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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations encourage contractors to conduct initiatives such as: (1) Establishment of new rules and programs or re-evaluation of existing programs to prohibit text messaging while driving, and (2) education, awareness, and other outreach programs to inform employees about the safety risks associated with texting while driving. This requirement applies to all solicitations and contracts. Item VI—TINA Interest Calculations (FAR Case 2009–034) Dated: June 28, 2011. Laura Auletta, Acting Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy. Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005–53 is issued under the authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Unless otherwise specified, all Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other directive material contained in FAC 2005–53 is effective July 5, 2011, except for Items I, II, III, V and VI which are effective August 4, 2011. Dated: June 27, 2011. Richard Ginman, Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy. Dated: June 28, 2011. Joseph A. Neurauter, Senior Procurement Executive/Deputy CAO, Office of Acquisition Policy, U.S. General Services Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–16671 Filed 7–1–11; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES2 BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 1, 22, and 52 [FAC 2005–53; FAR Case 2009–007; Item I; Docket 2010–0101, Sequence 1] RIN 9000–AL67 DoD, GSA, and NASA are publishing a final rule amending the FAR to revise the clauses at FAR 52.214–27, FAR 52.215–10, and FAR 52.215–11 to require compound interest calculations be applied to Government overpayments as a result of defective cost or pricing data. Dated: June 22, 2011. William P. McNally, Assistant Administrator for Procurement, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Federal Acquisition Regulation; Equal Opportunity for Veterans Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCIES: DoD, GSA, and NASA have adopted as final, with changes, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Department of Labor (DOL) regulations on equal opportunity provisions for various categories of military veterans. The interim rule revised coverage and definitions of veterans covered under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 and included new reporting requirements established under that Act and the Jobs for Veterans Act. DATES: Effective Date: August 4, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Clare McFadden, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501–0044, for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501– 4755. Please cite FAC 2005–53, FAR Case 2009–007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 75 FR 60249 on September 29, 2010, to implement DOL regulations on equal opportunity provisions for various categories of military veterans. The interim rule revised coverage and definitions of veterans covered under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 and included new reporting requirements established under that Act and the Jobs for Veterans Act. The comment period closed November 29, 2010. One respondent submitted comments in response to the interim rule. II. Discussion and Analysis of Public Comments The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:17 Jul 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 39233 Regulations Council (the Councils) reviewed the comments in development of the final rule. A discussion of the comments and the changes made to the rule as a result of those comments are provided as follows: A. Definitions Comment: The respondent recommended inclusion of the definition of ‘‘Executive and Senior Management,’’ as defined in the FAR clause 52.222–35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans, in the definitions section of FAR subpart 22.13. Response: The Councils have added the definition to FAR 22.1301. Comment: The respondent recommended a change to the definition of the term ‘‘other protected veteran.’’ Response: The FAR rule is implementing the DOL rule and does not have the latitude to expand the meaning of the DOL definition. (See the August 8, 2007, final rule of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Department of Labor, 60– 300.2 (p), 72 FR 44393.) B. Delete References to the VETS–100 Form Comment: The respondent recommends deleting all references to the VETS–100 Form and the date of December 1, 2003, to allow contractors to submit all reports on the VETS–100A Form. Response: While understanding the rationale for the recommendation, the Councils are again bound by the DOL rule. C. Date of FAR Clause 52.244–6 Comment: The respondent recommended that the FAR clause 52.244–6 date should be updated to reflect the OCT 2010 change made to the clause subsequent to the interim rule. Response: When an interim rule is finalized, the final rule automatically retains any intervening changes to the FAR baseline, such as clause dates. No further change is required. III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 Executive Orders (E.O.s) 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). E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This is a significant E:\FR\FM\05JYR2.SGM 05JYR2 39234 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations regulatory action and, therefore, was subject to review under section 6(b) of E.O. 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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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 contractors are already required to annually track and report their veteran workforces on the VETS–100 Form in accordance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act. This rule implemented a new form, VETS–100A that simply includes the revised categories of veterans for reporting purposes. V. Paperwork Reduction Act The final rule does not contain any 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 Parts 1, 22, and 52 Government procurement. Dated: June 28, 2011. Laura Auletta, Acting Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy. Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 1, 22, and 52, which was published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 60249, September 29, 2010, is adopted as final with the following changes: PART 22—APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 22 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES2 22.1301 Definitions. * * * * * Executive and senior management means— VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:17 Jul 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 [FR Doc. 2011–16672 Filed 7–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P duplicate, overlapping, or conflicting information from the different Federal agencies. Effective Date: August 4, 2011. Mr. Karlos Morgan, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501–2364 for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501– 4755. Please cite FAC 2005–53, FAR Case 2009–023. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background DoD, GSA, and NASA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 75 FR 50731 on August 17, 2010, to standardize the use of unique PIIDs throughout the Government. Four respondents submitted comments on the proposed rule. II. Discussion and Analysis of the Public Comments The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (the Councils) reviewed the public comments in the development of the final rule. A discussion of the comments and the changes made to the rule as a result of those comments are provided as follows: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE A. Agency and Office Identifier GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [FAC 2005–53; FAR Case 2009–023; Item II; Docket 2010–0094, Sequence 1] Comment: A respondent provided a suggestion that the prescribed identifiers include not only an agency identifier, but an office identifier as well. Response: At this time, not all agencies have an office-unique identifier. However, as data standardization efforts progress, this may be a future area of consideration. RIN 9000–AL70 B. Amendments Federal Acquisition Regulation; Unique Procurement Instrument Identifier Comment: A respondent suggested that the term ‘‘amendments’’ be removed from the proposed FAR 4.605, as ‘‘amendments’’ are not reported to the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). Response: ‘‘Amendments’’ will be removed from the identified part, and replaced with ‘‘solicitations’’, because solicitation numbers are included in FPDS contract action reports. NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Part 4 Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCIES: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to standardize use of unique Procurement Instrument Identifiers (PIID) throughout the Government. The lack of consistent agency policies and procedures for PIIDs subjected users of contract data, including the Federal Government, contractors, and the public, to potential SUMMARY: 2. Amend section 22.1301 by adding, in alphabetical order, the definition ‘‘Executive and senior management’’ to read as follows: ■ (1) Any employee— (i) Compensated on a salary basis at a rate of not less than $455 per week (or $380 per week, if employed in American Samoa by employers other than the Federal Government), exclusive of board, lodging, or other facilities; (ii) Whose primary duty consists of the management of the enterprise in which the individual is employed or of a customarily recognized department or subdivision thereof; (iii) Who customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees; and (iv) Who has the authority to hire or fire other employees or whose suggestions and recommendations as to the hiring or firing and as to the advancement and promotion or any other change of status of other employees will be given particular weight; or (2) Any employee who owns at least a bona fide 20-percent equity interest in the enterprise in which the employee is employed, regardless of whether the business is a corporate or other type of organization, and who is actively engaged in its management. * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 C. Consistent Government Format Comment: Two respondents requested a consistent format for the PIIDs across the Government. Response: At this time it is not cost effective to transition all Federal agencies to a single PIID format across the Government. E:\FR\FM\05JYR2.SGM 05JYR2

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 1, 22, and 52

[FAC 2005-53; FAR Case 2009-007; Item I; Docket 2010-0101, Sequence 1]
RIN 9000-AL67


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Equal Opportunity for Veterans

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD, GSA, and NASA have adopted as final, with changes, an 
interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to 
implement Department of Labor (DOL) regulations on equal opportunity 
provisions for various categories of military veterans. The interim 
rule revised coverage and definitions of veterans covered under the 
Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 and included 
new reporting requirements established under that Act and the Jobs for 
Veterans Act.

DATES: Effective Date: August 4, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Clare McFadden, Procurement 
Analyst, at (202) 501-0044, for clarification of content. For 
information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the 
Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-53, FAR 
Case 2009-007.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal 
Register at 75 FR 60249 on September 29, 2010, to implement DOL 
regulations on equal opportunity provisions for various categories of 
military veterans. The interim rule revised coverage and definitions of 
veterans covered under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment 
Assistance Act of 1972 and included new reporting requirements 
established under that Act and the Jobs for Veterans Act. The comment 
period closed November 29, 2010. One respondent submitted comments in 
response to the interim rule.

II. Discussion and Analysis of Public Comments

    The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition 
Regulations Council (the Councils) reviewed the comments in development 
of the final rule. A discussion of the comments and the changes made to 
the rule as a result of those comments are provided as follows:

A. Definitions

    Comment: The respondent recommended inclusion of the definition of 
``Executive and Senior Management,'' as defined in the FAR clause 
52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans, in the definitions section 
of FAR subpart 22.13.
    Response: The Councils have added the definition to FAR 22.1301.
    Comment: The respondent recommended a change to the definition of 
the term ``other protected veteran.''
    Response: The FAR rule is implementing the DOL rule and does not 
have the latitude to expand the meaning of the DOL definition. (See the 
August 8, 2007, final rule of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance 
Programs, Department of Labor, 60-300.2 (p), 72 FR 44393.)

B. Delete References to the VETS-100 Form

    Comment: The respondent recommends deleting all references to the 
VETS-100 Form and the date of December 1, 2003, to allow contractors to 
submit all reports on the VETS-100A Form.
    Response: While understanding the rationale for the recommendation, 
the Councils are again bound by the DOL rule.

C. Date of FAR Clause 52.244-6

    Comment: The respondent recommended that the FAR clause 52.244-6 
date should be updated to reflect the OCT 2010 change made to the 
clause subsequent to the interim rule.
    Response: When an interim rule is finalized, the final rule 
automatically retains any intervening changes to the FAR baseline, such 
as clause dates. No further change is required.

III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders (E.O.s) 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). E.O. 
13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 
This is a significant

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regulatory action and, therefore, was subject to review under section 
6(b) of E.O. 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 Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and 
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify 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 contractors are already 
required to annually track and report their veteran workforces on the 
VETS-100 Form in accordance with the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment 
Assistance Act of 1972, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act. This 
rule implemented a new form, VETS-100A that simply includes the revised 
categories of veterans for reporting purposes.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The final rule does not contain any 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 Parts 1, 22, and 52

    Government procurement.

    Dated: June 28, 2011.
Laura Auletta,
Acting Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy.
    Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 1, 22, and 52, 
which was published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 60249, September 
29, 2010, is adopted as final with the following changes:

PART 22--APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 22 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 
U.S.C. 2473(c).


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2. Amend section 22.1301 by adding, in alphabetical order, the 
definition ``Executive and senior management'' to read as follows:


22.1301   Definitions.

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    Executive and senior management means--
    (1) Any employee--
    (i) Compensated on a salary basis at a rate of not less than $455 
per week (or $380 per week, if employed in American Samoa by employers 
other than the Federal Government), exclusive of board, lodging, or 
other facilities;
    (ii) Whose primary duty consists of the management of the 
enterprise in which the individual is employed or of a customarily 
recognized department or subdivision thereof;
    (iii) Who customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more 
other employees; and
    (iv) Who has the authority to hire or fire other employees or whose 
suggestions and recommendations as to the hiring or firing and as to 
the advancement and promotion or any other change of status of other 
employees will be given particular weight; or
    (2) Any employee who owns at least a bona fide 20-percent equity 
interest in the enterprise in which the employee is employed, 
regardless of whether the business is a corporate or other type of 
organization, and who is actively engaged in its management.
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