Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Services of Senior Mentors (DFARS Case 2010-D025), 71563-71564 [2010-29507]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 24, 2010 / Rules and Regulations DoD is adopting as final, with a minor change, an interim rule amending the DFARS to implement section 819 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. Section 819 places limitations on certain types of line items and contract options that may be included in contracts initially awarded pursuant to competitive solicitations. DATES: Effective Date: November 24, 2010. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Meredith Murphy, 703–602–1302. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background DoD published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 75 FR 32638 on June 8, 2010, to implement section 819 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The interim rule added coverage at DFARS 217.202 and 234.005–1. The intent of the statute is to prevent a contract for new technology that is initially awarded as a result of competition, from becoming a noncompetitive effort for the development of advance components or the procurement of prototype units. The DFARS implementation places specific limits, in accordance with the statute, on the dollar value, period of performance, and time for exercise of contract line items or contract options for such contracts. The comment period closed on August 9, 2010. A single comment was received in response to the interim rule. The respondent commented that including the change in DFARS part 234 will result in users following this requirement only when procuring major systems. This issue was raised during the preparation of the interim rule. DoD confirmed that part 234 is the optimal location, but has added to DFARS part 235, Research and Development Contracting, a second cross-reference to the part 234 coverage. II. Executive Order 12866 Specifically, the final rule implements section 819 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. Section 819 places limitations on certain types of line items and contract options that may be included in contracts initially awarded pursuant to competitive solicitations. When the prohibition applies, it limits the dollar value, period of performance, and time for exercise of such contract line items or contract options. The intent of the final rule is to prevent a contract for new technology that is initially awarded as a result of competition from becoming a noncompetitive effort for the development of advanced components or the procurement of prototype units. IV. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the final 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. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 217, 234, and 235 Government procurement. Clare M. Zebrowski, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Interim Rule Adopted as Final With Changes Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 217 and 234, which was published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 32638 on June 8, 2010, is adopted as final with the following changes: ■ 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 217, 234, and 235 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 235—RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTING III. Regulatory Flexibility Act jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES 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. See 234.005–1 for limitations on the use of contract line items or contract options for the provision of advanced component development or prototypes of technology developed under a competitively awarded proposal. DoD certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the changes are to internal Government operating procedures. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Nov 23, 2010 Jkt 223001 2. Section 235.006–71 is added to subpart 235.006 to read as follows: ■ 235.006–71 Competition. [FR Doc. 2010–29498 Filed 11–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–08–P PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 71563 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Part 237 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Services of Senior Mentors (DFARS Case 2010– D025) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement DoD policy on the services of senior mentors. DATES: Effective: November 24, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Meredith Murphy, 703–602–1302, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP/DARS, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301–3060. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background This DFARS case is implementing the DoD policy on the services of senior mentors. These policies are set forth in two memoranda: • Secretary of Defense Memorandum entitled ‘‘Policy on Senior Mentors,’’ dated April 1, 2010; and • Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum entitled ‘‘Implementation Guidance on Senior Mentor Policy,’’ dated July 8, 2010. This case is being published as a final rule because the policy changes have already been established by the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense in their policy memoranda. The DFARS language incorporated by this rule is implementing the policy established in the memoranda, which impacts internal DoD operations with no impact on the public. Therefore, publication for public comments is not necessary. II. Discussion Senior mentors are retired flag, general, or other military officers or retired senior civilian officials who provide expert experience-based mentoring, teaching, training, advice, and recommendations to senior military officers, staff, and students as they participate in war games, warfighting courses, operational planning, operational exercises, and decisionmaking exercises. The relevant prior service, joint force experience, and E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1 71564 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 24, 2010 / Rules and Regulations unique expertise of senior mentors provide senior leadership with valuable insights and contribute to the continuous improvement of the DoD operations. Because of DoD’s increased need for senior mentors to participate in warfighting exercises and its desire to promote public trust and confidence in the integrity of its programs and operations, the Secretary has directed the adoption of a uniform hiring process that will provide consistency and transparency to the senior mentor program. Specifically, the Secretary has directed that all requirements for senior mentor services must be satisfied by employing senior mentors as ‘‘highly qualified experts,’’ a type of civil service position under 5 U.S.C. 9903. As highly qualified experts, senior mentors will be subject to applicable Federal personnel and ethics laws and regulations. Therefore, DoD will not use the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 or 10 U.S.C. 129(b) to enter into personal services contracts with senior mentors or otherwise contract for the services of senior mentors. This final rule implements the Secretary’s policy by adding a prohibition against contracting for the services of senior mentors at DFARS 237.102–73. III. Executive Order 12866 List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 237 Government procurement. Clare M. Zebrowski, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR part 237 is amended as follows: Pension Review from Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI) to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). DATES: Effective Date: November 24, 2010. ■ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PART 237—SERVICE CONTRACTING Mary Overstreet, 703–602–0311. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 237 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR chapter 1. 2. Section 237.101 is amended by adding the definition for ‘‘senior mentor’’ in alphabetical order as follows: ■ 237.101 Definitions. * * * * * ‘‘Senior mentor’’ means a retired flag, general, or other military officer or retired senior civilian official who provides expert experience-based mentoring, teaching, training, advice, and recommendations to senior military officers, staff, and students as they participate in war games, warfighting courses, operational planning, operational exercises, and decisionmaking exercises. ■ 3. Section 237.102–73 is added as follows: 237.102–73 Prohibition on contracts for services of senior mentors. Ms. I. Background This final rule relocates requirements for Contractor Insurance/Pension Review to DFARS 242.7302 from PGI 242.7302. DoD published a proposed rule at 75 FR 33237 on June 11, 2010, and the public comment period closed on August 10, 2010. No public comments were received. Therefore, DoD is making no changes to the final rule. II. Executive Order 12866 This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804. III. Regulatory Flexibility Act DoD certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. The rule is consistent with existing policy that a CIPR is only required for those contractors that have $50 million in qualifying sales to the Government. The rule merely relocates the requirements for CIPR from the PGI to the DFARS. This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, is 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. DoD is prohibited from entering into contracts for the services of senior mentors. See PGI 237.102–73 for references to DoD policy and implementation guidance. [FR Doc. 2010–29507 Filed 11–23–10; 8:45 am] IV. Paperwork Reduction Act IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act BILLING CODE 5001–08–P The Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 96–511) applies because information collection requirements in the proposed rule at DFARS subpart 242.73 are currently approved under Office of Management and Budget Control Number 0704–0250. Relocating the requirement has no impact on the information collection requirement. The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. This rule will not have a significant economic impact upon a substantial number of small entities because this final rule does not constitute a significant DFARS revision within the meaning of 41 U.S.C. 418b and FAR 1.501 and does not require publication for public comment. The rule is internal to DoD and does not impose any requirements on small businesses. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been performed. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES V. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the final rule does not contain any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C., et seq. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Nov 23, 2010 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Part 242 RIN 0750–AG77 List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 242 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Contractor Insurance/Pension Review (DFARS Case 2009–D025) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Department of Defense (DoD) is issuing a final rule to remove and relocate the requirements for conducting a Contractor Insurance/ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Government procurement. Ynette R. Shelkin, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR part 242 is amended as follows: ■ PART 242—CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 242 continues to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 237


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Services of 
Senior Mentors (DFARS Case 2010-D025)

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement DoD policy on 
the services of senior mentors.

DATES: Effective: November 24, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Meredith Murphy, 703-602-1302, 
Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP/DARS, 3060 
Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301-3060.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    This DFARS case is implementing the DoD policy on the services of 
senior mentors. These policies are set forth in two memoranda:
     Secretary of Defense Memorandum entitled ``Policy on 
Senior Mentors,'' dated April 1, 2010; and
     Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum entitled 
``Implementation Guidance on Senior Mentor Policy,'' dated July 8, 
2010.
    This case is being published as a final rule because the policy 
changes have already been established by the Secretary of Defense and 
the Deputy Secretary of Defense in their policy memoranda. The DFARS 
language incorporated by this rule is implementing the policy 
established in the memoranda, which impacts internal DoD operations 
with no impact on the public. Therefore, publication for public 
comments is not necessary.

II. Discussion

    Senior mentors are retired flag, general, or other military 
officers or retired senior civilian officials who provide expert 
experience-based mentoring, teaching, training, advice, and 
recommendations to senior military officers, staff, and students as 
they participate in war games, warfighting courses, operational 
planning, operational exercises, and decision-making exercises. The 
relevant prior service, joint force experience, and

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unique expertise of senior mentors provide senior leadership with 
valuable insights and contribute to the continuous improvement of the 
DoD operations.
    Because of DoD's increased need for senior mentors to participate 
in warfighting exercises and its desire to promote public trust and 
confidence in the integrity of its programs and operations, the 
Secretary has directed the adoption of a uniform hiring process that 
will provide consistency and transparency to the senior mentor program. 
Specifically, the Secretary has directed that all requirements for 
senior mentor services must be satisfied by employing senior mentors as 
``highly qualified experts,'' a type of civil service position under 5 
U.S.C. 9903. As highly qualified experts, senior mentors will be 
subject to applicable Federal personnel and ethics laws and 
regulations.
    Therefore, DoD will not use the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 or 10 
U.S.C. 129(b) to enter into personal services contracts with senior 
mentors or otherwise contract for the services of senior mentors. This 
final rule implements the Secretary's policy by adding a prohibition 
against contracting for the services of senior mentors at DFARS 
237.102-73.

III. Executive Order 12866

    This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, is 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.

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. This 
rule will not have a significant economic impact upon a substantial 
number of small entities because this final rule does not constitute a 
significant DFARS revision within the meaning of 41 U.S.C. 418b and FAR 
1.501 and does not require publication for public comment. The rule is 
internal to DoD and does not impose any requirements on small 
businesses. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been 
performed.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

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

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 237

    Government procurement.

Clare M. Zebrowski,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.


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Therefore, 48 CFR part 237 is amended as follows:

PART 237--SERVICE CONTRACTING

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 237 continues to read as 
follows:

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


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2. Section 237.101 is amended by adding the definition for ``senior 
mentor'' in alphabetical order as follows:


237.101  Definitions.

* * * * *
    ``Senior mentor'' means a retired flag, general, or other military 
officer or retired senior civilian official who provides expert 
experience-based mentoring, teaching, training, advice, and 
recommendations to senior military officers, staff, and students as 
they participate in war games, warfighting courses, operational 
planning, operational exercises, and decision-making exercises.

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3. Section 237.102-73 is added as follows:


237.102-73  Prohibition on contracts for services of senior mentors.

    DoD is prohibited from entering into contracts for the services of 
senior mentors. See PGI 237.102-73 for references to DoD policy and 
implementation guidance.

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