General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2006-G517; Rewrite of GSAR Part 528, Bonds and Insurance, 45378-45379 [E8-17938]

Download as PDF 45378 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 151 / Tuesday, August 5, 2008 / Proposed Rules document may be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY–B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 1–800–478–3160 or via e-mail www.BCPIWEB.com. To request this document in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (TTY). This document does not contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection burden ‘‘for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,’’ pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107–198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4). Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 do not apply to this proceeding. Members of the public should note that from the time a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is issued until the matter is no longer subject to Commission consideration or court review, all ex parte contacts are prohibited in Commission proceedings, such as this one, which involve channel allotments. See 47 CFR 1.1204(b) for rules governing permissible ex parte contacts. For information regarding proper filing procedures for comments, see 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.420. List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73 Television, Television broadcasting. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to amend 47 CFR part 73 as follows: PART 73—RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334, 336. dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with PROPOSALS § 73.622(i) [Amended] 2. Section 73.622(i), the DTV Table of Allotments under Missouri, is amended by adding channel 29 and removing channel 9 at Kansas City. Federal Communications Commission. Clay C. Pendarvis, Associate Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau. [FR Doc. E8–17920 Filed 8–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:17 Aug 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 528 and 552 [GSAR Case 2006–G517; Docket 2008–0007; Sequence 13] RIN 3090–AI64 General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2006–G517; Rewrite of GSAR Part 528, Bonds and Insurance Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise language that provides requirements for bonds and insurance. DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before October 6, 2008 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by GSAR Case 2006–G517 by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ‘‘GSAR Case 2006–G517’’ under the heading ‘‘Comment or Submission’’. Select the link ‘‘Send a Comment or Submission’’ that corresponds with GSAR Case 2006– G517. Follow the instructions provided to complete the ‘‘Public Comment and Submission Form’’. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘GSAR Case 2006–G517’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (VPR), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4041, ATTN: Laurieann Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite GSAR Case 2006–G517 in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact Mr. Michael O. Jackson at (202) 208–4949, or by e-mail at michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. For information pertaining to the status or publication schedules, contact the PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Regulatory Secretariat (VPR), Room 4041, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501–4755. Please cite GSAR Case 2006–G517. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise GSAR 528.202, Acceptability of corporate sureties, and 528.310, Contract clause for work on a Government installation; to add 528.311, Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability insurance under cost-reimbursement contracts, and the GSAR clause at 552.228–5, Government as Additional Insured; and to delete GSAR clause 552.228–70, Workers’ Compensation Laws. This rule is a result of the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM) Rewrite initiative undertaken by GSA to revise the GSAM to maintain consistency with the FAR and to implement streamlined and innovative acquisition procedures that contractors, offerors, and GSA contracting personnel can utilize when entering into and administering contractual relationships. The GSAM incorporates the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) as well as internal agency acquisition policy. GSA will rewrite each part of the GSAR and GSAM, and as each GSAR part is rewritten, will publish it in the Federal Register. This rule covers the rewrite of GSAR Part 528. The rule amends Part 528 to update the text addressing GSAR 528.202, Acceptability of corporate sureties, and 528.310, Contract clause for work on a Government installation. The rule adds 528.311, Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability insurance under costreimbursement contracts, and the GSAR clause at 552.228–5, Government as Additional Insured, and deletes the clause 552.228–70, Workers’ Compensation Laws. The specific changes are as follows: • The language in 528.202, Acceptability of corporate sureties, is revised to change ‘‘you’’ to ‘‘The contracting officer.’’ • GSAR 528.310, Contract clause for work on a Government installation, deletes 528.310(b) and the clause 552.228–70, Workers’ Compensation Laws. Clause 552.228–70 is deleted because its only purpose is to recite the fact that 40 U.S.C. 3172 effects a limited cession of jurisdiction to states with respect to enforcement of worker’s compensation laws and has no E:\FR\FM\05AUP1.SGM 05AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 151 / Tuesday, August 5, 2008 / Proposed Rules contractual effect. GSAR 528.310(b) is being deleted because it relates to proposed deletion of 552.228–70 where it states ‘‘in the case of an ownercontrolled insurance program, or wrapup insurance, the clause will be a part of the policy holder’s requirements’’ the phrase ‘‘the clause’’ refers to 552.528– 70. • GSA is proposing to add 528.311, Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability insurance under costreimbursement contracts. The new language at 528.311–1 clarifies the usage for the FAR clause 52.228–7, Insurance—Liability to Third Persons, in solicitations and contracts. The language states that other than contracts and solicitations for construction and architect-engineer services, when a costreimbursement contract is contemplated, unless the head of the contracting activity waives the requirement for use of the clause, FAR clause 52.228–7 is required. • GSA is proposing to add clause 552.228–5 to the GSAR. The language in this clause was previously in the GSAR and based upon GSA’s experience with contracts that do not have such a clause, it is being reinstated to protect the Federal Government’s interest. In essence, the new 552.228–5 replaced the newly deleted 552.228–70. GSAR 552.228–70 (formerly GSAR 552.228– 75) did not serve any purpose other than to recite the fact that 40 U.S.C. 3172 (formerly 40 U.S.C. 290) effects a limited cession of jurisdiction to states with respect to enforcement of worker’s compensation laws. 552.228–70 had no contractual effect and was superfluous. dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with PROPOSALS Discussion of Comments There were no public comments received in response to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 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 General Services Administration does not expect this proposed rule 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., because the revisions are not considered substantive. The revisions only update and reorganize existing coverage. An Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has, therefore, not been performed. We invite comments from small businesses and other interested parties. GSA will VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:17 Aug 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 consider comments from small entities concerning the affected GSAR Parts 528 and 552 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. (GSAR Case 2006– G517), in correspondence. C. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act applies; however, these changes to the GSAR do not impose additional information collection requirements to the paperwork burden previously approved under OMB Control Number 3090–0027. 45379 PART 552—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 5. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 552 continues to read as follows: Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c). 6. Add section 552.228–5 to read as follows: 552.228–5 Insured. Government as Additional As prescribed in 528.310, insert the following clause: Therefore, GSA proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 528 and 552 as set forth below: GOVERNMENT AS ADDITIONAL INSURED (DATE) (a) This clause supplements the requirements set forth in FAR clause 52.528– 5, Insurance—Work on a Government Installation. (b) Each insurance policy required under this contract, other than workers’ compensation insurance, shall contain an endorsement naming the United States as an additional insured with respect to operations performed under this contract. The insurance carrier is required to waive all subrogation rights against any of the named insured. (End of clause) PART 528—BONDS AND INSURANCE 552.228–70 List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 528 and 552 Government procurement. Dated: July 28, 2008. Al Matera, Director, Office of Acquisition Policy, U.S. General Services Administration. 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 528 is revised to read as follows: [Removed] 7. Section 552.228–70 is removed. [FR Doc. E8–17938 Filed 8–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–61–S Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c). 528.202 [Amended] 2. Amend section 528.202 by removing the word ‘‘You’’ and adding the words ‘‘The contracting officer’’ in its place. 3. Revise section 528.310 to read as follows: 528.310 Contract clause for work on a Government installation. Insert the clause at 552.228–5, Government as Additional Insured, in each solicitation and contract that meets all the following conditions: (a) The contract amount is expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. (b) The contract will require work to be performed on Government property. 4. Add section 528.311 to read as follows: GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 546 and 552 [GSAR Case 2008–G514; Docket 2008–0007; Sequence 14] RIN 3090–AI69 General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008–G514; Rewrite of GSAR Part 546, Quality Assurance Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: 528.311 Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability insurance under cost-reimbursement contracts. SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise language that provides requirements for quality assurance. 528.311–1 DATES: Contract clause. Use the clause at FAR 52.228–7, Insurance—Liability to Third Persons, in solicitations and contracts, other than those for construction and those for architect-engineer services, when a costreimbursement contract is contemplated, unless the head of the contracting activity waives the requirement for use of the clause. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before October 6, 2008 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by GSAR Case 2008–G514 by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments E:\FR\FM\05AUP1.SGM 05AUP1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 151 (Tuesday, August 5, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 45378-45379]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-17938]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 528 and 552

[GSAR Case 2006-G517; Docket 2008-0007; Sequence 13]
RIN 3090-AI64


General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2006-G517; 
Rewrite of GSAR Part 528, Bonds and Insurance

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to 
amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise 
language that provides requirements for bonds and insurance.

DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the 
Regulatory Secretariat on or before October 6, 2008 to be considered in 
the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by GSAR Case 2006-G517 by any of 
the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ``GSAR Case 
2006-G517'' under the heading ``Comment or Submission''. Select the 
link ``Send a Comment or Submission'' that corresponds with GSAR Case 
2006-G517. Follow the instructions provided to complete the ``Public 
Comment and Submission Form''. Please include your name, company name 
(if any), and ``GSAR Case 2006-G517'' on your attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat (VPR), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4041, ATTN: Laurieann 
Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite GSAR Case 2006-
G517 in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received 
will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including 
any personal and/or business confidential information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Mr. Michael O. Jackson at (202) 208-4949, or by e-mail at 
michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. For information pertaining to the status or 
publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat (VPR), Room 
4041, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-4755. Please cite 
GSAR Case 2006-G517.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General 
Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise GSAR 
528.202, Acceptability of corporate sureties, and 528.310, Contract 
clause for work on a Government installation; to add 528.311, 
Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability insurance under 
cost-reimbursement contracts, and the GSAR clause at 552.228-5, 
Government as Additional Insured; and to delete GSAR clause 552.228-70, 
Workers' Compensation Laws.
    This rule is a result of the General Services Administration 
Acquisition Manual (GSAM) Rewrite initiative undertaken by GSA to 
revise the GSAM to maintain consistency with the FAR and to implement 
streamlined and innovative acquisition procedures that contractors, 
offerors, and GSA contracting personnel can utilize when entering into 
and administering contractual relationships. The GSAM incorporates the 
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) as well 
as internal agency acquisition policy.
    GSA will rewrite each part of the GSAR and GSAM, and as each GSAR 
part is rewritten, will publish it in the Federal Register.
    This rule covers the rewrite of GSAR Part 528. The rule amends Part 
528 to update the text addressing GSAR 528.202, Acceptability of 
corporate sureties, and 528.310, Contract clause for work on a 
Government installation. The rule adds 528.311, Solicitation provision 
and contract clause on liability insurance under cost-reimbursement 
contracts, and the GSAR clause at 552.228-5, Government as Additional 
Insured, and deletes the clause 552.228-70, Workers' Compensation Laws. 
The specific changes are as follows:
     The language in 528.202, Acceptability of corporate 
sureties, is revised to change ``you'' to ``The contracting officer.''
     GSAR 528.310, Contract clause for work on a Government 
installation, deletes 528.310(b) and the clause 552.228-70, Workers' 
Compensation Laws. Clause 552.228-70 is deleted because its only 
purpose is to recite the fact that 40 U.S.C. 3172 effects a limited 
cession of jurisdiction to states with respect to enforcement of 
worker's compensation laws and has no

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contractual effect. GSAR 528.310(b) is being deleted because it relates 
to proposed deletion of 552.228-70 where it states ``in the case of an 
owner-controlled insurance program, or wrap-up insurance, the clause 
will be a part of the policy holder's requirements'' the phrase ``the 
clause'' refers to 552.528-70.
     GSA is proposing to add 528.311, Solicitation provision 
and contract clause on liability insurance under cost-reimbursement 
contracts. The new language at 528.311-1 clarifies the usage for the 
FAR clause 52.228-7, Insurance--Liability to Third Persons, in 
solicitations and contracts. The language states that other than 
contracts and solicitations for construction and architect-engineer 
services, when a cost-reimbursement contract is contemplated, unless 
the head of the contracting activity waives the requirement for use of 
the clause, FAR clause 52.228-7 is required.
     GSA is proposing to add clause 552.228-5 to the GSAR. The 
language in this clause was previously in the GSAR and based upon GSA's 
experience with contracts that do not have such a clause, it is being 
reinstated to protect the Federal Government's interest. In essence, 
the new 552.228-5 replaced the newly deleted 552.228-70. GSAR 552.228-
70 (formerly GSAR 552.228-75) did not serve any purpose other than to 
recite the fact that 40 U.S.C. 3172 (formerly 40 U.S.C. 290) effects a 
limited cession of jurisdiction to states with respect to enforcement 
of worker's compensation laws. 552.228-70 had no contractual effect and 
was superfluous.

Discussion of Comments

    There were no public comments received in response to the Advanced 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
    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 General Services Administration does not expect this proposed 
rule 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., because the revisions are not considered 
substantive. The revisions only update and reorganize existing 
coverage. An Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has, therefore, 
not been performed. We invite comments from small businesses and other 
interested parties. GSA will consider comments from small entities 
concerning the affected GSAR Parts 528 and 552 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. (GSAR Case 2006-G517), in 
correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act applies; however, these changes to the 
GSAR do not impose additional information collection requirements to 
the paperwork burden previously approved under OMB Control Number 3090-
0027.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 528 and 552

    Government procurement.

    Dated: July 28, 2008.
Al Matera,
Director, Office of Acquisition Policy, U.S. General Services 
Administration.
    Therefore, GSA proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 528 and 552 as set 
forth below:

PART 528--BONDS AND INSURANCE

    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 528 is revised to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).


528.202  [Amended]

     2. Amend section 528.202 by removing the word ``You'' and adding 
the words ``The contracting officer'' in its place.
    3. Revise section 528.310 to read as follows:


528.310  Contract clause for work on a Government installation.

    Insert the clause at 552.228-5, Government as Additional Insured, 
in each solicitation and contract that meets all the following 
conditions:
    (a) The contract amount is expected to exceed the simplified 
acquisition threshold.
    (b) The contract will require work to be performed on Government 
property.
    4. Add section 528.311 to read as follows:


528.311  Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability 
insurance under cost-reimbursement contracts.


528.311-1  Contract clause.

    Use the clause at FAR 52.228-7, Insurance--Liability to Third 
Persons, in solicitations and contracts, other than those for 
construction and those for architect-engineer services, when a cost-
reimbursement contract is contemplated, unless the head of the 
contracting activity waives the requirement for use of the clause.

PART 552--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

    5. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 552 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).
    6. Add section 552.228-5 to read as follows:


552.228-5  Government as Additional Insured.

    As prescribed in 528.310, insert the following clause:
    GOVERNMENT AS ADDITIONAL INSURED (DATE)
    (a) This clause supplements the requirements set forth in FAR 
clause 52.528-5, Insurance--Work on a Government Installation.
    (b) Each insurance policy required under this contract, other 
than workers' compensation insurance, shall contain an endorsement 
naming the United States as an additional insured with respect to 
operations performed under this contract. The insurance carrier is 
required to waive all subrogation rights against any of the named 
insured.
    (End of clause)


552.228-70  [Removed]

    7. Section 552.228-70 is removed.
[FR Doc. E8-17938 Filed 8-4-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6820-61-S