Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, 40368-40379 [2017-17028]

Download as PDF 40368 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Ch. 1 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda. AGENCY: This agenda provides summary descriptions of regulations being developed by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense SUMMARY: Acquisition Regulations Council in compliance with Executive Order 12866 ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review.’’ This agenda is being published to allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process. The Regulatory Secretariat Division has attempted to list all regulations pending at the time of publication, except for minor and routine or repetitive actions; however, unanticipated requirements may result in the issuance of regulations that are not included in this agenda. There is no legal significance to the omission of an item from this listing. Published proposed rules may be reviewed in their entirety at the Government’s rulemaking Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joanne Sosa, Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, or via telephone at 202–501–4755. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DoD, GSA, and NASA, under their several statutory authorities, jointly issue and maintain the FAR through periodic issuance of changes published in the Federal Register and produced electronically as Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs). The electronic version of the FAR, including changes, can be accessed on the FAR Web site at http:// www.acquisition.gov/far. Dated: March 31, 2017. William F. Clark, Director, Office of Government-Wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-Wide Policy. DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 216 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–021; Determination of Fair and Reasonable Prices on Orders Under Multiple Award Contracts. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–014; Prohibition on Providing Funds to the Enemy FAR Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–038, Reverse Auction Guidance ................................. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–005, Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–031, Policy on 8(a) Joint Ventures ........................ Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016–002, Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside the United States. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–008, Duties of Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–013, Tax on Certain Foreign Procurement ............ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–003; Alternatives in Lieu of Corporate or Individual Sureties. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); FAR Case 2015–002, Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–014, Acquisition 360 .............................................. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–013, Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–011, Section 508-Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–012, Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price Contracting Actions. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–037, Definition of ‘‘Information Technology’’ .......... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–028, Performance-Based Payments ...................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Far Case 2015–004, Provisions and Clauses for Acquisitions of Commercial Items and Acquisitions That do not Exceed the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT). Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–006, Exception From Certified Cost or Pricing Data Requirements—Adequate Price Competition. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–010, Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–026, Contractor Use of Mandatory Sources of Supply in Service Contracts. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–016, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) ..... 217 .................... 218 .................... 219 .................... 220 .................... 221 .................... 222 .................... 223 .................... 224 .................... 225 .................... 226 .................... 227 .................... 228 .................... 229 .................... 230 .................... 231 .................... 232 .................... 233 .................... 234 .................... 235 .................... mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 236 .................... 9000–AM94 9000–AN03 9000–AN31 9000–AN32 9000–AN33 9000–AN34 9000–AN36 9000–AN38 9000–AN39 9000–AN40 9000–AN43 9000–AN44 9000–AN46 9000–AN47 9000–AN48 9000–AN49 9000–AN51 9000–AN53 9000–AN54 9000–AN55 9000–AN56 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 237 .................... 238 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–015; Strategic Sourcing Documentation ................ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–018; Clarification of Requirement for Justifications for 8(a) Sole Source Contracts. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–002; Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts 239 .................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 9000–AM89 9000–AM90 9000–AM93 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda 40369 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—FINAL RULE STAGE—Continued Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 240 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–017; Combating Trafficking in Persons—Definition of ‘‘Recruitment Fees’’. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–007, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–005, System for Award Management Registration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–039, Audit of Settlement Proposals ....................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–001, Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors ...... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–033, Sustainable Acquisition .................................. Federal Acquisition Regulation: FAR Case 2016–005; Effective Communication Between Government and Industry. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–011, (S) Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–004, Rate Adjustment of Liquidated Damages ...... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–007, Task- and Delivery-Order Protests ................ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–009, Special Emergency Procurement Authority ... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–012, Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold for Certain Procurement Activities. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–015, Removal of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule. 241 .................... 242 243 244 245 246 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 247 248 249 250 251 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 252 .................... 9000–AN02 9000–AN10 9000–AN19 9000–AN26 9000–AN27 9000–AN28 9000–AN29 9000–AN35 9000–AN37 9000–AN41 9000–AN45 9000–AN50 9000–AN52 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 253 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–002; Expanded Reporting of Nonconforming Supplies. 9000–AM58 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—COMPLETED ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 254 .................... 255 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2010–013; Privacy Training ............................................. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2012–025; Applicability of the Senior Executive Compensation Benchmark. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2012–022; Contracts Under the Small Business Administration 8(a) Program. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–014; Uniform Use of Line Items ............................. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–003; Small Business Subcontracting Improvements. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–016; Prohibition on Reimbursement for Congressional Investigations and Inquiries. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–004; Payment of Subcontractors ........................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–012; Contractor Employee Internal Confidentiality Agreements. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–004; Acquisition Threshold for Special Emergency Procurement Authority. Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2015–024, Public Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Goals-Representation. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–035, Removal of Regulations Relating to Telegraphic Communication. 256 .................... 257 .................... 258 .................... 259 .................... 260 .................... 261 .................... 262 .................... 263 .................... mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 264 .................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 9000–AM02 9000–AM39 9000–AM68 9000–AM73 9000–AM91 9000–AM97 9000–AM98 9000–AN04 9000–AN18 9000–AN20 9000–AN23 40370 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Proposed Rule Stage 216. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–021; Determination of Fair and Reasonable Prices on Orders Under Multiple Award Contracts Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to direct contracting officers to make a determination of fair and reasonable pricing when using GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules (FSS). The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) of 1994 established a preference for the types of information used to assess price reasonableness. Fair and reasonable price determinations are used for evaluating quotations, bids, and proposals for the source selection decision and during sole-source negotiations with the goal of promoting a healthy and efficient competitive sourcing environment. This rule will ensure uniform implementation of this FAR change across government contracts and avoid the proliferation of agency actions (e.g. revisions to FAR supplements or issuance of policy guidance) implementing this requirement. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM94 217. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–014; Prohibition on Providing Funds to the Enemy Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to prevent the flow of funds to persons or entities that are actively opposing United States or coalition forces involved in a contingency operation. This rule implements subtitle E of title VIII of the Carl Levin and Howard P. Buck’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 McKeon National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, which prohibits providing funds to the enemy. The statute does not apply to contracts that are equal to or less than $50,000, contracts performed inside the United States, or contracts subject to a national security exception. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 08/00/17 10/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219–0202, Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN03 218. • FAR Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–038, Reverse Auction Guidance Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to implement policies addressing the effective use of reverse auctions. Reverse auctions involve offerors lowering their pricing over rounds of bidding in order to win federal contracts This change will incorporates guidance from the OFPP memorandum, ‘‘Effective Use of Reverse Auctions,’’ which was issued in response to recommendations from the GAO report, Reverse Auctions: Guidance is Needed to Maximize Competition and Achieve Cost Savings (GAO–14–108). Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 11/00/17 01/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN31 implement 41 U.S.C. 4712, Enhancement of contractor protection from reprisal for disclosure of certain information and makes the pilot program permanent. The pilot was enacted on January 2, 2013, by section 828 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. This statute also clarifies that the cost principles at 10 U.S.C. 2324(k) and 41 U.S.C. 4304 and 4310 apply to costs incurred by a contractor, subcontractor, or personal services contractor. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 07/00/17 09/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219–0202, Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN32 220. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–031, Policy on 8(a) Joint Ventures Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to be consistent with the guidance in SBA regulations at 13 CFR 124 8(A) Business Development/Small Disadvantaged Business Status Determinations > These clarifications are expected to relieve burden on both industry and government by reducing the number of protests related to inappropriate elimination from competition of offers from 8(a) joint ventures and inappropriate awards to ineligible 8(a) joint ventures. This will reduce the risk for fraud by clarifying the role of SBA as the authority for making eligibility determination. The rule is also expected to facilitate competition by clarifying the circumstances under which a joint venture is eligible for award under the 8(a) program. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite 219. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–005, Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 09/00/17 11/00/17 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN33 222. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–008, Duties of Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization 221. • Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016–002, Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside the United States Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to provide additional duties for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), or for DoD, the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). Additionally the rule will include existing OSDBU duties that are not currently listed in the FAR. This rule implements sections 1812, paragraph (a) of section 1813 and paragraph (b) of section 1821 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2017, which amends section 15(k) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(k)). Additionally the rule will include existing duties prescribed in section 15(k) of the Small Business Act that are not currently listed in the FAR. Timetable: Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) consistent with SBA’s final rule at 13 CFR 125.2 as finalized in their rule Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation’’ issued on October 2, 2013 to clarify that overseas contracting is not excluded from agency responsibilities to foster small business participation. In its final rule, SBA has clarified that, as a general matter, its small business contracting regulations apply regardless of the place of performance. In light of these changes, there is a need to amend the FAR both to bring its coverage into alignment with SBA’s regulation and to give agencies the tools they need especially the ability to use set-asides to maximize opportunities for small businesses overseas. SBA intends to include contracts performed outside of the United States in agencies’ prime contracting goals beginning in FY 2016. Although inclusion for goaling purposes is not dependent on FAR changes, amending FAR part 19 will allow agencies to take advantage of the tools authorized for providing small business opportunities for contracts awarded outside of the United States. This rule will allow agencies to take advantage of the tools authorized for providing small business opportunities for contracts awarded outside of the United States. This will make it easier for small businesses to receive additional opportunities for contracts performed outside of the United States. Timetable: Action Date mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN34 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 37; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to implement a final rule issued by the Department of the Treasury (published at 81 FR 55133) that implements section 301 of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, Public Law 111347. This section imposes on any foreign person that receives a specified Federal procurement payment a tax equal to 2 percent of the amount such payment. This rule applies to Federal government contracts for goods or services that are awarded to foreign persons. Timetable: PO 00000 Frm 00005 08/00/17 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10/00/17 224. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–003; Alternatives in Lieu of Corporate or Individual Sureties Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are is proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to change the kinds of assets that individual sureties must use as security for their individual surety bonds. This change will implement section 874 of the NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114–92). Timetable: NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. 223. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–013, Tax on Certain Foreign Procurement NPRM .................. FR Cite Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN38 Action Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Janet Fry, Program Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–3167, Email: janet.fry@ gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN36 Date NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 Action Action 40371 FR Cite Date FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN39 225. • Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); FAR Case 2015–002, Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require the use of Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) for the submission of the DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification. This form is used to convey security requirements regarding classified information to contractors and subcontractors and must be submitted to the Defense Security Services (DSS) when contractors or subcontractors require access to classified information under contracts awarded by agencies covered by the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 40372 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda The NISP Contracts Classification System (NCCS) is being deployed as a module within the existing WAWF platform to provide a centralized repository for classified contract security requirements and automate the DD Form 254 processes and workflows. The rule also clarifies that a unique CAGE code is required for each location of performance listed on a DD Form 254 and that System for Award Management (SAM) registration is only required for the business location listed on the contract. The DD Form 254 is used to convey security requirements regarding classified information to contractors and subcontractors and must be submitted to DSS when contractors or subcontractors require access to classified information. On average, approximately 130,000 forms are received each year from 61 agencies and components. These forms are submitted manually and there is no central repository for the form. The rule will provide a centralized repository for classified contract security requirements and supporting data while automating the DD Form 254 processes and workflows. By using this form, burden will reduce. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 08/00/17 10/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN40 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 226. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–014, Acquisition 360 Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to address the solicitation of contractor feedback on both contract formation and contract administration activities. Agencies would consider this feedback, as appropriate, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their acquisition activities. The rule would create FAR policy to encourage regular feedback in accordance with agency practice (both on contract formation and administration activities) and a standard FAR solicitation provision to support a sustainable model for broadened use of Acquisition 360 survey to elicit feedback on the pre-award and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 debriefing processes in a consistent and standardized manner. Agencies would be able to use the solicitation provision to notify interested sources that a procurement is part of the Acquisition 360 survey and encourage stakeholders to voluntarily provide feedback on their experiences on the pre-award process. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN43 227. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–013, Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to revise the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to create and implement appropriate contract clauses and regulatory coverage to address contractor requirements for breach response consistent with the requirements. This FAR change will implement the requirements outlined in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M–17–12 ‘‘Preparing for and Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information’’ section V part B. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 12/00/17 02/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN44 228. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–011, Section 508-Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revisions and updates to standards in Section 508 of the PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, developed by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also referred to as the ‘‘Access Board’’). This FAR change incorporates the U.S. Access Board’s final rule 82 FR 5790, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines, published on January 18, 2017 , which implemented revisions and updates to the section 508-based standards and section 255-based guidelines. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN46 229. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–012, Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price Contracting Actions Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to allow for incrementally funding of certain fixed-price contracting action to help minimize disruptions to agency operations, and provide Federal acquisition professionals with new funding flexibility for fixed-price contracting actions. The importance of incremental funding policy is driven, in large part, by chronic impediments to the timely passage of the Federal budget. Because the FAR is silent on the incremental funding of fixed-price contracts; however, in many cases, full funding (due to budgetary uncertainties) is not possible. There is potential for benefits to be realized through creating consistent language in the FAR. The flexibility to incrementally fund fixedprice contracts will enable acquisition professionals more efficiently get contracts underway. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 11/00/17 01/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN47 230. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–037, Definition of ‘‘Information Technology’’ Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to revise the FAR to update the definition of ‘‘information technology,’’ as directed in the Office of Management and Budget Memo, M–15– 14, entitled Management Oversight of Federal Information Technology.’’ Specifically, the rule broadens the definition of information technology to include services such as cloud computing and to remove an exemption for information technology embedded in other systems. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN48 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 231. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–028, Performance-Based Payments Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to harmonize the policy on flowdown requirements at FAR 32.504 with FAR clause 52.232–32 for the financing of subcontracts through performance-based payments. FAR 32.504(f) states that ‘‘When financing payments are in the form of performance-based payments, the Performance-Based Payments clause at 52.232–32 requires that the subcontract terms include the substance of the Performance-Based Payments clause, modified to indicate that the contractor, not the Government, awards the subcontract and administers the performance-based payments . . .’’ However, FAR clause 52.232–32 does not include instructions to the contractor to flowdown the requirements to the subcontractor. The FAR recognizes that prudent contract VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 financing can be a useful working tool in Government acquisition. Performance-based payments are a form of contract financing authorized by the FAR under certain conditions. The proposed rule would merely make it clear to the contractor under which circumstances the substance of this form of contract financing is required to flow down to the subcontractor, when FAR 52.232–32 is included in its contract. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN49 232. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–004, Provisions and Clauses for Acquisitions of Commercial Items and Acquisitions That Do Not Exceed the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to revise the FAR with an internal administrative change to support the use of automated contract writing systems and reduce FAR maintenance when clauses are updated. Currently, the FAR provides a single, consolidated list of all provisions and clauses applicable to the acquisition of commercial items. When new clauses applicable to commercial items are added the FAR, a manual process of cross checking and renumbering of the list is employed the conform the FAR, The process is cumbersome and inefficient, and challenging to maintain, especially for contract writing systems. The propose rule would propose a change to each clause prescription and each clause flowdown for commercial items to specify required information within the prescription/clause itself, without having to cross-check another clause, list or other parts of the FAR. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 40373 Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN51 233. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–006, Exception From Certified Cost or Pricing Data Requirements—Adequate Price Competition Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 822 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328). This addresses the exception from certified cost or pricing data requirements when price is based on adequate price competition. It also limits the exception for price based on adequate price competition to circumstances in which there is adequate competition that results in at least two or more responsive and viable competing bids. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 08/00/17 10/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN53 234. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–010, Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the NDAA for FY 17 (Pub. L. 114–328) which changes the requirement regarding the consideration of cost or price to the Government as a factor in the evaluation of proposals for certain multiple-award task order contracts. At the Government’s discretion, solicitations for multiple-award contracts, which intend to award the same or similar services to each qualifying offeror, do not require price or cost as an evaluation factor for the base contract award. This exception does not apply to E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 40374 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda solicitations for multiple-award contracts that provide for sole source orders pursuant to section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)). When cost or price is not considered in evaluation of the base award, the contracting officer must consider price or cost as one of the factors in the selection decision for each order. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 09/00/17 11/00/17 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN54 235. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–026, Contractor Use of Mandatory Sources of Supply in Service Contracts Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause associated with the AbilityOne Program. These revisions respond to concerns raised by the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee) that a FAR clarification is necessary for situations when Government agencies contract with commercial sources to perform an agency’s service function. The Committee believes that reductions in procurement of several service-related supplies has adversely affected employment of people who are blind or have significant disabilities because of the lack of this clarification. The proposed revision will emphasize that contractors must use mandatory sources of supply in service contracts and to update the procedures associated with purchases made through the AbilityOne Program to conform to the current Committee regulatory administration of this statutory program. The rule will clarify the obligation for Government agencies to satisfy their requirements for certain supplies and services from the Procurement List maintained by the Committee. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. VerDate Sep<11>2014 FR Cite 10/00/17 12/00/17 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN55 236. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–016, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program of Executive Order 13556 of Nov 4, 2010. As the executive agent designated to oversee the governmentwide CUI program, NARA issued implementing regulations in late 2016 designed to address agency policies for designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, decontrolling and disposing of CUI. The NARA rule affects contractors that handle, possess, use, share or receive CUI. The NARA regulation is codified at 32 CFR 2002. This FAR rule is necessary to ensure uniform implementation of the requirements of the CUI program in contracts across the government, thereby avoiding potentially inconsistent agency-level action. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 12/00/17 02/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN56 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Final Rule Stage 237. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–015; Strategic Sourcing Documentation Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the Carl Levin and Howard P. Buck’’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. This section requires the contract file shall contain certain documentation if the Federal Government makes a purchase of supplies and services offered under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI), but the FSSI is not used. The contract file for the purchase shall include a brief analysis of the comparative value, including price and non-price factors, between the supplies and services offered under the FSSI and those offered under the source(s) to be used for the purchase. While all action involved on the rule is internal to the Government, the documentation requirement ensures a contracting officer considers contract vehicles under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). In doing so, the rule will raise the visibility of these strategic sourcing solutions, promote their use, and help to better leverage the Government’s buying power. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 06/20/16 08/19/16 FR Cite 81 FR 39883 10/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM89 238. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–018; Clarification of Requirement for Justifications for 8(A) Sole Source Contracts Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are implementing a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to clarify the guidance for sole source 8(a) contract awards exceeding $22 million. This rule implements guidance from a Government Accountability Office report entitled Federal Contracting: Slow Start to Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts’’ (GA0–13–118, December 2012). Sole-source contracting regulations are statutory and are found in section 811 of the National Defense E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Pub. L. 11184) (see 77 FR 23369). These clarifications improve the contracting officer’s ability to comply with the sole source contracts statutory requirements. The GAO report indicates that the FAR needed additional clarification of justification to help ensure that agencies are applying the requirement consistently. This rule provides such guidance, including when justification is necessary, how contracting officers should comply, and when a separate sole-source justification is necessary for out-of-scope modifications to 8(a) solesource contracts. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 11/15/16 01/17/17 FR Cite 81 FR 80012 10/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM90 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 239. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–002; Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the FAR to implement regulatory changes regarding procedures for the use of small business partial set-asides, reserves, and orders placed under multiple-award contracts. This rule incorporates statutory requirements discussed at section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. 644(r)) and the Small Business Administration’s final rule at 78 FR 61114, dated October 2, 2013. The rule increases small business participation in Federal prime contracts by ensuring that small businesses have greater access to multiple award contracts and clarifying the procedures for submitting proposals for partial setasides, reserves, and orders placed under such contracts. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 12/06/16 02/06/17 FR Cite 81 FR 88072 09/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM93 240. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–017; Combating Trafficking in Persons—Definition of ‘‘Recruitment Fees’’ Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to revise the FAR to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13627, Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts, and title XVII of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, which became effective on March 2, 2015. The rule adds a definition of ‘‘recruitment fees’’ to subpart 22.17, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and the associated clause in order to clarify how the Government treats this prohibited practice that has been associated with labor trafficking under contracts and subcontracts. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 05/11/16 07/11/16 FR Cite 81 FR 29244 09/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219–0202, Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN02 241. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–007, NonRetaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to adopt as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13665, entitled ‘‘Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information.’’ signed April 8, 2014, (79 FR 20749) and the final rule issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor (DOL) at 80 FR 54934, on September 11, 2015, entitled ‘Government Contractors, Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions.’ PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 40375 This rule provides for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit Federal contractors from discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants. Timetable: Action Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 09/30/16 11/29/16 FR Cite 81 FR 67732 11/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN10 242. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–005, System for Award Management Registration Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to update the instructions for System for Award Management (SAM) registration requirements and to correct an inconsistency with offeror representation and certification requirements. This rule makes consistent the language regarding offerors’ registration in SAM prior to submitting an offer or prior to award. The instructions clarify that once a business is registered in the SAM database, it is only required to update the SAM database registration in accordance with the clause 52.204–7 or if there are new decisions on its labor violations at clause 52.222–59. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 05/20/16 07/19/16 FR Cite 81 FR 31895 09/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN19 E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 40376 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda 243. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–039, Audit of Settlement Proposals Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to raise the dollar threshold requirement for the audit of prime contract settlement proposals and subcontract settlements from $100,000 to the Truth In Negotiation Act (TINA) threshold of $750,000 to help alleviate the backlog of contract close-outs and to enable contracting officers to more quickly deobligate excess funds from terminated contracts. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 09/14/16 11/14/16 FR Cite 81 FR 63158 09/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN26 244. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–001, Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to finalize an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requiring Federal Government contractors to ensure that employees on those contracts can earn up to 7 days or more of paid sick leave annually, including paid sick leave for family care. This rule implements the objective of E.O. 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Department of Labor’s final rule codified at 29 CFR part 13. Timetable: mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 Action Date Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Effective. Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 12/16/16 01/01/17 FR Cite 81 FR 91627 02/14/17 11/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN27 245. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–033, Sustainable Acquisition Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA plan to issue a final rule to amends the FAR to add a new definition for sustainable products and services and update several existing definitions germane to sustainable acquisition. This rule will also provide two new Web sites to help contractors understand the sustainable acquisition requirements and gain access to a listing of sustainable products and services as determined by the Federal Government. The rule implements Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade (supersedes E.O.s 13423 and 13514), and the biobased product acquisition provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the 2014 Farm Bill). Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 01/18/17 03/20/17 FR Cite 82 FR 5490 11/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 795–6328, Email: chuck.gray@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN28 246. • Federal Acquisition Regulation: FAR CASE 2016–005; Effective Communication Between Government and Industry Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: The Council amends the FAR to implement section 887 of the NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114–92), which provides that agency acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in responsible and constructive exchanges with industry. The rule clarifies agency acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in responsible and constructive exchanges with industry, in a manner consistent with existing law and regulation and without promoting an unfair competitive advantage. Timetable: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 11/29/16 03/02/17 FR Cite 81 FR 85914 11/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN29 247. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–011, (S) Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule is to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise and standardize the limitations on subcontracting (LOS), including the nonmanufacturer rule (NMR), which apply to small business concerns under FAR part 19 procurements. This FAR change incorporates SBA final rule which implemented the statutory requirements of section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. This action is necessary to meet the Congressional intent of clarifying the limitations on subcontracting with which small businesses must comply, as well as the ways in which they can comply. Failure to implement section 1651 promptly will prevent small businesses from taking advantage of subcontracts with similarly situated entities. As a result, small businesses may be unable to compete for larger contracts, which would adversely affect their potential for growth as well as that of their potential subcontractors. Timetable: Action Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 08/00/17 10/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN35 E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda 248. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–004, Rate Adjustment of Liquidated Damages Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to issue a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to adjust the civil monetary penalties for inflation pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act. This Act requires agencies to adjust the levels of civil monetary penalties with an initial catch-up adjustment, followed by the annual adjustment for inflation. This rule implements the Department of Labor (DOL) interim final rule published in the Federal Register at 81 FR 43430 on July 1, 2016, finalized at 82 FR 5373 on January 18, 2017. The DOL rule adjusted the civil monetary penalties for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114–74). Timetable: Action Date Final Rule ............ FR Cite 09/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN37 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 249. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–007, Task- and Delivery-Order Protests Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to issue a final rule to raise the threshold for task- and delivery-order protests from $10 million to $25 million for DoD and make permanent the General Accountability Office’s authority to hear protests on civilian task or delivery contracts valued in excess of $10 million. The rule implements sections 835 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328) and Public Law 114– 260 835(a). Implementation of the Act reinforces the importance of bid protests in the procurement process as it provides relief to protestors either a sustain’’ decision or voluntary agency corrective action. Timetable: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Action Date Final Rule ............ FR Cite Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 795–6328, Email: chuck.gray@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN41 250. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–009, Special Emergency Procurement Authority Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: The Council is proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections 816 and 1641 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328). Section 816 adds international disaster assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and emergency or disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Section 1641 adds special emergency procurement authority to facilitate defense against or recovery from a cyber-attack. Timetable: Action Date Final Rule ............ FR Cite 08/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN45 251. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–012, Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold for Certain Procurement Activities Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to issue a final rule to implement section 217(b)(1) of the NDAA for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328). This section provide a micro-purchase threshold of $10,000 or a higher amount, as determined appropriate by the head of the executive agency and consistent with clean audit findings under chapter 75 of title 31, internal institutional risk assessment, or state law. This new threshold applies to awards to institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit entities, or to nonprofit research organizations or independent research institutes. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Timetable: Action 09/00/17 40377 Final Rule ............ Date FR Cite 08/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN50 252. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–015, Removal of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA plan to issue a final rule to repeal the implementation of Executive Order 13673 on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces since Executive Order 13673 was officially nullified on March 27, 2017 (see Pub. L. 115–11). Additionally, Executive Order 13782 of March 30, 2017, revoked Executive Order 13673, section 3 of Executive Order 13683 of December 11, 2014, and Executive Order 13738 of August 23, 2016. This action was made to have no force or effect by an enacted joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, H.J. Res. 37 (Pub. L. 115– 11). Timetable: Action Final Rule, CRA Revocation. Date FR Cite 06/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN52 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Long-Term Actions 253. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–002; Expanded Reporting of Nonconforming Supplies Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to expand E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 40378 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Government and contractor requirements for reporting of nonconforming items. This rule partially implements section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and implement requirements of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy Letter 91–3, entitled ‘‘Reporting Nonconforming Products,’’ dated April 9, 1991. This change will help mitigate the growing threat that counterfeit items pose when used in systems vital to an agency’s mission. The primary benefit of this rule is to reduce the risk of counterfeit items entering the supply chain by ensuring that contractors report suspect items to a widely available database. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 06/10/14 08/11/14 FR Cite 79 FR 33164 06/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM58 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 254. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2010–013; Privacy Training Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to ensure all contractors are required to complete training in the protection of privacy and the handling and safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The proposed FAR language provides flexibility for agencies to conduct the privacy training or require the contractor to conduct the privacy training. Completed: Date Final Rule ............ VerDate Sep<11>2014 12/20/16 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 Date Final Rule Effective. FR Cite 01/19/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Phone: 202 795–6328, Email: charles.gray@ gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM02 255. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2012–025; Applicability of the Senior Executive Compensation Benchmark Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: Withdrawal Justification: The NDAA for FY 17 repealed the retroactive applicability of the cap on contractor employee compensation (for allowability purposes), set forth in section 803(c) of the NDAA for FY 12 (Pub. L. 11281; 125 Stat. 1485; 10 U.S.C. 2324 note). Accordingly, the case was closed once the NDAA for FY 17 was signed into law.) Completed: Reason Date Withdrawn ........... FR Cite 03/15/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM39 256. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2012–022; Contracts Under the Small Business Administration 8(a) Program Completed Actions Reason Reason FR Cite 81 FR 93476 Jkt 241001 Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement revisions made by the Small Business Administration to its regulations implementing section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, and to provide additional FAR coverage regarding protesting an 8(a) participant’s eligibility or size status, procedures for releasing a requirement for non-8(a) procurements, and the ways a participant could exit the 8(a) Business Development program. Completed: Reason Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 01/13/17 01/13/17 FR Cite 82 FR 4724 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM68 257. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–014; Uniform Use of Line Items Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation to establish and require a uniform use of a line item identification structure in Federal procurement. The system is designed to improve the accuracy, traceability, and usability of procurement data. Completed: Reason Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Date 01/13/17 01/13/17 FR Cite 82 FR 4709 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis; Phone: 202 550–0935; Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM73 258. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–003; Small Business Subcontracting Improvements Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in its final rule, concerning small business subcontracting. Among other things, SBA’s final rule implements the statutory requirements set forth at sections 1321 and 1322 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Completed: Reason Final Rule Effective. Date FR Cite 11/01/16 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM91 259. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–016; Prohibition on Reimbursement for Congressional Investigations and Inquiries Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition E:\FR\FM\24AUP20.SGM 24AUP20 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Regulation (FAR) to implement section 857 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. This section provides additional requirements relative to the allowability of costs incurred by a contractor in connection with a congressional investigation or inquiry. Completed: Reason Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 01/13/17 01/13/17 FR Cite 82 FR 4732 Reason 260. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–004; Payment of Subcontractors Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. This statute requires contractors to notify the contracting officer in writing if the contractor pays a reduced price to a small business subcontractor, or if the contractor’s payment to a small business contractor is more than 90 days past due. Additional information is located in the FAR final plan (2016), available at: https://www.acquisition.gov/. Completed: Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 12/20/16 01/19/17 FR Cite 81 FR 93481 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSAL20 Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the Consolidated and Further Jkt 241001 FR Cite 82 FR 4717 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Cecelia L Davis, Phone: 202 219–0202, Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN04 262. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–004; Acquisition Threshold for Special Emergency Procurement Authority Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the FAR to implement section 816 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to raise the simplified acquisition threshold for special emergency procurement authority from $300,000 to $750,000 (within the United States) and from $1 million to $1.5 million (outside the United States). The threshold is used to support contingency operations or to facilitate defense against or recovery from nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological attack. Completed: Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 261. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–012; Contractor Employee Internal Confidentiality Agreements 18:17 Aug 23, 2017 01/13/17 01/19/17 Reason Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E Glover, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM98 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM97 Reason Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, that prohibits the use of funds, appropriated or otherwise made available, for a contract with an entity that requires employees or subcontractors to sign an internal confidentiality agreement that restricts such employees or subcontractors from lawfully reporting waste, fraud, or abuse to a designated Government representative authorized to receive such information. Completed: 01/13/17 01/13/17 FR Cite 82 FR 4716 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN18 263. Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2015–024, Public Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction GoalsRepresentation Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 40379 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to create an annual representation within the System for Award Management for vendors to indicate if and where they publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. This information will help the Government assess supplier greenhouse gas management practices and assist agencies in developing strategies to engage with contractors to reduce supply chain emissions, as directed in the Executive Order on Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. Completed: Reason Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Date 11/18/16 12/19/16 FR Cite 81 FR 83092 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Phone: 703 795–6328, Email: charles.gray@ gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN20 264. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–035, Removal of Regulations Relating to Telegraphic Communication Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to delete the use of telegram, telegraph , and related terms. The objective is to delete reference to obsolete technologies no longer in use and replace with references to electronic communications. In addition, conforming changes are proposed covering expedited notice of termination and change orders. Completed: Reason Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Date 11/18/16 12/19/16 FR Cite 81 FR 83097 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Phone: 202 550–0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Ch. 1


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda provides summary descriptions of regulations being 
developed by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council in compliance with Executive Order 
12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review.'' This agenda is being 
published to allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rulemaking process.
    The Regulatory Secretariat Division has attempted to list all 
regulations pending at the time of publication, except for minor and 
routine or repetitive actions; however, unanticipated requirements may 
result in the issuance of regulations that are not included in this 
agenda. There is no legal significance to the omission of an item from 
this listing.
    Published proposed rules may be reviewed in their entirety at the 
Government's rulemaking Web site at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joanne Sosa, Regulatory Secretariat 
Division, 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, or via telephone at 
202-501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DoD, GSA, and NASA, under their several 
statutory authorities, jointly issue and maintain the FAR through 
periodic issuance of changes published in the Federal Register and 
produced electronically as Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs). The 
electronic version of the FAR, including changes, can be accessed on 
the FAR Web site at http://www.acquisition.gov/far.

    Dated: March 31, 2017.
William F. Clark,
Director, Office of Government-Wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-Wide Policy.

                 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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216.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM94
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-021;
                             Determination of Fair and
                             Reasonable Prices on
                             Orders Under Multiple
                             Award Contracts.
217.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN03
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-014;
                             Prohibition on Providing
                             Funds to the Enemy.
218.......................  FAR Acquisition Regulation         9000-AN31
                             (FAR); FAR Case 2015-038,
                             Reverse Auction Guidance.
219.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN32
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-005,
                             Whistleblower Protection
                             for Contractor Employees.
220.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN33
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-031, Policy on
                             8(a) Joint Ventures.
221.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN34
                             Regulation; FAR Case 2016-
                             002, Applicability of
                             Small Business
                             Regulations Outside the
                             United States.
222.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN36
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-008, Duties of
                             Office of Small and
                             Disadvantaged Business
                             Utilization.
223.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN38
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-013, Tax on
                             Certain Foreign
                             Procurement.
224.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN39
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-003;
                             Alternatives in Lieu of
                             Corporate or Individual
                             Sureties.
225.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN40
                             Regulations (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-002,
                             Requirements for DD Form
                             254, Contract Security
                             Classification
                             Specification.
226.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN43
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-014,
                             Acquisition 360.
227.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN44
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-013, Breaches
                             of Personally
                             Identifiable Information.
228.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN46
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-011, Section
                             508-Based Standards in
                             Information and
                             Communication Technology.
229.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN47
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-012,
                             Incremental Funding of
                             Fixed-Price Contracting
                             Actions.
230.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN48
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-037, Definition
                             of ``Information
                             Technology''.
231.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN49
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-028,
                             Performance-Based
                             Payments.
232.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN51
                             Regulation (FAR); Far
                             Case 2015-004, Provisions
                             and Clauses for
                             Acquisitions of
                             Commercial Items and
                             Acquisitions That do not
                             Exceed the Simplified
                             Acquisition Threshold
                             (SAT).
233.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN53
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-006, Exception
                             From Certified Cost or
                             Pricing Data
                             Requirements--Adequate
                             Price Competition.
234.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN54
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-010, Evaluation
                             Factors for Multiple-
                             Award Contracts.
235.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN55
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-026, Contractor
                             Use of Mandatory Sources
                             of Supply in Service
                             Contracts.
236.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN56
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-016, Controlled
                             Unclassified Information
                             (CUI).
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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237.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM89
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-015; Strategic
                             Sourcing Documentation.
238.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM90
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-018;
                             Clarification of
                             Requirement for
                             Justifications for 8(a)
                             Sole Source Contracts.
239.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM93
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-002; Set-Asides
                             Under Multiple Award
                             Contracts.

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240.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN02
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-017; Combating
                             Trafficking in Persons--
                             Definition of
                             ``Recruitment Fees''.
241.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN10
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-007, Non-
                             Retaliation for
                             Disclosure of
                             Compensation Information.
242.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN19
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-005, System for
                             Award Management
                             Registration.
243.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN26
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-039, Audit of
                             Settlement Proposals.
244.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN27
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-001, Paid Sick
                             Leave for Federal
                             Contractors.
245.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN28
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-033,
                             Sustainable Acquisition.
246.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN29
                             Regulation: FAR Case 2016-
                             005; Effective
                             Communication Between
                             Government and Industry.
247.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN35
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-011, (S)
                             Revision of Limitations
                             on Subcontracting.
248.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN37
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-004, Rate
                             Adjustment of Liquidated
                             Damages.
249.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN41
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-007, Task- and
                             Delivery-Order Protests.
250.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN45
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-009, Special
                             Emergency Procurement
                             Authority.
251.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN50
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-012, Increased
                             Micro-Purchase Threshold
                             for Certain Procurement
                             Activities.
252.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN52
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-015, Removal of
                             Fair Pay and Safe
                             Workplaces Rule.
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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253.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-002; Expanded
                             Reporting of
                             Nonconforming Supplies.
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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254.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM02
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2010-013; Privacy
                             Training.
255.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM39
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2012-025;
                             Applicability of the
                             Senior Executive
                             Compensation Benchmark.
256.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM68
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2012-022; Contracts
                             Under the Small Business
                             Administration 8(a)
                             Program.
257.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM73
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-014; Uniform
                             Use of Line Items.
258.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM91
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-003; Small
                             Business Subcontracting
                             Improvements.
259.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM97
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-016;
                             Prohibition on
                             Reimbursement for
                             Congressional
                             Investigations and
                             Inquiries.
260.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM98
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-004; Payment of
                             Subcontractors.
261.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN04
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-012; Contractor
                             Employee Internal
                             Confidentiality
                             Agreements.
262.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN18
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-004;
                             Acquisition Threshold for
                             Special Emergency
                             Procurement Authority.
263.......................  Federal Regulation                 9000-AN20
                             Acquisition (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-024, Public
                             Disclosure of Greenhouse
                             Gas Emissions and
                             Reduction Goals-
                             Representation.
264.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN23
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-035, Removal of
                             Regulations Relating to
                             Telegraphic Communication.
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Proposed Rule Stage

216. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-021; 
Determination of Fair and Reasonable Prices on Orders Under Multiple 
Award Contracts

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
direct contracting officers to make a determination of fair and 
reasonable pricing when using GSA's Federal Supply Schedules (FSS). The 
Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) of 1994 established a 
preference for the types of information used to assess price 
reasonableness. Fair and reasonable price determinations are used for 
evaluating quotations, bids, and proposals for the source selection 
decision and during sole-source negotiations with the goal of promoting 
a healthy and efficient competitive sourcing environment.
    This rule will ensure uniform implementation of this FAR change 
across government contracts and avoid the proliferation of agency 
actions (e.g. revisions to FAR supplements or issuance of policy 
guidance) implementing this requirement.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM94

217. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-014; 
Prohibition on Providing Funds to the Enemy

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to prevent the flow of funds to persons or 
entities that are actively opposing United States or coalition forces 
involved in a contingency operation. This rule implements subtitle E of 
title VIII of the Carl Levin and Howard P. Buck'' McKeon National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, which 
prohibits providing funds to the enemy. The statute does not apply to 
contracts that are equal to or less than $50,000, contracts performed 
inside the United States, or contracts subject to a national security 
exception.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN03

218.  FAR Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-038, 
Reverse Auction Guidance

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
implement policies addressing the effective use of reverse auctions. 
Reverse auctions involve offerors lowering their pricing over rounds of 
bidding in order to win federal contracts This change will incorporates 
guidance from the OFPP memorandum, ``Effective Use of Reverse 
Auctions,'' which was issued in response to recommendations from the 
GAO report, Reverse Auctions: Guidance is Needed to Maximize 
Competition and Achieve Cost Savings (GAO-14-108).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN31

219.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-005, 
Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
implement 41 U.S.C. 4712, Enhancement of contractor protection from 
reprisal for disclosure of certain information and makes the pilot 
program permanent. The pilot was enacted on January 2, 2013, by section 
828 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2013. This statute also clarifies that the cost principles at 10 
U.S.C. 2324(k) and 41 U.S.C. 4304 and 4310 apply to costs incurred by a 
contractor, subcontractor, or personal services contractor.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN32

220.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-031, 
Policy on 8(a) Joint Ventures

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to be consistent with the guidance in SBA 
regulations at 13 CFR 124 8(A) Business Development/Small Disadvantaged 
Business Status Determinations > These clarifications are expected to 
relieve burden on both industry and government by reducing the number 
of protests related to inappropriate elimination from competition of 
offers from 8(a) joint ventures and inappropriate awards to ineligible 
8(a) joint ventures. This will reduce the risk for fraud by clarifying 
the role of SBA as the authority for making eligibility determination. 
The rule is also expected to facilitate competition by clarifying the 
circumstances under which a joint venture is eligible for award under 
the 8(a) program.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA

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(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN33

221.  Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016-002, 
Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside the United States

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) consistent with SBA's final rule at 13 CFR 
125.2 as finalized in their rule Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery 
Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation'' issued on October 2, 2013 to 
clarify that overseas contracting is not excluded from agency 
responsibilities to foster small business participation.
    In its final rule, SBA has clarified that, as a general matter, its 
small business contracting regulations apply regardless of the place of 
performance. In light of these changes, there is a need to amend the 
FAR both to bring its coverage into alignment with SBA's regulation and 
to give agencies the tools they need especially the ability to use set-
asides to maximize opportunities for small businesses overseas.
    SBA intends to include contracts performed outside of the United 
States in agencies' prime contracting goals beginning in FY 2016. 
Although inclusion for goaling purposes is not dependent on FAR 
changes, amending FAR part 19 will allow agencies to take advantage of 
the tools authorized for providing small business opportunities for 
contracts awarded outside of the United States.
    This rule will allow agencies to take advantage of the tools 
authorized for providing small business opportunities for contracts 
awarded outside of the United States. This will make it easier for 
small businesses to receive additional opportunities for contracts 
performed outside of the United States.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN34

222.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-008, 
Duties of Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
provide additional duties for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged 
Business Utilization (OSDBU), or for DoD, the Office of Small Business 
Programs (OSBP). Additionally the rule will include existing OSDBU 
duties that are not currently listed in the FAR.
    This rule implements sections 1812, paragraph (a) of section 1813 
and paragraph (b) of section 1821 of the National Defense Authorization 
Act of Fiscal Year 2017, which amends section 15(k) of the Small 
Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(k)). Additionally the rule will include 
existing duties prescribed in section 15(k) of the Small Business Act 
that are not currently listed in the FAR.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janet Fry, Program Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 
1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-3167, Email: 
janet.fry@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN36

223.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-013, 
Tax on Certain Foreign Procurement

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 37; 51 U.S.C. 20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
implement a final rule issued by the Department of the Treasury 
(published at 81 FR 55133) that implements section 301 of the James 
Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, Public Law 111347. 
This section imposes on any foreign person that receives a specified 
Federal procurement payment a tax equal to 2 percent of the amount such 
payment. This rule applies to Federal government contracts for goods or 
services that are awarded to foreign persons.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN38

224.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-003; 
Alternatives in Lieu of Corporate or Individual Sureties

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are is proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to change the kinds of assets that 
individual sureties must use as security for their individual surety 
bonds. This change will implement section 874 of the NDAA for FY 2016 
(Pub. L. 114-92).
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN39

225.  Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); FAR Case 2015-002, 
Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification 
Specification

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require the use of Wide Area Workflow 
(WAWF) for the submission of the DD Form 254, Contract Security 
Classification Specification. This form is used to convey security 
requirements regarding classified information to contractors and 
subcontractors and must be submitted to the Defense Security Services 
(DSS) when contractors or subcontractors require access to classified 
information under contracts awarded by agencies covered by the National 
Industrial Security Program (NISP).

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    The NISP Contracts Classification System (NCCS) is being deployed 
as a module within the existing WAWF platform to provide a centralized 
repository for classified contract security requirements and automate 
the DD Form 254 processes and workflows. The rule also clarifies that a 
unique CAGE code is required for each location of performance listed on 
a DD Form 254 and that System for Award Management (SAM) registration 
is only required for the business location listed on the contract. The 
DD Form 254 is used to convey security requirements regarding 
classified information to contractors and subcontractors and must be 
submitted to DSS when contractors or subcontractors require access to 
classified information. On average, approximately 130,000 forms are 
received each year from 61 agencies and components. These forms are 
submitted manually and there is no central repository for the form. The 
rule will provide a centralized repository for classified contract 
security requirements and supporting data while automating the DD Form 
254 processes and workflows. By using this form, burden will reduce.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/
GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 
501-1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN40

226.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-014, 
Acquisition 360

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
address the solicitation of contractor feedback on both contract 
formation and contract administration activities. Agencies would 
consider this feedback, as appropriate, to improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of their acquisition activities. The rule would create 
FAR policy to encourage regular feedback in accordance with agency 
practice (both on contract formation and administration activities) and 
a standard FAR solicitation provision to support a sustainable model 
for broadened use of Acquisition 360 survey to elicit feedback on the 
pre-award and debriefing processes in a consistent and standardized 
manner. Agencies would be able to use the solicitation provision to 
notify interested sources that a procurement is part of the Acquisition 
360 survey and encourage stakeholders to voluntarily provide feedback 
on their experiences on the pre-award process.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/
GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 
501-1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN43

227.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-013, 
Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to revise the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to create and implement appropriate 
contract clauses and regulatory coverage to address contractor 
requirements for breach response consistent with the requirements. This 
FAR change will implement the requirements outlined in Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M-17-12 ``Preparing for and 
Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information'' section 
V part B.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN44

228.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-011, 
Section 508-Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revisions and updates to 
standards in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, developed 
by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also 
referred to as the ``Access Board''). This FAR change incorporates the 
U.S. Access Board's final rule 82 FR 5790, Information and 
Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines, published on 
January 18, 2017 , which implemented revisions and updates to the 
section 508-based standards and section 255-based guidelines.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN46

229.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-012, 
Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price Contracting Actions

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to allow for incrementally funding of 
certain fixed-price contracting action to help minimize disruptions to 
agency operations, and provide Federal acquisition professionals with 
new funding flexibility for fixed-price contracting actions. The 
importance of incremental funding policy is driven, in large part, by 
chronic impediments to the timely passage of the Federal budget. 
Because the FAR is silent on the incremental funding of fixed-price 
contracts; however, in many cases, full funding (due to budgetary 
uncertainties) is not possible. There is potential for benefits to be 
realized through creating consistent language in the FAR. The 
flexibility to incrementally fund fixed-price contracts will enable 
acquisition professionals more efficiently get contracts underway.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

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    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN47

230.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-037, 
Definition of ``Information Technology''

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to revise the FAR to 
update the definition of ``information technology,'' as directed in the 
Office of Management and Budget Memo, M-15-14, entitled Management 
Oversight of Federal Information Technology.'' Specifically, the rule 
broadens the definition of information technology to include services 
such as cloud computing and to remove an exemption for information 
technology embedded in other systems.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN48

231.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-028, 
Performance-Based Payments

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
harmonize the policy on flowdown requirements at FAR 32.504 with FAR 
clause 52.232-32 for the financing of subcontracts through performance-
based payments. FAR 32.504(f) states that ``When financing payments are 
in the form of performance-based payments, the Performance-Based 
Payments clause at 52.232-32 requires that the subcontract terms 
include the substance of the Performance-Based Payments clause, 
modified to indicate that the contractor, not the Government, awards 
the subcontract and administers the performance-based payments . . .'' 
However, FAR clause 52.232-32 does not include instructions to the 
contractor to flowdown the requirements to the subcontractor. The FAR 
recognizes that prudent contract financing can be a useful working tool 
in Government acquisition. Performance-based payments are a form of 
contract financing authorized by the FAR under certain conditions. The 
proposed rule would merely make it clear to the contractor under which 
circumstances the substance of this form of contract financing is 
required to flow down to the subcontractor, when FAR 52.232-32 is 
included in its contract.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN49

232.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-004, 
Provisions and Clauses for Acquisitions of Commercial Items and 
Acquisitions That Do Not Exceed the Simplified Acquisition Threshold 
(SAT)

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to revise the FAR with 
an internal administrative change to support the use of automated 
contract writing systems and reduce FAR maintenance when clauses are 
updated. Currently, the FAR provides a single, consolidated list of all 
provisions and clauses applicable to the acquisition of commercial 
items. When new clauses applicable to commercial items are added the 
FAR, a manual process of cross checking and renumbering of the list is 
employed the conform the FAR, The process is cumbersome and 
inefficient, and challenging to maintain, especially for contract 
writing systems. The propose rule would propose a change to each clause 
prescription and each clause flowdown for commercial items to specify 
required information within the prescription/clause itself, without 
having to cross-check another clause, list or other parts of the FAR.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN51

233.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-006, 
Exception From Certified Cost or Pricing Data Requirements--Adequate 
Price Competition

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 822 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (Pub. L. 
114-328). This addresses the exception from certified cost or pricing 
data requirements when price is based on adequate price competition. It 
also limits the exception for price based on adequate price competition 
to circumstances in which there is adequate competition that results in 
at least two or more responsive and viable competing bids.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN53

234.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-010, 
Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the NDAA for 
FY 17 (Pub. L. 114-328) which changes the requirement regarding the 
consideration of cost or price to the Government as a factor in the 
evaluation of proposals for certain multiple-award task order 
contracts. At the Government's discretion, solicitations for multiple-
award contracts, which intend to award the same or similar services to 
each qualifying offeror, do not require price or cost as an evaluation 
factor for the base contract award. This exception does not apply to

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solicitations for multiple-award contracts that provide for sole source 
orders pursuant to section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
637(a)). When cost or price is not considered in evaluation of the base 
award, the contracting officer must consider price or cost as one of 
the factors in the selection decision for each order.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN54

235.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-026, 
Contractor Use of Mandatory Sources of Supply in Service Contracts

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause associated with the AbilityOne 
Program. These revisions respond to concerns raised by the Committee 
for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee) 
that a FAR clarification is necessary for situations when Government 
agencies contract with commercial sources to perform an agency's 
service function. The Committee believes that reductions in procurement 
of several service-related supplies has adversely affected employment 
of people who are blind or have significant disabilities because of the 
lack of this clarification.
    The proposed revision will emphasize that contractors must use 
mandatory sources of supply in service contracts and to update the 
procedures associated with purchases made through the AbilityOne 
Program to conform to the current Committee regulatory administration 
of this statutory program. The rule will clarify the obligation for 
Government agencies to satisfy their requirements for certain supplies 
and services from the Procurement List maintained by the Committee.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN55

236.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-016, 
Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the National Archives and 
Records Administration (NARA) Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) 
program of Executive Order 13556 of Nov 4, 2010. As the executive agent 
designated to oversee the governmentwide CUI program, NARA issued 
implementing regulations in late 2016 designed to address agency 
policies for designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, 
decontrolling and disposing of CUI. The NARA rule affects contractors 
that handle, possess, use, share or receive CUI. The NARA regulation is 
codified at 32 CFR 2002. This FAR rule is necessary to ensure uniform 
implementation of the requirements of the CUI program in contracts 
across the government, thereby avoiding potentially inconsistent 
agency-level action.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN56

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Final Rule Stage

237. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-015; Strategic 
Sourcing Documentation

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the Carl 
Levin and Howard P. Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2015. This section requires the contract file shall 
contain certain documentation if the Federal Government makes a 
purchase of supplies and services offered under the Federal Strategic 
Sourcing Initiative (FSSI), but the FSSI is not used. The contract file 
for the purchase shall include a brief analysis of the comparative 
value, including price and non-price factors, between the supplies and 
services offered under the FSSI and those offered under the source(s) 
to be used for the purchase.
    While all action involved on the rule is internal to the 
Government, the documentation requirement ensures a contracting officer 
considers contract vehicles under the Federal Strategic Sourcing 
Initiative (FSSI). In doing so, the rule will raise the visibility of 
these strategic sourcing solutions, promote their use, and help to 
better leverage the Government's buying power.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   06/20/16  81 FR 39883
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/19/16
Final Rule..........................   10/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM89

238. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-018; 
Clarification of Requirement for Justifications for 8(A) Sole Source 
Contracts

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are implementing a final rule to amend 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation to clarify the guidance for sole 
source 8(a) contract awards exceeding $22 million. This rule implements 
guidance from a Government Accountability Office report entitled 
Federal Contracting: Slow Start to Implementation of Justifications for 
8(a) Sole-Source Contracts'' (GA0-13-118, December 2012). Sole-source 
contracting regulations are statutory and are found in section 811 of 
the National Defense

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Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Pub. L. 11184) (see 77 FR 
23369). These clarifications improve the contracting officer's ability 
to comply with the sole source contracts statutory requirements.
    The GAO report indicates that the FAR needed additional 
clarification of justification to help ensure that agencies are 
applying the requirement consistently. This rule provides such 
guidance, including when justification is necessary, how contracting 
officers should comply, and when a separate sole-source justification 
is necessary for out-of-scope modifications to 8(a) sole-source 
contracts.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/15/16  81 FR 80012
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/17/17
Final Rule..........................   10/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM90

239. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-002; Set-
Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
FAR to implement regulatory changes regarding procedures for the use of 
small business partial set-asides, reserves, and orders placed under 
multiple-award contracts. This rule incorporates statutory requirements 
discussed at section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (15 
U.S.C. 644(r)) and the Small Business Administration's final rule at 78 
FR 61114, dated October 2, 2013.
    The rule increases small business participation in Federal prime 
contracts by ensuring that small businesses have greater access to 
multiple award contracts and clarifying the procedures for submitting 
proposals for partial set-asides, reserves, and orders placed under 
such contracts.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/06/16  81 FR 88072
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/06/17
Final Rule..........................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM93

240. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-017; Combating 
Trafficking in Persons--Definition of ``Recruitment Fees''

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to revise the 
FAR to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13627, Strengthening 
Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts, and 
title XVII of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2013, which became effective on March 2, 2015. The rule adds a 
definition of ``recruitment fees'' to subpart 22.17, Combating 
Trafficking in Persons, and the associated clause in order to clarify 
how the Government treats this prohibited practice that has been 
associated with labor trafficking under contracts and subcontracts.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/11/16  81 FR 29244
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/11/16
Final Rule..........................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN02

241. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-007, Non-
Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to adopt as final, without 
change, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR) to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13665, entitled ``Non-
Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information.'' signed April 
8, 2014, (79 FR 20749) and the final rule issued by the Office of 
Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor 
(DOL) at 80 FR 54934, on September 11, 2015, entitled `Government 
Contractors, Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions.'
    This rule provides for a uniform policy for the Federal Government 
to prohibit Federal contractors from discriminating against employees 
and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own 
compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.
    Timetable:

 
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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   09/30/16  81 FR 67732
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      11/29/16
 End.
Final Rule..........................   11/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN10

242. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-005, System 
for Award Management Registration

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amends the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to update the instructions for 
System for Award Management (SAM) registration requirements and to 
correct an inconsistency with offeror representation and certification 
requirements. This rule makes consistent the language regarding 
offerors' registration in SAM prior to submitting an offer or prior to 
award. The instructions clarify that once a business is registered in 
the SAM database, it is only required to update the SAM database 
registration in accordance with the clause 52.204-7 or if there are new 
decisions on its labor violations at clause 52.222-59.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/20/16  81 FR 31895
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/19/16
Final Rule..........................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN19

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243. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-039, Audit of 
Settlement Proposals

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amends the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to raise the dollar threshold 
requirement for the audit of prime contract settlement proposals and 
subcontract settlements from $100,000 to the Truth In Negotiation Act 
(TINA) threshold of $750,000 to help alleviate the backlog of contract 
close-outs and to enable contracting officers to more quickly 
deobligate excess funds from terminated contracts.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/14/16  81 FR 63158
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/14/16
Final Rule..........................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN26

244. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-001, Paid Sick 
Leave for Federal Contractors

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to finalize an interim rule 
amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requiring Federal 
Government contractors to ensure that employees on those contracts can 
earn up to 7 days or more of paid sick leave annually, including paid 
sick leave for family care. This rule implements the objective of E.O. 
13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and 
Department of Labor's final rule codified at 29 CFR part 13.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   12/16/16  81 FR 91627
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/01/17
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      02/14/17
 End.
Final Rule..........................   11/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN27

245.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-033, 
Sustainable Acquisition

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA plan to issue a final rule to amends 
the FAR to add a new definition for sustainable products and services 
and update several existing definitions germane to sustainable 
acquisition. This rule will also provide two new Web sites to help 
contractors understand the sustainable acquisition requirements and 
gain access to a listing of sustainable products and services as 
determined by the Federal Government. The rule implements Executive 
Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade 
(supersedes E.O.s 13423 and 13514), and the biobased product 
acquisition provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as 
the 2014 Farm Bill).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/18/17  82 FR 5490
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/20/17
Final Rule..........................   11/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 795-6328, 
Email: chuck.gray@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN28

246.  Federal Acquisition Regulation: FAR CASE 2016-005; 
Effective Communication Between Government and Industry

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: The Council amends the FAR to implement section 887 of 
the NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92), which provides that agency 
acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in 
responsible and constructive exchanges with industry.
    The rule clarifies agency acquisition personnel are permitted and 
encouraged to engage in responsible and constructive exchanges with 
industry, in a manner consistent with existing law and regulation and 
without promoting an unfair competitive advantage.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/29/16  81 FR 85914
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/02/17
Final Rule..........................   11/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN29

247.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-011, 
(S) Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule is to 
amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise and 
standardize the limitations on subcontracting (LOS), including the 
nonmanufacturer rule (NMR), which apply to small business concerns 
under FAR part 19 procurements. This FAR change incorporates SBA final 
rule which implemented the statutory requirements of section 1651 of 
the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. This 
action is necessary to meet the Congressional intent of clarifying the 
limitations on subcontracting with which small businesses must comply, 
as well as the ways in which they can comply. Failure to implement 
section 1651 promptly will prevent small businesses from taking 
advantage of subcontracts with similarly situated entities. As a 
result, small businesses may be unable to compete for larger contracts, 
which would adversely affect their potential for growth as well as that 
of their potential subcontractors.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   08/00/17
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      10/00/17
 End.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN35

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248.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-004, 
Rate Adjustment of Liquidated Damages

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to issue a final rule amending 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to adjust the civil monetary 
penalties for inflation pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act 
Improvements Act. This Act requires agencies to adjust the levels of 
civil monetary penalties with an initial catch-up adjustment, followed 
by the annual adjustment for inflation.
    This rule implements the Department of Labor (DOL) interim final 
rule published in the Federal Register at 81 FR 43430 on July 1, 2016, 
finalized at 82 FR 5373 on January 18, 2017. The DOL rule adjusted the 
civil monetary penalties for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 
701 of Pub. L. 114-74).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN37

249.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-007, 
Task- and Delivery-Order Protests

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to issue a final rule to raise 
the threshold for task- and delivery-order protests from $10 million to 
$25 million for DoD and make permanent the General Accountability 
Office's authority to hear protests on civilian task or delivery 
contracts valued in excess of $10 million. The rule implements sections 
835 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114-
328) and Public Law 114-260 835(a). Implementation of the Act 
reinforces the importance of bid protests in the procurement process as 
it provides relief to protestors either a sustain'' decision or 
voluntary agency corrective action.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 795-6328, 
Email: chuck.gray@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN41

250.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-009, 
Special Emergency Procurement Authority

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: The Council is proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to implement sections 816 and 1641 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328). 
Section 816 adds international disaster assistance under the Foreign 
Assistance Act of 1961 and emergency or disaster under the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Section 1641 
adds special emergency procurement authority to facilitate defense 
against or recovery from a cyber-attack.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   08/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN45

251.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-012, 
Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold for Certain Procurement Activities

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA plan to issue a final rule to 
implement section 217(b)(1) of the NDAA for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328). 
This section provide a micro-purchase threshold of $10,000 or a higher 
amount, as determined appropriate by the head of the executive agency 
and consistent with clean audit findings under chapter 75 of title 31, 
internal institutional risk assessment, or state law. This new 
threshold applies to awards to institutions of higher education or 
related or affiliated nonprofit entities, or to nonprofit research 
organizations or independent research institutes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   08/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN50

252.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-015, 
Removal of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA plan to issue a final rule to repeal 
the implementation of Executive Order 13673 on Fair Pay and Safe 
Workplaces since Executive Order 13673 was officially nullified on 
March 27, 2017 (see Pub. L. 115-11). Additionally, Executive Order 
13782 of March 30, 2017, revoked Executive Order 13673, section 3 of 
Executive Order 13683 of December 11, 2014, and Executive Order 13738 
of August 23, 2016. This action was made to have no force or effect by 
an enacted joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional 
Review Act, H.J. Res. 37 (Pub. L. 115-11).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule, CRA Revocation..........   06/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN52

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Long-Term Actions

253. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-002; Expanded 
Reporting of Nonconforming Supplies

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to expand

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Government and contractor requirements for reporting of nonconforming 
items. This rule partially implements section 818 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and 
implement requirements of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy 
(OFPP) Policy Letter 91-3, entitled ``Reporting Nonconforming 
Products,'' dated April 9, 1991.
    This change will help mitigate the growing threat that counterfeit 
items pose when used in systems vital to an agency's mission. The 
primary benefit of this rule is to reduce the risk of counterfeit items 
entering the supply chain by ensuring that contractors report suspect 
items to a widely available database.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/10/14  79 FR 33164
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/11/14
Final Rule..........................   06/00/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM58

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Completed Actions

254. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2010-013; Privacy 
Training

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to ensure all contractors are 
required to complete training in the protection of privacy and the 
handling and safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). 
The proposed FAR language provides flexibility for agencies to conduct 
the privacy training or require the contractor to conduct the privacy 
training.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   12/20/16  81 FR 93476
Final Rule Effective................   01/19/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Phone: 202 795-6328, Email: 
charles.gray@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM02

255. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2012-025; 
Applicability of the Senior Executive Compensation Benchmark

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: Withdrawal Justification: The NDAA for FY 17 repealed the 
retroactive applicability of the cap on contractor employee 
compensation (for allowability purposes), set forth in section 803(c) 
of the NDAA for FY 12 (Pub. L. 11281; 125 Stat. 1485; 10 U.S.C. 2324 
note). Accordingly, the case was closed once the NDAA for FY 17 was 
signed into law.)
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   03/15/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM39

256. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2012-022; Contracts 
Under the Small Business Administration 8(a) Program

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to implement revisions made by the Small Business 
Administration to its regulations implementing section 8(a) of the 
Small Business Act, and to provide additional FAR coverage regarding 
protesting an 8(a) participant's eligibility or size status, procedures 
for releasing a requirement for non-8(a) procurements, and the ways a 
participant could exit the 8(a) Business Development program.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/13/17  82 FR 4724
Final Rule Effective................   01/13/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Phone: 703 605-2868, Email: 
mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM68

257. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-014; Uniform 
Use of Line Items

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation to establish and require a uniform use of a line item 
identification structure in Federal procurement. The system is designed 
to improve the accuracy, traceability, and usability of procurement 
data.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/13/17  82 FR 4709
Final Rule Effective................   01/13/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis; Phone: 202 550-0935; Email: 
camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM73

258. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-003; Small 
Business Subcontracting Improvements

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by the Small 
Business Administration (SBA) in its final rule, concerning small 
business subcontracting. Among other things, SBA's final rule 
implements the statutory requirements set forth at sections 1321 and 
1322 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule Effective................   11/01/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Phone: 703 605-2868, Email: 
mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM91

259. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-016; 
Prohibition on Reimbursement for Congressional Investigations and 
Inquiries

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition

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Regulation (FAR) to implement section 857 of the Carl Levin and Howard 
P. `Buck' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2015. This section provides additional requirements relative to the 
allowability of costs incurred by a contractor in connection with a 
congressional investigation or inquiry.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/13/17  82 FR 4732
Final Rule Effective................   01/13/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM97

260. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-004; Payment 
of Subcontractors

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the Small Business Jobs Act 
of 2010. This statute requires contractors to notify the contracting 
officer in writing if the contractor pays a reduced price to a small 
business subcontractor, or if the contractor's payment to a small 
business contractor is more than 90 days past due. Additional 
information is located in the FAR final plan (2016), available at: 
https://www.acquisition.gov/.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   12/20/16  81 FR 93481
Final Rule Effective................   01/19/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E Glover, Phone: 202 501-1448, Email: 
curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM98

261. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-012; 
Contractor Employee Internal Confidentiality Agreements

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the Consolidated and Further 
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, that prohibits the use of funds, 
appropriated or otherwise made available, for a contract with an entity 
that requires employees or subcontractors to sign an internal 
confidentiality agreement that restricts such employees or 
subcontractors from lawfully reporting waste, fraud, or abuse to a 
designated Government representative authorized to receive such 
information.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/13/17  82 FR 4717
Final Rule Effective................   01/19/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L Davis, Phone: 202 219-0202, Email: 
cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN04

262. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-004; 
Acquisition Threshold for Special Emergency Procurement Authority

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the FAR to implement section 
816 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to 
raise the simplified acquisition threshold for special emergency 
procurement authority from $300,000 to $750,000 (within the United 
States) and from $1 million to $1.5 million (outside the United 
States). The threshold is used to support contingency operations or to 
facilitate defense against or recovery from nuclear, biological, 
chemical, or radiological attack.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/13/17  82 FR 4716
Final Rule Effective................   01/13/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Phone: 202 550-0935, Email: 
camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN18

263. Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2015-024, Public 
Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Goals-
Representation

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to create an annual representation within the System 
for Award Management for vendors to indicate if and where they publicly 
disclose greenhouse gas emissions and greenhouse gas reduction goals or 
targets. This information will help the Government assess supplier 
greenhouse gas management practices and assist agencies in developing 
strategies to engage with contractors to reduce supply chain emissions, 
as directed in the Executive Order on Planning for Federal 
Sustainability in the Next Decade.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   11/18/16  81 FR 83092
Final Rule Effective................   12/19/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Phone: 703 795-6328, Email: 
charles.gray@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN20

264. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-035, Removal 
of Regulations Relating to Telegraphic Communication

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA amended the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) to delete the use of telegram, telegraph , and related 
terms. The objective is to delete reference to obsolete technologies no 
longer in use and replace with references to electronic communications. 
In addition, conforming changes are proposed covering expedited notice 
of termination and change orders.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   11/18/16  81 FR 83097
Final Rule Effective................   12/19/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Phone: 202 550-0935, Email: 
camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN23

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