Negotiation of a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding With the Czech Republic, 2858-2859 [2010-901]

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The Designated Federal Officer, at that time, may provide additional guidance on the submission of written statements that are in response to the stated agenda for the planned meeting in question. Dated: January 13, 2010. Mitchell S. Bryman, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2010–839 Filed 1–15–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Negotiation of a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding With the Czech Republic Department of Defense (DoD). Request for public comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: DoD is contemplating a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding with the Czech Republic. DoD is requesting industry feedback regarding its experience in public defense procurements conducted by or on behalf of the Czech Republic Ministry of Defense or Armed Forces. DATES: Comments must be received by February 18, 2010. ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Attn: Ms. Susan Hildner, Washington, DC 20301–3060; or by e-mail to emily.clarke@osd.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Emily Clarke, OUSD(AT&L), Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Contract Policy and E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 19, 2010 / Notices International Contracting; Room 5E621, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060; telephone (703) 697–9351. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandums of Understanding (RDP MOU)s that DoD has with 21 ‘‘qualifying’’ countries are signed at the level of the Secretary of Defense and his counterpart. The purpose of RDP MOUs is to promote rationalization, standardization, and interoperability of conventional defense equipment with allies and friendly governments. These MOUs provide a framework for ongoing communication regarding market access and procurement matters that affect effective defense cooperation. RDP MOUs generally include language by which the parties agree that their defense procurements will be conducted in accordance with certain implementing procedures. These procedures relate to— • Publication of notices of proposed purchases; • The content and availability of solicitations for proposed purchases; • Notification to each unsuccessful offeror; • Feedback, upon request, to unsuccessful offerors concerning the reasons they were not allowed to participate in a procurement or were not awarded a contract; and • Providing for the hearing and review of complaints arising in connection with any phase of the procurement process to ensure that, to the extent possible, complaints are equitably and expeditiously resolved. Based on the MOU, each country affords the other certain benefits on a reciprocal basis consistent with national laws and regulations. The benefits that the United States accords to the products of qualifying countries include— • Offers of qualifying country end products are evaluated without applying the price differentials otherwise required by the Buy American Act and the Balance of Payments Program; • The chemical warfare protection clothing restrictions in 10 U.S.C. 2533a and the specialty metals restriction in 10 U.S.C. 2533b do not apply to products manufactured in a qualifying country; and • Customs, taxes, and duties are waived for qualifying country end products and components. If DoD signs an RDP MOU with the Czech Republic, the Czech Republic would be listed as one of the ‘‘qualifying countries’’ in the definition of ‘‘qualifying country’’ at DFARS 225.003 and offers of products of the Czech VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:28 Jan 15, 2010 Jkt 220001 Republic or that contain components from the Czech Republic would be afforded the benefits available to all qualifying countries. This also means that U.S. products would be exempt from any analogous ‘‘Buy Czech Republic’’ and ‘‘Buy European Union’’ laws or policies applicable to procurements by the Czech Republic Ministry of Defense or Armed Forces. While DoD is evaluating the Czech Republic’s laws and regulations in this area, DoD would benefit from U.S. industry’s experience in participating in the Czech Republic’s public defense procurements. DoD is, therefore, asking U.S. firms that have participated or attempted to participate in procurements by or on behalf of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Defense or Armed Forces to let us know if the procurements were conducted in accordance with published procedures with transparency, integrity, fairness, and due process, and if not, the nature of the problems encountered. DoD is also interested in comments relating to the degree of reciprocity that exists between the U.S. and the Czech Republic when it comes to the openness of defense procurements to offers of products from the other country. Amy G. Williams, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. [FR Doc. 2010–901 Filed 1–15–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–08–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board, Hanford Department of Energy. Notice of open meeting. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


Negotiation of a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of 
Understanding With the Czech Republic

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Request for public comments.

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SUMMARY: DoD is contemplating a Reciprocal Defense Procurement 
Memorandum of Understanding with the Czech Republic. DoD is requesting 
industry feedback regarding its experience in public defense 
procurements conducted by or on behalf of the Czech Republic Ministry 
of Defense or Armed Forces.

DATES: Comments must be received by February 18, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Director, Defense Procurement and 
Acquisition Policy, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Attn: Ms. Susan 
Hildner, Washington, DC 20301-3060; or by e-mail to 
emily.clarke@osd.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Emily Clarke, OUSD(AT&L), 
Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Contract Policy 
and

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International Contracting; Room 5E621, 3060 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060; telephone (703) 697-9351.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Reciprocal Defense Procurement 
Memorandums of Understanding (RDP MOU)s that DoD has with 21 
``qualifying'' countries are signed at the level of the Secretary of 
Defense and his counterpart. The purpose of RDP MOUs is to promote 
rationalization, standardization, and interoperability of conventional 
defense equipment with allies and friendly governments. These MOUs 
provide a framework for ongoing communication regarding market access 
and procurement matters that affect effective defense cooperation.
    RDP MOUs generally include language by which the parties agree that 
their defense procurements will be conducted in accordance with certain 
implementing procedures. These procedures relate to--
     Publication of notices of proposed purchases;
     The content and availability of solicitations for proposed 
purchases;
     Notification to each unsuccessful offeror;
     Feedback, upon request, to unsuccessful offerors 
concerning the reasons they were not allowed to participate in a 
procurement or were not awarded a contract; and
     Providing for the hearing and review of complaints arising 
in connection with any phase of the procurement process to ensure that, 
to the extent possible, complaints are equitably and expeditiously 
resolved.
    Based on the MOU, each country affords the other certain benefits 
on a reciprocal basis consistent with national laws and regulations. 
The benefits that the United States accords to the products of 
qualifying countries include--
     Offers of qualifying country end products are evaluated 
without applying the price differentials otherwise required by the Buy 
American Act and the Balance of Payments Program;
     The chemical warfare protection clothing restrictions in 
10 U.S.C. 2533a and the specialty metals restriction in 10 U.S.C. 2533b 
do not apply to products manufactured in a qualifying country; and
     Customs, taxes, and duties are waived for qualifying 
country end products and components.
    If DoD signs an RDP MOU with the Czech Republic, the Czech Republic 
would be listed as one of the ``qualifying countries'' in the 
definition of ``qualifying country'' at DFARS 225.003 and offers of 
products of the Czech Republic or that contain components from the 
Czech Republic would be afforded the benefits available to all 
qualifying countries. This also means that U.S. products would be 
exempt from any analogous ``Buy Czech Republic'' and ``Buy European 
Union'' laws or policies applicable to procurements by the Czech 
Republic Ministry of Defense or Armed Forces.
    While DoD is evaluating the Czech Republic's laws and regulations 
in this area, DoD would benefit from U.S. industry's experience in 
participating in the Czech Republic's public defense procurements. DoD 
is, therefore, asking U.S. firms that have participated or attempted to 
participate in procurements by or on behalf of the Czech Republic's 
Ministry of Defense or Armed Forces to let us know if the procurements 
were conducted in accordance with published procedures with 
transparency, integrity, fairness, and due process, and if not, the 
nature of the problems encountered.
    DoD is also interested in comments relating to the degree of 
reciprocity that exists between the U.S. and the Czech Republic when it 
comes to the openness of defense procurements to offers of products 
from the other country.

Amy G. Williams,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
[FR Doc. 2010-901 Filed 1-15-10; 8:45 am]
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