Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Defense Cargo Riding Gang Members (DFARS Case 2007-D002), 65437-65439 [2010-26721]

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Comment date: Comments on this interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before December 27, 2010 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2007–D002, using any of the following methods: Æ Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Æ E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2007–D002 in the subject line of the message. Æ Fax: 703–602–0350. Æ Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Mary Overstreet, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP/DARS, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check http:// www.regulations.gov approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail). BILLING CODE 6560–50–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 271 Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Confidential business information, Hazardous waste, Hazardous waste transportation, Indian lands, Intergovernmental relations, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority: This action is issued under the authority of sections 2002(a), 3006, and 7004(b) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act as amended 42 U.S.C. 6912(a), 6926, 6974(b). Dated: October 12, 2010. Al Armendariz, Regional Administrator, Region 6. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Parts 212, 247, and 252 RIN 0750–AG81 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Defense Cargo Riding Gang Members (DFARS Case 2007–D002) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments. AGENCY: DoD is issuing an interim rule to amend the Defense Federal SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Ms. Mary Overstreet, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301– 3060. Telephone 703–602–0311; facsimile 703–602–0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2007–D002. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background This interim rule implements section 3504 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110–417). Section 3504 amended section 1018 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109–364). Section 3504 addresses requirements that apply to riding gang members and DoD-exempted individuals who perform work on U.S.-flag vessels under DoD contracts for transportation services E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1 65438 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 205 / Monday, October 25, 2010 / Rules and Regulations documented under chapter 121, title 46 U.S.C. Such riding gang members must hold a U.S. Merchant Mariner’s Document issued under 46 U.S.C., chapter 73, or a transportation security card issued under section 70105 of such title. Section 3504 also permits exemptions for certain individuals, provided a background check of the individual is conducted. U.S. law requires crews of predominantly U.S. citizens aboard U.S.-flag vessels. For many years, foreign nationals have been utilized on U.S.-flag vessels as members of ‘‘riding gangs’’ who perform work beyond standard vessel maintenance and repair while ships are underway. In 2006, Congress prohibited the use of such foreign riding personnel on board vessels that are under contract with the DoD unless the DoD complied with certain limitations. (The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, Pub. L. 109–241.) The exceptions provided to DoD in 2006 did not match those applicable to other U.S.-flag vessels. The Defense Authorization Act of FY 2009 made it clear that the exceptions available to DoD are complete exemptions both from the DoD-specific riding gang limitations and those generally applicable to U.S.-flag vessels. Contracting officers are encouraged to apply this rule to the maximum extent practicable to existing contracts, consistent with FAR 1.108(d). WReier-Aviles on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES II. Executive Order 12866 This rule was subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993. This is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804. III. Regulatory Flexibility Act DoD has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis consistent with 5 U.S.C. 603. A copy of the analysis may be obtained from the point of contact specified herein. The analysis is summarized as follows: The objective of the rule is to provide authorization, restrictions, and exemptions for the use of riding gang members on U.S.-flag vessels under charter or contract to DoD for the carriage of DoD cargo. The requirements of the rule will apply to entities interested in receiving DoD contracts for carriage of DoD cargo. The rule requires the contractor to ensure each riding gang member holds a valid U.S. Merchant Mariner’s Document issued under 46 U.S.C. chapter 73, or a transportation security card issued under section 70105 of such title. Any individual who is exempt VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:06 Oct 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 from these requirements must pass a DoD background check before going aboard the vessel. With regard to these exempt individuals, the contractor shall submit the name and other necessary identifying information for a background check to the approving official specified in the contract. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested parties on the impact of this rule on small entities. DoD also will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS Case 2007–D002) in correspondence. IV. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does not impose any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. V. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense (DoD) that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this interim rule without prior opportunity for public comments. This action is necessary to ensure contracts are compliant with section 3504 of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110–417), which requires contractors to ensure that each riding gang member holds a valid U.S. Merchant Mariner’s Document issued under 46 U.S.C. chapter 73, or a transportation security card issued under section 70105 of such title. Implementing language must be published as quickly as possible to ensure that screening and security requirements are met for riding gang members who perform work on U.S.-flag vessels under DoD contracts for transportation services documented under chapter 121, title 46 U.S.C. Pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 418b, DoD 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 212, 247, and 252 Government procurement. Ynette R. Shelkin, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR parts 212, 247, and 252 are amended as follows: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 212, 247, and 252 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 212—ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS 2. Section 212.301 is amended by adding paragraph (f)(xv) to read as follows: ■ 212.301 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the acquisition of commercial items. (f) * * * (xv) Use the clause at 252.247–7027, Riding Gang Member Requirements, as prescribed in 247.574(f). PART 247—TRANSPORTATION 3. Section 247.570 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ 247.570 Scope. * * * * * (a) Implements— (1) The Cargo Preference Act of 1904 (‘‘the 1904 Act’’), 10 U.S.C. 2631, which applies to the ocean transportation of cargo owned by, or destined for use by, DoD; (2) Section 1017 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109–364), which requires consideration, in solicitations requiring a covered vessel, of the extent to which offerors have had overhaul, repair, and maintenance work performed in shipyards located in the United States or Guam; and (3) Section 3504 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110–417), which addresses requirements that apply to riding gang members and DoDexempted individuals (see 252.247– 7027(c)) who perform work on U.S.-flag vessels under DoD contracts for transportation services documented under chapter 121, title 46 U.S.C. * * * * * ■ 4. Section 247.572 is amended by adding paragraph (e) to read as follows: 247.572 Policy. * * * * * (e) In accordance with section 3504 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110–417), DoD may not award, renew or extend, or exercise an option under a charter of, or contract for carriage of cargo by, a U.S.-flag vessel documented under chapter 121 of title 46 U.S.C., unless the contract contains the clause at 252.247– 7027. E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 205 / Monday, October 25, 2010 / Rules and Regulations 5. Section 247.574 is amended by adding paragraph (f) to read as follows: ■ * * * * (f) Use the clause at 252.247–7027, Riding Gang Member Requirements, in solicitations and contracts for the charter of, or contract for carriage of cargo by, a U.S.-flag vessel documented under chapter 121 of title 46 U.S.C. PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 6. Section 252.247–7027 is added to read as follows: ■ 252.247–7027 Riding gang member requirements. WReier-Aviles on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES As prescribed in 247.574(f), use the following clause: [FR Doc. 2010–26721 Filed 10–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–08–P 247.574 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses. * (End of clause) 14:06 Oct 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 facsimile(703)602–0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2009–D002. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Parts 219 and 252 [DFARS Case 2009–D002] Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments. AGENCY: This interim rule amends the Defense Acquisition Regulation RIDING GANG MEMBER REQUIREMENTS Supplement (DFARS) to conform to the (OCT 2010) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (a) Definition. Riding gang member, as used by providing Department of Defense in this clause, has the same definition as (DoD)-specific policy and procedures ‘‘riding gang member’’ in title 46 U.S.C. 2101. related to the Electronic Subcontracting (b) Requirements relating to riding gang Reporting System (eSRS). The FAR has members. Notwithstanding 46 U.S.C. 8106, been revised to reflect use of the eSRS, the Contractor shall ensure each riding gang member holds a valid U.S. Merchant rather than Standard Form 294— Mariner’s Document issued under 46 U.S.C. Subcontract Report for Individual chapter 73, or a transportation security card Contracts, and Standard Form 295— issued under section 70105 of such title. Summary Subcontract Report, for (c) Exemption. submission of small business (1) An individual is exempt from the subcontract reports. requirements of paragraph (b) of this clause and shall not be treated as a riding gang DATES: Effective date: October 25, 2010. member for the purposes of section 8106 of Comment date: Comments on the title 46, if that individual is on a vessel for interim rule should be submitted in purposes other than engaging in the writing to the address shown below on operation or maintenance of the vessel and or before December 27, 2010, to be is— (i) One of the personnel who accompanies, considered in the formation of the final rule. supervises, guards, or maintains unit equipment aboard a ship, commonly referred ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, to as supercargo personnel; identified by DFARS Case 2009–D002, (ii) One of the force protection personnel using any of the following methods: of the vessel; Æ Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// (iii) A specialized repair technician; or www.regulations.gov. Follow the (iv) An individual who is otherwise instructions for submitting comments. required by the Secretary of Defense or Æ E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include designee to be aboard the vessel. DFARS Case 2009–D002 in the subject (2) Any individual who is exempt under line of the message. paragraph (c)(1) of this clause must pass a DoD background check before going aboard Æ Fax: 703–602–0350. the vessel. With regard to these exempt Æ Mail: Defense Acquisition individuals, the Contractor shall submit the Regulations System, Attn: Ms. name and other necessary identifying Cassandra R. Freeman, OUSD (AT&L) information for a background check to the DPAP (DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, approving official specified in the contract. Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301– The head of the contracting activity may 3060. waive this requirement if the individual All comments received will be posted possesses a valid U.S. Merchant Mariner’s Document issued under 46 U.S.C., chapter to http://www.regulations.gov. 73, or a transportation security card issued FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. under section 70105 of such title. Cassandra R. Freeman, Defense (3) An individual exempted under Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD paragraph (c)(1) of this clause is not treated (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), 3060 Defense as a riding gang member and shall not be Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC counted as an individual in addition to the 20301–3060, Telephone 703–602–8383; crew for the purposes of 46 U.S.C. 3304. VerDate Mar<15>2010 65439 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 This DFARS case is the companion case to FAR Case 2005–040 Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System. This DFARS interim rule amends sections 219.708 and 252.219 to provide DoDspecific procedures and policies related to DoD’s implementation of eSRS. B. Regulatory Flexibility Act DoD does not expect this 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 small businesses are not required to have subcontracting plans and, therefore, are not required to use eSRS to submit reports on their progress in achieving the goals in those plans. Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities. DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 DFARS Case 2009–D002 in correspondence. C. Paperwork Reduction Act This interim rule does not impose any new information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. This rule provides DoD instructions on how to submit reports that are already required by the FAR and are covered under Office of Management and Budget Clearance Numbers 9000–0006 and 9000–0007. D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. The FAR already requires the use of eSRS for submission of subcontracting reports. This interim rule provides to DoD contractors the DoDspecific policies and procedures that they must follow in order to be able to submit subcontract reports using eSRS, as required by the FAR. E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 205 (Monday, October 25, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 65437-65439]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-26721]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 212, 247, and 252

RIN 0750-AG81


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Defense Cargo 
Riding Gang Members (DFARS Case 2007-D002)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 
(DoD).

ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: DoD is issuing an interim rule to amend the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement section 3504 of 
the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. Section 
3504 addresses requirements that apply to riding gang members and DoD-
exempted individuals who perform work on U.S.-flag vessels under DoD 
contracts for transportation services. Section 3504 amended section 
1018 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007.

DATES: Effective date: October 25, 2010.
    Comment date: Comments on this interim rule should be submitted in 
writing to the address shown below on or before December 27, 2010 to be 
considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2007-D002, 
using any of the following methods:
    [cir] Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    [cir] E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2007-D002 in the 
subject line of the message.
    [cir] Fax: 703-602-0350.
    [cir] Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Mary 
Overstreet, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP/DARS, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
    To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check http://www.regulations.gov approximately two to three days after submission to 
verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted 
by mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mary Overstreet, Defense 
Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), 3060 Defense 
Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301-3060. Telephone 703-602-
0311; facsimile 703-602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2007-D002.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    This interim rule implements section 3504 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417). Section 3504 
amended section 1018 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109-364).
    Section 3504 addresses requirements that apply to riding gang 
members and DoD-exempted individuals who perform work on U.S.-flag 
vessels under DoD contracts for transportation services

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documented under chapter 121, title 46 U.S.C. Such riding gang members 
must hold a U.S. Merchant Mariner's Document issued under 46 U.S.C., 
chapter 73, or a transportation security card issued under section 
70105 of such title. Section 3504 also permits exemptions for certain 
individuals, provided a background check of the individual is 
conducted.
    U.S. law requires crews of predominantly U.S. citizens aboard U.S.-
flag vessels. For many years, foreign nationals have been utilized on 
U.S.-flag vessels as members of ``riding gangs'' who perform work 
beyond standard vessel maintenance and repair while ships are underway. 
In 2006, Congress prohibited the use of such foreign riding personnel 
on board vessels that are under contract with the DoD unless the DoD 
complied with certain limitations. (The Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Act of 2006, Pub. L. 109-241.) The exceptions provided 
to DoD in 2006 did not match those applicable to other U.S.-flag 
vessels. The Defense Authorization Act of FY 2009 made it clear that 
the exceptions available to DoD are complete exemptions both from the 
DoD-specific riding gang limitations and those generally applicable to 
U.S.-flag vessels.
    Contracting officers are encouraged to apply this rule to the 
maximum extent practicable to existing contracts, consistent with FAR 
1.108(d).

II. Executive Order 12866

    This rule was subject to Office of Management and Budget review 
under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993. This is not a 
major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

III. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis 
consistent with 5 U.S.C. 603. A copy of the analysis may be obtained 
from the point of contact specified herein. The analysis is summarized 
as follows:
    The objective of the rule is to provide authorization, 
restrictions, and exemptions for the use of riding gang members on 
U.S.-flag vessels under charter or contract to DoD for the carriage of 
DoD cargo. The requirements of the rule will apply to entities 
interested in receiving DoD contracts for carriage of DoD cargo.
    The rule requires the contractor to ensure each riding gang member 
holds a valid U.S. Merchant Mariner's Document issued under 46 U.S.C. 
chapter 73, or a transportation security card issued under section 
70105 of such title. Any individual who is exempt from these 
requirements must pass a DoD background check before going aboard the 
vessel. With regard to these exempt individuals, the contractor shall 
submit the name and other necessary identifying information for a 
background check to the approving official specified in the contract.
    DoD invites comments from small businesses and other interested 
parties on the impact of this rule on small entities. DoD also will 
consider comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS 
subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must 
submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS 
Case 2007-D002) in correspondence.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

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

V. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

    A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense (DoD) that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate 
this interim rule without prior opportunity for public comments. This 
action is necessary to ensure contracts are compliant with section 3504 
of the DoD Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417), 
which requires contractors to ensure that each riding gang member holds 
a valid U.S. Merchant Mariner's Document issued under 46 U.S.C. chapter 
73, or a transportation security card issued under section 70105 of 
such title. Implementing language must be published as quickly as 
possible to ensure that screening and security requirements are met for 
riding gang members who perform work on U.S.-flag vessels under DoD 
contracts for transportation services documented under chapter 121, 
title 46 U.S.C. Pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 418b, DoD 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 212, 247, and 252

    Government procurement.

Ynette R. Shelkin,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Therefore, 48 CFR parts 212, 247, and 252 are amended as follows:
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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 212, 247, and 252 continues 
to read as follows:

    Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

PART 212--ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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2. Section 212.301 is amended by adding paragraph (f)(xv) to read as 
follows:


212.301  Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the 
acquisition of commercial items.

    (f) * * *
    (xv) Use the clause at 252.247-7027, Riding Gang Member 
Requirements, as prescribed in 247.574(f).

PART 247--TRANSPORTATION


0
3. Section 247.570 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as 
follows:


247.570  Scope.

* * * * *
    (a) Implements--
    (1) The Cargo Preference Act of 1904 (``the 1904 Act''), 10 U.S.C. 
2631, which applies to the ocean transportation of cargo owned by, or 
destined for use by, DoD;
    (2) Section 1017 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109-364), which requires consideration, in 
solicitations requiring a covered vessel, of the extent to which 
offerors have had overhaul, repair, and maintenance work performed in 
shipyards located in the United States or Guam; and
    (3) Section 3504 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417), which addresses requirements that 
apply to riding gang members and DoD-exempted individuals (see 252.247-
7027(c)) who perform work on U.S.-flag vessels under DoD contracts for 
transportation services documented under chapter 121, title 46 U.S.C.
* * * * *

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4. Section 247.572 is amended by adding paragraph (e) to read as 
follows:


247.572  Policy.

* * * * *
    (e) In accordance with section 3504 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417), DoD may not 
award, renew or extend, or exercise an option under a charter of, or 
contract for carriage of cargo by, a U.S.-flag vessel documented under 
chapter 121 of title 46 U.S.C., unless the contract contains the clause 
at 252.247-7027.


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5. Section 247.574 is amended by adding paragraph (f) to read as 
follows:


247.574  Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

* * * * *
    (f) Use the clause at 252.247-7027, Riding Gang Member 
Requirements, in solicitations and contracts for the charter of, or 
contract for carriage of cargo by, a U.S.-flag vessel documented under 
chapter 121 of title 46 U.S.C.

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


0
6. Section 252.247-7027 is added to read as follows:


252.247-7027  Riding gang member requirements.

    As prescribed in 247.574(f), use the following clause:

RIDING GANG MEMBER REQUIREMENTS (OCT 2010)

    (a) Definition. Riding gang member, as used in this clause, has 
the same definition as ``riding gang member'' in title 46 U.S.C. 
2101.
    (b) Requirements relating to riding gang members. 
Notwithstanding 46 U.S.C. 8106, the Contractor shall ensure each 
riding gang member holds a valid U.S. Merchant Mariner's Document 
issued under 46 U.S.C. chapter 73, or a transportation security card 
issued under section 70105 of such title.
    (c) Exemption.
    (1) An individual is exempt from the requirements of paragraph 
(b) of this clause and shall not be treated as a riding gang member 
for the purposes of section 8106 of title 46, if that individual is 
on a vessel for purposes other than engaging in the operation or 
maintenance of the vessel and is--
    (i) One of the personnel who accompanies, supervises, guards, or 
maintains unit equipment aboard a ship, commonly referred to as 
supercargo personnel;
    (ii) One of the force protection personnel of the vessel;
    (iii) A specialized repair technician; or
    (iv) An individual who is otherwise required by the Secretary of 
Defense or designee to be aboard the vessel.
    (2) Any individual who is exempt under paragraph (c)(1) of this 
clause must pass a DoD background check before going aboard the 
vessel. With regard to these exempt individuals, the Contractor 
shall submit the name and other necessary identifying information 
for a background check to the approving official specified in the 
contract. The head of the contracting activity may waive this 
requirement if the individual possesses a valid U.S. Merchant 
Mariner's Document issued under 46 U.S.C., chapter 73, or a 
transportation security card issued under section 70105 of such 
title.
    (3) An individual exempted under paragraph (c)(1) of this clause 
is not treated as a riding gang member and shall not be counted as 
an individual in addition to the crew for the purposes of 46 U.S.C. 
3304.


(End of clause)
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