Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Extension of Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program (DFARS Case 2011-D050), 71467-71468 [2011-29897]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Rules and Regulations List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 216 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Government procurement. Defense Acquisition Regulations System Mary Overstreet, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. 48 CFR Part 219 and Appendix I to Chapter 2 PART 216—TYPES OF CONTRACTS Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1. Indefinite-quantity contracts. (c)(1)(ii)(D) Limitation on singleaward contracts. (i) The authority to make the determination authorized in FAR 16.504(c)(1)(ii)(D)(1) shall not be delegated below the level of the senior procurement executive. (ii) The head of the agency must notify the congressional defense committees within 30 days after making any determination under FAR 16.504(c)(1)(ii)(D)(1). If the award concerns intelligence or intelligencerelated activities of DoD, notification shall also be provided to the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives. (See sample notification at PGI 216.504(c)(1)(ii)(D)(iv).) (iii) A copy of each determination made in accordance with FAR 16.504(c)(1)(ii)(D) and each congressional notice shall be submitted in accordance with PGI 216.504(c)(1)(ii)(D)(iii). emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:24 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to extend the date for submittal of applications under the DoD Mentor´ ´ Protege Pilot Program for new mentor´ ´ protege agreements and the date mentors may incur costs and/or receive credit towards fulfilling their small business subcontracting goals through ´ ´ an approved mentor-protege agreement. DATES: Effective Date: November 18, 2011. III. Regulatory Flexibility Act RIN 0750–AH44 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Extension of ´ ´ Department of Defense Mentor-Protege Pilot Program (DFARS Case 2011– D050) SUMMARY: 2. Revise section 216.504 to read as follows: ■ BILLING CODE 5001–06–P II. 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 not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 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. Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 216 continues to read as follows: ■ [FR Doc. 2011–29903 Filed 11–17–11; 8:45 am] merely extends the effective dates for an existing DoD program. These dates have already been extended by law. AGENCY: Therefore, the Defense Acquisition Regulations System confirms as final the interim rule published at 75 FR 40716 on July 13, 2010, with the following changes: 216.504 71467 Ms. Lee Renna, telephone 703–602–0764. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background This Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) case implements section 8016 of the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (Pub. L. 112–10). The NDAA for FY 2011 was signed into law on April 15, 2011. Section 8016 ´ ´ amends the DoD Mentor-Protege Pilot Program (DoD MPP), section 831 of Public Law 110–510 (10 U.S.C. 2302, note), by changing the— • Acceptance date for new DoD MPP agreements from September 30, 2010, to September 30, 2011; and • Eligibility date DoD mentors may incur costs for the purposes of receiving cost reimbursement or credit toward attainment of subcontracting goals, from September 30, 2013, to September 30, 2014. This final rule implements these changes in the corresponding DFARS regulations: 219.704(b) and (d); and I–103(a) and (b). DoD is issuing a final rule because this rule does not have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD and does not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. This final rule PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because this final rule does not constitute a significant DFARS revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501–1 and 41 U.S.C. 1707 and does not require publication for public comment. IV. Paperwork Reduction Act The 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 Part 219 and Appendix I to Chapter 2 Government procurement. Mary Overstreet, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR part 219 and 48 CFR chapter 2 appendix I are amended as follows: 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 219 and Appendix I continue to read as follows: ■ Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 219—SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS 219.7104 [Amended] 2. Section 219.7104 is amended— (a) In paragraph (b), by removing the year ‘‘2013’’ and adding in its place ‘‘2014’’; and ■ ■ E:\FR\FM\18NOR1.SGM 18NOR1 71468 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Accounting Service modified DoD’s largest system, the Mechanization of Contract Administration Services (MOCAS) system. MOCAS processes approximately 57 percent of the dollars paid through DFAS. The upgrades to MOCAS were completed on June 1, 2011. Over the course of the next year, subsequent legacy entitlement and payment system upgrades are scheduled for completion and deployment. Two respondents submitted public comments. DoD reviewed the comments in the development of the final rule. A discussion of the comments is provided as follows. (b) In paragraph (d), by removing the year ‘‘2013’’ and adding in its place ‘‘2014’’. ■ APPENDIX I—POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DOD PILOT ´ ´ MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAM 3. Section I–103 is amended— (a) In paragraph (a) by removing the year ‘‘2010’’ and adding in its place ‘‘2011’’; and ■ (b) In paragraph (b) introductory text by removing the year ‘‘2013’’ and adding in its place ‘‘2014’’. ■ ■ [FR Doc. 2011–29897 Filed 11–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P II. Discussion and Analysis of the Public Comments DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Part 232 RIN 0750–AH19 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Accelerate Small Business Payments (DFARS Case 2011–D008) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: DoD is adopting as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to accelerate payments to all small business concerns. DATES: Effective Date: November 18, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lee Renna, telephone 703–602–0764. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: I. Background DoD published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 76 FR 23505 on April 27, 2011, amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to provide accelerated payments for all small business concerns. The rule removes the term ‘‘disadvantaged’’ from the language at DFARS 232.903 and DFARS 232.906(a)(ii), thereby extending the accelerated payment policy uniformly to all small business concerns. In combination with the change to the regulations, DoD immediately began a phased implementation to update the entitlement and payment systems so that they could accommodate accelerated payments. During the initial phase, the Defense Finance and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:24 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 Comment: The first respondent commented that the rule would ensure their company had adequate cash flow to promptly pay its vendors. Response: This positive endorsement of the rule is noted. Comment: The second respondent stated that the wording of the rule is ambiguous. Rather than stating it is DoD policy to pay small business concerns ‘‘* * * as soon as possible * * *’’, the respondent recommended that the rule should specify the number of days for processing payments to small business. Response: The authority for DoD’s payment policy is the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Prompt Payment Regulations at part 1315 of title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The phrase ‘‘* * * as quickly as possible * * *’’ was taken verbatim from those regulations. III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 U.S.C. 601, et seq., and is summarized as follows: This final rule adopts as final, without change, the interim rule that revised DFARS 232.903 and 232.906(a)(ii) to allow accelerated payment processes for all small business concerns. The objective of the rule is to pay small businesses as quickly as possible. There were no significant issues raised by the public in response to the initial regulatory flexibility analysis. There were no comments filed by the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration in response to the rule. Analysis of the Federal Procurement Data System indicates that approximately 60,000 small businesses had active contracts in Fiscal Year 2010. It is reasonable to assume a similar number of small businesses will be positively affected by the use of accelerated payment procedures. This final rule imposes no new reporting or recordkeeping requirements on the small business community. DoD expects this rule to have a significant positive economic impact on all small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because it extends accelerated payments to all small business concerns. There were no significant alternatives identified that would meet the objectives of the rule. V. Paperwork Reduction Act This final rule does not contain any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Burden Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). 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 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. Mary Overstreet, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act [FR Doc. 2011–29859 Filed 11–17–11; 8:45 am] A final regulatory flexibility analysis (FRFA) has been prepared consistent with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 BILLING CODE 5001–06–P PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 232 Government procurement. Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR part 232, which was published at 76 FR 23505 on April 27, 2011, is adopted as a final rule without change. ■ E:\FR\FM\18NOR1.SGM 18NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 223 (Friday, November 18, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-29897]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 219 and Appendix I to Chapter 2

RIN 0750-AH44


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Extension of 
Department of Defense Mentor-Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Pilot Program (DFARS 
Case 2011-D050)

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 to extend the date for submittal of 
applications under the DoD Mentor-Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Pilot Program 
for new mentor-prot[eacute]g[eacute] agreements and the date mentors 
may incur costs and/or receive credit towards fulfilling their small 
business subcontracting goals through an approved mentor-
prot[eacute]g[eacute] agreement.

DATES: Effective Date: November 18, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lee Renna, telephone 703-602-0764.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    This Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) case 
implements section 8016 of the National Defense Appropriations Act 
(NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (Pub. L. 112-10). The NDAA for FY 2011 
was signed into law on April 15, 2011. Section 8016 amends the DoD 
Mentor-Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Pilot Program (DoD MPP), section 831 of 
Public Law 110-510 (10 U.S.C. 2302, note), by changing the--
     Acceptance date for new DoD MPP agreements from September 
30, 2010, to September 30, 2011; and
     Eligibility date DoD mentors may incur costs for the 
purposes of receiving cost reimbursement or credit toward attainment of 
subcontracting goals, from September 30, 2013, to September 30, 2014.

This final rule implements these changes in the corresponding DFARS 
regulations: 219.704(b) and (d); and I-103(a) and (b).
    DoD is issuing a final rule because this rule does not have a 
significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD and 
does not have a significant cost or administrative impact on 
contractors or offerors. This final rule merely extends the effective 
dates for an existing DoD program. These dates have already been 
extended by law.

II. 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 not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 
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.

III. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because 
this final rule does not constitute a significant DFARS revision within 
the meaning of FAR 1.501-1 and 41 U.S.C. 1707 and does not require 
publication for public comment.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The 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 Part 219 and Appendix I to Chapter 2

    Government procurement.

Mary Overstreet,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR part 219 and 48 CFR chapter 2 appendix I are 
amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 219 and Appendix I continue 
to read as follows:

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

PART 219--SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS


219.7104  [Amended]

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2. Section 219.7104 is amended--
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(a) In paragraph (b), by removing the year ``2013'' and adding in its 
place ``2014''; and

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(b) In paragraph (d), by removing the year ``2013'' and adding in its 
place ``2014''.

APPENDIX I--POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DOD PILOT MENTOR-
PROT[Eacute]G[Eacute] PROGRAM

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3. Section I-103 is amended--
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(a) In paragraph (a) by removing the year ``2010'' and adding in its 
place ``2011''; and
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(b) In paragraph (b) introductory text by removing the year ``2013'' 
and adding in its place ``2014''.

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