Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Commercial Item Acquisitions, 18349-18350 [2013-06856]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 58 / Tuesday, March 26, 2013 / Notices and outweighs any potential utility of the extension. Response: The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) was designed to improve the quality and use of Federal information to strengthen decision-making, accountability, and openness in government and society. Central to this process is the solicitation of comments from the public. This process incorporates and enumerated specification of targeted information and provides interested parties a meaningful opportunity for comment on the relevant compliance cost. This process has led to decreases in the overall collection requirement in regards to the public. Based on OMB estimates, in FY 2010, the public spent 8.8 billion hours responding to information collections. This was a decrease of one billion hours, or ten percent from the previous fiscal year. In effect, the collective burden of compliance for the public is going down as the Government publishes rule that make the process less complex, more transparent, and reduces the cost of federal regulations to both the Contractor community and Government. Comment: The respondent provided that agency should reassess the estimated total burden hours and revise the estimate, as was done in FAR Case 2007–006. Response: Serious consideration given, during the open comment period, to all comments received and adjustments are made to the paperwork burden estimate based on reasonable considerations provided by the public. This is evidenced, as the respondent notes, in FAR Case 2007–006 where adjustment was made from the total preparation hours from three to 60. This change was made considering particularly the hours that would be required for review within the company prior to release to the Government. The burden is prepared taking into consideration the necessary criteria OMB guidance for estimating the paperwork burden put on the entity submitting the information. For example, consideration is given to entity reviewing instructions; using technology to collect, process, and disclose information; adjusting existing practices to comply with requirements; searching data sources; completing 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:07 Mar 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 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. However, 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: 70. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 70. Hours per Response: 1. Total Burden Hours: 70. 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. 9000–0175, Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects, in all correspondence. Dated: March 21, 2013. William Clark, Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–06924 Filed 3–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000–0136; Docket 2012– 0076; Sequence 63] Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Commercial Item Acquisitions Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of request for comments regarding an extension to an existing OMB clearance. AGENCY: 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 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18349 collection requirement concerning the clauses and provisions required for use in commercial item acquisitions. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 28, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000–0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions, 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 9000–0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions’’. Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘Information Collection 9000–0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions’’ 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 9000–0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 9000–0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions, 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: Mr. Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, GSA (202) 208–4949 or email at michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 included Title VIII, entitled Commercial Items. The title made numerous additions and revisions to both the civilian agency and Armed Service acquisition statutes to encourage and facilitate the acquisition of commercial items and services by Federal Government agencies. To implement these changes, DoD, NASA, and GSA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to include several streamlined and simplified clauses and provisions to be used in place of existing clauses and provisions. They were designed to simplify solicitations and contracts for commercial items. Information is used by Federal agencies to facilitate the E:\FR\FM\26MRN1.SGM 26MRN1 18350 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 58 / Tuesday, March 26, 2013 / Notices srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES acquisition of commercial items and services. Pertinent to this information collection is the FAR provision at 52.212–3, Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items. The provision is among the representations and certifications that are available for completion in the On-line Representation and Certification Application (ORCA) function of the System for Award Management (SAM) database. Because an offeror only has to complete representations and certifications once on an annual basis, with periodic updates, use of the ORCA function by prospective contractors decreases the number of responses per respondent per year for purposes of this information collection. ORCA was developed to eliminate the administrative burden for contractors of submitting the same information to various contracting offices, and to establish a common source for this information to procurement offices across the Government. Prior to ORCA’s implementation, prospective contractors were required to submit representations and certifications in paper form for each individual contract award. Using the ORCA function in SAM, a contractor can enter their representations and certification information once for use on all Federal contracts. FAR 4.1201(a) requires prospective contractors to complete electronic annual representations and certifications in conjunction with required registration in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). These requiremnts are met through functionality in SAM. The ORCA function reuses data pulled from the CCR function and, in many cases, pre-populates several of the required representations and certifications with CCR data. The representations and certifications are effective until one year from the date of submission or update to the ORCA function in SAM. B. Annual Reporting Burden Because ORCA allows for multiple uses from one entry, i.e., a contractor can enter their representations and certification information once a year (with any needed updates) for use on all Federal contracts, the number of responses per respondent has decreased from the currently approved number 34 to 4. For purposes of this information collection, initial entry plus three updates are estimated as the number of responses per respondent per year, i.e., 4 responses per respondent. As of May 2012, there were 162,000 vendors registered in the ORCA function of SAM. For purposes of estimation, the number of vendors registered in the VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:07 Mar 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 ORCA function of SAM will serve as the number of respondents. Data entry by contractors is estimated at 30 minutes per response. As a result, a downward adjustment is being made to the estimated annual reporting burden since the notice regarding an extension to this clearance published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 6668, on February 10, 2010. Respondents: 162,000. Responses per Respondent: 4. Total Responses: 648,000. Hours per Response: .5. Total Burden Hours: 324,000. 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. 9000–0136 regarding Commercial Item Acquisitions in all correspondence. Dated: March 20, 2013. William Clark, Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–06856 Filed 3–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: HHS gives notice of a decision to designate a class of employees from the Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an addition to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. On March 6, 2013, the Secretary of HHS designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: All Atomic Weapons Employees who worked for Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company at the covered facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from March 1, 1943, through December 31, 1947, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with work PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort. This designation will become effective on April 5, 2013, unless Congress provides otherwise prior to the effective date. After this effective date, HHS will publish a notice in the Federal Register reporting the addition of this class to the SEC or the result of any provision by Congress regarding the decision by HHS to add the class to the SEC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stuart L. Hinnefeld, Director, Division of Compensation Analysis and Support, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C–46, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Telephone 1–877–222–7570. Information requests can also be submitted by email to DCAS@CDC.GOV. John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2013–06842 Filed 3–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–19–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: HHS gives notice of a decision to designate a class of employees from the Baker Brothers site in Toledo, Ohio, as an addition to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. On March 6, 2013, the Secretary of HHS designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: All Atomic Weapons Employees who worked at the Baker Brothers site in Toledo, Ohio, during the period from June 1, 1943, through December 31, 1944, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort. This designation will become effective on April 5, 2013, unless Congress provides otherwise prior to the effective date. After this effective date, HHS will publish a notice in the Federal Register reporting the addition of this class to the SEC or the result of E:\FR\FM\26MRN1.SGM 26MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

[OMB Control No. 9000-0136; Docket 2012-0076; Sequence 63]


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; 
Commercial Item Acquisitions

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

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 concerning the 
clauses and provisions required for use in commercial item 
acquisitions.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 28, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000-
0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions, 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 9000-0136, Commercial Item 
Acquisitions''. Follow the instructions provided at the ``Submit a 
Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and 
``Information Collection 9000-0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions'' 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 9000-0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information 
Collection 9000-0136, Commercial Item Acquisitions, 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: Mr. Michael O. Jackson, Procurement 
Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, GSA (202) 208-
4949 or email at michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Purpose

    The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 included Title 
VIII, entitled Commercial Items. The title made numerous additions and 
revisions to both the civilian agency and Armed Service acquisition 
statutes to encourage and facilitate the acquisition of commercial 
items and services by Federal Government agencies.
    To implement these changes, DoD, NASA, and GSA amended the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to include several streamlined and 
simplified clauses and provisions to be used in place of existing 
clauses and provisions. They were designed to simplify solicitations 
and contracts for commercial items. Information is used by Federal 
agencies to facilitate the

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acquisition of commercial items and services.
    Pertinent to this information collection is the FAR provision at 
52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items. 
The provision is among the representations and certifications that are 
available for completion in the On-line Representation and 
Certification Application (ORCA) function of the System for Award 
Management (SAM) database. Because an offeror only has to complete 
representations and certifications once on an annual basis, with 
periodic updates, use of the ORCA function by prospective contractors 
decreases the number of responses per respondent per year for purposes 
of this information collection. ORCA was developed to eliminate the 
administrative burden for contractors of submitting the same 
information to various contracting offices, and to establish a common 
source for this information to procurement offices across the 
Government. Prior to ORCA's implementation, prospective contractors 
were required to submit representations and certifications in paper 
form for each individual contract award. Using the ORCA function in 
SAM, a contractor can enter their representations and certification 
information once for use on all Federal contracts. FAR 4.1201(a) 
requires prospective contractors to complete electronic annual 
representations and certifications in conjunction with required 
registration in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). These 
requiremnts are met through functionality in SAM. The ORCA function 
reuses data pulled from the CCR function and, in many cases, pre-
populates several of the required representations and certifications 
with CCR data. The representations and certifications are effective 
until one year from the date of submission or update to the ORCA 
function in SAM.

B. Annual Reporting Burden

    Because ORCA allows for multiple uses from one entry, i.e., a 
contractor can enter their representations and certification 
information once a year (with any needed updates) for use on all 
Federal contracts, the number of responses per respondent has decreased 
from the currently approved number 34 to 4. For purposes of this 
information collection, initial entry plus three updates are estimated 
as the number of responses per respondent per year, i.e., 4 responses 
per respondent. As of May 2012, there were 162,000 vendors registered 
in the ORCA function of SAM. For purposes of estimation, the number of 
vendors registered in the ORCA function of SAM will serve as the number 
of respondents. Data entry by contractors is estimated at 30 minutes 
per response. As a result, a downward adjustment is being made to the 
estimated annual reporting burden since the notice regarding an 
extension to this clearance published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 
6668, on February 10, 2010.
    Respondents: 162,000.
    Responses per Respondent: 4.
    Total Responses: 648,000.
    Hours per Response: .5.
    Total Burden Hours: 324,000.
    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. 9000-0136 regarding Commercial Item Acquisitions in all 
correspondence.

    Dated: March 20, 2013.
William Clark,
Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Governmentwide Policy.
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