Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, 71213-71226 [2019-26576]

Download as PDF Vol. 84 Thursday, No. 247 December 26, 2019 Part XXI Department of Defense General Services Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 71214 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Ch. 1 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda. AGENCY: This agenda announces the proposed regulatory actions the Council plans for the next 12 months and those completed since the fall 2018 edition. This agenda was developed under the SUMMARY: guidelines of Executive Orders (E.O.) 12866 ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review,’’ as amended, Executive Order 13771 ‘‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,’’ and Executive Order 13563 ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.’’ The purpose in publishing this agenda is to allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process. Members of the public may submit comments on individual proposed and interim final rulemakings at www.regulations.gov during the comment period that follows publication in the Federal Register. This agenda updates the report published on June 24, 2019, and the next agenda is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2020. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov. Lois Mandell, Division Director, Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20405–0001, 202–501–4755. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DoD, GSA, and NASA, under their several statutory authorities, jointly issue and maintain the FAR through periodic issuance of changes published in the Federal Register and produced electronically as Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs). The electronic version of the FAR, including changes, can be accessed at http://www.acquisition.gov/far. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 24, 2019. William F. Clark, Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Title 359 .................... 360 .................... FAR Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–038, Reverse Auction Guidance ................................. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016–002, Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside the United States. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–013, Tax on Certain Foreign Procurement ............ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–003; Individual Sureties ......................................... Federal Acquisition 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 2017–016, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) ..... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–018, Violation of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements With the United States. Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2017–019, Policy on Joint Ventures ................................ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–002, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance .. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–004; Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–006; Definition of Subcontract ............................... 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. 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. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–001, Analysis for Equipment Acquisitions ............. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–002, Recreational Services on Federal Lands ...... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–003, Substantial Bundling and Consolidation ........ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–004, Good Faith in Small Business Subcontracting. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–007, Update of Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program. 361 .................... 362 .................... 363 .................... 364 .................... 365 .................... 366 .................... 367 .................... 368 .................... 369 .................... 370 .................... 371 .................... 372 .................... 373 .................... 374 .................... 375 .................... 376 .................... 377 .................... 378 .................... 379 .................... 380 .................... 381 .................... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. 382 .................... 383 .................... 384 385 386 387 .................... .................... .................... .................... 388 .................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 9000–AN31 9000–AN34 9000–AN38 9000–AN39 9000–AN43 9000–AN44 9000–AN46 9000–AN56 9000–AN57 9000–AN59 9000–AN62 9000–AN65 9000–AN66 9000–AN69 9000–AN71 9000–AN72 9000–AN73 9000–AN75 9000–AN76 9000–AN77 9000–AN78 9000–AN79 9000–AN80 9000–AN81 9000–AN82 9000–AN84 9000–AN85 9000–AN86 9000–AN87 9000–AN90 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda 71215 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—PROPOSED RULE STAGE—Continued Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 389 .................... 390 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–008, Small Business Program Amendments ......... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–009, Prohibition on Contracting With Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–010, Efficient Federal Operations .......................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–013, Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–015, Improving Consistency Between Procurement & Non-Procurement Procedures on Suspension and Debarment. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–016, Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products and Materials. 391 .................... 392 .................... 393 .................... 394 .................... 9000–AN91 9000–AN92 9000–AN94 9000–AN96 9000–AN98 9000–AN99 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 395 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–002; Reporting of Nonconforming Items to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (Reg Plan Seq No. 151). Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–002; Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts Federal Acquisition Regulation: FAR Case 2016–005; Effective Communication Between Government and Industry. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–005, Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–011, Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting .... Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); FAR Case 2015–002, Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–010, Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–003, Credit for Lower-Tier Small Business Subcontracting. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–017—Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–005, Update to Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). 396 .................... 397 .................... 398 .................... 399 .................... 400 .................... 401 .................... 402 .................... 403 .................... 404 .................... 9000–AM58 9000–AM93 9000–AN29 9000–AN32 9000–AN35 9000–AN40 9000–AN54 9000–AN61 9000–AN83 9000–AN88 References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)—COMPLETED ACTIONS Title 405 .................... 406 .................... 407 .................... Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–015; Strategic Sourcing Documentation ................ Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–033, Sustainable Acquisition .................................. 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 2017–020, Ombudsman for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–010, Use of Product and Services of Kaspersky Lab. 408 .................... 409 .................... DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Proposed Rule Stage khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. 359. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 9000–AM89 9000–AN28 9000–AN53 9000–AN58 9000–AN64 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 NPRM .................. E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 Date 12/00/19 FR Cite 71216 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Action Date NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/20 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 360. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016–002, Applicability of Small Business Regulations Outside 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) 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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 08/12/19 10/11/19 FR Cite 84 FR 39793 04/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 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 361. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–013, Tax on Certain Foreign Procurement E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt. 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 issuing a final rule 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: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 09/20/19 11/19/19 FR Cite 84 FR 49498 06/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969–7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN38 362. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 sureties, thereby mitigating risk to the Government. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 01/00/20 03/00/20 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 363. 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 of 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 01/00/20 03/00/20 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. E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda RIN: 9000–AN43 364. 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. 01/00/20 03/00/20 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 365. 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 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 11/00/19 01/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN46 366. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–016, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) FR Cite Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN44 VerDate Sep<11>2014 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: 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 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 04/00/20 06/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN56 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 71217 367. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–018, Violation of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements With the United States E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a proposed rule to address a public comment on the interim rule issued 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: Action Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date 06/15/18 08/14/18 FR Cite 83 FR 28145 02/00/20 04/00/20 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 368. 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. E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 71218 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 01/00/20 03/00/20 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 369. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–002, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory. 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, ‘‘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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/20 04/00/20 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN62 370. 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 final rule to amend the FAR to implement sections 805, 806, and 1702(a) of the National Defense VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 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: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 10/02/19 12/02/19 FR Cite 84 FR 52420 02/00/20 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–AN65 371. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–006; Definition of Subcontract 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’’ for the procurement of commercial items to exclude agreements entered into by a contractor for the supply of commodities that are intended for use in the performance of multiple contracts with the Federal Government and other parties and are not identifiable to any particular contract. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/20 04/00/20 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–AN66 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 372. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–005, Modifications to Cost or Pricing Data and Reporting Requirements 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 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 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 10/02/19 12/02/19 FR Cite 84 FR 52428 02/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Ms. Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 7207, Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN69 373. 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 timeframes. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 Date 02/00/20 FR Cite 71219 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Action Date NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 04/00/20 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 374. 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 contracts and subcontracts for commercial products, commercial 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 12/00/19 02/00/20 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 375. 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: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/20 04/00/20 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 376. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–016, Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection Process E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 technical tradeoffs in the source selection process. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 10/02/19 12/02/19 FR Cite 84 FR 52425 02/00/20 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–AN75 377. 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: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 12/00/19 02/00/20 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 378. 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 E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 71220 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda 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 a 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 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: This proposal 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: Jkt 250001 FR Cite 01/00/20 03/00/20 Action NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date FR Cite 10/22/19 03/00/20 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 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 380. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–021, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus 382. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–023, Taxes— Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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 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 the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Both Agreements exempt the United States Government, and its contractors and subcontractors (other than those who are Afghan legal entities or residents), from paying any tax or similar charge assessed on activities associated with contracts performed within Afghanistan. The Agreements also exempt the acquisition, importation, exportation, reexportation, transportation, and use of supplies and services in Afghanistan, by or on behalf of the United States Government, from any taxes, customs, duties, fees, or similar charges in Afghanistan. Timetable: 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 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 379. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–020, Construction Contract Administration 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. 12/00/19 02/00/20 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–AN77 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 09/24/19 11/25/19 FR Cite 84 FR 49974 05/00/20 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 381. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–022; Orders Issued Via Fax or Electronic Commerce E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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) 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 .................. PO 00000 Frm 00008 08/23/19 Fmt 4701 FR Cite 84 FR 44270 Sfmt 4702 Action NPRM .................. Correction ............ NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 09/20/19 10/15/19 11/19/19 FR Cite 84 FR 49502 84 FR 55109 03/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN81 383. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–024; Use of Interagency Fleet Management System Vehicles and Related Services E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.251–1, Interagency Fleet Management System Vehicles and Related Services, to provide contractors who have been authorized to use fleet vehicles with additional information on how to request the vehicles from the Government. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/20 04/00/20 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 384. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–001, Analysis for Equipment Acquisitions E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR by implementing section 555 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act for FY 2018 (Pub. L. 115–254), which requires equipment to be acquired using the method of acquisition most advantageous to the Government based on a case-by-case analysis of costs and other factors. Section 555 requires the methods of acquisition to be compared in the analysis to include, at a minimum: (1) Purchase; (2) long-term lease or rental; (3) short-term lease or rental; (4) interagency acquisition; or, (5) acquisition agreements with a State or local government. Section 555 exempts certain acquisitions from this required analysis. Timetable: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 02/00/20 04/00/20 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 RIN: 9000–AN84 Action 385. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–002, Recreational Services on Federal Lands E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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 exempt contracts for seasonal recreational services and seasonal recreational equipment rental on Federal lands from the Executive Order 13658 minimum wage requirements. This rule implements Executive Order 13838 that was issued on May 25, 2018, and associated Department of Labor final rule published on September 26, 2018. In accordance with Executive Order 13838, this proposed rule will not limit Executive Order 13658’s coverage of lodging and food services associated with seasonal recreational services, even when seasonal recreational services or seasonal recreational equipment rental are also provided under the same contract. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 10/21/19 12/20/19 FR Cite 84 FR 56157 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN85 386. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–003, Substantial Bundling and Consolidation 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 863 of the National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) for FY 2016 and the Small Business Administration (SBA) implementing regulations requiring publication of a notice of substantial bundling and a notice of consolidation of contract requirements. Timetable: Date NPRM .................. PO 00000 Frm 00009 03/00/20 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 FR Cite FR Cite 05/00/20 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–AN86 387. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–004, Good Faith in 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 (FAR) to implement section 1821 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 and the Small Business Administration regulatory changes relating to small business subcontracting plans. Section 1821 requires examples of activities that would be considered a failure to make a good faith effort to comply with small business subcontracting plan requirements. Timetable: Action 04/00/20 Action NPRM Comment Period End. Date 71221 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 01/00/20 03/00/20 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–AN87 388. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–007, Update of Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program 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 proposed by the Small Business Administration regarding the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program. The proposed regulatory changes are intended to reduce the regulatory burden associated with the HUBZone Program. Timetable: E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 71222 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 05/00/20 07/00/20 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–AN90 389. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–008, Small Business Program Amendments 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 proposed by the Small Business Administration regarding small business programs. The proposed regulatory changes include the timing of the determination of size status for multiple-award contracts for which price is not evaluated at the contract level; the grounds for sizestatus protests; and the grounds for socioeconomic status protests. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 06/00/20 08/00/20 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 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–AN91 390. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–009, Prohibition on Contracting With Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment 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 paragraph (a)(1)(B) of section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 19 (Pub. L. 115–232). Beginning two years from the enacted date, paragraph (a)(1)(B) of section 889 prohibits the Government from entering into a VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 contract or extending or renewing a contract with an entity that uses any equipment, system, or service that uses 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. Paragraph (a)(1)(A) of section 889 is being implemented separately through FAR Case 2018–017. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 12/00/19 02/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN92 391. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–010, Efficient Federal Operations 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 Executive Order 13834, ‘‘Efficient Federal Operations.’’ Executive Order 13834 directs Federal agencies to comply with statutory requirements related to energy and environmental performance in a manner that increases efficiency, maximizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment. This rule promotes the efficient acquisition of sustainable products, services, and construction methods in order to reduce energy and water consumption, reliance on natural resources, and enhance pollution prevention, within the Federal Government. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 03/00/20 05/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN94 392. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–013, Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c) ; 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a proposed rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the inflation adjustment of acquisition-related dollar thresholds. A statute (41 U.S.C. 1908) requires an adjustment every 5 years of acquisitionrelated thresholds for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, except for the Construction Wage Rate Requirements statute (formerly Davis-Bacon Act), Service Contract Labor Standards statute, and trade agreements thresholds. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Date FR Cite 12/00/19 02/00/20 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–AN96 393. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–015, Improving Consistency Between Procurement & Non-Procurement Procedures on Suspension and Debarment 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 bring the FAR and the Non-procurement Common Rule (NCR) procedures on suspension and debarment into closer alignment. The FAR covers procurement matters and the NCR covers other transactions, such as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts of assistance, loans and loan guarantees. The Government uses suspension and debarment procedures to exercise business judgment. These procedures give Federal officials a discretionary means to exclude parties from participation in certain transactions, E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda while affording those parties due process. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. 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–AN99 FR Cite 02/00/20 04/00/20 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–AN98 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 394. • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–016, Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products and Materials 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 Executive Order (E.O.) 13881, Maximizing Use of AmericanMade Goods, Products, and Materials. The case proposes to amend the applicable provisions in the FAR that would provide that materials shall be considered to be of foreign origin if: (A) For iron and steel end products, the cost of foreign iron and steel used in such iron and steel end products constitutes 5 percent or more of the cost of all the products used in such iron and steel end products; or (B) for all other end products, the cost of the foreign products used in such end products constitutes 45 percent or more of the cost of all the products used in such end products. The case also proposes to amend the applicable provisions in the FAR so that the executive agency concerned shall in each instance conduct the reasonableness and public interest determination referred to in sections 8302 and 8303 of title 41, United States Code, on the basis of the following described differential formula, subject to the terms thereof: The sum determined by computing 20 percent (for other than small businesses), or 30 percent (for small businesses), of the offer or offered price of materials of foreign origin. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. VerDate Sep<11>2014 FR Cite 01/00/20 03/00/20 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Final Rule Stage 395. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013–002; Reporting of Nonconforming Items to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA 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 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 396. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014–002; Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts 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 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 implement regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration, which provide Governmentwide policy for partial set-asides and reserves and for set-asides of orders for small business concerns under multipleaward contracts. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 12/06/16 02/06/17 FR Cite 81 FR 88072 11/00/19 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 397. Federal Acquisition Regulation: FAR Case 2016–005; Effective Communication Between Government and Industry PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 11/29/16 03/02/17 FR Cite Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 151 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. RIN: 9000–AM58 E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. Jkt 250001 71223 81 FR 85914 01/00/20 398. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–005, Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to 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 E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 71224 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda 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. Final Rule ............ 12/26/18 02/25/19 FR Cite 83 FR 66223 12/00/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219–0202, Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN32 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 399. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016–011, Revision of Limitations on Subcontracting 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 revise and standardize the limitations on subcontracting, including the nonmanufacturer rule, that apply to small business concerns under FAR part 19 procurements. This rule incorporates The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) final rule that implemented the statutory requirements 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 .................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 12/04/18 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 FR Cite 83 FR 62540 Jkt 250001 Action Date NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ FR Cite 02/04/19 01/00/20 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN35 400. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); FAR Case 2015–002, Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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 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: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 07/12/19 09/10/19 FR Cite 84 FR 33201 04/00/20 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 401. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–010, Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 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 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 .................. Correction ............ NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date 09/24/18 10/23/18 11/23/18 FR Cite 83 FR 48271 83 FR 53421 12/00/19 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–AN54 402. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–003, Credit for Lower-Tier Small Business Subcontracting E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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 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 E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda 1614 allows other than small business prime contractors to receive small business subcontracting credit for subcontracts their subcontractors award to small businesses. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 06/26/19 08/26/19 FR Cite 84 FR 30071 06/00/20 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 403. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–017— Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment 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 amending 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: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 Action Date Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. 08/13/19 10/15/19 FR Cite 84 FR 40216 Action Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 09/10/19 10/10/19 FR Cite 84 FR 47865 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–AN88 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/ GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR) Completed Actions 11/00/19 01/00/20 405. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–015; Strategic Sourcing Documentation Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/ GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969– 4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN83 VerDate Sep<11>2014 404. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019–005, Update to Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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 changes regarding the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). This rule establishes that the Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) is the official system for past performance information. Effective January 15, 2019, PPIRS was officially retired to conclude its merger with the CPARS. Data from PPIRS has been merged into CPARS.gov, making CPARS the official system for past performance information. This merge simplifies functions such as creating and editing performance and integrity records, changes to administering users and running reports, generating performance records, and viewing/ managing performance records. Users will now have one location and one account to perform all functionality. Timetable: 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: This case is closed because it was implementing a statutory provision pertaining to a program created by the Executive Branch that has become outdated since the statute was PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 71225 enacted. This case was initially opened to implement section 836 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘‘Buck’’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113291; 41 U.S.C. 3301, note), which called for the creation of regulation governing the use of contract solutions established under the ‘‘Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative’’ (FSSI). Since then, OMB has evolved and expanded FSSI into a larger and more comprehensive ‘‘Category Management’’ framework. OMB Memorandum M–19–13, Category Management: Making Smarter Use of Common Contract Solutions and Practices, issued on March 20, 2019, provides the requisite guidance on the use of category management, including requirements for the use of Governmentwide solutions. The FAR Council will review the need for regulatory changes in light of the OMB guidance and related developments since section 836 was enacted. Completed: Reason Withdrawn ........... Date FR Cite 05/28/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AM89 406. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015–033, Sustainable Acquisition E.O. 13771 Designation: Other. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: This case is closed because it primarily implemented Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, which has been rescinded and replaced with Executive Order 13834, ‘‘Efficient Federal Operations,’’ dated May 17, 2018. The remaining elements of the case have been rolled into a new FAR case, 2019–010, ‘‘Efficient Federal Operations,’’ which will implement Executive Order 13834. Completed: Reason Withdrawn ........... Date FR Cite 05/28/19 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, Phone: 202 969–4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN28 E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21 71226 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda 407. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–006, Exception From Certified Cost or Pricing Data Requirements—Adequate Price Competition E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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. Completed: Reason Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 06/12/19 07/12/19 FR Cite 84 FR 27494 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 RIN: 9000–AN53 408. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017–020, Ombudsman for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. 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) 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. Completed: Reason Date Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. 09/06/19 09/06/19 FR Cite Frm 00014 Fmt 4701 E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant. Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113 Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to 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. Completed: Reason Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Date 09/10/19 09/10/19 FR Cite 84 FR 47861 84 FR 38836 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208–4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN58 PO 00000 409. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018–010, Use of Product and Services of Kaspersky Lab Sfmt 9990 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: FAR Policy, Phone: 202 969–4075, Email: farpolicy@gsa.gov. RIN: 9000–AN64 [FR Doc. 2019–26576 Filed 12–23–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P E:\FR\FM\26DEP21.SGM 26DEP21

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda announces the proposed regulatory actions the 
Council plans for the next 12 months and those completed since the fall 
2018 edition. This agenda was developed under the guidelines of 
Executive Orders (E.O.) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' as 
amended, Executive Order 13771 ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling 
Regulatory Costs,'' and Executive Order 13563 ``Improving Regulation 
and Regulatory Review.'' The purpose in publishing this agenda is to 
allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in the 
rulemaking process. Members of the public may submit comments on 
individual proposed and interim final rulemakings at 
www.regulations.gov during the comment period that follows publication 
in the Federal Register. This agenda updates the report published on 
June 24, 2019, and the next agenda is scheduled for publication in the 
spring of 2020. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Mandell, Division Director, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, 
Washington, DC 20405-0001, 202-501-4755.

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

    Dated: July 24, 2019.
William F. Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

                 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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359.......................  FAR Acquisition Regulation         9000-AN31
                             (FAR); FAR Case 2015-038,
                             Reverse Auction Guidance.
360.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN34
                             Regulation; FAR Case 2016-
                             002, Applicability of
                             Small Business
                             Regulations Outside the
                             United States.
361.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN38
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-013, Tax on
                             Certain Foreign
                             Procurement.
362.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN39
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-003; Individual
                             Sureties.
363.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN43
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-014, Use of
                             Acquisition 360 to
                             Encourage Vendor Feedback.
364.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN44
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-013, Breaches
                             of Personally
                             Identifiable Information.
365.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN46
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-011, Section
                             508-Based Standards in
                             Information and
                             Communication Technology.
366.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN56
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-016, Controlled
                             Unclassified Information
                             (CUI).
367.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN57
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-018, Violation
                             of Arms Control Treaties
                             or Agreements With the
                             United States.
368.......................  Federal Regulation                 9000-AN59
                             Acquisition (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-019, Policy on
                             Joint Ventures.
369.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN62
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-002, Protecting
                             Life in Global Health
                             Assistance.
370.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN65
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-004; Increased
                             Micro-Purchase and
                             Simplified Acquisition
                             Thresholds.
371.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN66
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-006; Definition
                             of Subcontract.
372.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN69
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-005,
                             Modifications to Cost or
                             Pricing Data and
                             Reporting Requirements.
373.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN71
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-012, Rights to
                             Federally Funded
                             Inventions and Licensing
                             of Government-Owned
                             Inventions.
374.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN72
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-013, Exemption
                             of Commercial and COTS
                             Item Contracts From
                             Certain Laws and
                             Regulations.
375.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN73
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-014, Increasing
                             Task-Order Level
                             Competition.
376.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN75
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-016, Lowest
                             Price Technically
                             Acceptable Source
                             Selection Process.
377.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN76
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-018, Revision
                             of Definition of
                             ``Commercial Item''.
378.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN77
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-019, Review of
                             Commercial Clause
                             Requirements and Flowdown.
379.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN78
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-020,
                             Construction Contract
                             Administration.
380.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN79
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-021, Reserve
                             Officer Training Corps
                             and Military Recruiting
                             on Campus.
381.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN80
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-022; Orders
                             Issued Via Fax or
                             Electronic Commerce.
382.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN81
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-023, Taxes--
                             Foreign Contracts in
                             Afghanistan.
383.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN82
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-024; Use of
                             Interagency Fleet
                             Management System
                             Vehicles and Related
                             Services.
384.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN84
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-001, Analysis
                             for Equipment
                             Acquisitions.
385.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN85
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-002,
                             Recreational Services on
                             Federal Lands.
386.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN86
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-003,
                             Substantial Bundling and
                             Consolidation.
387.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN87
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-004, Good Faith
                             in Small Business
                             Subcontracting.
388.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN90
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-007, Update of
                             Historically
                             Underutilized Business
                             Zone Program.

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389.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN91
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-008, Small
                             Business Program
                             Amendments.
390.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN92
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-009,
                             Prohibition on
                             Contracting With Entities
                             Using Certain
                             Telecommunications and
                             Video Surveillance
                             Services or Equipment.
391.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN94
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-010, Efficient
                             Federal Operations.
392.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN96
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-013, Inflation
                             Adjustment of Acquisition-
                             Related Thresholds.
393.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN98
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-015, Improving
                             Consistency Between
                             Procurement & Non-
                             Procurement Procedures on
                             Suspension and Debarment.
394.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN99
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-016, Maximizing
                             Use of American-Made
                             Goods, Products and
                             Materials.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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395.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-002; Reporting
                             of Nonconforming Items to
                             the Government-Industry
                             Data Exchange Program
                             (Reg Plan Seq No. 151).
396.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM93
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-002; Set-Asides
                             Under Multiple Award
                             Contracts.
397.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN29
                             Regulation: FAR Case 2016-
                             005; Effective
                             Communication Between
                             Government and Industry.
398.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN32
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-005,
                             Whistleblower Protection
                             for Contractor Employees.
399.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN35
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-011, Revision
                             of Limitations on
                             Subcontracting.
400.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN40
                             Regulations (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-002,
                             Requirements for DD Form
                             254, Contract Security
                             Classification
                             Specification.
401.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN54
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-010, Evaluation
                             Factors for Multiple-
                             Award Contracts.
402.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN61
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-003, Credit for
                             Lower-Tier Small Business
                             Subcontracting.
403.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN83
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-017--
                             Prohibition on Certain
                             Telecommunications and
                             Video Surveillance
                             Services or Equipment.
404.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN88
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-005, Update to
                             Contract Performance
                             Assessment Reporting
                             System (CPARS).
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this
  issue of the Federal Register.


                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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405.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM89
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-015; Strategic
                             Sourcing Documentation.
406.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN28
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-033,
                             Sustainable Acquisition.
407.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN53
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-006, Exception
                             From Certified Cost or
                             Pricing Data
                             Requirements--Adequate
                             Price Competition.
408.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-020, Ombudsman
                             for Indefinite-Delivery
                             Contracts.
409.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN64
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-010, Use of
                             Product and Services of
                             Kaspersky Lab.
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Proposed Rule Stage

359. 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20
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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

360. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016-002, Applicability 
of Small Business Regulations Outside 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) 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/12/19  84 FR 39793
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/11/19
Final Rule..........................   04/00/20
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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

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    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 issuing a final rule 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/20/19  84 FR 49498
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/19/19
Final Rule..........................   06/00/20
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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

362. 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/20
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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

363. 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 of the pre-award process.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   07/23/18  83 FR 34820
ANPRM Comment Period End............   09/21/18
NPRM................................   01/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/20
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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].

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    RIN: 9000-AN43

364. 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN44

365. 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN46

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

    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 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................................   04/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN56

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a proposed rule to address 
a public comment on the interim rule issued 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.
NPRM................................   02/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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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

368. 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.

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    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/20
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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

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    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, 
``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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN62

370. 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 final 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/02/19  84 FR 52420
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/02/19
Final Rule..........................   02/00/20
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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

371. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-006; 
Definition of Subcontract

    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'' for the procurement of commercial items to exclude 
agreements entered into by a contractor for the supply of commodities 
that are intended for use in the performance of multiple contracts with 
the Federal Government and other parties and are not identifiable to 
any particular contract.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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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

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

    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 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/02/19  84 FR 52428
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/02/19
Final Rule..........................   02/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ms. Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-
7207, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN69

373. 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 timeframes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/20

[[Page 71219]]

 
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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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

374. 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 contracts and subcontracts for 
commercial products, commercial 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20
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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

375. 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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NPRM................................   02/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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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

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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 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................................   10/02/19  84 FR 52425
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/02/19
Final Rule..........................   02/00/20
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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-AN75

377. 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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NPRM................................   12/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20
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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

378. 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

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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 a 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................................   12/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20
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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

379. 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: This proposal 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................................   01/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/20
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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

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

    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 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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NPRM................................   09/24/19  84 FR 49974
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/25/19
Final Rule..........................   05/00/20
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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

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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) 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................................   08/23/19  84 FR 44270
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/22/19
Final Rule..........................   03/00/20
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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

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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 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 the Islamic 
Republic of Afghanistan. Both Agreements exempt the United States 
Government, and its contractors and subcontractors (other than those 
who are Afghan legal entities or residents), from paying any tax or 
similar charge assessed on activities associated with contracts 
performed within Afghanistan. The Agreements also exempt the 
acquisition, importation, exportation, reexportation, transportation, 
and use of supplies and services in Afghanistan, by or on behalf of the 
United States Government, from any taxes, customs, duties, fees, or 
similar charges in Afghanistan.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/20/19  84 FR 49502
Correction..........................   10/15/19  84 FR 55109
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/19/19
Final Rule..........................   03/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN81

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.

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    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.251-1, Interagency Fleet 
Management System Vehicles and Related Services, to provide contractors 
who have been authorized to use fleet vehicles with additional 
information on how to request the vehicles from the Government.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   02/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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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

384. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-001, Analysis 
for Equipment Acquisitions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR by 
implementing section 555 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 
Reauthorization Act for FY 2018 (Pub. L. 115-254), which requires 
equipment to be acquired using the method of acquisition most 
advantageous to the Government based on a case-by-case analysis of 
costs and other factors. Section 555 requires the methods of 
acquisition to be compared in the analysis to include, at a minimum: 
(1) Purchase; (2) long-term lease or rental; (3) short-term lease or 
rental; (4) interagency acquisition; or, (5) acquisition agreements 
with a State or local government. Section 555 exempts certain 
acquisitions from this required analysis.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   02/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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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-AN84

385. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-002, 
Recreational Services on Federal Lands

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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 exempt contracts for seasonal 
recreational services and seasonal recreational equipment rental on 
Federal lands from the Executive Order 13658 minimum wage requirements. 
This rule implements Executive Order 13838 that was issued on May 25, 
2018, and associated Department of Labor final rule published on 
September 26, 2018. In accordance with Executive Order 13838, this 
proposed rule will not limit Executive Order 13658's coverage of 
lodging and food services associated with seasonal recreational 
services, even when seasonal recreational services or seasonal 
recreational equipment rental are also provided under the same 
contract.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/21/19  84 FR 56157
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/20/19
Final Rule..........................   04/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN85

386. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-003, 
Substantial Bundling and Consolidation

    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 863 of the National 
Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) for FY 2016 and the Small Business 
Administration (SBA) implementing regulations requiring publication of 
a notice of substantial bundling and a notice of consolidation of 
contract requirements.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   03/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/00/20
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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-AN86

387. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-004, Good 
Faith in 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 (FAR) to implement section 1821 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 and the Small Business 
Administration regulatory changes relating to small business 
subcontracting plans. Section 1821 requires examples of activities that 
would be considered a failure to make a good faith effort to comply 
with small business subcontracting plan requirements.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   01/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/20
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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-AN87

388. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-007, Update of 
Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program

    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 proposed 
by the Small Business Administration regarding the Historically 
Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program. The proposed regulatory 
changes are intended to reduce the regulatory burden associated with 
the HUBZone Program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/20
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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-AN90

389. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-008, Small 
Business Program Amendments

    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 proposed 
by the Small Business Administration regarding small business programs. 
The proposed regulatory changes include the timing of the determination 
of size status for multiple-award contracts for which price is not 
evaluated at the contract level; the grounds for size-status protests; 
and the grounds for socioeconomic status protests.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/00/20
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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-AN91

390. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-009, 
Prohibition on Contracting With Entities Using Certain 
Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

    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 paragraph (a)(1)(B) of 
section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 19 
(Pub. L. 115-232). Beginning two years from the enacted date, paragraph 
(a)(1)(B) of section 889 prohibits the Government from entering into a 
contract or extending or renewing a contract with an entity that uses 
any equipment, system, or service that uses 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. Paragraph (a)(1)(A) of 
section 889 is being implemented separately through FAR Case 2018-017.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN92

391.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-010, 
Efficient Federal Operations

    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 Executive Order 13834, 
``Efficient Federal Operations.'' Executive Order 13834 directs Federal 
agencies to comply with statutory requirements related to energy and 
environmental performance in a manner that increases efficiency, 
maximizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and 
protects the environment. This rule promotes the efficient acquisition 
of sustainable products, services, and construction methods in order to 
reduce energy and water consumption, reliance on natural resources, and 
enhance pollution prevention, within the Federal Government.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN94

392.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-013, 
Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c) ; 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a proposed rule amending 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the inflation 
adjustment of acquisition-related dollar thresholds. A statute (41 
U.S.C. 1908) requires an adjustment every 5 years of acquisition-
related thresholds for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for all 
urban consumers, except for the Construction Wage Rate Requirements 
statute (formerly Davis-Bacon Act), Service Contract Labor Standards 
statute, and trade agreements thresholds.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20
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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-AN96

393.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-015, 
Improving Consistency Between Procurement & Non-Procurement Procedures 
on Suspension and Debarment

    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 bring the FAR and the Non-procurement 
Common Rule (NCR) procedures on suspension and debarment into closer 
alignment. The FAR covers procurement matters and the NCR covers other 
transactions, such as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts of 
assistance, loans and loan guarantees.
    The Government uses suspension and debarment procedures to exercise 
business judgment. These procedures give Federal officials a 
discretionary means to exclude parties from participation in certain 
transactions,

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while affording those parties due process.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20
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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-AN98

394.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-016, 
Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products and Materials

    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 Executive Order (E.O.) 13881, 
Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials.
    The case proposes to amend the applicable provisions in the FAR 
that would provide that materials shall be considered to be of foreign 
origin if: (A) For iron and steel end products, the cost of foreign 
iron and steel used in such iron and steel end products constitutes 5 
percent or more of the cost of all the products used in such iron and 
steel end products; or (B) for all other end products, the cost of the 
foreign products used in such end products constitutes 45 percent or 
more of the cost of all the products used in such end products.
    The case also proposes to amend the applicable provisions in the 
FAR so that the executive agency concerned shall in each instance 
conduct the reasonableness and public interest determination referred 
to in sections 8302 and 8303 of title 41, United States Code, on the 
basis of the following described differential formula, subject to the 
terms thereof: The sum determined by computing 20 percent (for other 
than small businesses), or 30 percent (for small businesses), of the 
offer or offered price of materials of foreign origin.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/00/20
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/20
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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-AN99

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

Final Rule Stage

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

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 151 in part II of this 
issue of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 9000-AM58

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

    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 implement regulatory changes 
made by the Small Business Administration, which provide Governmentwide 
policy for partial set-asides and reserves and for set-asides of orders 
for small business concerns under multiple-award contracts.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/06/16  81 FR 88072
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/06/17
Final Rule..........................   11/00/19
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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-AM93

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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..........................   01/00/20
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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

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to 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

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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................................   12/26/18  83 FR 66223
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/25/19
Final Rule..........................   12/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN32

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

    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 revise and standardize the 
limitations on subcontracting, including the nonmanufacturer rule, that 
apply to small business concerns under FAR part 19 procurements. This 
rule incorporates The Small Business Administration's (SBA) final rule 
that implemented the statutory requirements 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/04/18  83 FR 62540
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/04/19
Final Rule..........................   01/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN35

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/12/19  84 FR 33201
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/10/19
Final Rule..........................   04/00/20
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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

401. 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 issuing a final rule 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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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/24/18  83 FR 48271
Correction..........................   10/23/18  83 FR 53421
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/23/18
Final Rule..........................   12/00/19  .......................
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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-AN54

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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 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

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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................................   06/26/19  84 FR 30071
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/26/19
Final Rule..........................   06/00/20
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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

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

    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 amending 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..................   08/13/19  84 FR 40216
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      10/15/19
 End.
Interim Final Rule..................   11/00/19
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      01/00/20
 End.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN83

404. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-005, Update to 
Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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 changes regarding the 
Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). This rule 
establishes that the Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System 
(CPARS) is the official system for past performance information.
    Effective January 15, 2019, PPIRS was officially retired to 
conclude its merger with the CPARS. Data from PPIRS has been merged 
into CPARS.gov, making CPARS the official system for past performance 
information. This merge simplifies functions such as creating and 
editing performance and integrity records, changes to administering 
users and running reports, generating performance records, and viewing/
managing performance records. Users will now have one location and one 
account to perform all functionality.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   09/10/19  84 FR 47865
Final Rule Effective................   10/10/19
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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-AN88

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

Completed Actions

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: This case is closed because it was implementing a 
statutory provision pertaining to a program created by the Executive 
Branch that has become outdated since the statute was enacted. This 
case was initially opened to implement section 836 of the Carl Levin 
and Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113291; 41 U.S.C. 3301, note), which called 
for the creation of regulation governing the use of contract solutions 
established under the ``Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative'' (FSSI). 
Since then, OMB has evolved and expanded FSSI into a larger and more 
comprehensive ``Category Management'' framework. OMB Memorandum M-19-
13, Category Management: Making Smarter Use of Common Contract 
Solutions and Practices, issued on March 20, 2019, provides the 
requisite guidance on the use of category management, including 
requirements for the use of Governmentwide solutions. The FAR Council 
will review the need for regulatory changes in light of the OMB 
guidance and related developments since section 836 was enacted.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   05/28/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208-4949, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AM89

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: This case is closed because it primarily implemented 
Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next 
Decade, which has been rescinded and replaced with Executive Order 
13834, ``Efficient Federal Operations,'' dated May 17, 2018. The 
remaining elements of the case have been rolled into a new FAR case, 
2019-010, ``Efficient Federal Operations,'' which will implement 
Executive Order 13834.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   05/28/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN28

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   06/12/19  84 FR 27494
Final Rule Effective................   07/12/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208-4949, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN53

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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) 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.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   09/06/19  84 FR 38836
Final Rule Effective................   09/06/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208-4949, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN58

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to 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.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   09/10/19  84 FR 47861
Final Rule Effective................   09/10/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: FAR Policy, Phone: 202 969-4075, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 9000-AN64

[FR Doc. 2019-26576 Filed 12-23-19; 8:45 am]
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