Information Collection; FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters, 24523-24525 [2019-11007]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices Average Hours per Response: 455. Total Time Burden (Hours): 21,840. Total Cost Burden: $1,226,316. burden estimates for this function directly on the results from the FAS survey of its FSS contracting officers. Total Annual Burden The total estimated burden imposed by Federal Supply Schedule pricing disclosures is as follows: Addition Modifications—Heavier Lift Total Annual Responses: 1,275. Average Hours per Response: 11.13. Total Time Burden (Hours): 14,189. Total Cost Burden: $1,100,320. Addition Modifications—Lighter Lift Total Annual Responses: 5,099. Average Hours per Response: 10.65. Total Time Burden (Hours): 54,306. Total Cost Burden: $4,211,468. Exercising Options: In FY 2018, 2,468 option modifications were processed, including 494 (20 percent) with a heavier lift and 1,974 (80 percent) with a lighter lift. The time burden for these modifications varies with the type and number of offerings, business structure, and expected revenue. GSA is basing its burden estimates for this function directly on the results from the FAS survey of its FSS contracting officers because while the associated tasks with processing an option CSP are similar to that of a pre-award CSP, the option CSP requires less time because of familiarity and precedents created during the preceding contract period. Option Modifications—Heavier Lift Total Annual Responses: 494. Average Hours per Response: 26.14. Total Time Burden (Hours): 12,903. Total Cost Burden: $1,000,605. Option Modifications—Lighter Lift Total Annual Responses: 1,974. Average Hours per Response: 22.32. Total Time Burden (Hours): 44,069. Total Cost Burden: $3,417,521. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES GSA Office of Inspector General Audits The GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) regularly audits GSA Schedule contracts for compliance with PRC and CSP requirements. The GSA OIG performed 48 contract audits in FY 2018.14 Survey responses included with public comments submitted for the 2012 renewal of this information collection noted vendors estimated spending approximately 440–470 hours preparing for audits involving the PRC. This burden still applied in 2018, so GSA is taking the median point of that range (455) and multiplying it by 48 audits, to reach the sum of 21,840 hours expended preparing for audits. GSA OIG Audits Total Annual Responses: 48. 14 The 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 Estimated Annual Cost Burden Sales Reporting: $6,141,614. Price Reductions Clause: $61,634,109. CSP Disclosures: $24,814,275. GSA OIG Audits: $1,693,692. Total Annual Cost Burden: $94,283,689. C. Public Comments Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202–501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 3090–0235, Federal Supply Schedule Pricing Disclosures and Sales Reporting, in all correspondence. Jeffrey A. Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–11029 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–61–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000–0193; Docket No. 2019–0003; Sequence No. 22] GSA OIG’s audit findings are outlined in their Semiannual Reports to the Congress. The report covering October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 stated the OIG performed 21 contract audits and the report covering April 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018 stated the GSA OIG performed 27 contract audits. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated Annual Time Burden (Hours) Sales Reporting: 111,281. Price Reductions Clause: 794,766. CSP Disclosures: 319,978. GSA OIG Audits: 21,840. Total Annual Time Burden: 1,247,865. Information Collection; FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24523 and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, DoD, GSA, and NASA invite the public to comment on a revision and renewal concerning the responsibility of prospective contractors. OMB has approved this information collection for use through August 31, 2019. DoD, GSA, and NASA propose that OMB extend its approval for use for three additional years beyond the current expiration date. DATES: DoD, GSA, and NASA will consider all comments received by July 29, 2019. ADDRESSES: The FAR Council invites interested persons to submit comments on this collection by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions on the site. Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Lois Mandell/IC 9000–0193, FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters. Instructions: All items submitted must cite Information Collection 9000– 0193, FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail). This information collection is pending at the FAR Council. The Council will submit it to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, at telephone 703–605–2868, or mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: A. Overview of Information Collection Description of Information Collection 1. OMB number: 9000–0193. 2. Title, and any Associated Form(s): FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters. E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 24524 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices 3. Type of Information Collection: Revision/Renewal of a currently approved collection. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Solicitation of Public Comment Written comments and suggestions from the public should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. B. Purpose DoD, GSA, and NASA are in the process of combining OMB Control Nos. for the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by FAR part. This consolidation is expected to improve industry’s ability to easily and efficiently identify all burdens associated with a given FAR part. The review of the information collections by FAR part allows improved oversight to ensure there is no redundant or unaccounted for burden placed on the public. Lastly, combining information collections in a given FAR part is also expected to reduce the administrative burden associated with reviewing, processing, or commenting on multiple information collections. This justification supports renewal of OMB Control No. 9000–0193 and combines it with the previously approved information collections OMB Control No(s). 9000–0094, with the new title ‘‘FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters’’. Upon approval of this consolidated information collection, OMB Control No(s). 9000–0094 will be discontinued. The burden requirements previously approved under the discontinued Number(s) will be covered under OMB Control No. 9000–0193. This clearance covers the information that offerors and contractors must submit to comply with the following FAR requirements: 1. Prohibition on Contracting With Corporations with Delinquent Taxes or a Felony Conviction (FAR 52.209–11, VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 52.209–12, and 52.212–3(q)). FAR provision 52.209–11, Representation by Corporations Regarding Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Conviction under any Federal Law, and its equivalent for commercial acquisitions at FAR provision 52.212–3(q), implement sections 744 and 745 of Division E of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113–235). Sections 744 and 745 prohibit agencies from entering into a contract with any corporation with any delinquent Federal tax liability or a felony conviction, unless the agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government. FAR provision 52.209–12, Certification Regarding Tax Matters, implements section 523 of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Division B) and the same provision in subsequent appropriations acts. Agencies funded by these acts include the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, NASA, as well as some smaller agencies. This section prohibits award of any contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 by those covered agencies, unless the offeror affirmatively certifies that it has filed all Federal tax returns required during the three years preceding the certification; has not been convicted of a criminal offense under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and has not, more than 90 days prior to certification, been notified of any unpaid Federal tax assessment for which the liability remains unsatisfied, unless the assessment is the subject of an installment agreement or offer in compromise that has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service and is not in default, or the assessment is the subject of a nonfrivolous administrative or judicial proceeding. 2. Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters (FAR 52.209–5, 52.209–6, and 52.212–3(h)). The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 requires that contract awards be made to responsible prospective contractors only. To be determined responsible, a prospective contractor must meet a series of general standards. The standards include having a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics, and being otherwise qualified and eligible to receive an award under applicable laws and regulations. FAR provision 52.209–5, Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters, and its equivalent for commercial acquisitions at FAR provision 52.212– PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3(h), require the disclosure of certain critical factors by an offeror to be considered by the contracting officer in making a responsibility determination. These critical factors, e.g. suspended, debarred, criminal offense conviction, etc, determine whether the offeror is eligible for an award. The provision also requires offerors to provide immediate written notice to the contracting officer if, at any time prior to contract award, the offeror learns that its certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed circumstances. FAR clause 52.209–6, Protecting the Government’s Interest When Subcontracting with Contractor’s Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment, similarly ensures that the Government deals with responsible subcontractors. Paragraph (b) of 52.209– 6 prohibits contractors from entering into any subcontract in excess of $35,000 with a subcontractor that is debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment by any executive agency unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Paragraph (c) of the clause requires the contractor to require each proposed subcontractor whose subcontract will exceed $35,000, to disclose to the contractor in writing, whether as of the time of award of the subcontract, the subcontractor, or its principals, is or is not debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment by the Government. Paragraph (d) of clause requires that before entering into a subcontract with a party that is debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment, a corporate officer or designee of the contractor must notify the contracting officer, in writing, of the name of the subcontractor; why the subcontractor is debarred, suspended, or ineligible; the compelling reason(s) for doing business with the subcontractor; and how the contractor will protect the Government’s interests when dealing with such subcontractor. For any subcontract subject to Government consent, contracting officers shall not consent to such subcontracts, unless the agency head or a designee states in writing the compelling reasons for approving such subcontract. 3. Information Regarding Responsibility Matters and Updates to That Publicly Available Information (FAR 52.209–7 and 52.209–9). Section 872 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 110–417), enacted on October 14, 2008, required the development and maintenance of an information system that contains specific information on the integrity and performance of covered Federal agency contractors and grantees. E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) was developed to address these requirements. FAPIIS provides users access to integrity and performance information from the FAPIIS reporting module in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), as well as proceedings information and suspension/debarment information from SAM. FAR provision 52.209–7, Information Regarding Responsibility Matters, requires information that is necessary to: (1) Determine the responsibility of prospective contractors; and (2) ensure that contractors maintain for accuracy and completeness, their integrity and performance information upon which responsibility determinations rely. Paragraph (b) of the provision contains a check box to be completed by the offeror indicating whether or not it has current active Federal contracts and grants with total value greater than $10,000,000. Paragraph (c) of the provision states that, if the offeror indicated in paragraph (b) that it has current active Federal contracts and grants with total value greater than $10,000,000, then, by submission of the offer, the offeror represents that the information entered into FAPIIS is current, accurate, and complete as of the date of submission of the offer. FAR clause 52.209–9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters, implements the requirement to keep FAPIIS up-to-date and the requirement of section 3010 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111– 212), to make all information posted in FAPIIS on or after April 15, 2011, except past performance reviews, publicly available. Paragraph (a) of the clause at 52.209–9 requires the contractor to update responsibility information on a semiannual basis, throughout the life of the contract, by posting the information in SAM. Paragraph (c) of the clause lets contractors know of their ability to provide feedback on information posted by the Government in FAPIIS and the procedure to follow in the event information exempt from public disclosure is slated to become publicly available information in FAPIIS. 4. Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations (FAR 52.209–2, 52.209–10, and 52.212–3(n)). Section 745 of Division D of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Pub. L. 110–161) and its successor provisions in subsequent appropriations acts (and as extended in continuing resolutions) prohibit, on a Governmentwide basis, the use of VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 appropriated (or otherwise made available) funds for contracts with either an inverted domestic corporation, or a subsidiary of such a corporation. FAR provision 52.209–2,Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations-Representation, and its equivalent for commercial acquisitions at FAR provision 52.212–3(n), requires each offeror to represent whether it is, or is not, an inverted domestic corporation or a subsidiary of an inverted domestic corporation. FAR clause 52.209–10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations, requires the contractor to promptly notify the contracting officer in the event the contractor becomes an inverted domestic corporation or a subsidiary of an inverted domestic corporation during the period of performance of the contract. C. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents/Recordkeepers: 1,333,801. (1,328,450 respondents + 5,351 recordkeepers). Total Annual Responses: 1,437,826.4. Total Burden Hours: 1,511,005. (975,905 reporting hours + 535,100 recordkeeping hours). Obtaining Copies: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202–501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000–0193, FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters, in all correspondence. Dated: May 21, 2019. Janet Fry, Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–11007 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000–0057; Docket No. 2019–0003; Sequence No. 5] Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice. PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat Division will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a revision and renewal of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning evaluation of export offers. DATES: Submit comments on or before June 27, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for GSA, Room 10236, NEOB, Washington, DC 20503. Additionally submit a copy to GSA by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions on the site. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Ms. Mandell/IC 9000–0057, Evaluation of Export Offers. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection ‘‘Information Collection 9000–0057, Evaluation of Export Offers’’ in all correspondence related to this collection. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two-to-three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Curtis E. Glover, Sr., Procurement Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, GSA, 202–501–4082 or via email at Curtis.glover@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: A. OMB Number, Title, and Any Associated Form(s) 9000–0057, Evaluation of Export Offers Submission for OMB Review; Evaluation of Export Offers AGENCY: 24525 B. Needs and Uses Offers submitted in response to Government solicitations must be evaluated and awards made on the basis of the lowest laid down cost to the Government at the overseas port of E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

[OMB Control No. 9000-0193; Docket No. 2019-0003; Sequence No. 22]


Information Collection; FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, DoD, GSA, and 
NASA invite the public to comment on a revision and renewal concerning 
the responsibility of prospective contractors. OMB has approved this 
information collection for use through August 31, 2019. DoD, GSA, and 
NASA propose that OMB extend its approval for use for three additional 
years beyond the current expiration date.

DATES: DoD, GSA, and NASA will consider all comments received by July 
29, 2019.

ADDRESSES: The FAR Council invites interested persons to submit 
comments on this collection by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the 
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or 
attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov 
and follow the instructions on the site.
    Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat 
Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Lois 
Mandell/IC 9000-0193, FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters.
    Instructions: All items submitted must cite Information Collection 
9000-0193, FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters. Comments received 
generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, 
including any personal and/or business confidential information 
provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check 
www.regulations.gov, approximately two to three days after submission 
to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments 
submitted by mail). This information collection is pending at the FAR 
Council. The Council will submit it to OMB within 60 days from the date 
of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement 
Analyst, at telephone 703-605-2868, or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Overview of Information Collection

Description of Information Collection

    1. OMB number: 9000-0193.
    2. Title, and any Associated Form(s): FAR Part 9 Responsibility 
Matters.

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    3. Type of Information Collection: Revision/Renewal of a currently 
approved collection.

Solicitation of Public Comment

    Written comments and suggestions from the public should address one 
or more of the following four points:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.

B. Purpose

    DoD, GSA, and NASA are in the process of combining OMB Control Nos. 
for the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by FAR part. This 
consolidation is expected to improve industry's ability to easily and 
efficiently identify all burdens associated with a given FAR part. The 
review of the information collections by FAR part allows improved 
oversight to ensure there is no redundant or unaccounted for burden 
placed on the public. Lastly, combining information collections in a 
given FAR part is also expected to reduce the administrative burden 
associated with reviewing, processing, or commenting on multiple 
information collections.
    This justification supports renewal of OMB Control No. 9000-0193 
and combines it with the previously approved information collections 
OMB Control No(s). 9000-0094, with the new title ``FAR Part 9 
Responsibility Matters''. Upon approval of this consolidated 
information collection, OMB Control No(s). 9000-0094 will be 
discontinued. The burden requirements previously approved under the 
discontinued Number(s) will be covered under OMB Control No. 9000-0193.
    This clearance covers the information that offerors and contractors 
must submit to comply with the following FAR requirements:
    1. Prohibition on Contracting With Corporations with Delinquent 
Taxes or a Felony Conviction (FAR 52.209-11, 52.209-12, and 52.212-
3(q)). FAR provision 52.209-11, Representation by Corporations 
Regarding Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Conviction under any 
Federal Law, and its equivalent for commercial acquisitions at FAR 
provision 52.212-3(q), implement sections 744 and 745 of Division E of 
the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. 
L. 113-235). Sections 744 and 745 prohibit agencies from entering into 
a contract with any corporation with any delinquent Federal tax 
liability or a felony conviction, unless the agency has considered 
suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a determination 
that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of 
the Government.
    FAR provision 52.209-12, Certification Regarding Tax Matters, 
implements section 523 of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Division B) and the same provision 
in subsequent appropriations acts. Agencies funded by these acts 
include the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, NASA, as 
well as some smaller agencies. This section prohibits award of any 
contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 by those covered 
agencies, unless the offeror affirmatively certifies that it has filed 
all Federal tax returns required during the three years preceding the 
certification; has not been convicted of a criminal offense under the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and has not, more than 90 days prior to 
certification, been notified of any unpaid Federal tax assessment for 
which the liability remains unsatisfied, unless the assessment is the 
subject of an installment agreement or offer in compromise that has 
been approved by the Internal Revenue Service and is not in default, or 
the assessment is the subject of a non-frivolous administrative or 
judicial proceeding.
    2. Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters (FAR 
52.209-5, 52.209-6, and 52.212-3(h)). The Competition in Contracting 
Act of 1984 requires that contract awards be made to responsible 
prospective contractors only. To be determined responsible, a 
prospective contractor must meet a series of general standards. The 
standards include having a satisfactory record of integrity and 
business ethics, and being otherwise qualified and eligible to receive 
an award under applicable laws and regulations. FAR provision 52.209-5, 
Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters, and its equivalent for 
commercial acquisitions at FAR provision 52.212-3(h), require the 
disclosure of certain critical factors by an offeror to be considered 
by the contracting officer in making a responsibility determination. 
These critical factors, e.g. suspended, debarred, criminal offense 
conviction, etc, determine whether the offeror is eligible for an 
award. The provision also requires offerors to provide immediate 
written notice to the contracting officer if, at any time prior to 
contract award, the offeror learns that its certification was erroneous 
when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed 
circumstances.
    FAR clause 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When 
Subcontracting with Contractor's Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for 
Debarment, similarly ensures that the Government deals with responsible 
subcontractors. Paragraph (b) of 52.209-6 prohibits contractors from 
entering into any subcontract in excess of $35,000 with a subcontractor 
that is debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment by any executive 
agency unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Paragraph (c) of 
the clause requires the contractor to require each proposed 
subcontractor whose subcontract will exceed $35,000, to disclose to the 
contractor in writing, whether as of the time of award of the 
subcontract, the subcontractor, or its principals, is or is not 
debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment by the Government. 
Paragraph (d) of clause requires that before entering into a 
subcontract with a party that is debarred, suspended, or proposed for 
debarment, a corporate officer or designee of the contractor must 
notify the contracting officer, in writing, of the name of the 
subcontractor; why the subcontractor is debarred, suspended, or 
ineligible; the compelling reason(s) for doing business with the 
subcontractor; and how the contractor will protect the Government's 
interests when dealing with such subcontractor. For any subcontract 
subject to Government consent, contracting officers shall not consent 
to such subcontracts, unless the agency head or a designee states in 
writing the compelling reasons for approving such subcontract.
    3. Information Regarding Responsibility Matters and Updates to That 
Publicly Available Information (FAR 52.209-7 and 52.209-9). Section 872 
of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 (Pub. 
L. 110-417), enacted on October 14, 2008, required the development and 
maintenance of an information system that contains specific information 
on the integrity and performance of covered Federal agency contractors 
and grantees.

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The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS) was developed to address these requirements. FAPIIS provides 
users access to integrity and performance information from the FAPIIS 
reporting module in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting 
System (CPARS), as well as proceedings information and suspension/
debarment information from SAM. FAR provision 52.209-7, Information 
Regarding Responsibility Matters, requires information that is 
necessary to: (1) Determine the responsibility of prospective 
contractors; and (2) ensure that contractors maintain for accuracy and 
completeness, their integrity and performance information upon which 
responsibility determinations rely. Paragraph (b) of the provision 
contains a check box to be completed by the offeror indicating whether 
or not it has current active Federal contracts and grants with total 
value greater than $10,000,000. Paragraph (c) of the provision states 
that, if the offeror indicated in paragraph (b) that it has current 
active Federal contracts and grants with total value greater than 
$10,000,000, then, by submission of the offer, the offeror represents 
that the information entered into FAPIIS is current, accurate, and 
complete as of the date of submission of the offer.
    FAR clause 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information 
Regarding Responsibility Matters, implements the requirement to keep 
FAPIIS up-to-date and the requirement of section 3010 of the 
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-212), to make all 
information posted in FAPIIS on or after April 15, 2011, except past 
performance reviews, publicly available. Paragraph (a) of the clause at 
52.209-9 requires the contractor to update responsibility information 
on a semiannual basis, throughout the life of the contract, by posting 
the information in SAM. Paragraph (c) of the clause lets contractors 
know of their ability to provide feedback on information posted by the 
Government in FAPIIS and the procedure to follow in the event 
information exempt from public disclosure is slated to become publicly 
available information in FAPIIS.
    4. Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations 
(FAR 52.209-2, 52.209-10, and 52.212-3(n)). Section 745 of Division D 
of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Pub. L. 110-161) and its 
successor provisions in subsequent appropriations acts (and as extended 
in continuing resolutions) prohibit, on a Governmentwide basis, the use 
of appropriated (or otherwise made available) funds for contracts with 
either an inverted domestic corporation, or a subsidiary of such a 
corporation.
    FAR provision 52.209-2,Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted 
Domestic Corporations-Representation, and its equivalent for commercial 
acquisitions at FAR provision 52.212-3(n), requires each offeror to 
represent whether it is, or is not, an inverted domestic corporation or 
a subsidiary of an inverted domestic corporation.
    FAR clause 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted 
Domestic Corporations, requires the contractor to promptly notify the 
contracting officer in the event the contractor becomes an inverted 
domestic corporation or a subsidiary of an inverted domestic 
corporation during the period of performance of the contract.

C. Annual Reporting Burden

    Respondents/Recordkeepers: 1,333,801. (1,328,450 respondents + 
5,351 recordkeepers).
    Total Annual Responses: 1,437,826.4.
    Total Burden Hours: 1,511,005. (975,905 reporting hours + 535,100 
recordkeeping hours).
    Obtaining Copies: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information 
collection documents from the General Services Administration, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, 
DC 20405, telephone 202-501-4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000-
0193, FAR Part 9 Responsibility Matters, in all correspondence.

    Dated: May 21, 2019.
Janet Fry,
Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Governmentwide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2019-11007 Filed 5-24-19; 8:45 am]
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