Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension, 41691-41693 [2010-17429]

Download as PDF 41691 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 137 Monday, July 19, 2010 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION 2 CFR Chapter 58 Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is publishing its final rule implementing the Office of Management and Budget regulations on nonprocurement debarment and suspension. These proposed regulations will apply to nonprocurement grants, cooperative agreements and other similar transactions. Under this system, a person who is debarred or suspended is excluded from federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under federal programs and activities. EAC is also establishing a new 2 CFR chapter 58 part 5800 that adopts OMB’s final government-wide guidance on nonprocurement debarment and suspension and contains supplemental EAC nonprocurement debarment and suspension provisions. DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective on August 18, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Guggenheim or Tamar Nedzar, Election Assistance Commission 1201 New York Avenue, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005; Telephone: 202–566–3100. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Preamble Table of Contents The following is an outline of the preamble. I. Disposition of the Comments II. Legal Basis for Rulemaking III. Discussion of Rulemaking IV. Rulemaking Analysis and Notices VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:50 Jul 16, 2010 Jkt 220001 I. Disposition of the Comments EAC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and requested public comment on these rules on May 5, 2010 (75 FR 24494). The comment period ended June 4, 2010. EAC received no comments on this rulemaking activity, and therefore makes no changes to the proposed rules. The regulations in this notice are the same in form and substance as those posted in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. II. Legal Basis for Rulemaking Executive Order 12549, (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., 189 51 FR 6370), authorized OMB to establish a governmentwide debarment and suspension system covering the full range of Federal procurement and nonprocurement activities, and to establish procedures for debarment and suspension from participation in Federal nonprocurement programs. Section 6 of the Executive Order authorized OMB to issue guidelines to Executive departments and agencies that govern which program and activities are covered by the Executive Order, prescribe Governmentwide criteria and Governmentwide minimum due process procedures, and set forth other related details for the effective administration of the guidelines. Section 3 directed agencies to issue implementing regulations that are consistent with OMB guidelines. Pursuant to the Executive Order, on February 21, 1986 OMB published initial guidelines for nonprocurement debarment and suspension that applies to grants, cooperative agreements and similar transactions. EAC is adopting the OMB regulations found in 2 CFR part 180. To adopt these regulations, 2 CFR 180.25 requires federal agencies to address certain agency specific elements. The following regulations fulfill this requirement. III. Discussion of Rulemaking The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was created by Congress in the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The Commission’s primary function is to serve as a national clearinghouse and resource for information on and procedures for federal elections. EAC conducts studies on election administration and makes those studies available to the public. EAC also has adopted Voluntary Voting PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 System Guidelines; administers a voting system testing and certification program; allocates election-related federal funding to the States; and carries out administrative duties under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, including developing and maintaining a mail voter registration application form for elections to federal office. In general, the proposed regulation gives the authority over debarment and suspension to the Contracting Officer. In the event of a vacancy or conflict of interest by the contracting officer, the debarment and suspension official will be the Chief Financial Officer. Covered transactions include all agency nonprocurement transactions, first-tier contracts and subcontracted funded by the EAC in excess of $25,000 or 30 percent of the value of the first-tier transaction, whichever is lesser. EAC is also providing covered individuals a right to request a reconsideration of a debarment action. In this process, an individual having received a disposition of the debarment action may submit to the Contracting Officer any newly discovered material evidence; proof of a reversal of the conviction or civil judgment upon which the debarment was based; a bona fide change in ownership or management; elimination of other causes for which the debarment or suspension was imposed; or other reasons the debarring official finds appropriate. By default, elements not addressed in the agency specific regulations will be covered by the government-wide sections in the Common Rule. IV. Rulemaking Analysis and Notices A. Executive Order 12866 EAC is an independent agency and is not subject to Executive Order 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (5 U.S.C. 605(b)) This regulatory action will not have a significant adverse impact on a substantial number of small entities. Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995 This regulatory action does not contain a Federal mandate that will result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any one year. E:\FR\FM\19JYR1.SGM 19JYR1 41692 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 137 / Monday, July 19, 2010 / Rules and Regulations Title 2—Grants and Agreements Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This final rule does not impose any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Federalism (Executive Order 13132) This regulatory action does not have Federalism implications, as set forth in Executive Order 13132. It will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. § 5800.20 Chapter 58—Election Assistance Commission This part and, through this part, pertinent portions of the OMB guidance in subparts A through I of 2 CFR part (see table at 2 CFR 180.100(b)) apply to you if you are a— (a) Participant or principal in a ‘‘covered transaction’’ (see subpart B of 2 CFR part 180 and the definition of ‘‘nonprocurement transaction’’ at 2 CFR 180.970); (b) Respondent in a Commission suspension or debarment action; (c) Commission debarment or suspension official; or (d) Commission grants officer, agreements officer, or other official authorized to enter into any type of nonprocurement transaction that is a covered transaction. PART 5800—NONPROCUREMENT DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION Sec. 5800.10 What does this part do? 5800.20 Does this part apply to me? 5800.30 What policies and procedures must I follow? Subpart A—General 5800.137 Who at the Commission may grant an exception to let an excluded person participate in a covered transaction? Executive Order 13211 This rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, ‘‘Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use’’ (66 FR 28355 (May 22, 2001)) because it is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. Subpart B—Covered Transactions 5800.220 What contracts and subcontracts, in addition to those listed in 2 CFR 180.220, are covered transactions? Subpart C—Responsibilities of Participants Regarding Transactions 5800.332 What methods must I use to pass requirements down to participants at lower tiers with whom I intend to do business? Congressional Review Act The Congressional Review Act, as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EAC will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). This rule will be effective 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. Administrative practice and procedure, debarment and suspension, assistance programs, reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under the authority at 2 CFR part 180, the Election Assistance Commission amends title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations, by establishing Chapter 58, consisting of part 5800 to read as follows: mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:50 Jul 16, 2010 Jkt 220001 Subpart E Through H [Reserved] Subpart I—Definitions 5800.930 Debarring official. 5800.970 Nonprocurement transaction. 5800.1010 Suspending official. Subpart J [Reserved] Authority: Sec. 2455, Pub. L. 103–355, 108; Stat. 3327 (31 U.S.C. 6101 note); E.O. 12549; (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189); E.O. 12689 (3); CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235). § 5800.10 List of Subjects in 2 CFR Part 5800 ■ Subpart D—Responsibilities of Federal Agency Officials Regarding Transactions 5800.437 What method do I use to communicate to a participant the requirements described in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.435? 5800.765 May I ask the suspending official to reconsider a decision to suspend me? 5800.875 May I ask the debarring official to reconsider a decision to debar me? 5800.880 What factors may influence the debarring official during reconsideration? 5800.890 How may I appeal my debarment? What does this part do? This part adopts the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR part 180, as supplemented by this part, as the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (‘‘the Commission’’ or ‘‘EAC’’) policies and procedures for nonprocurement debarment and suspension. It thereby gives regulatory effect for the Commission to the OMB guidance as supplemented by this part. This part satisfies the requirements in section 3 of Executive Order 12549, ‘‘Debarment and Suspension’’ and 31 U.S.C. 6101 note. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Does this part apply to me? § 5800.30 What policies and procedures must I follow? The Commission policies and procedures that you must follow are the policies and procedures specified in each applicable section of the OMB guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR part 180, as that section is supplemented by the section in this part with the same section number. The contracts that are covered transactions, for example, are specified by section 220 of the OMB guidance (i.e., 2 CFR 180.220) as supplemented by section 220 in this part (i.e., § ___.220). For any section of OMB guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR 180 that has no corresponding section in this part, Commission policies and procedures are those in the OMB guidance. Subpart A—General § 5800.137 Who at the Commission may grant an exception to let an excluded person participate in a covered transaction? The Commission’s Contracting Officer has the authority to grant an exception to let an excluded person participate in a covered transaction, as provided in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.135. Subpart B—Covered Transactions § 5800.220 What contracts and subcontracts, in addition to those listed in 2 CFR 180.220, are covered transactions? Pursuant to 2 CFR 180.220(c), the Commission extends coverage of nonprocurement suspension and debarment requirements beyond firsttier procurement contracts to include any subcontract to be funded by the Commission, the value of which is expected to equal to or exceed $25,000 or 30 percent of the value of first-tier transaction, whichever is lesser. E:\FR\FM\19JYR1.SGM 19JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 137 / Monday, July 19, 2010 / Rules and Regulations Subpart C—Responsibilities of Participants Regarding Transactions § 5800.332 What methods must I use to pass requirements down to participants at lower tiers with whom I intend to do business? If a lower-tier transaction is covered pursuant to § 5800.220, you as a participant must include a term or condition in lower-tier transactions requiring lower-tier participants to comply with Subpart C of the OMB guidance in 2 CFR part 180. Subpart D—Responsibilities of Federal Agency Officials Regarding Transactions § 5800.437 What method do I use to communicate to a participant the requirements described in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.435? To communicate to a participant the requirements described in 2 CFR 180.435 of the OMB guidance, you as an agency official must include a term or condition in the transaction that requires the participant’s compliance with subpart C of 2 CFR part 180, and requires the participant to include a similar term or condition in lower-tier covered transactions. § 5800.765 May I ask the suspending official to reconsider a decision to suspend me? Yes. Within 30 days of receiving a final notice of suspension, you may make a written request for the suspending official to reconsider your suspension. § 5800.875 May I ask the debarring official to reconsider a decision to debar me? Yes. Within 30 days of receiving a final notice of debarment, you may make a written request for the debarring official to reconsider your debarment pursuant to § 5800.880. The disposition of your request for reconsideration; or the result of your appeal; shall be considered a final agency action. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES § 5800.880 What factors may influence the debarring official during reconsideration? The debarring official may reduce or terminate your debarment based on: (a) Newly discovered material evidence; (b) A reversal of the conviction or civil judgment upon which your debarment was based; (c) A bona fide change in ownership or management; (d) Elimination of other causes for which the debarment was imposed; or (e) Other reasons the debarring official finds appropriate. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:50 Jul 16, 2010 Jkt 220001 § 5800.890 How may I appeal my debarment? (a) If the Commission debarring official issues a decision under 2 CFR 180.870 to debar you after you present information in opposition to a proposed debarment under § 180.815, you may ask for review of the debarring official’s decision in two ways: (1) You may ask the debarring official under § 875 to reconsider the decision for material errors of fact or law that you believe will change the outcome of the matter; or (2) You may request a review by the EAC’s debarment appeals body (DAP), which is composed of the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. The DAP will review your appeal and make a determination on whether to sustain or reverse the decision of the debarring official. The DAP will then make a recommendation to the EAC Commissioners who will vote by circulation on whether to accept or reject the recommendation of the DAP. A request to review the debarring official’s decision to debar you must be made within 30 days of your receipt of the debarring official’s decision under § 180.870 or paragraph (a)(1) of this section. However, the DAP may recommend to the EAC Commissioners that the debarring official’s decision be reversed, based on a majority vote of the DAP, only where the DAP finds that the decision is based on a clear error of material fact or law, or where DAP finds that the debarring official’s decision was arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion. You may appeal the debarring official’s decision without requesting reconsideration, or you may appeal the decision of the debarring official on reconsideration. (b) A request for review under this section must be in writing; prominently state on the envelope or other cover and at the top of the first page ‘‘Debarment Appeal;’’ state the specific findings you believe to be in error; and include the reasons or legal bases for your position. The appeal request should be delivered or addressed to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005. (c) After the circulation vote of the EAC Commissioners has been certified, either the Commission debarring official or the DAP must notify you of their decision under this section, in writing, using the notice procedures set forth at §§ 180.615 and 180.975. (e) Nothing in this part prohibits the EAC from delegating the appeal review process to another Federal agency through a memorandum of PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 41693 understanding or interagency agreement. Subparts E through H—[Reserved] Subpart I—Definitions § 5800.930 Debarring official. For the Commission, the debarring official for all nonprocurement transactions is the Commission’s Contracting Officer. In the case of a vacancy in the position of the Contracting Officer, the alternate debarring official is the Chief Financial Officer. § 5800.970 Nonprocurement transaction While the Commission treats all payments made to states under 42 U.S.C. 15301, 15302 and 15401 as grants, this part does not apply to grants made to states and political subdivisions therein. § 5800.1010 Suspending official. For the Commission, the debarring official for all nonprocurement transactions is the Commission’s Contracting Officer. In the case of a vacancy in the position of the Contracting Officer, the alternate debarring official is the Chief Financial Officer. Subpart J [Reserved] Thomas Wilkey, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 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ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION

2 CFR Chapter 58


Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is publishing its 
final rule implementing the Office of Management and Budget regulations 
on nonprocurement debarment and suspension. These proposed regulations 
will apply to nonprocurement grants, cooperative agreements and other 
similar transactions. Under this system, a person who is debarred or 
suspended is excluded from federal financial and nonfinancial 
assistance and benefits under federal programs and activities. EAC is 
also establishing a new 2 CFR chapter 58 part 5800 that adopts OMB's 
final government-wide guidance on nonprocurement debarment and 
suspension and contains supplemental EAC nonprocurement debarment and 
suspension provisions.

DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective on August 18, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Guggenheim or Tamar Nedzar, 
Election Assistance Commission 1201 New York Avenue, Suite 300, 
Washington, DC 20005; Telephone: 202-566-3100.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Preamble Table of Contents

    The following is an outline of the preamble.

I. Disposition of the Comments
II. Legal Basis for Rulemaking
III. Discussion of Rulemaking
IV. Rulemaking Analysis and Notices

I. Disposition of the Comments

    EAC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and requested public 
comment on these rules on May 5, 2010 (75 FR 24494). The comment period 
ended June 4, 2010. EAC received no comments on this rulemaking 
activity, and therefore makes no changes to the proposed rules. The 
regulations in this notice are the same in form and substance as those 
posted in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

II. Legal Basis for Rulemaking

    Executive Order 12549, (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., 189 51 FR 6370), 
authorized OMB to establish a governmentwide debarment and suspension 
system covering the full range of Federal procurement and 
nonprocurement activities, and to establish procedures for debarment 
and suspension from participation in Federal nonprocurement programs. 
Section 6 of the Executive Order authorized OMB to issue guidelines to 
Executive departments and agencies that govern which program and 
activities are covered by the Executive Order, prescribe Governmentwide 
criteria and Governmentwide minimum due process procedures, and set 
forth other related details for the effective administration of the 
guidelines. Section 3 directed agencies to issue implementing 
regulations that are consistent with OMB guidelines. Pursuant to the 
Executive Order, on February 21, 1986 OMB published initial guidelines 
for nonprocurement debarment and suspension that applies to grants, 
cooperative agreements and similar transactions. EAC is adopting the 
OMB regulations found in 2 CFR part 180. To adopt these regulations, 2 
CFR 180.25 requires federal agencies to address certain agency specific 
elements. The following regulations fulfill this requirement.

III. Discussion of Rulemaking

    The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was created 
by Congress in the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The Commission's 
primary function is to serve as a national clearinghouse and resource 
for information on and procedures for federal elections. EAC conducts 
studies on election administration and makes those studies available to 
the public. EAC also has adopted Voluntary Voting System Guidelines; 
administers a voting system testing and certification program; 
allocates election-related federal funding to the States; and carries 
out administrative duties under the National Voter Registration Act of 
1993, including developing and maintaining a mail voter registration 
application form for elections to federal office.
    In general, the proposed regulation gives the authority over 
debarment and suspension to the Contracting Officer. In the event of a 
vacancy or conflict of interest by the contracting officer, the 
debarment and suspension official will be the Chief Financial Officer. 
Covered transactions include all agency nonprocurement transactions, 
first-tier contracts and subcontracted funded by the EAC in excess of 
$25,000 or 30 percent of the value of the first-tier transaction, 
whichever is lesser. EAC is also providing covered individuals a right 
to request a reconsideration of a debarment action. In this process, an 
individual having received a disposition of the debarment action may 
submit to the Contracting Officer any newly discovered material 
evidence; proof of a reversal of the conviction or civil judgment upon 
which the debarment was based; a bona fide change in ownership or 
management; elimination of other causes for which the debarment or 
suspension was imposed; or other reasons the debarring official finds 
appropriate. By default, elements not addressed in the agency specific 
regulations will be covered by the government-wide sections in the 
Common Rule.

IV. Rulemaking Analysis and Notices

A. Executive Order 12866

    EAC is an independent agency and is not subject to Executive Order 
12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (5 U.S.C. 605(b))

    This regulatory action will not have a significant adverse impact 
on a substantial number of small entities.

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995

    This regulatory action does not contain a Federal mandate that will 
result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in 
aggregate, or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any one 
year.

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Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This final rule does not impose any additional reporting or 
recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Federalism (Executive Order 13132)

    This regulatory action does not have Federalism implications, as 
set forth in Executive Order 13132. It will not have substantial direct 
effects on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.

Executive Order 13211

    This rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, ``Actions 
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use'' (66 FR 28355 (May 22, 2001)) because it is not a 
significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866.

Congressional Review Act

    The Congressional Review Act, as added by the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that 
before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must 
submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House 
of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. 
EAC will submit a report containing this rule and other required 
information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and 
the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of 
the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 
60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is 
not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). This rule will be 
effective 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

List of Subjects in 2 CFR Part 5800

    Administrative practice and procedure, debarment and suspension, 
assistance programs, reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under the authority at 2 CFR 
part 180, the Election Assistance Commission amends title 2 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations, by establishing Chapter 58, consisting of part 
5800 to read as follows:

Title 2--Grants and Agreements

Chapter 58--Election Assistance Commission

PART 5800--NONPROCUREMENT DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION

Sec.
5800.10 What does this part do?
5800.20 Does this part apply to me?
5800.30 What policies and procedures must I follow?
Subpart A--General
5800.137 Who at the Commission may grant an exception to let an 
excluded person participate in a covered transaction?
Subpart B--Covered Transactions
5800.220 What contracts and subcontracts, in addition to those 
listed in 2 CFR 180.220, are covered transactions?
Subpart C--Responsibilities of Participants Regarding Transactions
5800.332 What methods must I use to pass requirements down to 
participants at lower tiers with whom I intend to do business?
Subpart D--Responsibilities of Federal Agency Officials Regarding 
Transactions
5800.437 What method do I use to communicate to a participant the 
requirements described in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.435?
5800.765 May I ask the suspending official to reconsider a decision 
to suspend me?
5800.875 May I ask the debarring official to reconsider a decision 
to debar me?
5800.880 What factors may influence the debarring official during 
reconsideration?
5800.890 How may I appeal my debarment?
Subpart E Through H [Reserved]
Subpart I--Definitions
5800.930 Debarring official.
5800.970 Nonprocurement transaction.
5800.1010 Suspending official.
Subpart J [Reserved]

    Authority:  Sec. 2455, Pub. L. 103-355, 108; Stat. 3327 (31 
U.S.C. 6101 note); E.O. 12549; (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189); E.O. 
12689 (3); CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235).


Sec.  5800.10  What does this part do?

    This part adopts the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance 
in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR part 180, as supplemented by this 
part, as the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (``the Commission'' or 
``EAC'') policies and procedures for nonprocurement debarment and 
suspension. It thereby gives regulatory effect for the Commission to 
the OMB guidance as supplemented by this part. This part satisfies the 
requirements in section 3 of Executive Order 12549, ``Debarment and 
Suspension'' and 31 U.S.C. 6101 note.


Sec.  5800.20  Does this part apply to me?

    This part and, through this part, pertinent portions of the OMB 
guidance in subparts A through I of 2 CFR part (see table at 2 CFR 
180.100(b)) apply to you if you are a--
    (a) Participant or principal in a ``covered transaction'' (see 
subpart B of 2 CFR part 180 and the definition of ``nonprocurement 
transaction'' at 2 CFR 180.970);
    (b) Respondent in a Commission suspension or debarment action;
    (c) Commission debarment or suspension official; or
    (d) Commission grants officer, agreements officer, or other 
official authorized to enter into any type of nonprocurement 
transaction that is a covered transaction.


Sec.  5800.30  What policies and procedures must I follow?

    The Commission policies and procedures that you must follow are the 
policies and procedures specified in each applicable section of the OMB 
guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR part 180, as that section is 
supplemented by the section in this part with the same section number. 
The contracts that are covered transactions, for example, are specified 
by section 220 of the OMB guidance (i.e., 2 CFR 180.220) as 
supplemented by section 220 in this part (i.e., Sec.  ------.220). For 
any section of OMB guidance in Subparts A through I of 2 CFR 180 that 
has no corresponding section in this part, Commission policies and 
procedures are those in the OMB guidance.

Subpart A--General


Sec.  5800.137  Who at the Commission may grant an exception to let an 
excluded person participate in a covered transaction?

    The Commission's Contracting Officer has the authority to grant an 
exception to let an excluded person participate in a covered 
transaction, as provided in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.135.

Subpart B--Covered Transactions


Sec.  5800.220  What contracts and subcontracts, in addition to those 
listed in 2 CFR 180.220, are covered transactions?

    Pursuant to 2 CFR 180.220(c), the Commission extends coverage of 
nonprocurement suspension and debarment requirements beyond first-tier 
procurement contracts to include any subcontract to be funded by the 
Commission, the value of which is expected to equal to or exceed 
$25,000 or 30 percent of the value of first-tier transaction, whichever 
is lesser.

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Subpart C--Responsibilities of Participants Regarding Transactions


Sec.  5800.332  What methods must I use to pass requirements down to 
participants at lower tiers with whom I intend to do business?

    If a lower-tier transaction is covered pursuant to Sec.  5800.220, 
you as a participant must include a term or condition in lower-tier 
transactions requiring lower-tier participants to comply with Subpart C 
of the OMB guidance in 2 CFR part 180.

Subpart D--Responsibilities of Federal Agency Officials Regarding 
Transactions


Sec.  5800.437  What method do I use to communicate to a participant 
the requirements described in the OMB guidance at 2 CFR 180.435?

    To communicate to a participant the requirements described in 2 CFR 
180.435 of the OMB guidance, you as an agency official must include a 
term or condition in the transaction that requires the participant's 
compliance with subpart C of 2 CFR part 180, and requires the 
participant to include a similar term or condition in lower-tier 
covered transactions.


Sec.  5800.765  May I ask the suspending official to reconsider a 
decision to suspend me?

    Yes. Within 30 days of receiving a final notice of suspension, you 
may make a written request for the suspending official to reconsider 
your suspension.


Sec.  5800.875  May I ask the debarring official to reconsider a 
decision to debar me?

    Yes. Within 30 days of receiving a final notice of debarment, you 
may make a written request for the debarring official to reconsider 
your debarment pursuant to Sec.  5800.880. The disposition of your 
request for reconsideration; or the result of your appeal; shall be 
considered a final agency action.


Sec.  5800.880  What factors may influence the debarring official 
during reconsideration?

    The debarring official may reduce or terminate your debarment based 
on:
    (a) Newly discovered material evidence;
    (b) A reversal of the conviction or civil judgment upon which your 
debarment was based;
    (c) A bona fide change in ownership or management;
    (d) Elimination of other causes for which the debarment was 
imposed; or
    (e) Other reasons the debarring official finds appropriate.


Sec.  5800.890  How may I appeal my debarment?

    (a) If the Commission debarring official issues a decision under 2 
CFR 180.870 to debar you after you present information in opposition to 
a proposed debarment under Sec.  180.815, you may ask for review of the 
debarring official's decision in two ways:
    (1) You may ask the debarring official under Sec.  875 to 
reconsider the decision for material errors of fact or law that you 
believe will change the outcome of the matter; or
    (2) You may request a review by the EAC's debarment appeals body 
(DAP), which is composed of the Executive Director, Chief Financial 
Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. The DAP will review your appeal 
and make a determination on whether to sustain or reverse the decision 
of the debarring official. The DAP will then make a recommendation to 
the EAC Commissioners who will vote by circulation on whether to accept 
or reject the recommendation of the DAP. A request to review the 
debarring official's decision to debar you must be made within 30 days 
of your receipt of the debarring official's decision under Sec.  
180.870 or paragraph (a)(1) of this section. However, the DAP may 
recommend to the EAC Commissioners that the debarring official's 
decision be reversed, based on a majority vote of the DAP, only where 
the DAP finds that the decision is based on a clear error of material 
fact or law, or where DAP finds that the debarring official's decision 
was arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion. You may appeal 
the debarring official's decision without requesting reconsideration, 
or you may appeal the decision of the debarring official on 
reconsideration.
    (b) A request for review under this section must be in writing; 
prominently state on the envelope or other cover and at the top of the 
first page ``Debarment Appeal;'' state the specific findings you 
believe to be in error; and include the reasons or legal bases for your 
position. The appeal request should be delivered or addressed to the 
U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 
300, Washington, DC 20005.
    (c) After the circulation vote of the EAC Commissioners has been 
certified, either the Commission debarring official or the DAP must 
notify you of their decision under this section, in writing, using the 
notice procedures set forth at Sec. Sec.  180.615 and 180.975.
    (e) Nothing in this part prohibits the EAC from delegating the 
appeal review process to another Federal agency through a memorandum of 
understanding or interagency agreement.

Subparts E through H--[Reserved]

Subpart I--Definitions


Sec.  5800.930  Debarring official.

    For the Commission, the debarring official for all nonprocurement 
transactions is the Commission's Contracting Officer. In the case of a 
vacancy in the position of the Contracting Officer, the alternate 
debarring official is the Chief Financial Officer.


Sec.  5800.970  Nonprocurement transaction

    While the Commission treats all payments made to states under 42 
U.S.C. 15301, 15302 and 15401 as grants, this part does not apply to 
grants made to states and political subdivisions therein.


Sec.  5800.1010  Suspending official.

    For the Commission, the debarring official for all nonprocurement 
transactions is the Commission's Contracting Officer. In the case of a 
vacancy in the position of the Contracting Officer, the alternate 
debarring official is the Chief Financial Officer.

Subpart J [Reserved]

Thomas Wilkey,
Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
[FR Doc. 2010-17429 Filed 7-16-10; 8:45 am]
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