Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-83; Small Entity Compliance Guide, 38313-38314 [2015-16218]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 127 / Thursday, July 2, 2015 / Rules and Regulations and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Small Entity Compliance Guide. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005–83, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain SUMMARY: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Chapter 1 [Docket No. FAR 2015–0051, Sequence No. 3] Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005–83; Small Entity Compliance Guide Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), AGENCIES: 38313 further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005–83, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. DATES: July 2, 2015. For clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below. Please cite FAC 2005–83 and the FAR case number. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202–501–4755. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: RULES LISTED IN FAC 2005–83 Item Subject I * ................... II .................... Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition–Related Thresholds ................................................................ Prohibition on Contracting With Inverted Domestic Corporations—Representation and Notification. Update to Product and Service Codes ........................................................................................... Clarification on Justification for Urgent Noncompetitive Awards Exceeding One Year ................. Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations ................................................... Permanent Authority for Use of Simplified Acquisition Procedures for Certain Commercial Items Technical Amendments. III ................... *IV ................. V ................... VI .................. VII ................. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments made by these rules, refer to the specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents following these item summaries. FAC 2005–83 amends the FAR as specified below: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES Item I—Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds (FAR Case 2014–022) This final rule amends the FAR to implement 41 U.S.C. 1908, which requires an adjustment every five years of acquisition-related thresholds for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, except the Construction Wage Rate Requirements statute (Davis-Bacon Act), Service Contract Labor Standards statute, and trade agreements thresholds (see FAR 1.109). As a matter of policy, DoD, GSA, and NASA also use the same methodology to adjust nonstatutory FAR acquisition-related thresholds. This is the third review of FAR acquisition-related thresholds. The Councils published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 79 FR 70141 on November 25, 2014. There is no change in the final rule from the proposed frequently-used thresholds identified in the proposed rule: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Jul 01, 2015 Jkt 235001 FAR Case • The micro-purchase base threshold of $3,000 (FAR 2.101) is increased to $3,500. • The simplified acquisition threshold (FAR 2.101) of $150,000 is unchanged. • The FedBizOpps preaward and post-award notices (FAR part 5) remain at $25,000 because of trade agreements. • The threshold for use of simplified acquisition procedures for acquisition of commercial items (FAR 13.500) is raised from $6.5 million to $7 million. • The cost or pricing data threshold (FAR 15.403–4) and the statutorily equivalent Cost Accounting Standard threshold are raised from $700,000 to $750,000. • The prime contractor subcontracting plan (FAR 19.702) floor is raised from $650,000 to $700,000, and the construction threshold of $1.5 million stays the same. • The threshold for reporting first-tier subcontract information including executive compensation will increase from $25,000 to $30,000 (FAR subpart 4.14 and 52.204–10). Item II—Prohibition on Contracting With Inverted Domestic Corporations— Representation and Notification (FAR Case 2015–006) This final rule amends the provision and clause of the FAR that address the continuing Government-wide statutory prohibition (in effect since fiscal year PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 Analyst 2014–022 2015–006 Jackson. Jackson. 2015–008 2014–020 2014–017 2015–010 Jackson. Jackson. Jackson. Jackson. 2008) on the award of contracts using appropriated funds to any foreign incorporated entity that is an inverted domestic corporation (under section 835 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, codified at 6 U.S.C. 395) or to any subsidiary of such entity. In particular, this rule modifies the existing representation at FAR 52.209–2 and adds a requirement in the clause at 52.209–10 to notify the contracting officer if the contractor becomes an inverted domestic corporation, or a subsidiary of an inverted domestic corporation, during performance of the contract. This rule will not have any significant effect on most contractors, because few contractors are expected to become an inverted domestic corporation or a subsidiary of an inverted domestic corporation during contract performance. Small business concerns are particularly unlikely to have been incorporated in the United States and then reincorporated in a tax haven. Item III—Update to Product and Service Codes (FAR Case 2015–008) DoD, GSA, and NASA are revising the FAR to update the descriptions of the Federal product and service codes to conform to the Federal Procurement Data System Product and Service Codes Manual, August 2011 Edition. There is no change to the groups covered, and E:\FR\FM\02JYR3.SGM 02JYR3 38314 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 127 / Thursday, July 2, 2015 / Rules and Regulations the new descriptions better reflect product coverage. This final rule is not required to be published for public comment, because it does not change the Federal Supply Groups covered, but just updates the descriptions of the listed product service groups to reflect the current Product and Service Codes Manual. It does not impact which products are subject to the service contract labor standards or trade agreements. Item IV—Clarification on Justification for Urgent Noncompetitive Awards Exceeding One Year (FAR Case 2014– 020) asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the FAR to clarify when a justification for noncompetitive contracts based on urgency, exceeding one year, is needed. The rule comes as a response to Government Accountability Office (GAO) report GAO–14–304, entitled Federal Contracting: Noncompetitive Contracts Based on Urgency Need Additional Oversight, dated March 2014. This rule is not expected to have a significant impact on small businesses. Contracting officers will benefit from this rule because it clarifies when determinations of exceptional circumstances are needed when awarding a noncompetitive contract on the basis of unusual and compelling urgency, exceeding one year, either at time of award or modified after contract award. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:24 Jul 01, 2015 Jkt 235001 Item V—Prohibition on Contracting With Inverted Domestic Corporations (FAR Case 2014–017) This rule converts to a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the provisions of the FAR that address the continuing Governmentwide statutory prohibition (in effect since fiscal year 2008) on the award of contracts using appropriated funds to any foreign incorporated entity that is an inverted domestic corporation (under section 835 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, codified at 6 U.S.C. 395) or to any subsidiary of such entity. The interim rule amended FAR 9.108 to revise the FAR coverage, including the language of solicitation provisions and contract clauses, so that it more clearly reflects the ongoing, continuing nature of the statutory prohibition on contracting with inverted domestic corporations and their subsidiaries. This rule does not have an effect on small business because this rule will only impact an offeror that is a foreign incorporated entity that is treated as an inverted domestic corporation and wants to do business with the Government. Small business concerns are unlikely to have been incorporated in the United States and then reincorporated in a tax haven. PO 00000 Item VI—Permanent Authority for Use of Simplified Acquisition Procedures for Certain Commercial Items (FAR Case 2015–010) This is a final rule to amend FAR subparts 13.5 and 18.2 to implement section 815 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113–291). Section 815 amends section 4202(e) of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (Divisions D and E of Pub. L. 104–106; 10 U.S.C. 2304 note) to make permanent the test program for special simplified procedures for purchases of commercial items greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, but not exceeding $6.5 million ($12 million for certain acquisitions). This final rule is not required to be published for public comment because it makes permanent a statutory authority that currently exists within the FAR. The rule will not have a significant impact on small business or on Government contracting officers. Item VII—Technical Amendments Editorial changes are made at FAR 15.404–2(b)(2), 52.204–16(b)(3), 52.204– 18(d), and 52.212–5(e)(1)(ii)(E). Dated: June 18, 2015. William Clark, Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Chapter 1

[Docket No. FAR 2015-0051, Sequence No. 3]


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 
2005-83; Small Entity Compliance Guide

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

ACTION: Small Entity Compliance Guide.

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SUMMARY: This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, 
and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in 
accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules 
appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-83, which amends 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a 
rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been 
prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding 
these rules by referring to FAC 2005-83, which precedes this document. 
These documents are also available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

DATES: July 2, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
the analyst whose name appears in the table below. Please cite FAC 
2005-83 and the FAR case number. For information pertaining to status 
or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-
501-4755.

                       Rules Listed in FAC 2005-83
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      Item               Subject           FAR Case          Analyst
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I *.............  Inflation Adjustment        2014-022  Jackson.
                   of Acquisition-
                   Related Thresholds.
II..............  Prohibition on              2015-006  Jackson.
                   Contracting With
                   Inverted Domestic
                   Corporations--Repre
                   sentation and
                   Notification.
III.............  Update to Product           2015-008  Jackson.
                   and Service Codes.
*IV.............  Clarification on            2014-020  Jackson.
                   Justification for
                   Urgent
                   Noncompetitive
                   Awards Exceeding
                   One Year.
V...............  Prohibition on              2014-017  Jackson.
                   Contracting with
                   Inverted Domestic
                   Corporations.
VI..............  Permanent Authority         2015-010  Jackson.
                   for Use of
                   Simplified
                   Acquisition
                   Procedures for
                   Certain Commercial
                   Items.
VII.............  Technical Amendments
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the 
actual revisions and/or amendments made by these rules, refer to the 
specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents following 
these item summaries. FAC 2005-83 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I--Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds (FAR 
Case 2014-022)

    This final rule amends the FAR to implement 41 U.S.C. 1908, which 
requires an adjustment every five years of acquisition-related 
thresholds for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for all urban 
consumers, except the Construction Wage Rate Requirements statute 
(Davis-Bacon Act), Service Contract Labor Standards statute, and trade 
agreements thresholds (see FAR 1.109). As a matter of policy, DoD, GSA, 
and NASA also use the same methodology to adjust nonstatutory FAR 
acquisition-related thresholds.
    This is the third review of FAR acquisition-related thresholds. The 
Councils published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 79 FR 
70141 on November 25, 2014.
    There is no change in the final rule from the proposed frequently-
used thresholds identified in the proposed rule:
     The micro-purchase base threshold of $3,000 (FAR 2.101) is 
increased to $3,500.
     The simplified acquisition threshold (FAR 2.101) of 
$150,000 is unchanged.
     The FedBizOpps preaward and post-award notices (FAR part 
5) remain at $25,000 because of trade agreements.
     The threshold for use of simplified acquisition procedures 
for acquisition of commercial items (FAR 13.500) is raised from $6.5 
million to $7 million.
     The cost or pricing data threshold (FAR 15.403-4) and the 
statutorily equivalent Cost Accounting Standard threshold are raised 
from $700,000 to $750,000.
     The prime contractor subcontracting plan (FAR 19.702) 
floor is raised from $650,000 to $700,000, and the construction 
threshold of $1.5 million stays the same.
     The threshold for reporting first-tier subcontract 
information including executive compensation will increase from $25,000 
to $30,000 (FAR subpart 4.14 and 52.204-10).

Item II--Prohibition on Contracting With Inverted Domestic 
Corporations--Representation and Notification (FAR Case 2015-006)

    This final rule amends the provision and clause of the FAR that 
address the continuing Government-wide statutory prohibition (in effect 
since fiscal year 2008) on the award of contracts using appropriated 
funds to any foreign incorporated entity that is an inverted domestic 
corporation (under section 835 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 
codified at 6 U.S.C. 395) or to any subsidiary of such entity. In 
particular, this rule modifies the existing representation at FAR 
52.209-2 and adds a requirement in the clause at 52.209-10 to notify 
the contracting officer if the contractor becomes an inverted domestic 
corporation, or a subsidiary of an inverted domestic corporation, 
during performance of the contract.
    This rule will not have any significant effect on most contractors, 
because few contractors are expected to become an inverted domestic 
corporation or a subsidiary of an inverted domestic corporation during 
contract performance. Small business concerns are particularly unlikely 
to have been incorporated in the United States and then reincorporated 
in a tax haven.

Item III--Update to Product and Service Codes (FAR Case 2015-008)

    DoD, GSA, and NASA are revising the FAR to update the descriptions 
of the Federal product and service codes to conform to the Federal 
Procurement Data System Product and Service Codes Manual, August 2011 
Edition. There is no change to the groups covered, and

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the new descriptions better reflect product coverage.
    This final rule is not required to be published for public comment, 
because it does not change the Federal Supply Groups covered, but just 
updates the descriptions of the listed product service groups to 
reflect the current Product and Service Codes Manual. It does not 
impact which products are subject to the service contract labor 
standards or trade agreements.

Item IV--Clarification on Justification for Urgent Noncompetitive 
Awards Exceeding One Year (FAR Case 2014-020)

    DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the FAR to 
clarify when a justification for noncompetitive contracts based on 
urgency, exceeding one year, is needed. The rule comes as a response to 
Government Accountability Office (GAO) report GAO-14-304, entitled 
Federal Contracting: Noncompetitive Contracts Based on Urgency Need 
Additional Oversight, dated March 2014.
    This rule is not expected to have a significant impact on small 
businesses. Contracting officers will benefit from this rule because it 
clarifies when determinations of exceptional circumstances are needed 
when awarding a noncompetitive contract on the basis of unusual and 
compelling urgency, exceeding one year, either at time of award or 
modified after contract award.

Item V--Prohibition on Contracting With Inverted Domestic Corporations 
(FAR Case 2014-017)

    This rule converts to a final rule, without change, an interim rule 
that amended the provisions of the FAR that address the continuing 
Governmentwide statutory prohibition (in effect since fiscal year 2008) 
on the award of contracts using appropriated funds to any foreign 
incorporated entity that is an inverted domestic corporation (under 
section 835 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, codified at 6 U.S.C. 
395) or to any subsidiary of such entity. The interim rule amended FAR 
9.108 to revise the FAR coverage, including the language of 
solicitation provisions and contract clauses, so that it more clearly 
reflects the ongoing, continuing nature of the statutory prohibition on 
contracting with inverted domestic corporations and their subsidiaries.
    This rule does not have an effect on small business because this 
rule will only impact an offeror that is a foreign incorporated entity 
that is treated as an inverted domestic corporation and wants to do 
business with the Government. Small business concerns are unlikely to 
have been incorporated in the United States and then reincorporated in 
a tax haven.

Item VI--Permanent Authority for Use of Simplified Acquisition 
Procedures for Certain Commercial Items (FAR Case 2015-010)

    This is a final rule to amend FAR subparts 13.5 and 18.2 to 
implement section 815 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. `Buck' McKeon 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113-
291). Section 815 amends section 4202(e) of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 
1996 (Divisions D and E of Pub. L. 104-106; 10 U.S.C. 2304 note) to 
make permanent the test program for special simplified procedures for 
purchases of commercial items greater than the simplified acquisition 
threshold, but not exceeding $6.5 million ($12 million for certain 
acquisitions). This final rule is not required to be published for 
public comment because it makes permanent a statutory authority that 
currently exists within the FAR. The rule will not have a significant 
impact on small business or on Government contracting officers.

Item VII--Technical Amendments

    Editorial changes are made at FAR 15.404-2(b)(2), 52.204-16(b)(3), 
52.204-18(d), and 52.212-5(e)(1)(ii)(E).

    Dated: June 18, 2015.
William Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.
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