Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, 58099-58112 [2018-23933]

Download as PDF Vol. 83 Friday, No. 222 November 16, 2018 Part XX Department of Defense General Services Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 58100 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 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. AGENCIES: This agenda provides summary descriptions of regulations being developed by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council pursuant to Executive Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review,’’ 58 FR 51735 (1993), with particular adherence to Executive Order 13771, ‘‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling SUMMARY: Costs,’’ 82 FR 9339 (2017); Executive Order 13777, ‘‘Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,’’ 82 FR 12285, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 to 612. The purpose of publishing this agenda is to give notice of regulatory activity being undertaken by the FAR Council in order to provide the public an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Mandell, Division Director, Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20405–0001, 202–501–2735. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DoD, GSA, and NASA, under the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act (41 U.S.C. 1303) and the Agencies’ 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. The information provided in the Unified Agenda (Agenda) previews the rulemaking activities that we expect to undertake in the immediate future. The Agenda focuses primarily on those actions expected to result in publication of Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, or Final Rules within the next 12 months. A fully searchable e-Agenda is available for viewing in its entirety at www.reginfo.gov. Agenda information is also available at www.regulations.gov, the Governmentwide website for submission of comments on proposed regulations. Our fall 2018 agenda follows. Dated: July 27, 2018. William F. Clark, Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Title 383 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–021; Determination of Fair and Reasonable Prices on Orders Under Multiple Award Contracts. 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 2016–011, Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting .... 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 2017–014, Use of Acquisition 360 to Encourage Vendor Feedback. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–013, Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–011, Section 508-Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–012, Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price Contracting Actions. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 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 Case 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 2018–004; Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds. 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. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–012, Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government-Owned Inventions. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–013, Exemption of Commercial and COTS Item Contracts from Certain Laws and Regulations. 384 .................... 385 .................... 386 .................... 387 388 389 390 .................... .................... .................... .................... 391 .................... 392 .................... 393 .................... 394 .................... 395 .................... 396 397 398 399 .................... .................... .................... .................... 400 .................... 401 .................... amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. 402 .................... 403 .................... 404 .................... 405 .................... 406 .................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 9000–AM94 9000–AN31 9000–AN32 9000–AN34 9000–AN35 9000–AN38 9000–AN39 9000–AN40 9000–AN43 9000–AN44 9000–AN46 9000–AN47 9000–AN54 9000–AN56 9000–AN58 9000–AN59 9000–AN61 9000–AN62 9000–AN63 9000–AN65 9000–AN66 9000–AN69 9000–AN71 9000–AN72 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda 58101 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—PROPOSED RULE STAGE—Continued Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 407 .................... 408 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–014, Increasing Task-Order Level Competition ..... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–016, Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection Process. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–018, Revision of Definition of ‘‘Commercial Item’’ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–019, Review of Commercial Clause Requirements and Flowdown. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–020, Construction Contract Administration ............ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–021, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–022; Orders Issued Via Fax or Electronic Commerce. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–023, Taxes—Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan ..... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–024; Use of Interagency Fleet Management System Vehicles and Related Services. 409 .................... 410 .................... 411 .................... 412 .................... 413 .................... 414 .................... 415 .................... 9000–AN73 9000–AN75 9000–AN76 9000–AN77 9000–AN78 9000–AN79 9000–AN80 9000–AN81 9000–AN82 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 416 .................... 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 Case 2016–005; Effective Communication Between Government and Industry. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–009, Special Emergency Procurement Authority ... 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 2017–018, 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 2018–017, Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment. 417 .................... 418 .................... 419 .................... 420 .................... 421 .................... 422 .................... 423 .................... 424 .................... 9000–AM58 9000–AM93 9000–AN02 9000–AN29 9000–AN45 9000–AN53 9000–AN57 9000–AN64 9000–AN83 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—COMPLETED ACTIONS Sequence No. 425 .................... 426 427 428 429 430 431 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... Federal Acquisition tion Information. Federal Acquisition Federal Acquisition Federal Acquisition Federal Acquisition Federal Acquisition Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–007, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensa- 9000–AN10 Regulation Regulation Regulation Regulation Regulation Regulation 9000–AN19 9000–AN26 9000–AN27 9000–AN37 9000–AN41 9000–AN70 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Proposed Rule Stage 383. 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Regulation Identifier No. Title 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 (FAR); (FAR); (FAR); (FAR); (FAR); (FAR); FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR Case Case Case Case Case Case 2015–005, 2015–039, 2017–001, 2017–004, 2017–007, 2018–009, System for Award Management Registration Audit of Settlement Proposals ....................... Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors ...... Liquidated Damages Rate Adjustment .......... Task- and Delivery-Order Protests ................ One Dollar Coins ........................................... 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 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. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 This rule establishes a practice that will ensure that prices are fair and reasonable at the time the order is placed under the GSA’s FSS. 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: E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 58102 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 06/00/19 08/00/19 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 384. 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 multiple 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 to help agencies maximize competition and savings when using reverse auctions. Timetable: Action Date amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 01/00/19 03/00/19 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–AN31 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 385. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–005, Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees 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 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 clarifies 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 that 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 a 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 both contractors and subcontractors. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/18 12/00/18 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 386. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016–002, Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside 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 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 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 its rule ‘‘Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation’’ issued on October 2, 2013, to clarify that overseas contracting is not excluded from agency responsibilities to foster small business participation. In its final rule, SBA has clarified that, as a general matter, its small business contracting regulations apply regardless of the place of performance. In light of these changes, there is a need to amend the FAR both to bring its coverage into alignment with SBA’s regulation and to give agencies the tools they need, especially the ability to use set-asides to maximize opportunities for small businesses overseas. SBA has included contracts performed outside of the United States in agencies’ prime contracting goals since 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 will make it easier for small businesses to receive additional opportunities for contracts performed outside of the United States. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 01/00/19 03/00/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7185, Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN34 387. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–011, Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting 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 revise and standardize the limitations on subcontracting, including the nonmanufacturer rule, that apply to small business concerns under FAR part 19 procurements. This proposed rule incorporates SBA’s final rule that implemented the statutory requirements E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 58103 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda of section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 benefit both small businesses and Federal agencies. The 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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/18 12/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN35 388. 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 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 of such payment. This rule applies to foreign persons that are awarded Federal Government contracts to provide goods or services. Timetable: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/19 04/00/19 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 RIN: 9000–AN38 389. 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 implements section 874 of the National Defense Authorization Act (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 12/00/18 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–AN39 390. 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 that are covered by the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). By changing the submittal process of the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 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 01/00/19 03/00/19 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–AN40 391. 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 for contract formation and administration activities) and a standard FAR solicitation provision to support a sustainable model for broadened use of the 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 ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date 07/23/18 09/21/18 FR Cite 83 FR 34820 03/00/19 05/00/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 58104 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda 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 392. 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 a breach response consistent with the requirements. This FAR change will implement the requirements outlined in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M–17–12, ‘‘Preparing for and Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information,’’ section V part B. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 393. 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 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 04/00/19 06/00/19 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–AN46 394. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–012, Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price Contracting Actions 02/00/19 04/00/19 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 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 this would assist American ICT companies by helping them to achieve economies of scale created by a wider use of these technical standards. Timetable: Jkt 247001 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 incremental funding of certain fixedprice contracting actions to help minimize disruptions to agency operations, and to provide Federal acquisition professionals with new funding flexibility for fixed-price contracting actions. The FAR addresses incremental funding on cost reimbursement contracts, however, it 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 their own policy changes in this regard, making this FAR change will provide consistency across all Government agencies. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. PO 00000 Frm 00006 04/00/19 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 FR Cite Action NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 06/00/19 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 395. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–010, Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts 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 proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act (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 rule will streamline the award of contracts for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard because they will not be required 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 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date 09/24/18 11/23/18 FR Cite 83 FR 48271 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 E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda 396. 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 November 4, 2010. As the executive agent designated to oversee the Governmentwide CUI program, NARA issued implementing regulations in late 2016 designed to address Federal agency policies for designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, decontrolling and disposing of CUI. The NARA rule, which is codified at 32 CFR 2002, affects contractors that handle, possess, use, share or receive CUI. This FAR rule helps to ensure uniform implementation of the requirements of the CUI program in contracts across Government agencies. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 03/00/19 05/00/19 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 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 397. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 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 the 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: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/18 12/00/18 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–AN58 398. 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 Prote´ge´ 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 prote´ge´. 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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/19 04/00/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7185, Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN59 399. 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 (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2014, as implemented in the Small Business Administration’s final rule PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 58105 issued on December 23, 2016. Section 1614 allows other than small business 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 05/00/19 07/00/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7185, Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN61 400. 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 plans to new funding agreements for global health assistance furnished by all Federal 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 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 01/00/19 03/00/19 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–AN62 401. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–017, Rental Cost Analysis in Equipment Acquisitions E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt. E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 58106 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 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 issued 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 an agency is deciding whether to lease or purchase equipment. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 09/05/18 11/05/18 FR Cite 83 FR 45072 06/00/19 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–AN63 402. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–004; Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds 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 proposed rule to amend the FAR to implement sections 805, 806, and 1702(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 805 increases the micropurchase threshold (MPT) to $10,000 and limits the use of convenience checks to not more than one half of the MPT amount (i.e., $5,000). Section 806 increases the simplified acquisition threshold (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: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/00/18 12/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 DC 20405, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN65 403. 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 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 820 amends 41 U.S.C. 1906(c)(1) to change the definition of ‘‘subcontract’’ in certain circumstances. This rule also 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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 04/00/19 06/00/19 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–AN66 404. 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 Truth in Negotiation Act (TINA) threshold to $2 million and require other than certified cost or pricing data. The rule reduces the burden on contractors because they would not be required to certify their cost or pricing data between $750,000 and $2 million. This change implements section 811 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 811 modifies 10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 3502. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. PO 00000 Frm 00008 01/00/19 03/00/19 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 FR Cite Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7185, Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN69 405. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–012, Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government-Owned Inventions 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 FAR to implement the changes to 37 CFR parts 401 and 404, ‘‘Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned Inventions,’’ dated May 14, 2018. The changes reduce regulatory burdens, provide greater clarity to large businesses by codifying the applicability of Bayh-Dole as directed in Executive Order 12591, and provide greater clarity to all federal funding recipients by updating regulatory provisions to align with provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in terms of definitions and time frames. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 02/00/19 04/00/19 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–AN71 406. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–013, Exemption of Commercial and COTS Item Contracts From Certain Laws and Regulations 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 proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraph (a) of section 839 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Paragraph (a) requires the FAR Council to review each past determination made not to exempt contacts and subcontracts for commercial products, commercial E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda services, and commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) items from certain laws when these contracts would otherwise have been exempt under 41 U.S.C. 1906(d) or 41 U.S.C. 1907(b). The FAR Council or the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy has to determine whether there still exists specific reason not to provide exemptions from certain laws. If no determination is made to continue to exempt commercial contracts and subcontracts from certain laws, paragraph (a) requires that revisions to the FAR be proposed, to reflect exemptions from those laws. Paragraph (a) requires these revisions to be proposed within one year of the date of enactment of section 839. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 07/00/19 09/00/19 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN72 407. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–014, Increasing Task-Order Level 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: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Section 876 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which would provide civilian agencies with an exception to the existing statutory requirement to include price to the Federal Government as an evaluation factor that must be considered in the evaluation of proposals for all contracts. The exception would only apply to IDIQ contracts and to Federal Supply Schedule contracts for services that are priced at an hourly rate. Furthermore, the exception would only apply in those instances where the Government intends to make a contract award to all qualifying offerors, thus affording maximum opportunity for effective competition at the task order level. An offeror would be qualified only if it is a responsible source and submits a proposal that conforms to the requirements of the solicitation, meets any technical requirements, and is otherwise eligible for award. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/19 04/00/19 408. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–016, Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection PROCESS 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 880 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to avoid using lowest price technically acceptable source selection criteria in circumstances that would deny the Government the benefits of cost and technical tradeoffs in the source selection process. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 03/00/19 05/00/19 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–AN75 409. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–018, Revision of Definition of ‘‘Commercial Item’’ 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 separate the commercial item definition into definitions of commercial product and commercial service. Section 836 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (Pub. L. 115–232) set the effective date of the new definitions to January 1, 2020. This is consistent with the recommendations PO 00000 Frm 00009 by the independent panel created by Section 809 of the NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 11492). This case implements amendment to 41 U.S.C. 103. Timetable: Action 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–AN73 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 58107 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 04/00/19 06/00/19 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–AN76 410. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–019, Review of Commercial Clause Requirements and Flowdown 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 proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraphs (b) and (c) of section 839 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Paragraph (b) requires the FAR Council to review the FAR to assess every regulation that requires a specific clause in contracts for commercial products or commercial services, unless the regulation is required by law or Executive Order. Paragraph (b) also requires that revisions to the FAR be proposed to eliminate those regulations unless the FAR Council makes a determination not to eliminate a regulation. Paragraph (c) requires the FAR Council to review the FAR to assess every regulation that requires a prime contractor to include specific clause in subcontracts for commercially available off-the-shelf items, unless the clause is required by law or Executive Order. Paragraph (c) also requires that revisions to the FAR be proposed to eliminate those regulations unless the FAR Council makes a determination not to eliminate a regulation. Paragraphs (b) and (c) require these revisions to be proposed within one year of the date of the enactment of section 839. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 Date 07/00/19 09/00/19 FR Cite 58108 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN77 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–AN79 411. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–020, Construction Contract Administration 413. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–022; Orders Issued Via Fax or Electronic Commerce 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: Implements section 855 of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 115– 232). Section 855 requires, for solicitations for construction contracts anticipated to be awarded to a small business, notification to prospective offerors regarding agency policies or practices in complying with FAR requirements relating to the timely definitization of requests for equitable adjustment and agency past performance in definitizing such requests. Timetable: 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) clause 52.216–18, Ordering, to authorize issuance of orders via fax or email and clarify when an order is considered to be issued when utilizing these methods. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 04/00/19 06/00/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7185, Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN78 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 412. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–021, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus 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 the requirements at 10 U.S.C. 983, which prohibits the award of certain Federal contracts or grants to institutions of higher education that prohibit Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps units or military recruiting on campus. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. VerDate Sep<11>2014 FR Cite 05/00/19 07/00/19 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 05/00/19 07/00/19 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–AN80 414. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–023, Taxes— Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan 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 the provisions on taxes, duties, and fees contained in the Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement (dated 2014) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Status of Forces Agreement (dated 2014) with Afghanistan. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 05/00/19 07/00/19 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. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 RIN: 9000–AN81 415. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–024; Use of Interagency Fleet Management System Vehicles and Related Services 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 amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.251–1, Interagency Fleet Management System Vehicles and Related Services, to provide contractors that have been authorized to use fleet vehicles with additional information on how to request the vehicles from the Government. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 05/00/19 07/00/19 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–AN82 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Final Rule Stage 416. 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 the 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 E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda 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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 06/10/14 08/11/14 FR Cite 01/00/19 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 417. 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 in section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. 644(r)) and regulatory requirements in the Small Business Administration’s final rule dated October 2, 2013. Due to their inherent flexibility, competitive nature, and administrative efficiency, multiple award contracts 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 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 12/06/16 02/06/17 FR Cite 81 FR 88072 12/00/18 79 FR 33164 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7185, Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM58 VerDate Sep<11>2014 businesses have greater access to multiple award contracts, 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. This rule ensures that small businesses will have greater access to these commonly used vehicles. Timetable: Jkt 247001 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605–2868, Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM93 58109 419. 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 Government 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 and regulations, and promote a fair competitive environment. Timetable: Action Date FR Cite 418. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–017; Combating Trafficking in Persons—Definition of ‘‘Recruitment Fees’’ NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 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 implement Executive Order 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 to provide a standardized definition that clarifies what prohibited recruitment fees are in order to help prevent human trafficking. Timetable: 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 11/29/16 03/02/17 81 FR 85914 04/00/19 420. 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 a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 NPRM .................. E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 Date 06/26/18 FR Cite 83 FR 29736 58110 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda Action Date NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ FR Cite 08/27/18 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–AN45 421. 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: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 822 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328). This rule applies to DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard, and implements exceptions for these agencies at FAR 15.403(c)(1) from certified cost or pricing data requirements when price is based on adequate price competition. 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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 06/12/18 08/13/18 FR Cite 83 FR 27303 04/00/19 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 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 422. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–018, Violation of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States 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 to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 implement section 1290(c)(3) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017, which requires an offeror 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 in which the United States is a participating state. Timetable: Action Date Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 06/15/18 08/14/18 FR Cite 83 FR 28145 04/00/19 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–AN57 423. 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 issuing a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1634 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 in which Kaspersky Lab has a majority ownership. Timetable: Action Date Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 06/15/18 08/14/18 FR Cite 83 FR 28141 04/00/19 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–AN64 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 424. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–017, Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment 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 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 19 (Pub. L. 115–232). Section 889 prohibits the procurement or use of covered telecommunications equipment and services from Huawei Technologies Company, ZTE Corporation, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Technology Company or Dahua Technology Company, to include any subsidiaries or affiliates. This FAR rule is needed to protect U.S. networks against cyber activities conducted through Chinese Government-supported telecommunications equipment and services. Timetable: Action Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 02/00/19 04/00/19 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–AN83 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Completed Actions 425. 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 issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order 13665, entitled ‘‘Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information,’’ and the final rule issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda of the Department of Labor (DOL) entitled, ‘‘Government Contractors, Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions.’’ This rule provides for a uniform Federal Government policy to prohibit Federal contractors from discriminating against their employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants. Completed: Reason Date Final Rule ............ Final Action Effective. 08/22/18 08/22/18 FR Cite 83 FR 42570 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN10 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 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 with respect to whether offerors are required to register in SAM prior to submitting an offer or prior to being awarded a contract. This rule clarifies and makes the language consistent by requiring offerors to register 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 clarifying when an offeror must register in SAM. Registering in SAM eliminates the need for 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. Completed: Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. VerDate Sep<11>2014 09/26/18 10/26/18 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 FR Cite 83 FR 48691 Jkt 247001 427. 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 amend 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 align with the threshold for obtaining certified cost or pricing data. Completed: Reason 426. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–005, System for Award Management Registration Reason Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN19 Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 05/01/18 05/31/18 FR Cite 83 FR 19149 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN26 428. 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 issued a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requiring Federal Government contractors to ensure that its employees working 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 the Department of Labor’s final rule. Completed: Reason Date Final Rule ............ Final Action Effective. 08/22/18 08/22/18 FR Cite 83 FR 42569 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN27 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 58111 429. 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 issued 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 on July 1, 2016 and finalized on January 18, 2017. The DOL rule adjusted the civil monetary penalties for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114–74). Completed: Reason Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Date 05/01/18 05/31/18 FR Cite 83 FR 19148 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN37 430. 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 issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to raise the dollar threshold for task- and delivery-order protests from $10 million to $25 million for DoD contracts and to 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 (NDAA) for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114–328) and Public Law 114– 260, section 835(a). Completed: Reason Final Rule ............ E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20 Date 05/01/18 FR Cite 83 FR 19145 58112 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Unified Agenda Reason Date Final Rule Effective. FR Cite 05/31/18 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS 20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN41 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 431. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–009, One Dollar Coins Completed: 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 to implement section 885 of the National Defense Authorization Act (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. Direct Final Rule Direct Final Rule Effective. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 Reason Date 09/26/18 10/26/18 FR Cite 83 FR 48700 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Phone: 202 501–1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN70 [FR Doc. 2018–23933 Filed 11–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P E:\FR\FM\16NOP20.SGM 16NOP20

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Ch. 1


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCIES:  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 pursuant to Executive Order 12866, 
``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' 58 FR 51735 (1993), with particular 
adherence to Executive Order 13771, ``Reducing Regulation and 
Controlling Costs,'' 82 FR 9339 (2017); Executive Order 13777, 
``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' 82 FR 12285, and the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 to 612. The purpose of 
publishing this agenda is to give notice of regulatory activity being 
undertaken by the FAR Council in order to provide the public an 
opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Mandell, Division Director, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, 
Washington, DC 20405-0001, 202-501-2735.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DoD, GSA, and NASA, under the Office of 
Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act (41 U.S.C. 1303) and the 
Agencies' 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.
    The information provided in the Unified Agenda (Agenda) previews 
the rulemaking activities that we expect to undertake in the immediate 
future. The Agenda focuses primarily on those actions expected to 
result in publication of Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, 
Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, or Final Rules within the next 12 
months.
    A fully searchable e-Agenda is available for viewing in its 
entirety at www.reginfo.gov. Agenda information is also available at 
www.regulations.gov, the Governmentwide website for submission of 
comments on proposed regulations. Our fall 2018 agenda follows.

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

                 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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383.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM94
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-021;
                             Determination of Fair and
                             Reasonable Prices on
                             Orders Under Multiple
                             Award Contracts.
384.......................  FAR Acquisition Regulation         9000-AN31
                             (FAR); FAR Case 2015-038,
                             Reverse Auction Guidance.
385.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN32
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-005,
                             Whistleblower Protection
                             for Contractor Employees.
386.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN34
                             Regulation; FAR Case 2016-
                             002, Applicability of
                             Small Business
                             Regulations Outside the
                             United States.
387.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN35
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-011, Revision
                             of Limitations on
                             Subcontracting.
388.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN38
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-013, Tax on
                             Certain Foreign
                             Procurement.
389.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN39
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-003; Individual
                             Sureties.
390.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN40
                             Regulations (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-002,
                             Requirements for DD Form
                             254, Contract Security
                             Classification
                             Specification.
391.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN43
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-014, Use of
                             Acquisition 360 to
                             Encourage Vendor Feedback.
392.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN44
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-013, Breaches
                             of Personally
                             Identifiable Information.
393.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN46
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-011, Section
                             508-Based Standards in
                             Information and
                             Communication Technology.
394.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN47
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-012,
                             Incremental Funding of
                             Fixed-Price Contracting
                             Actions.
395.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN54
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-010, Evaluation
                             Factors for Multiple-
                             Award Contracts.
396.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN56
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-016, Controlled
                             Unclassified Information
                             (CUI).
397.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-020, Ombudsman
                             for Indefinite-Delivery
                             Contracts.
398.......................  Federal Regulation                 9000-AN59
                             Acquisition (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-019, Policy on
                             Joint Ventures.
399.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN61
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-003, Credit for
                             Lower-Tier Small Business
                             Subcontracting.
400.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN62
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-002, Protecting
                             Life in Global Health
                             Assistance.
401.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN63
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-017, Rental
                             Cost Analysis in
                             Equipment Acquisitions.
402.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN65
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-004; Increased
                             Micro-Purchase and
                             Simplified Acquisition
                             Thresholds.
403.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN66
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-006; Provisions
                             and Clauses for
                             Commercial Items and
                             Simplified Acquisitions.
404.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN69
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-005,
                             Modifications to Cost or
                             Pricing Data and
                             Reporting Requirements.
405.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN71
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-012, Rights to
                             Federally Funded
                             Inventions and Licensing
                             of Government-Owned
                             Inventions.
406.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN72
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-013, Exemption
                             of Commercial and COTS
                             Item Contracts from
                             Certain Laws and
                             Regulations.

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407.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN73
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-014, Increasing
                             Task-Order Level
                             Competition.
408.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN75
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-016, Lowest
                             Price Technically
                             Acceptable Source
                             Selection Process.
409.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN76
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-018, Revision
                             of Definition of
                             ``Commercial Item''.
410.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN77
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-019, Review of
                             Commercial Clause
                             Requirements and Flowdown.
411.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN78
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-020,
                             Construction Contract
                             Administration.
412.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN79
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-021, Reserve
                             Officer Training Corps
                             and Military Recruiting
                             on Campus.
413.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN80
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-022; Orders
                             Issued Via Fax or
                             Electronic Commerce.
414.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN81
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-023, Taxes--
                             Foreign Contracts in
                             Afghanistan.
415.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN82
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-024; Use of
                             Interagency Fleet
                             Management System
                             Vehicles and Related
                             Services.
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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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416.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-002; Reporting
                             of Nonconforming Items to
                             the Government-Industry
                             Data Exchange Program.
417.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM93
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-002; Set-Asides
                             Under Multiple Award
                             Contracts.
418.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN02
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-017; Combating
                             Trafficking in Persons--
                             Definition of
                             ``Recruitment Fees''.
419.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN29
                             Regulation: FAR Case 2016-
                             005; Effective
                             Communication Between
                             Government and Industry.
420.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN45
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-009, Special
                             Emergency Procurement
                             Authority.
421.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN53
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-006, Exception
                             From Certified Cost or
                             Pricing Data
                             Requirements--Adequate
                             Price Competition.
422.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN57
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-018, Violation
                             of Arms Control Treaties
                             or Agreements With the
                             United States.
423.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN64
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-010, Use of
                             Product and Services of
                             Kaspersky Lab.
424.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN83
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-017,
                             Prohibition on Certain
                             Telecommunications and
                             Video Surveillance
                             Services or Equipment.
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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425.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN10
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-007, Non-
                             Retaliation for
                             Disclosure of
                             Compensation Information.
426.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN19
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-005, System for
                             Award Management
                             Registration.
427.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN26
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-039, Audit of
                             Settlement Proposals.
428.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN27
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-001, Paid Sick
                             Leave for Federal
                             Contractors.
429.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN37
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-004, Liquidated
                             Damages Rate Adjustment.
430.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN41
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-007, Task- and
                             Delivery-Order Protests.
431.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN70
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-009, One Dollar
                             Coins.
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Proposed Rule Stage

383. 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 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 reasonable at the time the order is placed under the GSA's 
FSS. 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................................   06/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/00/19  .......................
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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

384. 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 multiple 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 to help agencies maximize competition and savings when using 
reverse auctions.
    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: 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

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

    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 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 clarifies 
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 that 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 a 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 both 
contractors and subcontractors.
    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: 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

386. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016-002, Applicability 
of Small Business Regulations Outside 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) consistent with SBA's regulation at 13 CFR 
125.2 as finalized in its rule ``Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery 
Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation'' issued on October 2, 2013, 
to clarify that overseas contracting is not excluded from agency 
responsibilities to foster small business participation.
    In its final rule, SBA has clarified that, as a general matter, its 
small business contracting regulations apply regardless of the place of 
performance. In light of these changes, there is a need to amend the 
FAR both to bring its coverage into alignment with SBA's regulation and 
to give agencies the tools they need, especially the ability to use 
set-asides to maximize opportunities for small businesses overseas.
    SBA has included contracts performed outside of the United States 
in agencies' prime contracting goals since 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 will make it easier for small businesses to receive additional 
opportunities for contracts performed outside of the United States.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   01/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN34

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

    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 revise and standardize the limitations 
on subcontracting, including the nonmanufacturer rule, that apply to 
small business concerns under FAR part 19 procurements. This proposed 
rule incorporates SBA's final rule that implemented the statutory 
requirements

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of section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 benefit both small businesses and Federal agencies. The 
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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NPRM................................   10/00/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN35

388. 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 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 of 
such payment. This rule applies to foreign persons that are awarded 
Federal Government contracts to provide goods or services.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   02/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/19
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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-AN38

389. 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 implements section 874 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act (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................................   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-AN39

390. 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 that are 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................................   01/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/19
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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-AN40

391. 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 for contract 
formation and administration activities) and a standard FAR 
solicitation provision to support a sustainable model for broadened use 
of the 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...............................   07/23/18  83 FR 34820
ANPRM Comment Period End............   09/21/18
NPRM................................   03/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

[[Page 58104]]

    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

392. 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 a breach response consistent with the requirements. 
This FAR change will implement the requirements outlined in the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M-17-12, ``Preparing for and 
Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information,'' 
section V part B.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   02/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/19
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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-AN44

393. 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 this would assist American ICT 
companies by helping them to achieve economies of scale created by a 
wider use of these technical standards.
    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: 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

394. 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 incremental funding of 
certain fixed-price contracting actions to help minimize disruptions to 
agency operations, and to provide Federal acquisition professionals 
with new funding flexibility for fixed-price contracting actions. The 
FAR addresses incremental funding on cost reimbursement contracts, 
however, it 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 their own policy changes in this regard, making this FAR 
change will provide consistency across all Government agencies.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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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: 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

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

    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 proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (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 rule will streamline the award of contracts for DoD, NASA, 
and the Coast Guard because they will not be required 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................................   09/24/18  83 FR 48271
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/23/18  .......................
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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

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396. 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 November 4, 2010. As the executive 
agent designated to oversee the Governmentwide CUI program, NARA issued 
implementing regulations in late 2016 designed to address Federal 
agency policies for designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, 
decontrolling and disposing of CUI. The NARA rule, which is codified at 
32 CFR 2002, affects contractors that handle, possess, use, share or 
receive CUI. This FAR rule helps to ensure uniform implementation of 
the requirements of the CUI program in contracts across Government 
agencies.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/00/19  .......................
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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

397. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 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 the 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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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-AN58

398. 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................................   02/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN59

399. 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 (NDAA) 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 business prime contractors 
to receive small business subcontracting credit for subcontracts their 
subcontractors award to small businesses.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN61

400. 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 
plans to new funding agreements for global health assistance furnished 
by all Federal 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

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

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

[[Page 58106]]

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch.137; 51 U.S. C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a 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 an agency is deciding whether to 
lease or purchase equipment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/05/18  83 FR 45072
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/05/18
Final Rule..........................   06/00/19
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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-AN63

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

    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 proposed rule to amend 
the FAR to implement sections 805, 806, and 1702(a) of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (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 of the MPT amount (i.e., 
$5,000). Section 806 increases the simplified acquisition threshold 
(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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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-AN65

403. 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 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 
820 amends 41 U.S.C. 1906(c)(1) to change the definition of 
``subcontract'' in certain circumstances. This rule also 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................................   04/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/00/19
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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

404. 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 Truth in Negotiation Act 
(TINA) threshold to $2 million and require other than certified cost or 
pricing data. The rule reduces the burden on contractors because they 
would not be required to certify their cost or pricing data between 
$750,000 and $2 million. This change implements section 811 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 811 
modifies 10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 3502.
    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: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN69

405.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-012, 
Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government-Owned 
Inventions

    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 FAR to 
implement the changes to 37 CFR parts 401 and 404, ``Rights to 
Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned 
Inventions,'' dated May 14, 2018. The changes reduce regulatory 
burdens, provide greater clarity to large businesses by codifying the 
applicability of Bayh-Dole as directed in Executive Order 12591, and 
provide greater clarity to all federal funding recipients by updating 
regulatory provisions to align with provisions of the Leahy-Smith 
America Invents Act in terms of definitions and time frames.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   02/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/19  .......................
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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-AN71

406.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-013, 
Exemption of Commercial and COTS Item Contracts From Certain Laws and 
Regulations

    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 proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraph (a) of section 839 
of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2019. Paragraph (a) requires the FAR Council to review each past 
determination made not to exempt contacts and subcontracts for 
commercial products, commercial

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services, and commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) items from 
certain laws when these contracts would otherwise have been exempt 
under 41 U.S.C. 1906(d) or 41 U.S.C. 1907(b). The FAR Council or the 
Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy has to determine whether 
there still exists specific reason not to provide exemptions from 
certain laws. If no determination is made to continue to exempt 
commercial contracts and subcontracts from certain laws, paragraph (a) 
requires that revisions to the FAR be proposed, to reflect exemptions 
from those laws. Paragraph (a) requires these revisions to be proposed 
within one year of the date of enactment of section 839.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN72

407.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-014, 
Increasing Task-Order Level 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: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Section 876 of the John S. 
McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which 
would provide civilian agencies with an exception to the existing 
statutory requirement to include price to the Federal Government as an 
evaluation factor that must be considered in the evaluation of 
proposals for all contracts. The exception would only apply to IDIQ 
contracts and to Federal Supply Schedule contracts for services that 
are priced at an hourly rate. Furthermore, the exception would only 
apply in those instances where the Government intends to make a 
contract award to all qualifying offerors, thus affording maximum 
opportunity for effective competition at the task order level. An 
offeror would be qualified only if it is a responsible source and 
submits a proposal that conforms to the requirements of the 
solicitation, meets any technical requirements, and is otherwise 
eligible for award.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/19  .......................
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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-AN73

408.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-016, 
Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection PROCESS

    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 880 of the John S. 
McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 
2019 to avoid using lowest price technically acceptable source 
selection criteria in circumstances that would deny the Government the 
benefits of cost and technical tradeoffs in the source selection 
process.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/00/19  .......................
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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-AN75

409.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-018, 
Revision of Definition of ``Commercial Item''

    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 separate the commercial item definition 
into definitions of commercial product and commercial service. Section 
836 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) set the effective date of the new 
definitions to January 1, 2020. This is consistent with the 
recommendations by the independent panel created by Section 809 of the 
NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 11492). This case implements amendment to 41 
U.S.C. 103.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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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: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN76

410.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-019, 
Review of Commercial Clause Requirements and Flowdown

    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 proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraphs (b) and (c) of 
section 839 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2019.
    Paragraph (b) requires the FAR Council to review the FAR to assess 
every regulation that requires a specific clause in contracts for 
commercial products or commercial services, unless the regulation is 
required by law or Executive Order. Paragraph (b) also requires that 
revisions to the FAR be proposed to eliminate those regulations unless 
the FAR Council makes a determination not to eliminate a regulation.
    Paragraph (c) requires the FAR Council to review the FAR to assess 
every regulation that requires a prime contractor to include specific 
clause in subcontracts for commercially available off-the-shelf items, 
unless the clause is required by law or Executive Order. Paragraph (c) 
also requires that revisions to the FAR be proposed to eliminate those 
regulations unless the FAR Council makes a determination not to 
eliminate a regulation.
    Paragraphs (b) and (c) require these revisions to be proposed 
within one year of the date of the enactment of section 839.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN77

411.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-020, 
Construction Contract Administration

    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: Implements section 855 of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 
115-232). Section 855 requires, for solicitations for construction 
contracts anticipated to be awarded to a small business, notification 
to prospective offerors regarding agency policies or practices in 
complying with FAR requirements relating to the timely definitization 
of requests for equitable adjustment and agency past performance in 
definitizing such requests.
    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: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN78

412.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-021, 
Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus

    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 the requirements at 10 U.S.C. 
983, which prohibits the award of certain Federal contracts or grants 
to institutions of higher education that prohibit Senior Reserve 
Officer Training Corps units or military recruiting on campus.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/19  .......................
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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-AN79

413.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-022; 
Orders Issued Via Fax or Electronic Commerce

    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) clause 52.216-18, Ordering, to authorize 
issuance of orders via fax or email and clarify when an order is 
considered to be issued when utilizing these methods.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/19  .......................
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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-AN80

414.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-023, 
Taxes--Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan

    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 the provisions on taxes, 
duties, and fees contained in the Security and Defense Cooperation 
Agreement (dated 2014) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
Status of Forces Agreement (dated 2014) with Afghanistan.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/19  .......................
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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-AN81

415.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-024; 
Use of Interagency Fleet Management System Vehicles and Related 
Services

    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 amends the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.251-1, Interagency Fleet 
Management System Vehicles and Related Services, to provide contractors 
that have been authorized to use fleet vehicles with additional 
information on how to request the vehicles from the Government.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/19
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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-AN82

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

Final Rule Stage

416. 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 the 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

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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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/10/14  79 FR 33164
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/11/14
Final Rule..........................   01/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AM58

417. 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 in section 1331 of the Small 
Business Jobs Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. 644(r)) and regulatory 
requirements in the Small Business Administration's final rule dated 
October 2, 2013.
    Due to their inherent flexibility, competitive nature, and 
administrative efficiency, multiple award contracts 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, 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. 
This rule ensures that small businesses will 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: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AM93

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

    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 implement Executive Order 
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 to provide a standardized definition that clarifies 
what prohibited recruitment fees are in order to help prevent 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

419. 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 Government 
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 
and 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..........................   04/00/19
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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-AN29

420. 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 a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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................................   06/26/18  83 FR 29736

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/27/18
Final Rule..........................   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-AN45

421. 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: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 822 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114-
328). This rule applies to DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard, and 
implements exceptions for these agencies at FAR 15.403(c)(1) from 
certified cost or pricing data requirements when price is based on 
adequate price competition. 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/12/18  83 FR 27303
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/13/18
Final Rule..........................   04/00/19
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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-AN53

422. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-018, Violation 
of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States

    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 to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1290(c)(3) of 
the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017, which 
requires an offeror 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 in which the United States is 
a participating state.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   06/15/18  83 FR 28145
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      08/14/18
 End.
Final Rule..........................   04/00/19
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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-AN57

423. 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 issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1634 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 in which Kaspersky Lab has a 
majority ownership.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   06/15/18  83 FR 28141
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      08/14/18
 End.
Final Rule..........................   04/00/19
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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-AN64

424.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-017, 
Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance 
Services or Equipment

    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 889 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 19 (Pub. L. 115-232). Section 
889 prohibits the procurement or use of covered telecommunications 
equipment and services from Huawei Technologies Company, ZTE 
Corporation, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Technology 
Company or Dahua Technology Company, to include any subsidiaries or 
affiliates. This FAR rule is needed to protect U.S. networks against 
cyber activities conducted through Chinese Government-supported 
telecommunications equipment and services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   02/00/19
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      04/00/19
 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-AN83

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

Completed Actions

425. 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 issued a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order 
13665, entitled ``Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation 
Information,'' and the final rule issued by the Office of Federal 
Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

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of the Department of Labor (DOL) entitled, ``Government Contractors, 
Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions.''
    This rule provides for a uniform Federal Government policy to 
prohibit Federal contractors from discriminating against their 
employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose 
their own compensation or the compensation of other employees or 
applicants.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   08/22/18  83 FR 42570
Final Action Effective..............   08/22/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN10

426. 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 with respect 
to whether offerors are required to register in SAM prior to submitting 
an offer or prior to being awarded a contract. This rule clarifies and 
makes the language consistent by requiring offerors to register 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 clarifying when an offeror must register in SAM. 
Registering in SAM eliminates the need for 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.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   09/26/18  83 FR 48691
Final Rule Effective................   10/26/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Phone: 202 501-1448, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN19

427. 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 amend 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 align with the threshold for 
obtaining certified cost or pricing data.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   05/01/18  83 FR 19149
Final Rule Effective................   05/31/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN26

428. 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 issued a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requiring Federal Government 
contractors to ensure that its employees working 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 the Department of Labor's final rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   08/22/18  83 FR 42569
Final Action Effective..............   08/22/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN27

429. 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 issued 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 on July 1, 2016 and finalized on 
January 18, 2017. The DOL rule adjusted the civil monetary penalties 
for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 
114-74).
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   05/01/18  83 FR 19148
Final Rule Effective................   05/31/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN37

430. 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 issued a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to raise the dollar threshold for 
task- and delivery-order protests from $10 million to $25 million for 
DoD contracts and to 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 (NDAA) for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114-
328) and Public Law 114-260, section 835(a).
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   05/01/18  83 FR 19145

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Final Rule Effective................   05/31/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Phone: 202 501-1448, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN41

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

    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 to implement 
section 885 of the National Defense Authorization Act (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.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Direct Final Rule...................   09/26/18  83 FR 48700
Direct Final Rule Effective.........   10/26/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Phone: 202 501-1448, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN70

[FR Doc. 2018-23933 Filed 11-15-18; 8:45 am]
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