Federal Acquisition Regulation; Repeal of Sunset for Certain Protests of Task or Delivery Order Contracts, 46792 [2013-18462]

Download as PDF 46792 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 148 / Thursday, August 1, 2013 / Rules and Regulations PART 49—TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS 11. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 49 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 51 U.S.C. 20113. 49.402–8 [Amended] 12. Amend section 49.402–8 by removing ‘‘42.1503(f)’’ and adding ‘‘42.1503(h)’’ in its place. ■ [FR Doc. 2013–18461 Filed 7–31–13; 8:45 am] II. Publication of This Final Rule for Public Comment Is Not Required by Statute BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Part 16 [FAC 2005–69; FAR Case 2013–011; Item IV; Docket 2013–0011, Sequence 1] RIN 9000–AM16 Federal Acquisition Regulation; Repeal of Sunset for Certain Protests of Task or Delivery Order Contracts Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. This section removes the sunset date for protests against certain orders under a task-order contract or delivery-order contract for title 10 agencies only. DATES: Effective: September 3, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, at 202–208–4949, for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202–501–4755. Please cite FAC 2005–69, FAR Case 2013–011. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES2 SUMMARY: I. Background DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing this final rule to amend the FAR to implement section 830 of the 2013 NDAA (Pub. L. 112–239) enacted January 2, 2013, for agencies covered by title 10 of the United States Code, namely DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:52 Jul 31, 2013 Jkt 229001 This section removes the sunset date for protests against the issuance or proposed issuance of an order, valued at more than $10 million, under a taskorder contract or delivery-order contract for title 10 agencies only. The authority to protest the placement of such orders does not expire for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard. This rule does not affect title 41 agencies, which continue to have a sunset date of September 30, 2016. ‘‘Publication of proposed regulations’’, 41 U.S.C. 1707, is the statute which applies to the publication of the FAR. Paragraph (a)(1) of the statute requires that a procurement policy, regulation, procedure, or form (including an amendment or modification thereof) must be published for public comment if it relates to the expenditure of appropriated funds, and has either a significant effect beyond the internal operation procedures of the agency issuing the policy, regulation, procedure, or form, or has a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. This final rule is not required to be published for public comment because this rule reflects the statutory elimination of the sunset date for protest for title 10 agencies. The FAR revision informs the acquisition community of this change. 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 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. IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because this final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision and 41 U.S.C. 1707 does not require publication for public comment. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 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 Subject in 48 CFR Part 16 Government procurement. Dated: July 26, 2013. William Clark, Acting Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR part 16 as set forth below: PART 16—TYPES OF CONTRACTS 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 16 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 51 U.S.C. 20113. 2. Amend section 16.505 by revising paragraph (a)(10)(ii) to read as follows: ■ 16.505 Ordering. (a) * * * (10) * * * (ii) The authority to protest the placement of an order under (a)(10)(i)(B) of this section expires on September 30, 2016, for agencies other than DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard (41 U.S.C. 4103(d) and 41 U.S.C. 4106(f)). The authority to protest the placement of an order under (a)(10)(i)(B) of this section does not expire for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2013–18462 Filed 7–31–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52 [FAC 2005–69; FAR Case 2013–009; Item V; Docket 2013–0009, Sequence 1] RIN 9000–AM62 Federal Acquisition Regulation; Least Developed Countries That Are Designated Countries Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). AGENCIES: E:\FR\FM\01AUR2.SGM 01AUR2

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Part 16

[FAC 2005-69; FAR Case 2013-011; Item IV; Docket 2013-0011, Sequence 1]
RIN 9000-AM16


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Repeal of Sunset for Certain 
Protests of Task or Delivery Order Contracts

AGENCY: 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 are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. This 
section removes the sunset date for protests against certain orders 
under a task-order contract or delivery-order contract for title 10 
agencies only.

DATES: Effective: September 3, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael O. Jackson, Procurement 
Analyst, at 202-208-4949, for clarification of content. For information 
pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory 
Secretariat at 202-501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-69, FAR Case 2013-
011.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing this final rule to amend the FAR to 
implement section 830 of the 2013 NDAA (Pub. L. 112-239) enacted 
January 2, 2013, for agencies covered by title 10 of the United States 
Code, namely DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard. This section removes the 
sunset date for protests against the issuance or proposed issuance of 
an order, valued at more than $10 million, under a task-order contract 
or delivery-order contract for title 10 agencies only. The authority to 
protest the placement of such orders does not expire for DoD, NASA, and 
the Coast Guard. This rule does not affect title 41 agencies, which 
continue to have a sunset date of September 30, 2016.

II. Publication of This Final Rule for Public Comment Is Not Required 
by Statute

    ``Publication of proposed regulations'', 41 U.S.C. 1707, is the 
statute which applies to the publication of the FAR. Paragraph (a)(1) 
of the statute requires that a procurement policy, regulation, 
procedure, or form (including an amendment or modification thereof) 
must be published for public comment if it relates to the expenditure 
of appropriated funds, and has either a significant effect beyond the 
internal operation procedures of the agency issuing the policy, 
regulation, procedure, or form, or has a significant cost or 
administrative impact on contractors or offerors. This final rule is 
not required to be published for public comment because this rule 
reflects the statutory elimination of the sunset date for protest for 
title 10 agencies. The FAR revision informs the acquisition community 
of this change.

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 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.

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because 
this final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision and 41 
U.S.C. 1707 does not require publication for public comment.

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 Subject in 48 CFR Part 16

    Government procurement.

    Dated: July 26, 2013.
William Clark,
 Acting Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office 
of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

    Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR part 16 as set forth 
below:

PART 16--TYPES OF CONTRACTS

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 16 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 51 
U.S.C. 20113.


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2. Amend section 16.505 by revising paragraph (a)(10)(ii) to read as 
follows:


16.505  Ordering.

    (a) * * *
    (10) * * *
    (ii) The authority to protest the placement of an order under 
(a)(10)(i)(B) of this section expires on September 30, 2016, for 
agencies other than DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard (41 U.S.C. 4103(d) 
and 41 U.S.C. 4106(f)). The authority to protest the placement of an 
order under (a)(10)(i)(B) of this section does not expire for DoD, 
NASA, and the Coast Guard.
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