.1012–5; and redesignate 22.1012–3 as 22.1012–2. I 23b. In addition to the amendment above, revise the redesignated section 22.1012–2 to read as follows: I rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES_3 22.1012–2 Wage determinations based on collective bargaining agreements. (a) In sealed bidding, a new or changed collective bargaining agreement shall not be effective under section 4(c) of the Act if the contracting agency has received notice of the terms of the new or changed collective bargaining agreement less than 10 days before bid opening and the contracting officer determines that there is not reasonable time to incorporate the new or changed terms of the collective bargaining agreement in the solicitation. (b) For contractual actions other than sealed bidding, a new or changed collective bargaining agreement shall not be effective under section 4(c) of the Act if notice of the terms of the new or changed collective bargaining agreement is received by the contracting agency after award of a successor contract or a modification as specified in 22.1007(b), provided that the contract start of performance is within 30 days of the award of the contract or of the specified modification. If the contract does not specify a start of performance date which is within 30 days of the award of the contract or of the specified modification, or if contract performance does not commence within 30 days of the award of the contract or of the specified modification, any notice of the terms of a new or changed collective bargaining agreement received by the agency not less than 10 days before commencement of the work shall be effective for purposes of the successor contract under section 4(c) of the Act. (c) The limitations in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection shall apply only if timely notification required in 22.1010 has been given. (d) If the contracting officer has submitted an e98 to Department of Labor requesting a wage determination based on a collective bargaining agreement and has not received a response from the Department of Labor within 10 days, the contracting officer shall contact the Wage and Hour Division by telephone to determine when the wage determination can be expected. (The telephone number is provided on the e98 website.) If the Department of Labor is unable to provide the wage determination by the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:14 Jun 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 latest date needed to maintain the acquisition schedule, the contracting officer shall incorporate the collective bargaining agreement itself in a solicitation or other contract action (e.g., exercise of option) and include a wage determination referencing that collective bargaining agreement created by use of the WDOL website (see 22.1008–2(d)(2)). I 24. Revise section 22.1014 to read as follows: 22.1014 Delay over 60 days in bid opening or commencement of work. If a wage determination was obtained through the e98 process, and bid opening, or commencement of work under a negotiated contract has been delayed, for whatever reason, more than 60 days from the date indicated on the previously submitted e98, the contracting officer shall submit a new e98. Any revision of a wage determination received by the contracting agency as a result of that communication shall supersede the earlier response as the wage determination applicable to the particular acquisition subject to the time frames in 22.1012–1(b) and (c). 22.1017 36935 29. Amend section 52.222–48 by revising the section and clause headings as set forth below. I 52.222–48 Exemption from Application of Service Contract Act Provisions— Contractor Certification. * * * * * EXEMPTION FROM APPLICATION OF SERVICE CONTRACT ACT PROVISIONS— CONTRACTOR CERTIFICATION (JUN 2006) * * * 52.222–49 * * [Amended] 30. Amend section 52.222–49 by removing from the introductory text ‘‘and 22.1009–4(c)’’. I PART 53—FORMS 53.222 [Amended] 31. Amend section 53.222 by removing ‘‘99,’’ from the section heading; and removing and reserving paragraph (b). I 53.301 [Amended] 32. Remove sections 53.301–98, 53.301–98a, and 53.301–99. [REMOVE SF’S 98, 98A AND 99] I [FR Doc. 06–5708 Filed 6–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–S [Removed and Reserved] 25. Remove and reserve section 22.1017. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PART 47—TRANSPORTATION GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION I 26. Amend section 47.202 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: I 47.202 Presolicitation planning. * * * * * (a) The Service Contract Act of 1965 (SCA) requirement to obtain a wage determination by accessing the Wage Determination OnLine website (http:// www.wdol.gov) using the WDOL process or by submitting a request directly to the Department of Labor on this website using the e98 process before the issuance of an invitation for bid, request for proposal, or commencement of negotiations for any contract exceeding $2,500 that may be subject to the SCA (see Subpart 22.10); * * * * * PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 52.212–5 [Amended] 27. Amend section 52.212–5 by revising the date of the clause to read ‘‘(JUN 2006)’’; and by removing paragraph (c)(5). I 52.222–47 [Removed and Reserved] 28. Remove and reserve section 52.222–47. I PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52 [FAC 2005–10; FAR Case 2006–006; Item V; Docket 2006–0020, Sequence 10] RIN 9000–AK49 Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006–006, Free Trade Agreements—El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments. AGENCIES: SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Dominican Republic-Central AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement with respect to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. E:\FR\FM\28JNR3.SGM 28JNR3 36936 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 28, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Effective Date: June 28, 2006. Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments to the FAR Secretariat on or before August 28, 2006 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by FAC 2005–10, FAR case 2006–006 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Agency Web site: http:// www.acquisition.gov/far/ ProposedRules/comments.htm. Click on the FAR case number to submit comments. • E-mail: farcase.2006–006@gsa.gov. Include FAC 2005–10, FAR case 2006– 006, in the subject line of the message. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (VIR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurieann Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAC 2005–10, FAR case 2006–006, in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.acquisition.gov/far/ ProposedRules/comments.htm, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT For clarification of content, contact Ms. Gloria Sochon, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219–0311. Please cite FAC 2005– 10, FAR case 2006–006. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501–4755. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES_3 A. Background This rule amends FAR Part 25 and the clauses at 52.212–3, Offeror Representations and Certifications— Commercial Items, 52.212–5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders—Commercial Items, 52.225–3, Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act, 52.225– 4, Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act Certificate, 52.225–5, Trade Agreements, 52.225–11, Buy American Act— Construction Materials under Trade Agreements, and 52.225–12, Notice of Buy American Act Requirement— Construction Materials under Trade Agreements, to implement the Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with respect to VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:14 Jun 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Congress approved the CAFTA-DR in the Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Public Law 109–53). Other signatory countries to the CAFTA-DR are Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. These regulations will be amended when the CAFTA-DR takes effect for these other countries. The CAFTA-DR waives the applicability of the Buy American Act for some foreign supplies and construction materials from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua and specifies procurement procedures designed to ensure fairness in the acquisition of supplies and services. The excluded services for the CAFTADR are the same as for the Chile FTA and NAFTA. For supply and service contracts, the CAFTA-DR has the same threshold as the other FTAs ($64,786), except the Morocco FTA and the NAFTA with respect to supply contracts involving Canada. For construction contracts, CAFTA-DR has the same threshold as the Chile FTA, Morocco FTA, Singapore FTA, and the WTO GPA ($7,407,000), lower than the NAFTA threshold of $8,422,165. This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804. B. Regulatory Flexibility Act The interim rule is not expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. Although the rule opens up Government procurement to the goods and services of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the Councils do not anticipate any significant economic impact on U.S. small businesses. The Department of Defense only applies the trade agreements to the non-defense items listed at DFARS 225.401–70, and acquisitions that are set aside for small businesses are exempt. Therefore, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. The Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR parts 25 and 52 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C 601, et seq. (FAC 2005–10, FAR case 2006–006), in correspondence. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 C. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to the FAR do not impose information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. D. Determination to Issue an Interim Rule A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense (DoD), the Administrator of General Services (GSA), and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. This action is necessary because the CAFTADR took effect with respect to El Salvador on March 1, 2006, and took effect with respect to Honduras and Nicaragua on April 1, 2006. However, pursuant to Public Law 98–577 and FAR 1.501, the Councils will consider public comments received in response to this interim rule in the formation of the final rule. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52 Government procurement. Dated: June 20, 2006. Ralph De Stefano, Director, Contract Policy Division. Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR parts 25 and 52 as set forth below: I 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 25 and 52 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c). PART 25—FOREIGN ACQUISITION 2. Amend section 25.003 by— a. Revising the definition ‘‘Caribbean Basin country’’ I b. Revising paragraph (2) of the definition ‘‘Designated country’’ and removing from paragraph (4) of the definition ‘‘El Salvador,’’, ‘‘Honduras,’’, and ‘‘Nicaragua,’’ and I c. Revising the definition ‘‘Free Trade Agreement country’’. I The revised text reads as follows: I I 25.003 Definitions. * * * * * Caribbean Basin country means any of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, E:\FR\FM\28JNR3.SGM 28JNR3 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 28, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or Trinidad and Tobago. * * * * * Designated country * * * (1) * * * (2) A Free Trade Agreement country (Australia, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore); * * * * * Free Trade Agreement country means Australia, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore. * * * * * I 3. Amend section 25.400 by removing from the end of paragraph (a)(2)(iv) the word ‘‘and’’ adding at the end of paragraph (a)(2)(v) the word ‘‘and’’; and adding a new paragraph (a)(2)(vi) to read as follows: 25.400 Scope of Subpart. (a) * * * (2) * * * (i) * * * (vi) CAFTA-DR (The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, as approved by Congress in the Dominican RepublicCentral America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 109–53); * * * * * 25.401 [Amended] 4. Amend section 25.401 in paragraph (b), in the table heading, by removing from the third column ‘‘NAFTA and Chile FTA’’ and adding ‘‘NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, and Chile FTA’’ in its place. I 25.402 [Amended] 5. Amend section 25.402 in paragraph (b), in the table, by adding after ‘‘Australia FTA’’ the entry ‘‘CAFTA-DR (El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua’’) and in its corresponding line items ‘‘64,786’’, ‘‘64,786’’, and ‘‘7,407,000’’, respectively. I 6. Amend section 25.405 by adding a new sentence to the end of the paragraph to read as follows: I 25.405 Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative. * * * In accordance with Section 201 (a)(3) of the Dominican Republic— Central America—United States Free Trade Implementation Act (Pub. L. 109– 53), when the CAFTA-DR agreement enters into force with respect to a country, that country is no longer designated as a beneficiary country for purposes of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, and is therefore no longer included in the definition of ‘‘Caribbean Basin country’’ for purposes of the Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative. PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 7. Amend section 52.212–3 by— a. Revising the date of the clause; I b. Removing from paragraph (g)(1)(i) ‘‘and ‘‘United States’’ and adding ‘‘‘‘Free Trade Agreement country,’’ and ‘‘United States’’’’ in its place; I c. Revising paragraph (g)(1)(ii); and I d. Revising the paragraph headings for (g)(2) and (g)(3) by removing the parenthetical ‘‘(JAN 2004)’’. I The revised text reads as follows: I I 52.212–3 Offeror Representations and Certifications—Commercial Items. * * * [List as necessary] * 52.212–5 * * The revised and added text reads as follows: [Amended] 8. Amend section 52.212–5 by— a. Revising the date of the clause to read ‘‘(JUN 2006)’’; I b. Removing from paragraph (b)(24)(i) ‘‘(APR 2006)’’ and adding ‘‘(JUN 2006)’’ in its place and adding to the end of the paragraph ‘‘, and 109–53’’; and I c. Removing from paragraph (b)(25) ‘‘(APR 2006)’’ and adding ‘‘(JUN 2006)’’ in its place. I 9. Amend section 52.225–3 by— I a. Revising the date of the clause; I b. Removing from paragraph (a) the definition ‘‘End product of Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, or Singapore’’; and adding, in alphabetical order, the definitions ‘‘Free Trade Agreement country’’, ‘‘Free Trade Agreement country end product’’, and ‘‘Moroccan end product’’; and I c. Revising the last sentence in paragraph (c). rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES_3 I I VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:14 Jun 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 52.225–3 Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act. * * * * * BUY AMERICAN ACT—FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS—ISRAELI TRADE ACT (JUN 2006) * * * * * Definitions. * * * * * * * * Free Trade Agreement country means Australia, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore. Free Trade Agreement country end product means an article that— (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a Free Trade Agreement country; or (2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a Free Trade Agreement country into a new and different article of commerce with PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4701 * * * * * * (g)(1) * * * (i) * * * (ii) The offeror certifies that the following supplies are Free Trade Agreement country end products (other than Moroccan end products) or Israeli end products as defined in the clause of this solicitation entitled ‘‘Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act’’: Free Trade Agreement Country End Products (Other than Moroccan End Products) or Israeli End Products: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN llllllllll llllllllll llllllllll I * * OFFEROR REPRESENTATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS—COMMERCIAL ITEMS (JUN 2006) LINE ITEM NO. llllllllll llllllllll llllllllll * 36937 Sfmt 4700 a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes of calculating the value of the end product includes services (except transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article itself. * * * * * Moroccan end product means an article that— (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of Morocco; or (2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in Morocco into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but E:\FR\FM\28JNR3.SGM 28JNR3 36938 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 28, 2006 / Rules and Regulations for purposes of calculating the value of the end product includes services (except transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article itself. * * * * * (c) * * * If the Contractor specified in its offer that the Contractor would supply a Free Trade Agreement country end product (other than a Moroccan end product) or an Israeli end product, then the Contractor shall supply a Free Trade Agreement country end product (other than a Moroccan end product), an Israeli end product or, at the Contractor’s option, a domestic end product. * * * * * I 10. Amend section 52.225–4 by— I a. Revising the date of the clause; I b. Revising the second sentence of paragraph (a); and I c. Revising paragraph (b). I The revised text reads as follows: 52.225–4 Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act Certificate. * * * * * BUY AMERICAN ACT—FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS—ISRAELI TRADE ACT CERTIFICATE (JUN 2006) (a) * * * The terms ‘‘component,’’ ‘‘domestic end product,’’ ‘‘end product,’’ ‘‘foreign end product,’’ ‘‘Free Trade Agreement country,’’ ‘‘Free Trade Agreement country end product,’’ ‘‘Israeli end product,’’ ‘‘Moroccan end product,’’ and ‘‘United States’’ are defined in the clause of this solicitation entitled ‘‘Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act.’’ (b) The offeror certifies that the following supplies are Free Trade Agreement country end products (other than Moroccan end products) or Israeli end products as defined in the clause of this solicitation entitled ‘‘Buy American Act—Free Trade Agreements—Israeli Trade Act’’: Free Trade Agreement Country End Products (Other than Moroccan End Products) or Israeli End Products: LINE ITEM NO. llllllllll llllllllll llllllllll [List as necessary] * * * * * I 11. Amend section 52.225–5 by— I a. Revising the date of the clause; and I b. In paragraph (a), in the definition ‘‘Designated country’’, revising paragraph (2), and removing from paragraph (4) ‘‘El Salvador’’, ‘‘Honduras,’’, and ‘‘Nicaragua,’’. I The revised text reads as follows: 52.225–5 * * Trade Agreements. * * * TRADE AGREEMENTS (JUN 2006) * * * * * (a) Definitions. * * * Designated country * * * (1) * * * (2) Free Trade Agreement country (Australia, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore). * * * * * I 12. Amend section 52.225–11 by— I a. Revising the date of the clause; I b. In paragraph (a), in the definition ‘‘Designated country’’, revising paragraph (2), and removing from paragraph (4) ‘‘El Salvador,’’ ‘‘Honduras,’’ and Nicaragua,’’; and I c. Revising Alternate I. I The revised text reads as follows: 52.225–11 Buy American Act— Construction Materials under Trade Agreements. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES_3 * * * * * * * * * (a) Definitions. * * * Designated country * * * (2) Free Trade Agreement country (Australia, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:14 Jun 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore); * * * * * Alternate I ‘‘(JUN 2006)’’. As prescribed in 25.1102(c)(3), add the following definition of ‘‘Mexican construction material’’ to paragraph (a) of the basic clause, and substitute the following paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) for paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of the basic clause: Mexican construction material means a construction material that— (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of Mexico; or (2) In the case of a construction material that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in Mexico into a new and different construction material distinct from the materials from which it was transformed. (b) Construction materials. (1) This clause implements the Buy American Act (41 U.S.C. 10a - 10d) by providing a preference for domestic construction material. In addition, the Contracting Officer has determined that the WTO GPA and all the Free Trade Agreements except NAFTA apply to this acquisition. Therefore, the Buy American Act restrictions are waived for designated country construction materials other than Mexican construction materials. (2) The Contractor shall use only domestic or designated country construction material other than Mexican construction material in performing this contract, except as provided in paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this clause. Alternate II ‘‘(JUN 2006)’’. As prescribed in 25.1102(d)(3), add the definition of ‘‘Mexican construction material’’ to paragraph (a) and substitute the following paragraph (d) for paragraph (d) of the basic provision: * * * * * * * PO 00000 * Frm 00018 * Fmt 4701 * * * BILLING CODE 6820–EP–S * Sfmt 4700 * * * [FR Doc. 06–5707 Filed 6–27–06; 8:45 am] 52.225–12 Notice of Buy American Act Requirement—Construction Materials Under Trade Agreements. * * (3) If the Government determines that a particular exception requested in accordance with paragraph (c) of FAR clause 52.225–11 does not apply, the Government will evaluate only those offers based on use of the equivalent domestic or designated country construction material other than Mexican construction material. An offer based on use of the foreign construction material for which an exception was requested— 13. In section 52.225–12, amend Alternate II by revising the introductory text; removing paragraph (a); and revising paragraph (d)(1) and the introductory text of paragraph (d)(3) to read as follows: * * (d) Alternate offers. (1) When an offer includes foreign construction material, except foreign construction material from a designated country other than Mexico, that is not listed by the Government in this solicitation in paragraph (b)(3) of FAR clause 52.225–11, the offeror also may submit an alternate offer based on use of equivalent domestic or designated country construction material other than Mexican construction material. I BUY AMERICAN ACT—CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS UNDER TRADE AGREEMENTS (JUN 2006) * COUNTRY OF ORIGIN llllllllll llllllllll llllllllll E:\FR\FM\28JNR3.SGM 28JNR3

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 25 and 52

[FAC 2005-10; FAR Case 2006-006; Item V; Docket 2006-0020, Sequence 10]
RIN 9000-AK49


Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-006, Free Trade 
Agreements--El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

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

ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim 
rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the 
Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
with respect to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

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DATES: Effective Date: June 28, 2006.
    Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments to 
the FAR Secretariat on or before August 28, 2006 to be considered in 
the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by FAC 2005-10, FAR case 2006-006 
by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Agency Web site: http://www.acquisition.gov/far/
ProposedRules/comments.htm. Click on the FAR case number to submit 
comments.
     E-mail: farcase.2006-006@gsa.gov. Include FAC 2005-10, FAR 
case 2006-006, in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat (VIR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurieann 
Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite FAC 2005-10, FAR 
case 2006-006, in all correspondence related to this case. All comments 
received will be posted without change to http://www.acquisition.gov/
far/ProposedRules/comments.htm, including any personal and/or business 
confidential information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT For clarification of content, contact 
Ms. Gloria Sochon, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 219-0311. Please cite 
FAC 2005-10, FAR case 2006-006. For information pertaining to status or 
publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    This rule amends FAR Part 25 and the clauses at 52.212-3, Offeror 
Representations and Certifications--Commercial Items, 52.212-5, 
Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or 
Executive Orders--Commercial Items, 52.225-3, Buy American Act--Free 
Trade Agreements--Israeli Trade Act, 52.225-4, Buy American Act--Free 
Trade Agreements--Israeli Trade Act Certificate, 52.225-5, Trade 
Agreements, 52.225-11, Buy American Act--Construction Materials under 
Trade Agreements, and 52.225-12, Notice of Buy American Act 
Requirement--Construction Materials under Trade Agreements, to 
implement the Dominican Republic--Central America--United States Free 
Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with respect to El Salvador, Honduras, and 
Nicaragua. Congress approved the CAFTA-DR in the Dominican Republic--
Central America--United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act 
(Public Law 109-53). Other signatory countries to the CAFTA-DR are 
Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. These regulations 
will be amended when the CAFTA-DR takes effect for these other 
countries. The CAFTA-DR waives the applicability of the Buy American 
Act for some foreign supplies and construction materials from El 
Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua and specifies procurement procedures 
designed to ensure fairness in the acquisition of supplies and 
services.
    The excluded services for the CAFTA-DR are the same as for the 
Chile FTA and NAFTA. For supply and service contracts, the CAFTA-DR has 
the same threshold as the other FTAs ($64,786), except the Morocco FTA 
and the NAFTA with respect to supply contracts involving Canada. For 
construction contracts, CAFTA-DR has the same threshold as the Chile 
FTA, Morocco FTA, Singapore FTA, and the WTO GPA ($7,407,000), lower 
than the NAFTA threshold of $8,422,165.
    This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 
subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, 
Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is 
not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The interim rule is not expected to have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. Although the rule 
opens up Government procurement to the goods and services of El 
Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the Councils do not anticipate any 
significant economic impact on U.S. small businesses. The Department of 
Defense only applies the trade agreements to the non-defense items 
listed at DFARS 225.401-70, and acquisitions that are set aside for 
small businesses are exempt. Therefore, an Initial Regulatory 
Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. The Councils will consider 
comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR parts 25 and 
52 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such 
comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C 601, et seq. (FAC 2005-10, 
FAR case 2006-006), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to 
the FAR do not impose information collection requirements that require 
the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 
3501, et seq.

D. Determination to Issue an Interim Rule

    A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense (DoD), the Administrator of General Services (GSA), and the 
Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
(NASA) that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this 
interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. This action 
is necessary because the CAFTA-DR took effect with respect to El 
Salvador on March 1, 2006, and took effect with respect to Honduras and 
Nicaragua on April 1, 2006. However, pursuant to Public Law 98-577 and 
FAR 1.501, the Councils will consider public comments received in 
response to this interim rule in the formation of the final rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52

    Government procurement.

    Dated: June 20, 2006.
Ralph De Stefano,
Director, Contract Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR parts 25 and 52 as set forth 
below:
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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 25 and 52 continues to read 
as follows:

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 
U.S.C. 2473(c).

PART 25--FOREIGN ACQUISITION

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2. Amend section 25.003 by--
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a. Revising the definition ``Caribbean Basin country''
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b. Revising paragraph (2) of the definition ``Designated country'' and 
removing from paragraph (4) of the definition ``El Salvador,'', 
``Honduras,'', and ``Nicaragua,'' and
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c. Revising the definition ``Free Trade Agreement country''.
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25.003  Definitions.

* * * * *
    Caribbean Basin country means any of the following countries: 
Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin 
Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, 
Guyana, Haiti,

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Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. 
Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or Trinidad and Tobago.
* * * * *
    Designated country * * *
    (1) * * *
    (2) A Free Trade Agreement country (Australia, Canada, Chile, El 
Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore);
* * * * *
    Free Trade Agreement country means Australia, Canada, Chile, El 
Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore.
* * * * *
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3. Amend section 25.400 by removing from the end of paragraph 
(a)(2)(iv) the word ``and'' adding at the end of paragraph (a)(2)(v) 
the word ``and''; and adding a new paragraph (a)(2)(vi) to read as 
follows:


25.400  Scope of Subpart.

    (a) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (i) * * *
    (vi) CAFTA-DR (The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States 
Free Trade Agreement, as approved by Congress in the Dominican 
Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
Implementation Act (Pub. L. 109-53);
* * * * *


25.401  [Amended]

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4. Amend section 25.401 in paragraph (b), in the table heading, by 
removing from the third column ``NAFTA and Chile FTA'' and adding 
``NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, and Chile FTA'' in its place.


25.402  [Amended]

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5. Amend section 25.402 in paragraph (b), in the table, by adding after 
``Australia FTA'' the entry ``CAFTA-DR (El Salvador, Honduras, and 
Nicaragua'') and in its corresponding line items ``64,786'', 
``64,786'', and ``7,407,000'', respectively.
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6. Amend section 25.405 by adding a new sentence to the end of the 
paragraph to read as follows:


25.405  Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative.

    * * * In accordance with Section 201 (a)(3) of the Dominican 
Republic--Central America--United States Free Trade Implementation Act 
(Pub. L. 109-53), when the CAFTA-DR agreement enters into force with 
respect to a country, that country is no longer designated as a 
beneficiary country for purposes of the Caribbean Basin Economic 
Recovery Act, and is therefore no longer included in the definition of 
``Caribbean Basin country'' for purposes of the Caribbean Basin Trade 
Initiative.

PART 52--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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7. Amend section 52.212-3 by--
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a. Revising the date of the clause;
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b. Removing from paragraph (g)(1)(i) ``and ``United States'' and adding 
````Free Trade Agreement country,'' and ``United States'''' in its 
place;
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c. Revising paragraph (g)(1)(ii); and
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d. Revising the paragraph headings for (g)(2) and (g)(3) by removing 
the parenthetical ``(JAN 2004)''.
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The revised text reads as follows:


52.212-3  Offeror Representations and Certifications--Commercial Items.

* * * * *
    OFFEROR REPRESENTATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS--COMMERCIAL ITEMS 
(JUN 2006)
* * * * *
    (g)(1) * * *
    (i) * * *
    (ii) The offeror certifies that the following supplies are Free 
Trade Agreement country end products (other than Moroccan end products) 
or Israeli end products as defined in the clause of this solicitation 
entitled ``Buy American Act--Free Trade Agreements--Israeli Trade 
Act'':
    Free Trade Agreement Country End Products (Other than Moroccan End 
Products) or Israeli End Products:

                                                   Line Item No.
                                            --------------------
                                            --------------------
                                            --------------------
 

    [List as necessary]
* * * * *


52.212-5  [Amended]

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8. Amend section 52.212-5 by--
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a. Revising the date of the clause to read ``(JUN 2006)'';
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b. Removing from paragraph (b)(24)(i) ``(APR 2006)'' and adding ``(JUN 
2006)'' in its place and adding to the end of the paragraph ``, and 
109-53''; and
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c. Removing from paragraph (b)(25) ``(APR 2006)'' and adding ``(JUN 
2006)'' in its place.
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9. Amend section 52.225-3 by--
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a. Revising the date of the clause;
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b. Removing from paragraph (a) the definition ``End product of 
Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, or Singapore''; and adding, in 
alphabetical order, the definitions ``Free Trade Agreement country'', 
``Free Trade Agreement country end product'', and ``Moroccan end 
product''; and
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c. Revising the last sentence in paragraph (c).
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The revised and added text reads as follows:


52.225-3  Buy American Act--Free Trade Agreements--Israeli Trade Act.

* * * * *
    BUY AMERICAN ACT--FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS--ISRAELI TRADE ACT (JUN 
2006)
* * * * *
    Definitions. * * *
* * * * *
    Free Trade Agreement country means Australia, Canada, Chile, El 
Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore.
    Free Trade Agreement country end product means an article that--
    (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a Free Trade 
Agreement country; or
    (2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of 
materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a 
Free Trade Agreement country into a new and different article of 
commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the 
article or articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a 
product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes 
of calculating the value of the end product includes services (except 
transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the 
value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article 
itself.
* * * * *
    Moroccan end product means an article that--
    (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of Morocco; or
    (2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of 
materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in 
Morocco into a new and different article of commerce with a name, 
character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from 
which it was transformed. The term refers to a product offered for 
purchase under a supply contract, but

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for purposes of calculating the value of the end product includes 
services (except transportation services) incidental to the article, 
provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed 
that of the article itself.
* * * * *
    (c) * * * If the Contractor specified in its offer that the 
Contractor would supply a Free Trade Agreement country end product 
(other than a Moroccan end product) or an Israeli end product, then the 
Contractor shall supply a Free Trade Agreement country end product 
(other than a Moroccan end product), an Israeli end product or, at the 
Contractor's option, a domestic end product.
* * * * *
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10. Amend section 52.225-4 by--
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a. Revising the date of the clause;
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b. Revising the second sentence of paragraph (a); and
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c. Revising paragraph (b).
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52.225-4  Buy American Act--Free Trade Agreements--Israeli Trade Act 
Certificate.

* * * * *
    BUY AMERICAN ACT--FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS--ISRAELI TRADE ACT 
CERTIFICATE (JUN 2006)
    (a) * * * The terms ``component,'' ``domestic end product,'' ``end 
product,'' ``foreign end product,'' ``Free Trade Agreement country,'' 
``Free Trade Agreement country end product,'' ``Israeli end product,'' 
``Moroccan end product,'' and ``United States'' are defined in the 
clause of this solicitation entitled ``Buy American Act--Free Trade 
Agreements--Israeli Trade Act.''
    (b) The offeror certifies that the following supplies are Free 
Trade Agreement country end products (other than Moroccan end products) 
or Israeli end products as defined in the clause of this solicitation 
entitled ``Buy American Act--Free Trade Agreements--Israeli Trade 
Act'':
    Free Trade Agreement Country End Products (Other than Moroccan End 
Products) or Israeli End Products:

                                                   Line Item No.
                                            --------------------
                                            --------------------
                                            --------------------
 

    [List as necessary]
* * * * *
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11. Amend section 52.225-5 by--
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a. Revising the date of the clause; and
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b. In paragraph (a), in the definition ``Designated country'', revising 
paragraph (2), and removing from paragraph (4) ``El Salvador'', 
``Honduras,'', and ``Nicaragua,''.
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The revised text reads as follows:


52.225-5  Trade Agreements.

* * * * *
    TRADE AGREEMENTS (JUN 2006)
* * * * *
    (a) Definitions. * * *
    Designated country * * *
    (1) * * *
    (2) Free Trade Agreement country (Australia, Canada, Chile, El 
Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore).
* * * * *
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12. Amend section 52.225-11 by--
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a. Revising the date of the clause;
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b. In paragraph (a), in the definition ``Designated country'', revising 
paragraph (2), and removing from paragraph (4) ``El Salvador,'' 
``Honduras,'' and Nicaragua,''; and
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c. Revising Alternate I.
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The revised text reads as follows:


52.225-11  Buy American Act--Construction Materials under Trade 
Agreements.

* * * * *
    BUY AMERICAN ACT--CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS UNDER TRADE AGREEMENTS 
(JUN 2006)
* * * * *
    (a) Definitions. * * *
    Designated country * * *
    (2) Free Trade Agreement country (Australia, Canada, Chile, El 
Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, or Singapore);
* * * * *
    Alternate I ``(JUN 2006)''. As prescribed in 25.1102(c)(3), add 
the following definition of ``Mexican construction material'' to 
paragraph (a) of the basic clause, and substitute the following 
paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) for paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of the 
basic clause:
    Mexican construction material means a construction material 
that--
    (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of Mexico; or
    (2) In the case of a construction material that consists in 
whole or in part of materials from another country, has been 
substantially transformed in Mexico into a new and different 
construction material distinct from the materials from which it was 
transformed.
    (b) Construction materials. (1) This clause implements the Buy 
American Act (41 U.S.C. 10a - 10d) by providing a preference for 
domestic construction material. In addition, the Contracting Officer 
has determined that the WTO GPA and all the Free Trade Agreements 
except NAFTA apply to this acquisition. Therefore, the Buy American 
Act restrictions are waived for designated country construction 
materials other than Mexican construction materials.
    (2) The Contractor shall use only domestic or designated country 
construction material other than Mexican construction material in 
performing this contract, except as provided in paragraphs (b)(3) 
and (b)(4) of this clause.
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13. In section 52.225-12, amend Alternate II by revising the 
introductory text; removing paragraph (a); and revising paragraph 
(d)(1) and the introductory text of paragraph (d)(3) to read as 
follows:


52.225-12  Notice of Buy American Act Requirement--Construction 
Materials Under Trade Agreements.

* * * * *
    Alternate II ``(JUN 2006)''. As prescribed in 25.1102(d)(3), add 
the definition of ``Mexican construction material'' to paragraph (a) 
and substitute the following paragraph (d) for paragraph (d) of the 
basic provision:
* * * * *
    (d) Alternate offers. (1) When an offer includes foreign 
construction material, except foreign construction material from a 
designated country other than Mexico, that is not listed by the 
Government in this solicitation in paragraph (b)(3) of FAR clause 
52.225-11, the offeror also may submit an alternate offer based on 
use of equivalent domestic or designated country construction 
material other than Mexican construction material.
* * * * *
    (3) If the Government determines that a particular exception 
requested in accordance with paragraph (c) of FAR clause 52.225-11 
does not apply, the Government will evaluate only those offers based 
on use of the equivalent domestic or designated country construction 
material other than Mexican construction material. An offer based on 
use of the foreign construction material for which an exception was 
requested--
* * * * *
[FR Doc. 06-5707 Filed 6-27-06; 8:45 am]
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