Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, 27217-27228 [2018-11297]

Download as PDF Vol. 83 Monday, No. 112 June 11, 2018 Part XX Department of Defense General Services Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 27218 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / 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 Acquisition Regulations Council in SUMMARY: 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. Also, the dates shown for the steps of each action are estimated and are not commitments to act on or by the dates shown. Published proposed rules may be reviewed in their entirety at the Government’s rulemaking website at http://www.regulations.gov. Lois Mandell, Division Director, Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20405–0001, 202–501–4755. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 website at http:// www.acquisition.gov/far. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: February 27, 2018. William F. Clark, Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—PRERULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 206 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–014, Use of Acquisition 360 to Encourage Vendor Feedback. 9000–AN43 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 207 .................... 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 Case 2016–002, Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside the United States. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–013, Tax on Certain Foreign Procurement ............ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–003; 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 2017–013, Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–009, Special Emergency Procurement Authority ... 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 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 2017–016, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) ..... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR 2017–020, Ombudsman for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts ........ Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2017–019, Policy on Joint Ventures ................................ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–003, Credit for Lower-Tier Small Business Subcontracting. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–002, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance .. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–017, Rental Cost Analysis in Equipment Acquisitions. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–006; Provisions and Clauses for Commercial Items and Simplified Acquisitions. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–005, Modifications to Cost or Pricing Data and Reporting Requirements. 208 .................... 209 .................... 210 .................... 211 .................... 212 .................... 213 .................... 214 .................... 215 .................... 216 .................... 217 .................... 218 .................... 219 .................... daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 220 .................... 221 222 223 224 .................... .................... .................... .................... 225 .................... 226 .................... 227 .................... 228 .................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 9000–AM94 9000–AN03 9000–AN31 9000–AN32 9000–AN34 9000–AN38 9000–AN39 9000–AN40 9000–AN44 9000–AN45 9000–AN46 9000–AN47 9000–AN53 9000–AN54 9000–AN56 9000–AN58 9000–AN59 9000–AN61 9000–AN62 9000–AN63 9000–AN66 9000–AN69 27219 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 229 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–002; Reporting of Nonconforming Items to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–002; Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts 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 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, Liquidated Damages Rate Adjustment .......... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–007, Task- and Delivery-Order Protests ................ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–018, Violation of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements With the United States. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–010, Use of Product and Services of Kaspersky Lab. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–004; Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–009, One Dollar Coins ........................................... 230 .................... 231 .................... 232 .................... 233 234 235 236 .................... .................... .................... .................... 237 238 239 240 .................... .................... .................... .................... 241 .................... 242 .................... 243 .................... 9000–AM58 9000–AM93 9000–AN02 9000–AN10 9000–AN19 9000–AN26 9000–AN27 9000–AN29 9000–AN35 9000–AN37 9000–AN41 9000–AN57 9000–AN64 9000–AN65 9000–AN70 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—COMPLETED ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 244 .................... 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 2015–028, Performance-Based Payments ...................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–012, Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold for Certain Procurement Activities. 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. 245 .................... 246 .................... 247 .................... DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 Prerule Stage 206. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–014, Use of Acquisition 360 To Encourage Vendor Feedback E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 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: Action Date ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 07/00/18 09/00/18 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–AN43 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 9000–AM90 9000–AN49 9000–AN50 9000–AN51 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Proposed Rule Stage 207. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–021; Determination of Fair and Reasonable Prices on Orders Under Multiple Award Contracts E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 direct ordering activity contracting officers to make a determination of fair and reasonable pricing when placing an order against 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. This rule establishes a practice that will ensure that prices are fair and E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 27220 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda reasonable at the time the order is placed under the GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules. This government-wide FAR rule will ensure uniform implementation of this FAR change across FAR-based contracts and avoid the proliferation of agency-wide rules and 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 12/00/18 02/00/19 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 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 208. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–014; Prohibition on Providing Funds to the Enemy E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 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 the Government from providing funds to the enemy. The Act requires the Secretary of Defense to notify executive agencies of persons or entities providing funds under certain contracts to persons or entities that are actively opposing the United States or coalition forces where the Armed Forces are actively engaged in a contingency operation; or has failed to exercise due diligence to ensure that none of the funds under certain contracts are provided to those persons or entities. After receiving such notification, the executive agency’s Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) may rescind, void the contract or terminate for default. The HCA’s decision is entered into the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), or other formal system of records. Since, review of FAPIIS is required before making certain award decision, this rule helps to prevent the flow of funds to such persons or entities. The statute does not apply to contracts that are equal to or less than $50,000, and contracts performed inside VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 the United States or its outlying areas, or contracts subject to a national security exception. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 04/00/19 06/00/19 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 209. FAR Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–038, Reverse Auction Guidance E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 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 incorporates guidance from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (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). Reverse auctions are one tool used by federal agencies to increase competition and reduce the cost of certain items. Reverse auctions differ from traditional auctions in that sellers compete against one another to provide the lowest price or highestvalue offer to a buyer. This change to the FAR will include guidance that will standardize agencies’ use of reverse auctions help agencies maximize competition and savings when using reverse auctions. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 12/00/18 02/00/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 DC 20405, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN31 210. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–005, Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 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. The rule makes clear that contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discharging, demoting, or otherwise discriminating against an employee as a reprisal for disclosing, to any of the entities such as agency Inspector Generals and Congress, information the employee reasonably believes is evidence of gross mismanagement of a Federal contract; a gross waste of Federal funds; an abuse of authority relating to a Federal contract; a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a Federal contract (including the competition for or negotiation of a contract. This rule enhances whistleblower protections for contractor employees, by making permanent the protection for disclosure of the aforementioned information, and ensuring that the prohibition on reimbursement for legal fees accrued in defense against reprisal claims applies to subcontractors, as well as contractors. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 08/00/18 10/00/18 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 211. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016–002, Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside the United States E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda 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 regulation 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 (78 FR 61113). 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 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 01/00/19 03/00/19 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 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–AN34 212. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–013, Tax on Certain Foreign Procurement E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 Federal VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 Acquisition Regulation (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 two percent of the amount such payment. This rule applies to Federal Government contracts for goods or services that are awarded to foreign persons. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/18 12/00/18 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 213. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–003; Individual Sureties E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are 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), codified at 31 U.S.C. 9310, Individual Sureties. Individual sureties will no longer be able to pledge real property, corporate stocks, corporate bonds, or irrevocable letters of credit. The requirements of 31 U.S.C. 9310 are intended to strengthen the assets pledged by individual sureties, thereby mitigating risk to the Government. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 09/00/18 11/00/18 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 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 27221 214. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); FAR Case 2015–002, Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 Department of Defense (DoD) Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) for the electronic 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). By changing the submittal process of the form from a manual process to an automated one, the government will reduce the cost of maintaining the forms, while also providing a centralized repository for classified contract security requirements and supporting data. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 10/00/18 12/00/18 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–AN40 215. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–013, Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 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. E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 27222 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 11/00/18 01/00/19 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 216. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–009, Special Emergency Procurement Authority E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory. 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 proposed rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 to expand special emergency procurement authorities for acquisitions of supplies or services that facilitate defense against or recovery from a cyber attack, provide international disaster assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, or support response to an emergency or major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 06/00/18 08/00/18 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–AN45 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 217. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–011, Section 508—Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 referred to as the ‘‘Access Board’’). This FAR change incorporates the U.S. Access Board’s final rule, 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 255based guidelines. This rule is expected to impose additional costs on federal agencies. The purpose is to increase productivity for federal employees with disabilities, time savings due to improved accessibility of federal websites for members of the public with disabilities, and reduced call volumes to federal agencies. Additionally, this rule harmonizes standards with national and international consensus standards which would assist American ICT companies by helping to achieve economies of scale created by wider use of these technical standards. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 09/00/18 11/00/18 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–AN46 218. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–012, Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price Contracting Actions E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 FAR addresses incremental funding on cost reimbursement contracts, however, does not provide coverage on fixed price contracts. Because the FAR is silent on the incremental funding of fixed-price contracts, contracting professionals endorse the full funding of fixed-price contracts as a best practice, however, in many cases full funding is not possible. Implementing this policy will provide the flexibility sought by several agencies. Although individual agencies PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 have implemented policy changes for themselves, making this change to the FAR will provide consistency across Government agencies, from both policy and procedural perspectives. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 01/00/19 03/00/19 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–AN47 219. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–006, Exception From Certified Cost or Pricing Data Requirements—Adequate Price Competition E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: The proposed rule implements section 822 of the NDAA for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328) to modify the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard to amend the FAR to implement exceptions from certified cost or pricing data requirements when price is based on adequate price competition at FAR 15.403(c)(1). This rule 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 09/00/18 11/00/18 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 220. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–010, Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the NDAA for FY 17 (Pub. L. 114–328). Section 825 amends 10 U.S.C. 2305(a)(3) to change 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 awarded by DoD, NASA, or the Coast Guard. 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 will streamline the award of contracts for DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard because they won’t have to consider cost or price in the evaluation of the award decision. Relieving the requirement to account for cost or price when evaluating proposals for these types of contracts, which feature competitive orders, will enable procurement officials to focus their energy on establishing and evaluating the non-price factors that will result in more meaningful distinctions among offerors. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 09/00/18 11/00/18 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 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 221. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–016, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory. 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 12/00/18 02/00/19 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 222. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR 2017-020, Ombudsman for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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) by providing a new clause with contact information for the agency task and delivery order ombudsman as required by FAR.). Specifically, FAR 16.504(a)(4)(v) requires that the name, address, telephone number, facsimile number, and email address of the agency task and delivery order ombudsman be included in solicitations and contracts for an indefinite quantity requirement, if multiple awards may be made for uniformity and consistency. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 11/00/18 01/00/19 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–AN58 223. Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2017–019, Policy on Joint Ventures E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 27223 Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration ´ ´ (SBA), Small Business Mentor Protege Programs, published on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 48557), regarding joint ventures and to clarify policy on 8(a) joint ventures. The regulatory changes provide industry with a new way to compete for small business or socioeconomic set-asides using a joint venture made up of a mentor and a ´ ´ protege. The 8(a) joint venture clarification prevents confusion on an 8(a) joint venture’s eligibility to compete for an 8(a) competitive procurement. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 10/00/18 12/00/18 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–AN59 224. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–003, Credit for Lower-Tier Small Business Subcontracting E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 to implement section 1614 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2014, as implemented in the Small Business Administration’s final rule issued on December 23, 2016. Section 1614 allows other than small prime contractors to receive small business subcontracting credit for subcontracts their subcontractors award to small businesses. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 01/00/19 03/00/19 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–AN61 E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 27224 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda 225. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–002, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Presidential Memorandum, entitled the Mexico City Policy,’’ issued on January 13, 2017, in accordance with the Department of State’s implementation plan dated May 9, 2017. This rule would extend requirements of the memorandum and plan to new funding agreements for global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies. This expanded policy will cover global health assistance’’ to include funding for international health programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, and certain family planning and reproductive health. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. 01/00/19 03/00/19 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 proposed rule to ensure shortterm rental agreements are considered as part of the decision whether to lease or purchase equipment. This rule proposes to amend the FAR to add a factor to consider the cost-effectiveness of short-term versus long-term agreements (e.g., leases and rentals) to the list of minimum factors to be considered when deciding to lease or purchase equipment. Timetable: NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. VerDate Sep<11>2014 E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 implement section 820 of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 820 amends 41 U.S.C. 1906(c)(1) to change the definition of subcontract in certain circumstances. Implements a new approach to the prescription and flowdown for provisions and clauses applicable to acquisitions of commercial items or acquisitions that do not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. Timetable: Action FR Cite 12/00/18 02/00/19 228. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–005, Modifications To Cost or Pricing Data and Reporting Requirements E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 increase the TINA threshold to $2 million and require other than certified cost or pricing data. The rule reduces burden in that contractors would not be required to certify their cost or pricing data between $750,000 and $2 million. This change will implement section 811 of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 811 modifies 10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 3502. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. Jkt 244001 FR Cite 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–AN66 10/00/18 12/00/18 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. 226. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–017, Rental Cost Analysis in Equipment Acquisitions Date 227. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–006; Provisions and Clauses for Commercial Items and Simplified Acquisitions FR Cite 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–AN62 Action 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–AN63 PO 00000 Frm 00008 12/00/18 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 FR Cite Action NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 02/00/19 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–AN69 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Final Rule Stage 229. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–002; Reporting of Nonconforming Items to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory. 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 amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to expand 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. This will allow the contracting officer to provide disposition instructions for counterfeit or suspect counterfeit items in accordance with agency policy. In some cases, agency policy may require the contracting officer to direct the contractor to retain such items for investigative or evidentiary purposes. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 Date 06/10/14 08/11/14 11/00/18 FR Cite 79 FR 33164 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda 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 230. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–002; Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 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. Multiple-award contracts, due to their inherent flexibility, competitive nature, and administrative efficiency, are commonly used in Federal procurement. They have proven to be an effective means of contracting for large quantities of supplies and services for which the quantity and delivery requirements cannot be definitively determined at contract award. However, prior to 2011, the FAR was largely silent on the use of acquisition strategies to promote small business participation in conjunction with multiple-award contracts. This 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 partially setting aside and reserving multiple-award contracts for small business, and setting aside orders placed under multiple-award contracts for small business, thereby ensuring that small businesses have greater access to these commonly used vehicles. Timetable: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 12/06/16 02/06/17 FR Cite 81 FR 88072 12/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Janet Fry, Program Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 Phone: 703 605–3167, Email: janet.fry@ gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM93 231. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–017; Combating Trafficking in Persons—Definition of ‘‘Recruitment Fees’’ E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (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. The rule adds a definition of ‘‘recruitment fees’’ to FAR subpart 22.17, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and the associated clauses in order to clarify how the Government uses recruitment fees in the treatment of this prohibited practice that has been associated with labor trafficking under contracts and subcontracts. The purpose of the rule is to provide a standardized definition that clarifies prohibited recruitment to help fight against human trafficking. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 05/11/16 07/11/16 FR Cite 81 FR 29244 10/00/18 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 232. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–007, NonRetaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 Executive Order (E.O.) 13665, entitled ‘‘Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information,’’ (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, entitled ‘‘Government Contractors, Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 27225 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 07/00/18 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 233. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–005, System for Award Management Registration E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt. 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 update the instructions for System for Award Management (SAM) registration requirements and to correct an inconsistency with offeror representation and certification requirements. The language in the FAR was not consistent in terms of whether offerors need to register in SAM prior to submitting an offer or prior to award of a contract. This rule clarifies and makes the language consistent by requiring offerors’ registration in SAM prior to submitting an offer. The rule does not place any new requirements on businesses and is considered administrative because the only change is when the requirement for registering in SAM must occur. Registering in SAM eliminates the need for potential offerors to complete representations and certifications multiple times a year when responding to solicitations, which reduces the burden on both the contractor and the government. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 Date 05/20/16 07/19/16 11/00/18 FR Cite 81 FR 31895 27226 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda 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 234. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–039, Audit of Settlement Proposals E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory. 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 FR Cite NPRM .................... NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule .............. 09/14/16 11/14/16 81 FR 63158 06/00/18 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–AN26 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 235. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–001, Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requiring Federal Government contractors to ensure that employees on those contracts can earn up to seven days or more of paid sick leave annually, including paid sick leave for family care. This rule implements the objective of Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Department of Labor’s final rule (81 FR 91627). Timetable: Action Date Interim Final Rule VerDate Sep<11>2014 12/16/16 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 FR Cite 81 FR 91627 Jkt 244001 Action Date Interim Final Rule Effective. Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ FR Cite 01/01/17 02/14/17 07/00/18 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 236. Federal Acquisition Regulation: FAR Case 2016–005; Effective Communication Between Government and Industry E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 section 887 of the NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114–92). This law provides that agency acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in responsible and constructive exchanges with industry. This change will permit and encourage government acquisition personnel to engage in responsible and constructive exchanges with industry as part of market research as long as those exchanges are consistent with existing laws, regulations, and promote a fair competitive environment. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 11/29/16 03/02/17 FR Cite 81 FR 85914 11/00/18 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 237. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–011, (S) Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 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’s final rule at 81 FR 34243, 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. The rule will benefits small businesses and agencies. Prompt implementation of this rule will allow small businesses to take advantage of subcontracts with similarly situated entities. As a result, these small businesses will be able to compete for larger contracts, which would positively 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 08/00/18 10/00/18 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–AN35 238. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–004, Liquidated Damages Rate Adjustment E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt. 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 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 E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114–74). Timetable: Action Date Interim Final Rule FR Cite 06/00/18 Action 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 239. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–007, Task-and Delivery-Order Protests E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory. 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 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). Timetable: Action Date Final Rule ............ FR Cite 06/00/18 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 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 240. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–018, Violation of ARMS Control Treaties or Agreements With the United States E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 1290(c)(3) of the NDAA for FY 2017, which requires the offeror to certify or any of its subsidiaries to certify that it does not engage in any activity that contributed to or is a significant factor in the determination that a country is not in full compliance with its obligations VerDate Sep<11>2014 undertaken in all arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements or commitments to which the United States is a participating state. Timetable: 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 Date Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. FR Cite 08/00/18 10/00/18 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–AN57 241. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–010, Use of Product and Services of Kaspersky Lab E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt. 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 1634 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2018 to prohibit any department, agency, organization, or other element of the Federal government from using products and services developed or provided by Kaspersky Lab or any entity of which Kaspersky Lab has majority ownership. Timetable: Action Date Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. FR Cite 05/00/18 07/00/18 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–AN64 242. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–004; Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: This is a final rule to amend the FAR to implement sections 805, 806, and 1702(a) of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 805 increases the micro- PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 27227 purchase threshold (MPT) to $10,000 and limits the use of convenience checks to not more than one half the MPT. Section 806 increases the SAT to $250,000. Section 1702(a) amends section 15(j)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(j)(1)) to replace specific dollar thresholds with the terms micro-purchase threshold and simplified acquisition threshold. Timetable: Action Final Rule ............ Date FR Cite 08/00/18 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–AN65 243. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Far Case 2018–009, One Dollar Coins E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. 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 implement section 885 of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 885 amends 31 U.S.C. 5112(p) to provide an exception for business operations from requirements to accept $1 coins. Timetable: Action Direct Final Rule Date FR Cite 08/00/18 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–AN70 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Completed Actions 244. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–018; Clarification of Requirement for Justifications for 8(A) Sole Source Contracts E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20 27228 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Unified Agenda Abstract: Justification: The case was closed based on analysis of data collected from FPDS and agency surveys. The FPDS data shows there are only a few 8(a) sole source orders over $22 million are awarded annually. The agency surveys indicated actions have been taken to address the concerns in the GAO report. DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify the guidance for sole source 8(a) contract awards exceeding $22 million. This rule implements guidance from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) 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 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 by providing 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. The GAO report indicates that the FAR needed additional clarification of the justification requirement to help ensure that agencies are applying the requirement consistently. Completed: Reason Date Closed ................. FR Cite 04/05/18 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS4 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Janet Fry, Phone: 703 605–3167, Email: janet.fry@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM90 245. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–028, Performance-Based Payments E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: Justification: This case, FAR Case 2015–028 has been withdrawn and will be merged with a future case that will also address progress payments. DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR Clause 52.232–32, Performance-Based Payments, to include the text for subcontract flowdown addressed at FAR 32.504(f), VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:29 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 but not currently specified in the clause itself. No new requirements are added. This rule takes guidance to prime contractors on the terms and conditions for flowdown of performance-based payments currently in the FAR text and places it in the applicable contract clause so that the contractor can readily see what language is to be used in subcontracts authoring performancebased payments. Completed: Reason Date Withdrawn ........... FR Cite 04/05/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN49 246. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–012, Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold for Certain Procurement Activities E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: Justification: This case, FAR Case 2017–012 has been withdrawn and merged with FAR Case 2018–004 on January 31, 2018. DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to update the definition of micro-purchase threshold’’ in FAR 2.101 to implement the higher micro-purchase threshold provided by section 217(b) of the NDAA for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328). Specifically, section 217(b) amends 41 U.S.C. 1902 to increase the micropurchase threshold for acquisitions from institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit entities, or from nonprofit research organizations or independent research institutes, to $10,000, or a higher amount as determined appropriate by the head of the relevant executive agency and consistent with clean audit findings under 31 U.S.C. chapter 75, an internal institutional risk assessment, or state law. As a result of this rule, affected contractors will no longer receive a written request for quote (RFQ) and/or a Government purchase order for requirements valued between $3,501 and $10,000. Instead, the order can be placed online, by phone, in person, or by fax via the Government purchase card (GPC). Therefore, the contractor will no longer be required to read the PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 RFQ and/or purchase order for various Government-provided information. Completed: Reason Withdrawn ........... Date FR Cite 01/31/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN50 247. 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 E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined Abstract: Justification: This case, FAR Case 2015–004 has been withdrawn and merged with FAR Case 2018–006 on January 10, 2018. DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (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 to conform the FAR, The process is cumbersome and inefficient, and challenging to maintain, especially for contract writing systems. The proposed 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. Completed: Reason Withdrawn ........... Date FR Cite 04/05/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN51 [FR Doc. 2018–11297 Filed 6–8–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P E:\FR\FM\11JNP20.SGM 11JNP20

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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. Also, the dates shown for the steps of 
each action are estimated and are not commitments to act on or by the 
dates shown.
    Published proposed rules may be reviewed in their entirety at the 
Government's rulemaking website at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Mandell, Division Director, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, 
Washington, DC 20405-0001, 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 website at http://www.acquisition.gov/far.

    Dated: February 27, 2018.
William F. Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

                    DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Prerule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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206.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN43
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-014, Use of
                             Acquisition 360 to
                             Encourage Vendor Feedback.
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                 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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207.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM94
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-021;
                             Determination of Fair and
                             Reasonable Prices on
                             Orders Under Multiple
                             Award Contracts.
208.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN03
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-014;
                             Prohibition on Providing
                             Funds to the Enemy.
209.......................  FAR Acquisition Regulation         9000-AN31
                             (FAR); FAR Case 2015-038,
                             Reverse Auction Guidance.
210.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN32
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-005,
                             Whistleblower Protection
                             for Contractor Employees.
211.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN34
                             Regulation; FAR Case 2016-
                             002, Applicability of
                             Small Business
                             Regulations Outside the
                             United States.
212.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN38
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-013, Tax on
                             Certain Foreign
                             Procurement.
213.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN39
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-003; Individual
                             Sureties.
214.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN40
                             Regulations (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-002,
                             Requirements for DD Form
                             254, Contract Security
                             Classification
                             Specification.
215.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN44
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-013, Breaches
                             of Personally
                             Identifiable Information.
216.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN45
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-009, Special
                             Emergency Procurement
                             Authority.
217.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN46
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-011, Section
                             508-Based Standards in
                             Information and
                             Communication Technology.
218.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN47
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-012,
                             Incremental Funding of
                             Fixed-Price Contracting
                             Actions.
219.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN53
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-006, Exception
                             From Certified Cost or
                             Pricing Data Requirements-
                             Adequate Price
                             Competition.
220.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN54
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-010, Evaluation
                             Factors for Multiple-
                             Award Contracts.
221.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN56
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-016, Controlled
                             Unclassified Information
                             (CUI).
222.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             2017-020, Ombudsman for
                             Indefinite-Delivery
                             Contracts.
223.......................  Federal Regulation                 9000-AN59
                             Acquisition (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-019, Policy on
                             Joint Ventures.
224.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN61
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-003, Credit for
                             Lower-Tier Small Business
                             Subcontracting.
225.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN62
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-002, Protecting
                             Life in Global Health
                             Assistance.
226.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN63
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-017, Rental
                             Cost Analysis in
                             Equipment Acquisitions.
227.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN66
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-006; Provisions
                             and Clauses for
                             Commercial Items and
                             Simplified Acquisitions.
228.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN69
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-005,
                             Modifications to Cost or
                             Pricing Data and
                             Reporting Requirements.
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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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229.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-002; Reporting
                             of Nonconforming Items to
                             the Government-Industry
                             Data Exchange Program.
230.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM93
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-002; Set-Asides
                             Under Multiple Award
                             Contracts.
231.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN02
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-017; Combating
                             Trafficking in Persons--
                             Definition of
                             ``Recruitment Fees''.
232.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN10
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-007, Non-
                             Retaliation for
                             Disclosure of
                             Compensation Information.
233.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN19
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-005, System for
                             Award Management
                             Registration.
234.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN26
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-039, Audit of
                             Settlement Proposals.
235.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN27
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-001, Paid Sick
                             Leave for Federal
                             Contractors.
236.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN29
                             Regulation: FAR Case 2016-
                             005; Effective
                             Communication Between
                             Government and Industry.
237.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN35
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-011, (S)
                             Revision of Limitations
                             on Subcontracting.
238.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN37
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-004, Liquidated
                             Damages Rate Adjustment.
239.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN41
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-007, Task- and
                             Delivery-Order Protests.
240.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN57
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-018, Violation
                             of Arms Control Treaties
                             or Agreements With the
                             United States.
241.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN64
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-010, Use of
                             Product and Services of
                             Kaspersky Lab.
242.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN65
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-004; Increased
                             Micro-Purchase and
                             Simplified Acquisition
                             Thresholds.
243.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN70
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-009, One Dollar
                             Coins.
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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244.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM90
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-018;
                             Clarification of
                             Requirement for
                             Justifications for 8(a)
                             Sole Source Contracts.
245.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN49
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-028,
                             Performance-Based
                             Payments.
246.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN50
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-012, Increased
                             Micro-Purchase Threshold
                             for Certain Procurement
                             Activities.
247.......................  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.
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AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Prerule Stage

206. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-014, Use of 
Acquisition 360 To Encourage Vendor Feedback

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 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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ANPRM Comment Period End............   09/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN43

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

Proposed Rule Stage

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 direct ordering activity contracting 
officers to make a determination of fair and reasonable pricing when 
placing an order against 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.
    This rule establishes a practice that will ensure that prices are 
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reasonable at the time the order is placed under the GSA's Federal 
Supply Schedules. This government-wide FAR rule will ensure uniform 
implementation of this FAR change across FAR-based contracts and avoid 
the proliferation of agency-wide rules and actions (e.g. revisions to 
FAR supplements or issuance of policy guidance) implementing this 
requirement.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/18  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/19  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AM94

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 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 the 
Government from providing funds to the enemy. The Act requires the 
Secretary of Defense to notify executive agencies of persons or 
entities providing funds under certain contracts to persons or entities 
that are actively opposing the United States or coalition forces where 
the Armed Forces are actively engaged in a contingency operation; or 
has failed to exercise due diligence to ensure that none of the funds 
under certain contracts are provided to those persons or entities. 
After receiving such notification, the executive agency's Head of the 
Contracting Activity (HCA) may rescind, void the contract or terminate 
for default. The HCA's decision is entered into the Federal Awardee 
Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), or other formal 
system of records. Since, review of FAPIIS is required before making 
certain award decision, this rule helps to prevent the flow of funds to 
such persons or entities. The statute does not apply to contracts that 
are equal to or less than $50,000, and contracts performed inside the 
United States or its outlying areas, or contracts subject to a national 
security exception.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   04/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/00/19  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN03

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 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 incorporates guidance from the Office of Federal 
Procurement Policy (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). Reverse auctions are 
one tool used by federal agencies to increase competition and reduce 
the cost of certain items. Reverse auctions differ from traditional 
auctions in that sellers compete against one another to provide the 
lowest price or highest-value offer to a buyer. This change to the FAR 
will include guidance that will standardize agencies' use of reverse 
auctions help agencies maximize competition and savings when using 
reverse auctions.
    Timetable:

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/19  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN31

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 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. The rule makes 
clear that contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from 
discharging, demoting, or otherwise discriminating against an employee 
as a reprisal for disclosing, to any of the entities such as agency 
Inspector Generals and Congress, information the employee reasonably 
believes is evidence of gross mismanagement of a Federal contract; a 
gross waste of Federal funds; an abuse of authority relating to a 
Federal contract; a substantial and specific danger to public health or 
safety; or violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a Federal 
contract (including the competition for or negotiation of a contract. 
This rule enhances whistleblower protections for contractor employees, 
by making permanent the protection for disclosure of the aforementioned 
information, and ensuring that the prohibition on reimbursement for 
legal fees accrued in defense against reprisal claims applies to 
subcontractors, as well as contractors.
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN32

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.

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    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 regulation 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 (78 FR 61113).
    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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    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: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN34

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (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 
two 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................................   10/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN38

213. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-003; 
Individual Sureties

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are 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), codified at 31 U.S.C. 9310, Individual Sureties. 
Individual sureties will no longer be able to pledge real property, 
corporate stocks, corporate bonds, or irrevocable letters of credit. 
The requirements of 31 U.S.C. 9310 are intended to strengthen the 
assets pledged by individual sureties, thereby mitigating risk to the 
Government.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN39

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 Department of 
Defense (DoD) Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) for the electronic 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). By 
changing the submittal process of the form from a manual process to an 
automated one, the government will reduce the cost of maintaining the 
forms, while also providing a centralized repository for classified 
contract security requirements and supporting data.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN40

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 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.

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NPRM................................   11/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN44

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    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 proposed rule amending 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 to expand 
special emergency procurement authorities for acquisitions of supplies 
or services that facilitate defense against or recovery from a cyber 
attack, provide international disaster assistance under the Foreign 
Assistance Act of 1961, or support response to an emergency or major 
disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency 
Assistance Act.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   06/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/00/18
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN45

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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, 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. This rule is expected to 
impose additional costs on federal agencies. The purpose is to increase 
productivity for federal employees with disabilities, time savings due 
to improved accessibility of federal websites for members of the public 
with disabilities, and reduced call volumes to federal agencies. 
Additionally, this rule harmonizes standards with national and 
international consensus standards which would assist American ICT 
companies by helping to achieve economies of scale created by wider use 
of these technical standards.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/00/18
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN46

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 FAR 
addresses incremental funding on cost reimbursement contracts, however, 
does not provide coverage on fixed price contracts. Because the FAR is 
silent on the incremental funding of fixed-price contracts, contracting 
professionals endorse the full funding of fixed-price contracts as a 
best practice, however, in many cases full funding is not possible. 
Implementing this policy will provide the flexibility sought by several 
agencies. Although individual agencies have implemented policy changes 
for themselves, making this change to the FAR will provide consistency 
across Government agencies, from both policy and procedural 
perspectives.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   01/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/19
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN47

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: The proposed rule implements section 822 of the NDAA for 
FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328) to modify the Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR) for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard to amend the FAR to implement 
exceptions from certified cost or pricing data requirements when price 
is based on adequate price competition at FAR 15.403(c)(1). This rule 
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................................   09/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/00/18
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN53

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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

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Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the NDAA for 
FY 17 (Pub. L. 114-328). Section 825 amends 10 U.S.C. 2305(a)(3) to 
change 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 awarded by DoD, NASA, or the Coast 
Guard. 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 will streamline the award of 
contracts for DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard because they won't have to 
consider cost or price in the evaluation of the award decision. 
Relieving the requirement to account for cost or price when evaluating 
proposals for these types of contracts, which feature competitive 
orders, will enable procurement officials to focus their energy on 
establishing and evaluating the non-price factors that will result in 
more meaningful distinctions among offerors.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/00/18
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN54

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    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................................   12/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/19
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN56

222. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR 2017-020, Ombudsman for 
Indefinite-Delivery Contracts

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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) by providing a new clause with contact 
information for the agency task and delivery order ombudsman as 
required by FAR.). Specifically, FAR 16.504(a)(4)(v) requires that the 
name, address, telephone number, facsimile number, and email address of 
the agency task and delivery order ombudsman be included in 
solicitations and contracts for an indefinite quantity requirement, if 
multiple awards may be made for uniformity and consistency.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/19
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN58

223. Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2017-019, Policy on 
Joint Ventures

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 regulatory changes made by 
the Small Business Administration (SBA), Small Business Mentor 
Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Programs, published on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 
48557), regarding joint ventures and to clarify policy on 8(a) joint 
ventures. The regulatory changes provide industry with a new way to 
compete for small business or socioeconomic set-asides using a joint 
venture made up of a mentor and a prot[eacute]g[eacute]. The 8(a) joint 
venture clarification prevents confusion on an 8(a) joint venture's 
eligibility to compete for an 8(a) competitive procurement.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/18
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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: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN59

224. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-003, Credit 
for Lower-Tier Small Business Subcontracting

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 to implement section 1614 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2014, as implemented in the 
Small Business Administration's final rule issued on December 23, 2016. 
Section 1614 allows other than small prime contractors to receive small 
business subcontracting credit for subcontracts their subcontractors 
award to small businesses.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   01/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/19
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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: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN61

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225. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-002, 
Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Presidential Memorandum, 
entitled the Mexico City Policy,'' issued on January 13, 2017, in 
accordance with the Department of State's implementation plan dated May 
9, 2017. This rule would extend requirements of the memorandum and plan 
to new funding agreements for global health assistance furnished by all 
departments or agencies. This expanded policy will cover global health 
assistance'' to include funding for international health programs, such 
as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global 
health security, and certain family planning and reproductive health.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   01/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/19
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN62

226.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-017, 
Rental Cost Analysis in Equipment Acquisitions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 proposed rule to ensure 
short-term rental agreements are considered as part of the decision 
whether to lease or purchase equipment. This rule proposes to amend the 
FAR to add a factor to consider the cost-effectiveness of short-term 
versus long-term agreements (e.g., leases and rentals) to the list of 
minimum factors to be considered when deciding to lease or purchase 
equipment.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/18
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN63

227.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-006; 
Provisions and Clauses for Commercial Items and Simplified Acquisitions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 implement section 820 
of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 820 amends 41 U.S.C. 1906(c)(1) to 
change the definition of subcontract in certain circumstances. 
Implements a new approach to the prescription and flowdown for 
provisions and clauses applicable to acquisitions of commercial items 
or acquisitions that do not exceed the simplified acquisition 
threshold.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/19
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN66

228.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-005, 
Modifications To Cost or Pricing Data and Reporting Requirements

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 increase the TINA threshold to $2 
million and require other than certified cost or pricing data. The rule 
reduces burden in that contractors would not be required to certify 
their cost or pricing data between $750,000 and $2 million. This change 
will implement section 811 of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 811 
modifies 10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 3502.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/19
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN69

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

Final Rule Stage

229. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-002; Reporting 
of Nonconforming Items to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    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 amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to expand 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. This will allow the contracting 
officer to provide disposition instructions for counterfeit or suspect 
counterfeit items in accordance with agency policy. In some cases, 
agency policy may require the contracting officer to direct the 
contractor to retain such items for investigative or evidentiary 
purposes.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   06/10/14  79 FR 33164
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/11/14
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AM58

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 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.
    Multiple-award contracts, due to their inherent flexibility, 
competitive nature, and administrative efficiency, are commonly used in 
Federal procurement. They have proven to be an effective means of 
contracting for large quantities of supplies and services for which the 
quantity and delivery requirements cannot be definitively determined at 
contract award. However, prior to 2011, the FAR was largely silent on 
the use of acquisition strategies to promote small business 
participation in conjunction with multiple-award contracts. This 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 partially setting aside and 
reserving multiple-award contracts for small business, and setting 
aside orders placed under multiple-award contracts for small business, 
thereby ensuring that small businesses have greater access to these 
commonly used vehicles.
    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..........................   12/00/18
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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: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AM93

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (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. The rule adds a definition of 
``recruitment fees'' to FAR subpart 22.17, Combating Trafficking in 
Persons, and the associated clauses in order to clarify how the 
Government uses recruitment fees in the treatment of this prohibited 
practice that has been associated with labor trafficking under 
contracts and subcontracts. The purpose of the rule is to provide a 
standardized definition that clarifies prohibited recruitment to help 
fight against human trafficking.
    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..........................   10/00/18
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN02

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 Executive Order 
(E.O.) 13665, entitled ``Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation 
Information,'' (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, 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..........................   07/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN10

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    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 update the instructions for 
System for Award Management (SAM) registration requirements and to 
correct an inconsistency with offeror representation and certification 
requirements. The language in the FAR was not consistent in terms of 
whether offerors need to register in SAM prior to submitting an offer 
or prior to award of a contract. This rule clarifies and makes the 
language consistent by requiring offerors' registration in SAM prior to 
submitting an offer. The rule does not place any new requirements on 
businesses and is considered administrative because the only change is 
when the requirement for registering in SAM must occur. Registering in 
SAM eliminates the need for potential offerors to complete 
representations and certifications multiple times a year when 
responding to solicitations, which reduces the burden on both the 
contractor and the government.
    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..........................   11/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN19

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    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..........................  06/00/18  ........................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN26

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requiring Federal Government 
contractors to ensure that employees on those contracts can earn up to 
seven days or more of paid sick leave annually, including paid sick 
leave for family care. This rule implements the objective of Executive 
Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and 
Department of Labor's final rule (81 FR 91627).
    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..........................   07/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN27

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 section 887 of the 
NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92). This law provides that agency 
acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in 
responsible and constructive exchanges with industry. This change will 
permit and encourage government acquisition personnel to engage in 
responsible and constructive exchanges with industry as part of market 
research as long as those exchanges are consistent with existing laws, 
regulations, and promote a fair competitive environment.
    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..........................   11/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN29

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 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's final rule at 81 FR 
34243, 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. The rule will benefits 
small businesses and agencies. Prompt implementation of this rule will 
allow small businesses to take advantage of subcontracts with similarly 
situated entities. As a result, these small businesses will be able to 
compete for larger contracts, which would positively 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..................   08/00/18  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      10/00/18  .......................
 End.
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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: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN35

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    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 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

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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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Interim Final Rule..................   06/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN37

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    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 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).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   06/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN41

240. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-018, Violation 
of ARMS Control Treaties or Agreements With the United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 1290(c)(3) of the 
NDAA for FY 2017, which requires the offeror to certify or any of its 
subsidiaries to certify that it does not engage in any activity that 
contributed to or is a significant factor in the determination that a 
country is not in full compliance with its obligations undertaken in 
all arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements or 
commitments to which the United States is a participating state.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   08/00/18  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      10/00/18  .......................
 End.
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN57

241.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-010, 
Use of Product and Services of Kaspersky Lab

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    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 1634 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2018 to prohibit any 
department, agency, organization, or other element of the Federal 
government from using products and services developed or provided by 
Kaspersky Lab or any entity of which Kaspersky Lab has majority 
ownership.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   05/00/18  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      07/00/18  .......................
 End.
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN64

242.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-004; 
Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: This is a final rule to amend the FAR to implement 
sections 805, 806, and 1702(a) of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 805 
increases the micro-purchase threshold (MPT) to $10,000 and limits the 
use of convenience checks to not more than one half the MPT. Section 
806 increases the SAT to $250,000. Section 1702(a) amends section 
15(j)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(j)(1)) to replace 
specific dollar thresholds with the terms micro-purchase threshold and 
simplified acquisition threshold.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   08/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN65

243.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Far Case 2018-009, 
One Dollar Coins

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    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 implement 
section 885 of the NDAA for FY 2018. Section 885 amends 31 U.S.C. 
5112(p) to provide an exception for business operations from 
requirements to accept $1 coins.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Direct Final Rule...................   08/00/18  .......................
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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: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN70

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

Completed Actions

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113

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    Abstract: Justification: The case was closed based on analysis of 
data collected from FPDS and agency surveys. The FPDS data shows there 
are only a few 8(a) sole source orders over $22 million are awarded 
annually. The agency surveys indicated actions have been taken to 
address the concerns in the GAO report.
    DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify the guidance for sole source 
8(a) contract awards exceeding $22 million. This rule implements 
guidance from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) 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 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 by providing 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. The GAO report indicates that the FAR 
needed additional clarification of the justification requirement to 
help ensure that agencies are applying the requirement consistently.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Closed..............................   04/05/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janet Fry, Phone: 703 605-3167, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AM90

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: Justification: This case, FAR Case 2015-028 has been 
withdrawn and will be merged with a future case that will also address 
progress payments.
    DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR Clause 52.232-32, 
Performance-Based Payments, to include the text for subcontract 
flowdown addressed at FAR 32.504(f), but not currently specified in the 
clause itself. No new requirements are added. This rule takes guidance 
to prime contractors on the terms and conditions for flowdown of 
performance-based payments currently in the FAR text and places it in 
the applicable contract clause so that the contractor can readily see 
what language is to be used in subcontracts authoring performance-based 
payments.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   04/05/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN49

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: Justification: This case, FAR Case 2017-012 has been 
withdrawn and merged with FAR Case 2018-004 on January 31, 2018.
    DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to update the definition of micro-purchase 
threshold'' in FAR 2.101 to implement the higher micro-purchase 
threshold provided by section 217(b) of the NDAA for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 
114-328). Specifically, section 217(b) amends 41 U.S.C. 1902 to 
increase the micro-purchase threshold for acquisitions from 
institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit 
entities, or from nonprofit research organizations or independent 
research institutes, to $10,000, or a higher amount as determined 
appropriate by the head of the relevant executive agency and consistent 
with clean audit findings under 31 U.S.C. chapter 75, an internal 
institutional risk assessment, or state law. As a result of this rule, 
affected contractors will no longer receive a written request for quote 
(RFQ) and/or a Government purchase order for requirements valued 
between $3,501 and $10,000. Instead, the order can be placed online, by 
phone, in person, or by fax via the Government purchase card (GPC). 
Therefore, the contractor will no longer be required to read the RFQ 
and/or purchase order for various Government-provided information.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   01/31/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208-4949, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN50

247. 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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: Justification: This case, FAR Case 2015-004 has been 
withdrawn and merged with FAR Case 2018-006 on January 10, 2018.
    DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (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 to conform the FAR, The process 
is cumbersome and inefficient, and challenging to maintain, especially 
for contract writing systems. The proposed 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.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   04/05/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208-4949, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN51

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