Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Independent Research and Development Technical Descriptions (DFARS Case 2010-D011), 11414-11415 [2011-4528]

Download as PDF 11414 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 41 / Wednesday, March 2, 2011 / Proposed Rules (h) The Secretary of Defense may instruct the head of the agency proposing a multiyear contract to include in that contract negotiated priced options for varying the quantities of end items to be procured over the life of the contract (10 U.S.C. 2306b(j)). 5. Section 217.173 is revised to read as follows: 217.173 Multiyear contracts for military family housing. The head of the agency may enter into multiyear contracts for periods up to four years for supplies and services required for management, maintenance, and operation of military family housing and may pay the costs of such contracts for each year from annual appropriations for that year (10 U.S.C. 2829). 217.174 [Removed] 6. Section 217.174 is removed. [FR Doc. 2011–4525 Filed 3–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Part 231 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Independent Research and Development Technical Descriptions (DFARS Case 2010–D011) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to require contractors to report independent research and development (IR&D) projects generating annual costs in excess of $50,000. DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before May 2, 2011, to be considered in the formation of the final rule. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2010–D011, using any of the following methods: Regulations.gov: https:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ‘‘DFARS Case 2010–D011’’ under the heading ‘‘Enter keyword or ID’’ and selecting ‘‘Search.’’ Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘DFARS Case 2010–D011.’’ Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:22 Mar 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘DFARS Case 2010–D011’’ on your attached document. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2010–D011 in the subject line of the message. Fax: 703–602–0350. Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Mark Gomersall, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments received generally will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check https://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: Mr. Mark Gomersall, 703–602–0302. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background This proposed rule revises requirements for reporting IR&D projects that generate annual costs in excess of $50,000 to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). Beginning in the 1990s, DoD reduced its technical exchanges with industry, in part to ensure independence of IR&D. The result has been a loss of linkage between funding and technological purpose. The reporting requirements, as mandated by 10 U.S.C. 2372, will provide in-process information from DoD-sponsored IR&D projects to increase effectiveness by providing visibility into the technical content of industry IR&D activities to meet DoD needs and promote the technical prowess of the industry. Without the collection of this information, DoD will be unable to maximize the value of the IR&D funds the Department disburses without infringing on the independence of contractors to choose which technologies to pursue in IR&D programs. II. Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review This rule has been determined to be a significant regulatory action and therefore is 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. III. Regulatory Flexibility Act DoD has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis consistent with 5 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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: DoD does not expect this proposed rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because reporting the IR&D projects utilizing the DTIC on-line input form does not require contractors to expend significant effort or cost. Furthermore, the threshold for reporting annual IR&D costs in excess of $50,000, as set forth in the rule, ensures that the IR&D project reporting requirements will not apply to a significant number of small entities. At this time, DoD is unable to estimate the number of small entities to which this rule will apply. Therefore, 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 2010–D011) in correspondence. IV. Paperwork Reduction Act The proposed rule contains new information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). DoD invites public comments on the following aspects of the proposed rule: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The following is a summary of the information collection requirement. Title: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Part 231, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures. Type of Request: New collection. Number of Respondents: 700. Responses per Respondent: 38.5. Annual Responses: 26,950. E:\FR\FM\02MRP1.SGM 02MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 41 / Wednesday, March 2, 2011 / Proposed Rules Average Burden per Response: 0.5 hours. Annual Burden Hours: 13,475. Needs and Uses: This information collection requires contractors to report IR&D projects generating annual costs in excess of $50,000. The information will provide in-process information from DoD-sponsored IR&D projects to increase the effectiveness by providing visibility into the technical content of industry IR&D activities to meet DoD needs. Without the collection of this information, DoD will be unable to maximize the value of the IR&D funds that it disburses without infringing on the independence of a contractor to choose which technologies to pursue in its independent research and development program. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. Frequency: On occasion. Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or e-mail Jasmeet_K._Seehra@omb.eop.gov, with a copy to the Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Mark Goemrsall, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments can be received from 30 to 60 days after the date of this notice, but comments to OMB will be most useful if received by OMB within 30 days after the date of this notice. To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Mark Gomersall, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060, or e-mail dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2010–D011 in the subject line of the message. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 231 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS Government procurement. Therefore, 48 CFR part 231 is proposed to be amended as follows: PART 231—CONTRACT COST PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 231 continues to read as follows: 16:22 Mar 01, 2011 2. Amend section 231.205–18 by adding paragraph (c)(iii)(C) and revising the introductory text of paragraph (c)(iv) to read as follows: 231.205–18 Independent research and development and bid and proposal costs. * * * * * (c) * * * (iii) * * * (C) For a contractor’s annual IR&D costs in excess of $50,000 to be allowable, the IR&D projects generating the costs must be reported to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) using the DTIC’s on-line input form and instructions. The inputs must be updated at least annually and when the project is completed. Copies of the input and updates must be made available for review by the cognizant administrative contracting officer (ACO) and the cognizant Defense Contract Audit Agency auditor to support the allowability of the costs. (iv) For major contractors, the cognizant ACO or corporate ACO shall— * * * * * [FR Doc. 2011–4528 Filed 3–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–08–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. NHTSA–2011–0027] RIN 2127–AK52 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Withdrawal of notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: This document withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking issued pursuant to the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007. The Act directed NHTSA to initiate a rulemaking to consider requirements for automatic reversal systems (ARS) for power windows and to make a final decision. The agency has decided not to issue a final rule adopting any such new requirements and instead to terminate rulemaking. SUMMARY: Ynette R. Shelkin, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1. Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 11415 Effective March 2, 2011, the proposed rule published September 1, 2009, at 74 FR 45143 is withdrawn. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For non-legal issues, you may call Michael Pyne, NHTSA Office of Avoidance Standards, telephone 202–366–1810. For legal issues, you may call J. Edward Glancy, NHTSA Office of Chief Counsel, telephone 202–366–2992. You may send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Washington, DC 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For the reasons set forth below, we have decided not to issue a final rule adopting any new requirements for automatic reversal systems (ARS) and are withdrawing our 2009 proposal regarding ARS. This document explains our decision. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 (K. T. Safety Act) directed the Secretary of Transportation to initiate a rulemaking to consider requiring all power windows and panels on light motor vehicles to stop closing and reverse direction automatically when they detect an obstruction, to prevent children and others from being trapped, injured, or killed. It also provided the Secretary with discretion whether to issue a final rule. It stated that if the Secretary determines that additional safety requirements are reasonable, practicable and appropriate, the Secretary shall issue those requirements. Alternatively, it stated if the Secretary determines that no additional safety requirements meet those criteria, the Secretary shall report to Congress on the reasons for not issuing such requirements. In response to the K. T. Safety Act, the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published in the Federal Register (74 FR 45143; September 1, 2009) a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new requirements for ARS. The proposal discussed the agency’s analysis of the injuries and fatalities related to power windows and the performance requirements that the agency had recently adopted for safer power window switches. The benefits of the safer switches rules will be increasingly realized as vehicles with ‘‘safer switches’’ replace older vehicles lacking them. After the agency analyzed and considered the benefits and costs of installing ARS for all types of vehicle windows in developing the NPRM, NHTSA decided to propose requiring ARS on only one type of power DATES: E:\FR\FM\02MRP1.SGM 02MRP1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 231


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Independent 
Research and Development Technical Descriptions (DFARS Case 2010-D011)

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

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition 
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to require contractors to report 
independent research and development (IR&D) projects generating annual 
costs in excess of $50,000.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to 
the address shown below on or before May 2, 2011, to be considered in 
the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2010-D011, 
using any of the following methods:
    Regulations.gov: https://www.regulations.gov.
    Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting 
``DFARS Case 2010-D011'' under the heading ``Enter keyword or ID'' and 
selecting ``Search.'' Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that 
corresponds with ``DFARS Case 2010-D011.'' Follow the instructions 
provided at the ``Submit a Comment'' screen. Please include your name, 
company name (if any), and ``DFARS Case 2010-D011'' on your attached 
document. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2010-D011 in the subject 
line of the message.
    Fax: 703-602-0350.
    Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Mark 
Gomersall, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To 
confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check https://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: Mr. Mark Gomersall, 703-602-0302.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    This proposed rule revises requirements for reporting IR&D projects 
that generate annual costs in excess of $50,000 to the Defense 
Technical Information Center (DTIC). Beginning in the 1990s, DoD 
reduced its technical exchanges with industry, in part to ensure 
independence of IR&D. The result has been a loss of linkage between 
funding and technological purpose. The reporting requirements, as 
mandated by 10 U.S.C. 2372, will provide in-process information from 
DoD-sponsored IR&D projects to increase effectiveness by providing 
visibility into the technical content of industry IR&D activities to 
meet DoD needs and promote the technical prowess of the industry. 
Without the collection of this information, DoD will be unable to 
maximize the value of the IR&D funds the Department disburses without 
infringing on the independence of contractors to choose which 
technologies to pursue in IR&D programs.

II. Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule has been determined to be a significant regulatory action 
and therefore is 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.

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:
    DoD does not expect this proposed rule to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the 
meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., 
because reporting the IR&D projects utilizing the DTIC on-line input 
form does not require contractors to expend significant effort or cost. 
Furthermore, the threshold for reporting annual IR&D costs in excess of 
$50,000, as set forth in the rule, ensures that the IR&D project 
reporting requirements will not apply to a significant number of small 
entities.
    At this time, DoD is unable to estimate the number of small 
entities to which this rule will apply. Therefore, 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 2010-D011) in 
correspondence.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The proposed rule contains new information collection requirements 
that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). DoD invites public 
comments on the following aspects of the proposed rule: (a) Whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the information 
will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the estimate of the 
burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology. The following is a summary of 
the information collection requirement.
    Title: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 
Part 231, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Number of Respondents: 700.
    Responses per Respondent: 38.5.
    Annual Responses: 26,950.

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    Average Burden per Response: 0.5 hours.
    Annual Burden Hours: 13,475.
    Needs and Uses: This information collection requires contractors to 
report IR&D projects generating annual costs in excess of $50,000. The 
information will provide in-process information from DoD-sponsored IR&D 
projects to increase the effectiveness by providing visibility into the 
technical content of industry IR&D activities to meet DoD needs. 
Without the collection of this information, DoD will be unable to 
maximize the value of the IR&D funds that it disburses without 
infringing on the independence of a contractor to choose which 
technologies to pursue in its independent research and development 
program.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit and not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information 
collection should be sent to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra at the Office of 
Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive 
Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or e-mail Jasmeet_K._Seehra@omb.eop.gov, with a copy to the Defense Acquisition Regulations 
System, Attn: Mr. Mark Goemrsall, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 
3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060. Comments can be 
received from 30 to 60 days after the date of this notice, but comments 
to OMB will be most useful if received by OMB within 30 days after the 
date of this notice.
    To request more information on this proposed information collection 
or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection 
instruments, please write to the Defense Acquisition Regulations 
System, Attn: Mr. Mark Gomersall, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 
3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060, or e-mail 
dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2010-D011 in the subject line of the 
message.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 231

    Government procurement.

Ynette R. Shelkin,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
    Therefore, 48 CFR part 231 is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 231--CONTRACT COST PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES

    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 231 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

    2. Amend section 231.205-18 by adding paragraph (c)(iii)(C) and 
revising the introductory text of paragraph (c)(iv) to read as follows:


231.205-18  Independent research and development and bid and proposal 
costs.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (iii) * * *
    (C) For a contractor's annual IR&D costs in excess of $50,000 to be 
allowable, the IR&D projects generating the costs must be reported to 
the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) using the DTIC's on-
line input form and instructions. The inputs must be updated at least 
annually and when the project is completed. Copies of the input and 
updates must be made available for review by the cognizant 
administrative contracting officer (ACO) and the cognizant Defense 
Contract Audit Agency auditor to support the allowability of the costs.
    (iv) For major contractors, the cognizant ACO or corporate ACO 
shall--
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