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Download as PDF 16268 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 50 / Thursday, March 14, 2013 / Notices Visit the Commission Web site at www.ftc.gov to read this Notice. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before May 13, 2013. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http:// www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. David C. Shonka, Acting General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2013–05862 Filed 3–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000–0179; Docket 2012– 0076; Sequence 24] Submission for OMB Review; Service Contracts Reporting Requirements Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding a new OMB information 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 a new information collection requirement for Service Contracts Reporting Requirements. An initial notice soliciting public comments on the information collection was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 22070, on April 20, 2011, as part of a proposed rule under FAR Case 2010– 0010. The public comments received on only the information collection are addressed in this notice under, ‘‘Supplementary Information.’’ Comments on the rest of the proposed rule will be addressed with the issuance of the final rule. DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat at the address shown below on or before April 15, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit comments in response to OMB Control 9000–0179, by any of the following methods: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Mar 13, 2013 Jkt 229001 • 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 OMB Control 9000–0179 at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘OMB Control 9000–0179’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVCB), ATTN: Hada Flowers, 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20405. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite OMB Control 9000–0179, in all correspondence related to this case. 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: Mr. Edward Loeb, Procurement Analyst, Contract Policy Division at (202) 501– 00650 or via email at edward.loeb@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose Section 743(a) of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111–117) requires executive agencies covered by the Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act (Pub. L. 105–270), except DoD, to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) annually an inventory of activities performed by service contractors. DoD is exempt from this reporting requirement because 10 U.S.C 2462 and 10 U.S.C. 2330a(c) already require DoD to develop an annual service contract inventory. House Report 111–366 notes, in connection with section 743, that, ‘‘in the absence of complete and reliable information on the extent of their reliance on service contractors, Federal agencies are not well-equipped to determine whether they have the right balance of contractor and in-house resources needed to accomplish their missions. Therefore, this rule intends to supplement agency annual service contract reporting requirements with the contractor provided service contract reporting information. The information is to be submitted pursuant to a new clause and solicitation provision. Certain prime service contractors will provide annually— a. The contract number, and, as applicable, order number; b. The total dollar amount invoiced for services performed during the PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 previous Government fiscal year under the contract; c. The number of contractor direct labor hours expended on the services performed during the previous Government fiscal year; and d. Data reported by subcontractors. The prime contractor shall require each first-tier subcontractor performing under the contract to provide annually— a. The subcontract number (including subcontractor name and if available, DUNS number; and b. The number of first-tier subcontractor direct-labor hours expended on the services performed during the previous Government fiscal year. In order to invoice the government for time-and-material/labor-hour (T&M/LH) and cost-reimbursement contracts, contractors already track labor hours expended, so the rule will cover T&M/ LH and cost-reimbursement contracts over the simplified acquisition threshold. In an effort to keep the reporting burden to the absolute minimum on civilian agencies and their service contractors, a phased-in approach will be used for fixed-price contract awards. Fixed price contracts will be covered if the estimated total value is at or above $5 million in FY 2013, $2.5 million in FY 2014, $1 million in FY 2015 and $500,000 in FY 2016 and thereafter. For indefinite-delivery contracts, including but not limited to, indefinitedelivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts, Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts, Governmentwide Acquisition contracts (GWACs), and multi-agency contracts, reporting requirements will be determined based on the expected dollar amount and type of the orders issued under the contracts. Existing indefinite-delivery contracts will be bilaterally modified within six months of the effective date of the final rule if sufficient time and value remain on the base contract, which is defined as: (1) A performance period that extends beyond October 1, 2013, and (2) $5 million or more remaining to be obligated to the indefinite-delivery contract. B. Discussion of Comment Comment: One respondent considered the methodology used to calculate the hours needed to prepare responses and the reporting requirement estimates in the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) submission to be grossly underestimated. Response: The Councils have reviewed the comment and believe the estimated time to report per contract is E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1 16269 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 50 / Thursday, March 14, 2013 / Notices reasonable at one hour to calculate the data and one hour to enter the data at www.acquisition.gov. The estimated burden is prepared taking into consideration the necessary criteria in OMB guidance for estimating the paperwork burden put on the entity submitting the information. For example, consideration is given to an entity reviewing instructions; using technology to collect, process, and disclose information; adjusting existing practices to comply with requirements; searching data sources; completing and reviewing the response; and transmitting or disclosing information. The estimated burden hours for a collection are based on an average between the hours that a simple disclosure by a very small business might require and the much higher numbers that might be required for a very complex disclosure by a major corporation. Also, the estimated burden hours should only include projected hours for those actions which a company would not undertake in the normal course of business. Careful consideration went into assessing the estimated burden hours for this collection, and although, the respondent indicated the burden is underestimated, the estimated burden remains unchanged. At any point, members of the public may submit comments for further consideration, and are encouraged to provide data to support their request for an adjustment. C. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 23,845. Responses/respondent: 1. Total annual Responses: 23,845. Preparation hours per response: 2. Total response burden hours: 47,690. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, telephone 202–501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000–0179, Service Contracts Reporting Requirements, in all correspondence. Dated: March 8, 2013. William Clark, Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–05787 Filed 3–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [30Day–13–0017] Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call (404) 639–7570, or send an email to omb@cdc.gov. Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395–6974. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice. Proposed Project Application for Training (OMB No. 0920–0017, Expiration 03/31/2013)— Revision—Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office (SEPDPO), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (OSELS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Background and Brief Description CDC offers public health training activities to professionals worldwide. Employees of hospitals, universities, medical centers, laboratories, state and federal agencies, and state and local health departments apply for training to learn up-to-date public health practices. CDC’s training activities include laboratory training, classroom study, online training, and distance learning. CDC uses two training application forms, the Training and Continuing Education Online New Participant Registration Form and the National Laboratory Training Network Registration Form, to collect information necessary to manage and conduct training pertinent to the agency’s mission. CDC requests OMB approval to continue to collect information through these forms to (1) grant public health professionals the continuing education they need to maintain professional licenses and certifications, (2) create a transcript or summary of training at the participant’s request, (3) generate management reports, and (4) maintain training statistics; and a revision that will allow CDC to comply with new continuing education accreditation organization requirements for collection of additional profession-specific data. Accrediting organizations require a method of tracking participants who complete an educational activity; collecting demographic data allows CDC to meet this requirement. Several accrediting organizations require a permanent record that includes the participant’s name, address, and phone number, to facilitate retrieval of historical information about when a participant completed a course or several courses during a time period. This information provides the basis for a transcript or for determining whether a person is enrolled in more than one course. CDC uses the email address to verify the participant’s electronic request for transcripts, verify course certificates, and send confirmation that a participant is registered for a course. Tracking course attendance and meeting accrediting organizations’ standards for reporting require uniform and standardized training application forms. The standardized data these forms request for laboratory training, classroom study, online training, and distance learning are not requested elsewhere. These forms do not duplicate requests for information from participants. Data are collected only once per course or once per new registration. The annual burden table has been updated to reflect an increase in distance learning to 6,792 burden hours; that is an average burden of 5 minutes per respondent. There is no cost to respondents other than their time. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Type of respondent Form name Health Professionals ......... Training and Continuing Education Online New Participant Registration Form (Attachment 4). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Mar 13, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of responses per respondent 75,000 E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1 1 Average burden per response (hours) 5/60

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

[OMB Control No. 9000-0179; Docket 2012-0076; Sequence 24]


Submission for OMB Review; Service Contracts Reporting 
Requirements

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

ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding a new OMB 
information 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 a new information 
collection requirement for Service Contracts Reporting Requirements. An 
initial notice soliciting public comments on the information collection 
was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 22070, on April 20, 
2011, as part of a proposed rule under FAR Case 2010-0010. The public 
comments received on only the information collection are addressed in 
this notice under, ``Supplementary Information.'' Comments on the rest 
of the proposed rule will be addressed with the issuance of the final 
rule.

DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the 
Regulatory Secretariat at the address shown below on or before April 
15, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments in response to OMB Control 9000-0179, 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 OMB Control 9000-0179 at the ``Submit a Comment'' screen. Please 
include your name, company name (if any), and ``OMB Control 9000-0179'' 
on your attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat 
(MVCB), ATTN: Hada Flowers, 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 
20405.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite OMB Control 
9000-0179, in all correspondence related to this case. 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: Mr. Edward Loeb, Procurement Analyst, 
Contract Policy Division at (202) 501-00650 or via email at 
edward.loeb@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Purpose

    Section 743(a) of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117) requires executive agencies covered by the 
Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act (Pub. L. 105-270), 
except DoD, to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
annually an inventory of activities performed by service contractors. 
DoD is exempt from this reporting requirement because 10 U.S.C 2462 and 
10 U.S.C. 2330a(c) already require DoD to develop an annual service 
contract inventory.
    House Report 111-366 notes, in connection with section 743, that, 
``in the absence of complete and reliable information on the extent of 
their reliance on service contractors, Federal agencies are not well-
equipped to determine whether they have the right balance of contractor 
and in-house resources needed to accomplish their missions. Therefore, 
this rule intends to supplement agency annual service contract 
reporting requirements with the contractor provided service contract 
reporting information.
    The information is to be submitted pursuant to a new clause and 
solicitation provision. Certain prime service contractors will provide 
annually--
    a. The contract number, and, as applicable, order number;
    b. The total dollar amount invoiced for services performed during 
the previous Government fiscal year under the contract;
    c. The number of contractor direct labor hours expended on the 
services performed during the previous Government fiscal year; and
    d. Data reported by subcontractors.
    The prime contractor shall require each first-tier subcontractor 
performing under the contract to provide annually--
    a. The subcontract number (including subcontractor name and if 
available, DUNS number; and
    b. The number of first-tier subcontractor direct-labor hours 
expended on the services performed during the previous Government 
fiscal year.
    In order to invoice the government for time-and-material/labor-hour 
(T&M/LH) and cost-reimbursement contracts, contractors already track 
labor hours expended, so the rule will cover T&M/LH and cost-
reimbursement contracts over the simplified acquisition threshold.
    In an effort to keep the reporting burden to the absolute minimum 
on civilian agencies and their service contractors, a phased-in 
approach will be used for fixed-price contract awards. Fixed price 
contracts will be covered if the estimated total value is at or above 
$5 million in FY 2013, $2.5 million in FY 2014, $1 million in FY 2015 
and $500,000 in FY 2016 and thereafter.
    For indefinite-delivery contracts, including but not limited to, 
indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts, Federal 
Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts, Governmentwide Acquisition contracts 
(GWACs), and multi-agency contracts, reporting requirements will be 
determined based on the expected dollar amount and type of the orders 
issued under the contracts.
    Existing indefinite-delivery contracts will be bilaterally modified 
within six months of the effective date of the final rule if sufficient 
time and value remain on the base contract, which is defined as: (1) A 
performance period that extends beyond October 1, 2013, and (2) $5 
million or more remaining to be obligated to the indefinite-delivery 
contract.

B. Discussion of Comment

    Comment: One respondent considered the methodology used to 
calculate the hours needed to prepare responses and the reporting 
requirement estimates in the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) submission 
to be grossly underestimated.
    Response: The Councils have reviewed the comment and believe the 
estimated time to report per contract is

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reasonable at one hour to calculate the data and one hour to enter the 
data at www.acquisition.gov. The estimated burden is prepared taking 
into consideration the necessary criteria in OMB guidance for 
estimating the paperwork burden put on the entity submitting the 
information. For example, consideration is given to an entity reviewing 
instructions; using technology to collect, process, and disclose 
information; adjusting existing practices to comply with requirements; 
searching data sources; completing and reviewing the response; and 
transmitting or disclosing information. The estimated burden hours for 
a collection are based on an average between the hours that a simple 
disclosure by a very small business might require and the much higher 
numbers that might be required for a very complex disclosure by a major 
corporation. Also, the estimated burden hours should only include 
projected hours for those actions which a company would not undertake 
in the normal course of business. Careful consideration went into 
assessing the estimated burden hours for this collection, and although, 
the respondent indicated the burden is underestimated, the estimated 
burden remains unchanged. At any point, members of the public may 
submit comments for further consideration, and are encouraged to 
provide data to support their request for an adjustment.

C. Annual Reporting Burden

    Respondents: 23,845.
    Responses/respondent: 1.
    Total annual Responses: 23,845.
    Preparation hours per response: 2.
    Total response burden hours: 47,690.
    Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the 
information collection documents from the General Services 
Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20417, telephone 202-501-4755. Please cite OMB Control 
No. 9000-0179, Service Contracts Reporting Requirements, in all 
correspondence.

    Dated: March 8, 2013.
William Clark,
Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of 
Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office 
of Governmentwide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-05787 Filed 3-13-13; 8:45 am]
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