General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Price Reductions Clause, 58380-58381 [2012-23137]

Download as PDF 58380 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 183 / Thursday, September 20, 2012 / Notices FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies [OMB Control No. 3090–0235; Docket No.2011–0016; Sequence 10] The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than October 15, 2012. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198–0001: 1. Yorktown Financial Holdings, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of CNBO Bancorp, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire Century Bank of Oklahoma, both in Pryor, Oklahoma. In connection with this application, Applicant also has applied to acquire Century Home Mortgage of Oklahoma, LLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and thereby indirectly engage in mortgage lending activities, pursuant to section 225.28(b)(1). Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, September 17, 2012. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2012–23200 Filed 9–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:11 Sep 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Price Reductions Clause Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Notice of request for comments regarding an extension to an existing OMB clearance. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding the GSAR Price Reductions Clause. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 89141, on December 29, 2011. One respondent submitted comments. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. DATES: Submit comments on or before: October 22, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 3090–0235, Price Reduction Clause, by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the OMB control number. Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘Information Collection 3090– 0235, Price Reduction Clause’’. Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘Information Collection 3090–0235, Price Reduction Clause’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417. ATTN: Hada Flowers/IC 3090–0235, Price Reduction Clause. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 3090–0235, Price Reduction Clause, in SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 all correspondence related to this collection. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Dana Munson, Procurement Analyst, General Services Acquisition Policy Division, GSA, (202) 357–9652 or email Dana.Munson@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose The clause at GSAR 552.238–75, Price Reductions, used in multiple award schedule contracts ensures that the Government maintains its relationship with the contractor’s customer or category of customers, upon which the contract is predicated. The reason for the burden increase is based on the results of comments received. B. Discussion and Analysis The Coalition for Government Procurement provided comments on behalf of its members. The comments are insightful and provide a foundation on which to counter-estimate annual burden hours. The comments provided included an analysis of the practical utility of the Price Reductions Clause (PRC); the perceived limitations placed on MAS contractors in the commercial market due to the PRC; an estimate of the PRC reporting burden; and the results of the Coalition survey issued to its members on the burden hours of training, compliance systems, contract negotiations, and audit preparation. GSA appreciates the comments provided and agrees that the reporting burden was underestimated. The PRC is included in the retrospective analysis and review under Executive Order 13563, as part of GSA’s modernization effort. Using the results of the contractor survey conducted by the Coalition relative to the burden hours associated with collection of information on the PRC, GSA has reevaluated and revised the total annual burden. An analysis of the evaluation is as follows: Training—GSA believes that costs and hours allocated to training have a direct link to the size, business structure and product offerings of the company. Further, the investment of hours for design and development of a training program far exceed those aligned with conducting the training itself. We estimate that training activity for design and development of this type of training can be accomplished in approximately 80 hours, with an additional 5 hours to E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 183 / Thursday, September 20, 2012 / Notices administer the training on an annual basis. The estimated burden hours for developing and design of training are: Number of Respondents: 16,000. Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Annual Responses: 16,000. Average Burden Hours per Response: 4 (80 hours/20 yrs). Total Burden Hours: 64,000. The estimated burden hours to administer training: Number of Respondents: 16,000. Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Annual Responses: 16,000. Average Burden Hours per Response: 5. Total Burden Hours: 80,000. Compliance systems—Reduced expenditures should occur after the initial investment. The average dollar investment and the number of hours invested to set-up and monitor a compliance system will vary per vendor based on offerings, basis of award, participation in government or commercial marketplace, and the company’s business structure. As a result, compliance system burden hours are broken down to address the diverse MAS vendor base. We estimate approximately 20% of the 16,000 MAS vendors have all invested more heavily in the federal marketplace and therefore may require more burden hours to set up and monitor PRC compliance. The remaining estimated 80% have fewer offerings and less complex business structures resulting in reduced burden hours to setup and monitor compliance. Additionally, compliance systems are used to monitor other requirements in addition to the PRC. Therefore, the average number of hours invested to set up and monitor the system, as well as the cost of the system must be distributed over a larger base than just the PRC. The estimated burden hours for vendors with heavier investments in the federal marketplace are as follows: Number of Respondents: 3,200 (20% of 16,000). Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Annual Responses: 3,200. Average Burden Hours per Response: 55 hours (1100 hrs/20 yrs). Total Burden Hours: 176,000. The estimated burden hours for vendors with less heavy investments in the federal marketplace are as follows: Number of Respondents: 12,800 (80% of 16,000). Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Annual Responses: 12,800. Average Burden Hours per Response: 30 hours (600 hrs/20 yrs). Total Burden Hours: 384,000. Negotiations—The PRC is one of many areas negotiated with MAS VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:11 Sep 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 contractors. We attribute pricing data to constitute over 1⁄2 of the negotiations, with administrative and technical data comprising the remainder. Based on industry experience, it is estimated that no more than 140 hours are expended on PRC negotiations. Thus, the estimated 272 hours is reduced to 140 hours over 20-year lifespan of the contract (140hrs/20) to an annual burden hours of 7. Number of Respondents: 19,000. Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Annual Responses: 19,000. Average Burden Hours per Response: 7 (140 hrs/20 yrs). Total Burden Hours: 133,000. Audits—Over the past three years (FY10, FY11, FY12) an average of 70 FSS contracts were audited by the IG each year. The respondent estimated that approximately 440–470 hours were spent preparing for audits involving the PRC. Thus, GSA took the average of the respondent’s estimate (445) and multiplied it by 70, which is the consistent number of contracts audited during the last three fiscal years, to reach the sum of 31,150 hours expended preparing for audits. Number of Respondents: 70. Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Annual Responses: 70. Average Burden Hours per Response: 445. Total Burden Hours: 31,150. C. Annual Reporting Burden Number of Respondents: 19,000. Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Annual Responses: 19,000. Average Burden Hours per Response: 45.7 hours. Total Burden Hours: 868,150. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, telephone (202) 501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 3090–0235, Price Reductions Clause, in all correspondence. Dated: September 14, 2012. Joseph A. Neurauter, Director, Office of Acquisition Policy, Senior Procurement Executive. [FR Doc. 2012–23137 Filed 9–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–61–P GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE Depository Library Council to the Public Printer; Meeting The Depository Library Council to the Public Printer will meet on Monday, PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58381 October 15, 2012 through Thursday, October 18, 2012, in Arlington Virginia. 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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

[OMB Control No. 3090-0235; Docket No.2011-0016; Sequence 10]


General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; 
Submission for OMB Review; Price Reductions Clause

AGENCY: Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration 
(GSA).

ACTION: Notice of request for comments regarding an extension to an 
existing OMB clearance.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the 
Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a 
previously approved information collection requirement regarding the 
GSAR Price Reductions Clause. A notice was published in the Federal 
Register at 76 FR 89141, on December 29, 2011. One respondent submitted 
comments.
    Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this 
collection of information is necessary and whether it will have 
practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this 
collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions 
and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected.

DATES: Submit comments on or before: October 22, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 3090-
0235, Price Reduction Clause, by any of the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the 
OMB control number. Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that 
corresponds with ``Information Collection 3090-0235, Price Reduction 
Clause''. Follow the instructions provided at the ``Submit a Comment'' 
screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and 
``Information Collection 3090-0235, Price Reduction Clause'' on your 
attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417. ATTN: 
Hada Flowers/IC 3090-0235, Price Reduction Clause.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information 
Collection 3090-0235, Price Reduction Clause, in all correspondence 
related to this collection. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
and/or business confidential information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Dana Munson, Procurement Analyst, 
General Services Acquisition Policy Division, GSA, (202) 357-9652 or 
email Dana.Munson@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Purpose

    The clause at GSAR 552.238-75, Price Reductions, used in multiple 
award schedule contracts ensures that the Government maintains its 
relationship with the contractor's customer or category of customers, 
upon which the contract is predicated. The reason for the burden 
increase is based on the results of comments received.

B. Discussion and Analysis

    The Coalition for Government Procurement provided comments on 
behalf of its members. The comments are insightful and provide a 
foundation on which to counter-estimate annual burden hours.
    The comments provided included an analysis of the practical utility 
of the Price Reductions Clause (PRC); the perceived limitations placed 
on MAS contractors in the commercial market due to the PRC; an estimate 
of the PRC reporting burden; and the results of the Coalition survey 
issued to its members on the burden hours of training, compliance 
systems, contract negotiations, and audit preparation.
    GSA appreciates the comments provided and agrees that the reporting 
burden was underestimated. The PRC is included in the retrospective 
analysis and review under Executive Order 13563, as part of GSA's 
modernization effort.
    Using the results of the contractor survey conducted by the 
Coalition relative to the burden hours associated with collection of 
information on the PRC, GSA has reevaluated and revised the total 
annual burden. An analysis of the evaluation is as follows:
    Training--GSA believes that costs and hours allocated to training 
have a direct link to the size, business structure and product 
offerings of the company. Further, the investment of hours for design 
and development of a training program far exceed those aligned with 
conducting the training itself. We estimate that training activity for 
design and development of this type of training can be accomplished in 
approximately 80 hours, with an additional 5 hours to

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administer the training on an annual basis. The estimated burden hours 
for developing and design of training are:
    Number of Respondents: 16,000.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Annual Responses: 16,000.
    Average Burden Hours per Response: 4 (80 hours/20 yrs).
    Total Burden Hours: 64,000.
    The estimated burden hours to administer training:
    Number of Respondents: 16,000.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Annual Responses: 16,000.
    Average Burden Hours per Response: 5.
    Total Burden Hours: 80,000.
    Compliance systems--Reduced expenditures should occur after the 
initial investment. The average dollar investment and the number of 
hours invested to set-up and monitor a compliance system will vary per 
vendor based on offerings, basis of award, participation in government 
or commercial marketplace, and the company's business structure. As a 
result, compliance system burden hours are broken down to address the 
diverse MAS vendor base. We estimate approximately 20% of the 16,000 
MAS vendors have all invested more heavily in the federal marketplace 
and therefore may require more burden hours to set up and monitor PRC 
compliance. The remaining estimated 80% have fewer offerings and less 
complex business structures resulting in reduced burden hours to setup 
and monitor compliance. Additionally, compliance systems are used to 
monitor other requirements in addition to the PRC. Therefore, the 
average number of hours invested to set up and monitor the system, as 
well as the cost of the system must be distributed over a larger base 
than just the PRC.
    The estimated burden hours for vendors with heavier investments in 
the federal marketplace are as follows:
    Number of Respondents: 3,200 (20% of 16,000).
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Annual Responses: 3,200.
    Average Burden Hours per Response: 55 hours (1100 hrs/20 yrs).
    Total Burden Hours: 176,000.
    The estimated burden hours for vendors with less heavy investments 
in the federal marketplace are as follows:
    Number of Respondents: 12,800 (80% of 16,000).
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Annual Responses: 12,800.
    Average Burden Hours per Response: 30 hours (600 hrs/20 yrs).
    Total Burden Hours: 384,000.
    Negotiations--The PRC is one of many areas negotiated with MAS 
contractors. We attribute pricing data to constitute over \1/2\ of the 
negotiations, with administrative and technical data comprising the 
remainder. Based on industry experience, it is estimated that no more 
than 140 hours are expended on PRC negotiations. Thus, the estimated 
272 hours is reduced to 140 hours over 20-year lifespan of the contract 
(140hrs/20) to an annual burden hours of 7.
    Number of Respondents: 19,000.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Annual Responses: 19,000.
    Average Burden Hours per Response: 7 (140 hrs/20 yrs).
    Total Burden Hours: 133,000.
    Audits--Over the past three years (FY10, FY11, FY12) an average of 
70 FSS contracts were audited by the IG each year. The respondent 
estimated that approximately 440-470 hours were spent preparing for 
audits involving the PRC. Thus, GSA took the average of the 
respondent's estimate (445) and multiplied it by 70, which is the 
consistent number of contracts audited during the last three fiscal 
years, to reach the sum of 31,150 hours expended preparing for audits.
    Number of Respondents: 70.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Annual Responses: 70.
    Average Burden Hours per Response: 445.
    Total Burden Hours: 31,150.

C. Annual Reporting Burden

    Number of Respondents: 19,000.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Annual Responses: 19,000.
    Average Burden Hours per Response: 45.7 hours.
    Total Burden Hours: 868,150.
    Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the 
information collection documents from the General Services 
Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1275 First 
Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, telephone (202) 501-4755. Please cite 
OMB Control No. 3090-0235, Price Reductions Clause, in all 
correspondence.

    Dated: September 14, 2012.
Joseph A. Neurauter,
Director, Office of Acquisition Policy, Senior Procurement Executive.
[FR Doc. 2012-23137 Filed 9-19-12; 8:45 am]
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