General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Qualifications of Offerors, 24361-24363 [2014-09860]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Proposed Rules Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Proposed rule with request for comments. ACTION: [FR Doc. 2014–09850 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] The General Services Administration (GSA) is issuing a proposed rule amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to remove the GSAR clause Qualifications of Offerors. DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before June 30, 2014 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by GSAR Case 2013–G501, Qualifications of Offerors, by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments by searching for ‘‘GSAR Case 2013–G501’’. Select the link ‘‘Comment Now’’ and follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘You are commenting on’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘GSAR Case 2013–G501’’, on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: U.S. General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., 2nd Floor, ATTN: Ms. Flowers, Washington, DC 20405–0001. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite GSAR Case 2013–G501 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: Ms. Kathy Rifkin, Procurement Analyst, at 816–823–2170 or email kathy.rifkin@ gsa.gov, for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202–501–4755. Please cite GSAR Case 2013–G501. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 6820–61–P I. Background SUMMARY: List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 501, 514, and 552 Government procurement. Dated: April 21, 2014. Jeffrey Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. Therefore, GSA proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 501, 514, and 552 as set forth below: PART 501—GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ACQUISITION REGULATION SYSTEM 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 501 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c). 501.106 [Amended] 2. Amend section 501.106 in the table, by removing, GSAR Reference ‘‘514.201–7(a)’’ and ‘‘552.214–71’’ and their corresponding OMB Control Number ‘‘3090–0200’’. ■ PART 514—SEALED BIDDING 3. Revise the authority citation for 48 CFR part 514 to read as follows: ■ Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c). 514.201–7 [Removed and Reserved] 4. Remove and reserve section 514.201–7. ■ PART 552—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 5. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 552 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c). 552.214–71 [Removed and Reserved] 6. Remove and reserve section 552.214–71. ■ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 48 CFR Parts 501, 537, and 552 [GSAR Case 2013–G501; Docket No. 2014– 0010; Sequence 1] RIN 3090–AJ46 General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Qualifications of Offerors Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:06 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 GSA is proposing to amend the GSAR to delete GSAR Clause 552.237–70, Qualifications of Offerors, and provide other conforming changes. This rule is a result of a retrospective analysis conducted under Executive Order (E.O.) 13563, Improving Regulations and Regulatory Review. E.O. 13563 required agencies to review existing regulations and identify rules that are obsolete, unnecessary, unjustified, excessively burdensome or counterproductive and identify those rules that warrant repeal, amendment, or revision. GSA identified GSAR clause PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 24361 552.237–70, Qualifications of Offerors as one of four information collections in GSA’s Final Plan for Retrospective Analysis approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 18, 2011. GSA’s Final Plan for Retrospective Analysis was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 32088 on June 3, 2011, (http://www.gpo.gov/ fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-03/pdf/201113495.pdf), welcoming public comments. The GSA’s Final Plan was also posted on www.gsa.gov/open. No comments were received. II. Discussion and Analysis GSAM clause 552.237–70 was utilized to support GSA’s Public Buildings Service as outlined in GSAM 537.110. The provision requires all offerors considered for award for building services expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold and not initiated with Ability One under the Javis-Wagner-O-Day Act to furnish: • Narrative statement listing comparable contracts performed. • A general history of operating organization and complete experience. • A statement of financial resources. • Information on ability to maintain a staff of regular employees adequate to ensure continuous performance of the work. • Demonstration that equipment and/ or plant capacity for the work contemplates is sufficient, adequate and suitable. • Information on competency in performing comparable building service contracts, acceptable financial resources, personnel staffing, plant, equipment and supply sources. As a result of the Retrospective Analysis, GSA determined that the GSAR provision, 552.237–70, Qualifications of Offerors, is obsolete and no longer necessary. The collection of information associated with this provision is captured in a variety of methods such as: compliance with FAR part 9 including pre-award information, receipt of Dun and Bradstreet reports and receipt of contractor’s proposal information submitted in response to the Government technical evaluation criteria. The specific changes contained in this rule are as follows: • Information Collection 3090–0197, Qualifications of Offerors is deleted in its entirety. • Under Subpart 501.106—Delete GSAR reference to Information Collection 3090–0197 and GSAR provision 552.237–70. • Under GSAR 537.110, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses—Delete GSAR 537.110(a)(1). E:\FR\FM\30APP1.SGM 30APP1 24362 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Proposed Rules • Under GSAR 552.2, Text of Provisions and Clauses—GSAR 552.212–71, Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to GSA Acquisition of Commercial Items, delete paragraph (a), and designate the clause introductory text as paragraph (a) and revise. • Under GSAR 552.2, Text of Provisions and Clauses—Delete provision 552.237–70 in its entirety. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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 GSA does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small business entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., as the Information Collection 3090–0197 is no longer needed and is removed from the GSAR. However, the agency did proceed with an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) since this is issued as a proposed rule. This proposed rule reduces the burden on small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., as the Information Collection 3090–0197, citing GSAR clause 552.237–70, Qualifications of Offerors, is no longer needed and is removed from the GSAR. The IRFA has been prepared consistent with the criteria of 5 U.S.C. 604. The analysis is summarized as follows: The removal of the solicitation clause is pursuant to authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act, Public Law 96–511, 94 Stat. 2812, codified in part at 44 U.S.C. 3501–21 and Executive Order 13563. As a result of the Retrospective Analysis, GSA determined that the GSAR provision was no longer necessary and the provision was considered obsolete. Continued use of the provision was unnecessary as GSA VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:06 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 currently collects this information called for under GSAR 552.237–70 by a variety of methods that include preaward information, Dun and Bradstreet reports and contractor’s proposal information submitted in response to the Government’s technical evaluation criteria. Cancellation of the information collection and removal of the GSAR provision was reported to OMB by the Regulatory Secretariat with OMB approval provided on October 24, 2011. A determination was made under the authority of the Administrator of General Services Administration (GSA) that the action is necessary. GSA issued Acquisition Letter, MV–13–01 on January 13, 2013 that removed the contents of this rule from all contracts for building services expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold and not initiated with Ability One under the Javis-Wagner-O’Day Act. The Regulatory Secretariat has submitted a copy of the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. A copy of the IRFA may be obtained from the Regulatory Secretariat. GSA invites comments from small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities. GSA will also consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (GSAR Case 2013– G501), in correspondence. IV. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) does not apply. OMB approved the withdrawal and discontinuation of the Information Collection 3090–0197 identifying GSAR Provision 552.237–70 on October 24, 2011. Based on the withdrawal of the information collection, the agency reflected a public burden estimate of 6,794 hours with a base labor rate of $40.79 per hour for a total cost of $277,127 in savings. Therefore, this proposed rule does not contain any information collection requirements that require additional 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 Parts 501, 537, and 552 PO 00000 Government procurement. Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Dated: April 21, 2014. Jeffrey A. Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration. Therefore, GSA proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 501, 537, and 552 as set forth below: ■ 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 501, 537, and 552 continues to read as follows: Authority: 40 U.S.C 121(c). PART 501—GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ACQUISITION REGULATION SYSTEM 501.106 [Amended] 2. Amend section 501.106, in the table, by removing GSAR Reference ‘‘552.237–70’’ and its corresponding OMB Control Number ‘‘3090–0197’’. ■ PART 537—SERVICE CONTRACTING 3. Amend section 537.110 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ 537.110 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses. * * * * * (a) If the contract is expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold and it is not initiated with Ability One under the Javits-WagnerO’Day Act insert 552.237–71, Qualifications of Employees, in the solicitation and contract. If needed, use supplemental provisions or clauses to describe specific requirements for employees performing work on the contract. * * * * * PART 552—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 4. Amend section 552.212–71 by— a. Revising the clause heading; b. Removing paragraph (a); and c. Designating the clause introductory text as paragraph (a) and revising it to read as follows: ■ ■ ■ ■ 552.212–71 Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to GSA Acquisition of Commercial Items. * * * * * Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to GSA Acquisition of Commercial Items (Date) (a) The Contractor agrees to comply with any clause that is incorporated herein by reference to implement agency policy applicable to acquisition of commercial items or components. The clause in effect based on the applicable regulation cited on the date the solicitation is issued applies unless otherwise stated herein. The clauses in E:\FR\FM\30APP1.SGM 30APP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Proposed Rules paragraph (b) of this section are incorporated by reference: [The Contracting Officer should check the clauses that apply or delete the clauses that do not apply from the list. The Contracting Officer may add the date of the clause if desired for clarity.] * * * 552.237–70 * * [Removed and Reserved] 5. Remove and reserve section 552.237–70. ■ [FR Doc. 2014–09860 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–61–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration 49 CFR Chapter VI [Docket No. FTA–2014–0012] RIN 2132–ZA02 Interim Safety Certification Training Program Provisions Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed interim safety certification training provisions; request for comments. AGENCY: This document seeks public comment on FTA’s proposed requirements for the interim safety certification training provisions for Federal and State safety oversight personnel and their contractor support who conduct safety audits and examinations of public transportation systems not otherwise regulated by another Federal agency. Additionally, FTA proposes that designated safety oversight personnel of public transportation systems that receive Federal transit funding may voluntarily participate in the interim safety certification training program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 30, 2014. Any comments received after the deadline will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Please submit your comments by only one of the following methods, and please identify your submission by docket number FTA– 2014–0012: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • U.S. Mail: Send comments to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:06 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 • Fax: Send comments to Docket Operations at (202) 493–2251. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Bring comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the West Building, U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. Instructions: You must include the agency name (Federal Transit Administration) and docket number (FTA–2014–0012) for this document at the beginning of your comments. Submit two copies of your comments if you submit them by mail. For confirmation that FTA received your comments, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Please be aware that all comments received will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, and will be available to internet users. You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000, at 65 FR 19477. Docket Access: For access to the docket to read background documents and comments received, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the West Building between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For program issues, contact Ruth Lyons, FTA, Office of Safety and Oversight, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202– 366–2233 or email: Ruth.Lyons@ dot.gov). For legal issues, contact Bruce Walker, FTA, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202– 366–9109 or email: Bruce.Walker@ dot.gov). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST), except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview II. Purpose III. Applicability IV. Interim Safety Certification Training Provisions A. Components of the Interim Provisions 1. Safety Management System Training Component 2. Technical Training Component V. Next Steps and Public Participation I. Overview On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 24363 Progress in the 21st Century Act, Public Law 112–141, (‘‘MAP–21’’), which sets a new framework for Federal public transportation safety programs. MAP–21 provides FTA with authority to set new rules and standards for how FTA, State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs), transit agencies, and other transit stakeholders will work together to ensure the safety of transit riders, employees, and the public. As part of this safety authority, MAP– 21 requires FTA to establish a safety certification training program for Federal, State, and other designated personnel directly responsible for safety oversight of public transportation systems. 49 U.S.C. 5329(c). As required by subsection (c)(1), FTA will establish a permanent training program through the rulemaking process. To that end, FTA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on all aspects of FTA’s safety authority, including the training program, which was published in the Federal Register on October 3, 2013.1 FTA is currently reviewing the comments received to the ANPRM and will move forward as expeditiously as possible on notices of proposed rulemakings on all aspects of the ANPRM, including the training provisions. However, prior to the finalization of a permanent program, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5329(c)(2), Congress required FTA to establish ‘‘interim provisions’’ for the certification and training of safety oversight personnel. The interim provisions will be in effect until the effective date of the final rule established under subsection (c)(1). This notice proposes the interim provisions required by 49 U.S.C. 5329(c)(2). Once the interim provisions take effect, compliance with the interim provisions will be incorporated as a grant condition for State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) 5329(e) grant recipients and will be a recommended voluntary activity for FTA rail fixed guideway recipients of section 5307 and 5311 funding. In addition, recognizing that safety enhancement and promotion is of universal interest within the transit industry; FTA encourages bus grant recipients to voluntarily participate in appropriate components of the interim provisions. FTA is seeking public comment on its proposal for the interim safety 1 FTA ANPRM, ‘‘The National Public Transportation Safety Plan, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan, and the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program; Transit Asset Management,’’ at 78 FR 61251 (Oct 3, 2013), available at http:// www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-03/pdf/201323921.pdf. E:\FR\FM\30APP1.SGM 30APP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 83 (Wednesday, April 30, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 24361-24363]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09860]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 501, 537, and 552

[GSAR Case 2013-G501; Docket No. 2014-0010; Sequence 1]
RIN 3090-AJ46


General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
Qualifications of Offerors

AGENCY: Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration.

ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is issuing a 
proposed rule amending the General Services Administration Acquisition 
Regulation (GSAR) to remove the GSAR clause Qualifications of Offerors.

DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the 
Regulatory Secretariat on or before June 30, 2014 to be considered in 
the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by GSAR Case 2013-G501, 
Qualifications of Offerors, by any of the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit 
comments by searching for ``GSAR Case 2013-G501''. Select the link 
``Comment Now'' and follow the instructions provided at the ``You are 
commenting on'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if 
any), and ``GSAR Case 2013-G501'', on your attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: U.S. General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., 2nd Floor, ATTN: Ms. 
Flowers, Washington, DC 20405-0001.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite GSAR Case 2013-
G501 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: Ms. Kathy Rifkin, Procurement Analyst, 
at 816-823-2170 or email kathy.rifkin@gsa.gov, for clarification of 
content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, 
contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-501-4755. Please cite GSAR 
Case 2013-G501.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    GSA is proposing to amend the GSAR to delete GSAR Clause 552.237-
70, Qualifications of Offerors, and provide other conforming changes.
    This rule is a result of a retrospective analysis conducted under 
Executive Order (E.O.) 13563, Improving Regulations and Regulatory 
Review. E.O. 13563 required agencies to review existing regulations and 
identify rules that are obsolete, unnecessary, unjustified, excessively 
burdensome or counterproductive and identify those rules that warrant 
repeal, amendment, or revision. GSA identified GSAR clause 552.237-70, 
Qualifications of Offerors as one of four information collections in 
GSA's Final Plan for Retrospective Analysis approved by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) on August 18, 2011. GSA's Final Plan for 
Retrospective Analysis was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 
32088 on June 3, 2011, (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-03/pdf/2011-13495.pdf), welcoming public comments. The GSA's Final Plan was 
also posted on www.gsa.gov/open. No comments were received.

II. Discussion and Analysis

    GSAM clause 552.237-70 was utilized to support GSA's Public 
Buildings Service as outlined in GSAM 537.110. The provision requires 
all offerors considered for award for building services expected to 
exceed the simplified acquisition threshold and not initiated with 
Ability One under the Javis-Wagner-O-Day Act to furnish:
     Narrative statement listing comparable contracts 
performed.
     A general history of operating organization and complete 
experience.
     A statement of financial resources.
     Information on ability to maintain a staff of regular 
employees adequate to ensure continuous performance of the work.
     Demonstration that equipment and/or plant capacity for the 
work contemplates is sufficient, adequate and suitable.
     Information on competency in performing comparable 
building service contracts, acceptable financial resources, personnel 
staffing, plant, equipment and supply sources.
    As a result of the Retrospective Analysis, GSA determined that the 
GSAR provision, 552.237-70, Qualifications of Offerors, is obsolete and 
no longer necessary. The collection of information associated with this 
provision is captured in a variety of methods such as: compliance with 
FAR part 9 including pre-award information, receipt of Dun and 
Bradstreet reports and receipt of contractor's proposal information 
submitted in response to the Government technical evaluation criteria.
    The specific changes contained in this rule are as follows:
     Information Collection 3090-0197, Qualifications of 
Offerors is deleted in its entirety.
     Under Subpart 501.106--Delete GSAR reference to 
Information Collection 3090-0197 and GSAR provision 552.237-70.
     Under GSAR 537.110, Solicitation Provisions and Contract 
Clauses--Delete GSAR 537.110(a)(1).

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     Under GSAR 552.2, Text of Provisions and Clauses--GSAR 
552.212-71, Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to GSA Acquisition 
of Commercial Items, delete paragraph (a), and designate the clause 
introductory text as paragraph (a) and revise.
     Under GSAR 552.2, Text of Provisions and Clauses--Delete 
provision 552.237-70 in its entirety.

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

    GSA does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small business entities within the meaning 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., as the 
Information Collection 3090-0197 is no longer needed and is removed 
from the GSAR. However, the agency did proceed with an Initial 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) since this is issued as a 
proposed rule. This proposed rule reduces the burden on small entities 
within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et 
seq., as the Information Collection 3090-0197, citing GSAR clause 
552.237-70, Qualifications of Offerors, is no longer needed and is 
removed from the GSAR. The IRFA has been prepared consistent with the 
criteria of 5 U.S.C. 604. The analysis is summarized as follows:
    The removal of the solicitation clause is pursuant to authority of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act, Public Law 96-511, 94 Stat. 2812, codified 
in part at 44 U.S.C. 3501-21 and Executive Order 13563.
    As a result of the Retrospective Analysis, GSA determined that the 
GSAR provision was no longer necessary and the provision was considered 
obsolete. Continued use of the provision was unnecessary as GSA 
currently collects this information called for under GSAR 552.237-70 by 
a variety of methods that include pre-award information, Dun and 
Bradstreet reports and contractor's proposal information submitted in 
response to the Government's technical evaluation criteria. 
Cancellation of the information collection and removal of the GSAR 
provision was reported to OMB by the Regulatory Secretariat with OMB 
approval provided on October 24, 2011.
    A determination was made under the authority of the Administrator 
of General Services Administration (GSA) that the action is necessary. 
GSA issued Acquisition Letter, MV-13-01 on January 13, 2013 that 
removed the contents of this rule from all contracts for building 
services expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold and 
not initiated with Ability One under the Javis-Wagner-O'Day Act.
    The Regulatory Secretariat has submitted a copy of the Initial 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) to the Chief Counsel for 
Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. A copy of the IRFA may 
be obtained from the Regulatory Secretariat. GSA invites comments from 
small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected 
impact of this rule on small entities.
    GSA will also consider comments from small entities concerning the 
existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance 
with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments 
separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (GSAR Case 2013-G501), 
in correspondence.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) does not apply. 
OMB approved the withdrawal and discontinuation of the Information 
Collection 3090-0197 identifying GSAR Provision 552.237-70 on October 
24, 2011. Based on the withdrawal of the information collection, the 
agency reflected a public burden estimate of 6,794 hours with a base 
labor rate of $40.79 per hour for a total cost of $277,127 in savings. 
Therefore, this proposed rule does not contain any information 
collection requirements that require additional 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 Parts 501, 537, and 552

    Government procurement.

    Dated: April 21, 2014.
Jeffrey A. Koses,
Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition Policy, General 
Services Administration.

    Therefore, GSA proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 501, 537, and 552 as 
set forth below:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 501, 537, and 552 continues 
to read as follows:

    Authority:  40 U.S.C 121(c).

PART 501--GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ACQUISITION REGULATION 
SYSTEM


501.106  [Amended]

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2. Amend section 501.106, in the table, by removing GSAR Reference 
``552.237-70'' and its corresponding OMB Control Number ``3090-0197''.

PART 537--SERVICE CONTRACTING

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3. Amend section 537.110 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:


537.110  Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

* * * * *
    (a) If the contract is expected to exceed the simplified 
acquisition threshold and it is not initiated with Ability One under 
the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act insert 552.237-71, Qualifications of 
Employees, in the solicitation and contract. If needed, use 
supplemental provisions or clauses to describe specific requirements 
for employees performing work on the contract.
* * * * *

PART 552--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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4. Amend section 552.212-71 by--
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a. Revising the clause heading;
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b. Removing paragraph (a); and
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c. Designating the clause introductory text as paragraph (a) and 
revising it to read as follows:


552.212-71  Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to GSA Acquisition 
of Commercial Items.

* * * * *

Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to GSA Acquisition of 
Commercial Items (Date)

    (a) The Contractor agrees to comply with any clause that is 
incorporated herein by reference to implement agency policy 
applicable to acquisition of commercial items or components. The 
clause in effect based on the applicable regulation cited on the 
date the solicitation is issued applies unless otherwise stated 
herein. The clauses in

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paragraph (b) of this section are incorporated by reference:
    [The Contracting Officer should check the clauses that apply or 
delete the clauses that do not apply from the list. The Contracting 
Officer may add the date of the clause if desired for clarity.]
* * * * *


552.237-70  [Removed and Reserved]

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5. Remove and reserve section 552.237-70.

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