Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-030, Trade Agreements-Thresholds, 57375 [06-8207]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 188 / Thursday, September 28, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 22, 25, and 52 [FAC 2005–13; FAR Case 2005–030; Item V;Docket 2006–0020, Sequence 15] RIN 9000–AK40 Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005–030, Trade Agreements— Thresholds Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCIES: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES2 SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have adopted as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the increased thresholds for the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and Free Trade Agreements. DATES: Effective Date: September 28, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact Ms. Jeritta Parnell, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501–4082. Please cite FAC 2005– 13, FAR case 2005–030. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501–4755. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background The Councils published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 71 FR 864, January 5, 2006, to implement the increased thresholds for the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and Free Trade Agreements. Every two years, the trade agreements thresholds are escalated according to a pre-determined formula set forth in the agreements. The United States Trade Representative published the new thresholds in the Federal Register at 70 FR 73510 to 73511, December 12, 2005. No comments were received by the close of the public comment period on March 6, 2006, therefore, the Councils agreed to convert the interim rule to a final rule. This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:44 Sep 27, 2006 Jkt 028001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE B. Regulatory Flexibility Act DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 57375 NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify that this final rule will not 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., because the threshold changes are in line with inflation and only maintain the status quo. C. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act does apply, because the final rule affects the certification and information collection requirements in the provisions at FAR 52.212–3, 52.225–4, 52.225–6, and 52.225–11 currently approved under OMB clearances 9000–0136, 9000–0130, 9000–0025, and 9000–0141 respectively. There is, however, no change to these clearances because the threshold changes are due to inflation and only maintain the status quo. As a result, these FAR changes do not impose additional information collection requirements. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 22, 25, and 52 Government procurement. Dated: September 19, 2006 Ralph De Stefano, Director,Contract Policy Division. Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 22, 25 and 52, which was published at 71 FR 864, January 5, 2006, is adopted as a final rule without change. I [FR Doc. 06–8207 Filed 9–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–S PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52 [FAC 2005–13; FAR Case 2005–034; Item VI; Docket 2006–0020, Sequence 9] RIN 9000–AK52 Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005–034, Reporting of Purchases from Overseas Sources 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 Section 837 of Division A of the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (Pub. L. 109– 115) and similar sections in subsequent appropriations acts. Section 837 requires the head of each Federal agency to submit a report to Congress relating to acquisitions of articles, materials, or supplies that are manufactured outside the United States. This rule amends the FAR to request from offerors necessary data regarding place of manufacture. DATES: Effective Date: September 28, 2006. Applicability Date: This amendment is mandatory for solicitations issued and contracts awarded on or after October 1, 2006. To meet the congressionally mandated reporting requirement, agencies may incorporate the new FAR provision 52.225–18 or corresponding requirement at 52.212–3 in solicitations issued or contracts awarded prior to October 1, 2006. Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments to the FAR Secretariat on or before November 27, 2006 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by FAC 2005–13, FAR case 2005–034, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Search for this document at the ‘‘Federal Acquisition E:\FR\FM\28SER2.SGM 28SER2

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 22, 25, and 52

[FAC 2005-13; FAR Case 2005-030; Item V;Docket 2006-0020, Sequence 15]
RIN 9000-AK40


Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-030, Trade 
Agreements--Thresholds

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have adopted as final, 
without change, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to implement the increased thresholds for the World 
Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and Free Trade 
Agreements.

DATES: Effective Date: September 28, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Ms. Jeritta Parnell, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-4082. Please 
cite FAC 2005-13, FAR case 2005-030. For information pertaining to 
status or publication schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 
501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    The Councils published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 
71 FR 864, January 5, 2006, to implement the increased thresholds for 
the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and Free 
Trade Agreements. Every two years, the trade agreements thresholds are 
escalated according to a pre-determined formula set forth in the 
agreements. The United States Trade Representative published the new 
thresholds in the Federal Register at 70 FR 73510 to 73511, December 
12, 2005. No comments were received by the close of the public comment 
period on March 6, 2006, therefore, the Councils agreed to convert the 
interim rule to a final rule.
    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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and 
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify that this 
final rule will not 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., because the threshold changes 
are in line with inflation and only maintain the status quo.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does apply, because the final rule 
affects the certification and information collection requirements in 
the provisions at FAR 52.212-3, 52.225-4, 52.225-6, and 52.225-11 
currently approved under OMB clearances 9000-0136, 9000-0130, 9000-
0025, and 9000-0141 respectively. There is, however, no change to these 
clearances because the threshold changes are due to inflation and only 
maintain the status quo. As a result, these FAR changes do not impose 
additional information collection requirements.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 22, 25, and 52

    Government procurement.

    Dated: September 19, 2006
Ralph De Stefano,
Director,Contract Policy Division.

Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 22, 25 and 52, 
which was published at 71 FR 864, January 5, 2006, is adopted as a 
final rule without change.
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