Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Construction and Architect-Engineer Services Performance Evaluation (DFARS Case 2010-D024), 21851-21852 [2011-8962]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Proposed Rules Mr. Manuel Quinones, telephone 703–602– 8383. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 48 CFR Part 236 I. Background RIN 0750–AG91 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Construction and Architect-Engineer Services Performance Evaluation (DFARS Case 2010–D024) 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 remove the requirement to use DoDunique forms to prepare contractor performance evaluations for construction and architect-engineer services. SUMMARY: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before June 20, 2011, to be considered in the formation of the final rule. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2010–D024, using any of the following methods: Regulations.gov, http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ‘‘DFARS Case 2010–D024’’ under the heading ‘‘Enter keyword or ID’’ and selecting ‘‘Search.’’ Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘DFARS Case 2010– D024.’’ Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘DFARS Case 2010– D024’’ on your attached document. E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2010–D024 in the subject line of the message. FAX: 703–602–0350. Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Manuel Quinones, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment, 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. jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:54 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 This case removes the requirement to use DoD-unique forms to document contractor past performance for construction and Architect-Engineer (A&E) services. Historically, the Federal Government collected past performance data for construction and A&E services on specific standard forms (SF 1420 and SF 1421, respectively). DoD collected the data on DD Form 2626, Performance Evaluation (Construction), and DD Form 2631, Performance Evaluation (Architect-Engineer), in lieu of the standard forms. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) has been updated to remove the standard forms in their entirety, as well as the procedures that accompanied them, and now points solely to the requirements of FAR subpart 42.15 for past-performance reporting for construction and A&E contracts. Earlier in 2010, consistent with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy memorandum dated July 29, 2008, Improving the Use of Contractor Performance Information, the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) was named as the sole system for collecting past-performance information. As such, CPARS will support Governmentwide data collection requirements for contractor past performance reporting, to include construction and A&E contracts, and DFARS is being updated to delete the outdated procedures and references to the obsolete DD forms. II. Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 21851 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: This proposed rule addresses the removal of the procedures for use of and references to DD Forms 2626 and 2631 from DFARS. DFARS part 236 supplemented the language previously included in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that specified certain procedures and forms be used to document contractor performance for construction and A&E services. The FAR has been updated to remove those procedures and standard forms; FAR 36.201 and FAR 36.604 now refer to FAR 42.1502(e) for the requirements for preparing past performance evaluations. The objective of this rule is to remove the requirement to use DD Forms 2626, Performance Evaluation (Construction), and 2631, Performance Evaluation (Architect-Engineer), to evaluate contractor past performance. Since the Contractor Performance Assessment Report System (CPARS) is now the Governmentwide system for electronically collecting past performance data, there is no need to specify separate DoD-unique forms to collect the data. The number of small entities to be impacted by this proposed rule is unknown, however, due to the low dollar thresholds currently in place for reporting, it is expected that a large number of small entities will require past performance evaluations to be completed by Government personnel. Past performance evaluations are required for each construction contract of $650,000 or more and for each construction contract terminated for default regardless of contract value. For Architect and Engineer (A&E) services, past performance evaluations are required for contracts of $30,000 or more, and for each A&E contract that is terminated for default regardless of contract value. The 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 clarifications proposed require no additional effort by contractors as the changes simply update the DFARS to reflect the current automated process being used. CPARS is already being used by DoD personnel to report construction and A&E services contractor past performance, and the DFARS is merely being updated to E:\FR\FM\19APP1.SGM 19APP1 21852 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Proposed Rules remove references to obsolete forms and procedures and reflect the current process. No start-up costs are expected as only Internet access is required should small entities elect to comment on their past performance rating in CPARS. This rule will not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other known Federal rule. There are no known alternatives to this proposed rule. DoD invites comments from small businesses 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–D024), in correspondence. IV. Paperwork Reduction Act The proposed rule does not impose additional 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.). List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 236 Government procurement. Mary Overstreet, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR part 236 is proposed to be amended as follows: 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 236 continues to read as follows: Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 236—CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS 236.201 [Removed] 2. Section 236.201 is removed. 3. Revise section 236.604 to read as follows: jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 236.604 Performance evaluation. Prepare a separate performance evaluation after actual construction of the project. Ordinarily, the evaluating official should be the person most familiar with the A–E’s performance. [FR Doc. 2011–8962 Filed 4–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–08–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:54 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Part 245 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Responsibility and Liability for Government Property (DFARS Case 2010–D018) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: DoD is issuing a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to extend the Government selfinsurance policy to Government property provided under negotiated fixed-price contracts that are awarded on a basis other than submission of certified cost or pricing data. DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before June 20, 2011, to be considered in the formation of the final rule. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2010–D018, using any of the following methods: Æ Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ‘‘DFARS Case 2010–D018’’ under the heading ‘‘Enter keyword or ID’’ and selecting ‘‘Search.’’ Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘DFARS Case 2010–D018.’’ Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘DFARS Case 2010–D018’’ on your attached document. Æ E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2010–D018 in the subject line of the message. Æ FAX: 703–602–0350. Æ Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mrs. Jennifer Abi-Najm, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment, 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: Mrs. Jennifer Abi-Najm, 703–602–1013. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 I. Background This proposed rule will amend the DFARS to extend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Government self-insurance policy for loss of Government property to negotiated fixed-price contracts awarded on a basis other than submission of certified cost or pricing data. FAR 45.104, Responsibility and liability for Government property, provides that contractors are not held liable for loss of Government property occurring under the following types of contracts: (1) Cost-reimbursement contracts. (2) Time-and-materials contracts. (3) Labor-hour contracts. (4) Fixed-price contracts awarded on the basis of submission of certified cost or pricing data. An exception to the FAR 45.104 policy for Government assumption of risk of loss is for negotiated fixed-price contracts awarded on a basis other than submission of certified cost or pricing data. This rule proposes that DoD contractors not be held liable for loss of Government property under such contracts, and eliminates the use of Alternate I of the FAR clause at 52.245– 1, Government Property. Use of Alternate I requires contractors to assume the risk and be responsible for loss of Government property. II. Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 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. 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: E:\FR\FM\19APP1.SGM 19APP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 75 (Tuesday, April 19, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 21851-21852]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-8962]



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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 236

RIN 0750-AG91


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Construction 
and Architect-Engineer Services Performance Evaluation (DFARS Case 
2010-D024)

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 remove the requirement to use DoD-
unique forms to prepare contractor performance evaluations for 
construction and architect-engineer services.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to 
the address shown below on or before June 20, 2011, to be considered in 
the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2010-D024, 
using any of the following methods:
    Regulations.gov, http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via 
the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ``DFARS Case 2010-D024'' 
under the heading ``Enter keyword or ID'' and selecting ``Search.'' 
Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that corresponds with ``DFARS Case 
2010-D024.'' Follow the instructions provided at the ``Submit a 
Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and 
``DFARS Case 2010-D024'' on your attached document.
    E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2010-D024 in the subject 
line of the message.
    FAX: 703-602-0350.
    Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Manuel 
Quinones, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To 
confirm receipt of your comment, 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: Mr. Manuel Quinones, telephone 703-
602-8383.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    This case removes the requirement to use DoD-unique forms to 
document contractor past performance for construction and Architect-
Engineer (A&E) services. Historically, the Federal Government collected 
past performance data for construction and A&E services on specific 
standard forms (SF 1420 and SF 1421, respectively). DoD collected the 
data on DD Form 2626, Performance Evaluation (Construction), and DD 
Form 2631, Performance Evaluation (Architect-Engineer), in lieu of the 
standard forms. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) has been 
updated to remove the standard forms in their entirety, as well as the 
procedures that accompanied them, and now points solely to the 
requirements of FAR subpart 42.15 for past-performance reporting for 
construction and A&E contracts.
    Earlier in 2010, consistent with the Office of Federal Procurement 
Policy memorandum dated July 29, 2008, Improving the Use of Contractor 
Performance Information, the Contractor Performance Assessment 
Reporting System (CPARS) was named as the sole system for collecting 
past-performance information. As such, CPARS will support 
Governmentwide data collection requirements for contractor past 
performance reporting, to include construction and A&E contracts, and 
DFARS is being updated to delete the outdated procedures and references 
to the obsolete DD forms.

II. Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive 
Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting 
flexibility. 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.

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:
    This proposed rule addresses the removal of the procedures for use 
of and references to DD Forms 2626 and 2631 from DFARS. DFARS part 236 
supplemented the language previously included in the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that specified certain procedures and 
forms be used to document contractor performance for construction and 
A&E services. The FAR has been updated to remove those procedures and 
standard forms; FAR 36.201 and FAR 36.604 now refer to FAR 42.1502(e) 
for the requirements for preparing past performance evaluations.
    The objective of this rule is to remove the requirement to use DD 
Forms 2626, Performance Evaluation (Construction), and 2631, 
Performance Evaluation (Architect-Engineer), to evaluate contractor 
past performance. Since the Contractor Performance Assessment Report 
System (CPARS) is now the Governmentwide system for electronically 
collecting past performance data, there is no need to specify separate 
DoD-unique forms to collect the data.
    The number of small entities to be impacted by this proposed rule 
is unknown, however, due to the low dollar thresholds currently in 
place for reporting, it is expected that a large number of small 
entities will require past performance evaluations to be completed by 
Government personnel. Past performance evaluations are required for 
each construction contract of $650,000 or more and for each 
construction contract terminated for default regardless of contract 
value. For Architect and Engineer (A&E) services, past performance 
evaluations are required for contracts of $30,000 or more, and for each 
A&E contract that is terminated for default regardless of contract 
value.
    The 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 
clarifications proposed require no additional effort by contractors as 
the changes simply update the DFARS to reflect the current automated 
process being used. CPARS is already being used by DoD personnel to 
report construction and A&E services contractor past performance, and 
the DFARS is merely being updated to

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remove references to obsolete forms and procedures and reflect the 
current process. No start-up costs are expected as only Internet access 
is required should small entities elect to comment on their past 
performance rating in CPARS. This rule will not duplicate, overlap, or 
conflict with any other known Federal rule. There are no known 
alternatives to this proposed rule.
    DoD invites comments from small businesses 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-D024), in 
correspondence.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The proposed rule does not impose additional 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.).

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 236

    Government procurement.

Mary Overstreet,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR part 236 is proposed to be amended as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 236 continues to read as 
follows:

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

PART 236--CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS


236.201  [Removed]

    2. Section 236.201 is removed.
    3. Revise section 236.604 to read as follows:


236.604   Performance evaluation.

    Prepare a separate performance evaluation after actual construction 
of the project. Ordinarily, the evaluating official should be the 
person most familiar with the A-E's performance.

[FR Doc. 2011-8962 Filed 4-18-11; 8:45 am]
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