Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services (DFARS Case 2018-D022), 72231-72239 [2019-27824]

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In the Federal Register of November 5, 2018 (83 FR 55323), we announced the availability of a draft guidance entitled, ‘‘Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion, Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed, Serving Size-Related Issues, Dual-Column Labeling, and Miscellaneous Topics.’’ The draft guidance was intended to provide questions and answers on topics related primarily to two final rules: (1) ‘‘Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments’’ (81 FR 34000 (May 27, 2016)); and (2) ‘‘Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels’’ (81 FR 33742 (May 27, 2016)). 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[FR Doc. 2019–27868 Filed 12–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Parts 204, 212, 213, and 252 [Docket DARS–2019–0063] RIN 0750–AJ84 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services (DFARS Case 2018–D022) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Interim rule. AGENCY: DoD is issuing an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 related to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 72232 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations the procurement of covered telecommunications equipment or services. Specifically, the rule prohibits the procurement of any equipment, system, or service to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland defense missions that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as a critical technology as a part of any system. Covered telecommunications equipment or services includes telecommunications equipment or services from certain Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from any other entities that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be owned or controlled by or otherwise connected to, the government of the People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation. DATES: Effective Date: December 31, 2019. Applicability: Contracting officers shall include the provisions at DFARS 252.204–7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, and DFARS 252.204–7017, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, as prescribed— • In solicitations issued on or after December 31, 2019; and • In solicitations issued before December 31, 2019, provided the resulting award occurs on or after December 31, 2019. Contracting officers shall include the clause at DFARS 252.204–7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, as prescribed, in all awards made on or after December 31, 2019. Contracting officers shall modify, in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 1.108(d), existing indefinite-delivery contracts, blanket purchase agreements, or basic ordering agreements to include the DFARS clause for future orders or calls, prior to placing any future orders or calls. If modifying an existing contract, order, or call to extend the period of performance, including exercising an option, contracting officers shall include the DFARS clause in accordance with FAR 1.108(d). Comment Date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before March 2, 2020, to be considered in the formation of a final rule. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 Submit comments identified by DFARS Case 2018–D022, using any of the following methods: Æ Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Search for ‘‘DFARS Case 2018–D022’’. Select ‘‘Comment Now’’ and follow the instructions provided to submit a comment. Please include ‘‘DFARS Case 2018–D022’’ on any attached documents. Æ Email: osd.dfars@mail.mil. Include DFARS Case 2018–D022 in the subject line of the message. Æ Fax: 571–372–6094. Æ Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Heather Kitchens, OUSD(A&S)DPC/DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Heather Kitchens, telephone 571–372– 6104. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Federal Acquisition Regulations System codifies and publishes uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all executive agencies. The Federal Acquisition Regulations System consists of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the FAR. The DFARS is a supplement to the FAR that provides DoD-specific acquisition regulations that DoD contracting officers—and those contractors doing business with DoD—must follow in the procurement process for supplies and services. Section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (Pub. L. 115–91) prohibited DoD from procuring or obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland defense missions that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as a critical technology as a part of any system. Covered telecommunications equipment or services includes telecommunications equipment or PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 services from certain Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from any other entities that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of the People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation. Likewise, section 889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 115–232) established a Governmentwide prohibition on procuring or obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as a critical technology as a part of any system. Covered telecommunications equipment or services includes certain video surveillance and telecommunications equipment or services from certain Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from any other entities that the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence or the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of the People’s Republic of China. The DoD prohibition under 1656 differs from the Governmentwide prohibition under 889(a)(1)(A) in that it: Applies to equipment, systems, or services to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland defense missions; includes different definitions of ‘‘covered telecommunications equipment or services’’ and ‘‘covered foreign country’’; does not include exceptions from the prohibition; and provides independent waiver authority to the Secretary of Defense. This interim DFARS rule implements the section 1656 prohibition for DoD, and is structured to align with the FAR implementation of the section 889(a)(1)(A) Governmentwide prohibition. To implement section 889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA, DoD, the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 84 FR 40216 on August 13, 2019, as amended by the interim rule published at 84 FR 68314 on December 13, 2019 (reference FAR Case 2018–017, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment). This interim DFARS rule implements the section 1656 and 889(a)(1)(A) E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES prohibitions for DoD, and is structured to align with the FAR implementation of the section 889(a)(1)(A) Governmentwide prohibition. The interim rule should increase security of systems and critical technology that is part of any system used to carry out the nuclear deterrence and homeland defense missions of DoD by prohibiting the use of telecommunications equipment or services from certain Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from any other entities that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be owned or controlled by or otherwise connected to, the government of the People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation. II. Discussion and Analysis To implement the section 1656 prohibition and the DoD-specific procedures associated with the 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition in the FAR, this rule adds: DFARS subpart 204.21, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment; the provision at DFARS 252.204–7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation; the provision at DFARS 252.204–7017, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation; and the clause at DFARS 252.204–7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services. The new DFARS subpart, provisions, and clause mirror the FAR implementation of section 889(a)(1)(A) at FAR subpart 4.21, the provisions at FAR 52.204–24 and 52.204–26, and the clause at FAR 52.204–25, but the subpart addresses the section 1656 prohibition. The section 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition remains implemented in the FAR, except that the DoD-specific procedures for handling representations from offerors and reports from contractors contained in this rule apply to both the section 1656 and 889 prohibitions. The new DFARS subpart 204.21 notifies contracting officers of the section 1656 prohibition, provides DoDspecific procedures for sections 1656 and 889(a)(1)(A), advises of the waiver process for section 1656, and prescribes the two new solicitation provisions and the contract clause associated with section 1656. To differentiate between the FAR and DFARS prohibitions, this DFARS rule uses the term ‘‘covered defense telecommunications equipment or services’’ instead of ‘‘covered telecommunications equipment or services,’’ and provides a new definition VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 of ‘‘covered foreign country’’ for the DFARS coverage of the section 1656 prohibition. These differences reflect the additional requirements in section 1656, which only apply to the DFARS rule. This interim DFARS rule provides a two-tier representation structure to ensure contracting officers comply with the section 1656 prohibition. The DFARS provision 252.204–7016 requires offerors to represent in the System for Award Management (SAM) at least annually whether they provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as part of their offerings to the Government. Only offerors who represent that they do provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services in the annual representation will be required to provide the offer-byoffer representation in the provision at DFARS 252.204–7017. If an offeror represents in its offer-by-offer representation under 252.204–7017 that it will provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as part of its offered products or services to DoD in the performance of any award resulting from the solicitation, then the offeror must provide certain disclosures about the equipment or services. DoD will use the information provided in the disclosure to determine whether the award is prohibited or if a waiver request may be appropriate. Offerors should note that annual representation in SAM is currently provided under the number 252.204–70ZZ, which references the clause at 252.204–YY; in the next release of updates to SAM, the provision will be updated to reflect 252.204–7016 and the clause will be updated to reflect 252.204–7018. The FAR uses the same two-tier representation structure to implement the section 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition, because it significantly reduces the reporting burden on the public by allowing for an annual representation, in lieu of an offer-by-offer representation, if an offeror does not offer the prohibited products and services to the Government. At FAR 4.2103(a), contracting officers are directed to follow agency procedures when an offeror represents that it will include covered telecommunications equipment or services in its offer, or if the contracting officer has reason to question an offeror’s representations. To implement the section 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition, in part, and the section 1656 prohibition, this interim DFARS rule provides the agency procedures for handling the offeror representations in response to the FAR provisions at PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 72233 52.204–26, 52.212–3(v), and 52.204–24, and the DFARS provisions at 252.204– 7016 and 252.204–7017. The agency procedures require that, if the contracting officer has reason to question a negative representation from an offeror, then the contracting officer is instructed to consult with their requiring activity and legal counsel. If the offeror discloses information about covered telecommunications equipment or services to be included in its offer (as required by paragraph (e) of FAR 52.204–24) or covered defense telecommunications equipment or services (as required by paragraph (e) of DFARS 252.204–7017), then the contracting officer is required to forward the information to the requiring activity and may not award to the offeror unless the requiring activity advises that they have obtained one of the waivers described at FAR 4.2104 or DFARS 204.2104, as appropriate. Similar to the clause at FAR 52.204– 25, the new DFARS clause 252.204– 7018 prohibits contractors from providing equipment, system, or services that use covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as a critical technology as a part of any system. However, unlike the FAR clause, this prohibition only applies if the equipment, systems, or services are to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland defense missions. The clause requires contractors and subcontractors to report through https:// dibnet.dod.mil any discovery of covered defense telecommunications equipment or services during the course of contract performance. FAR 4.2103(b) directs contracting officers to follow agency procedures when a contractor provides the report required under FAR 52.204–25. This interim DFARS rule provides the agency procedures at DFARS 204.2103(b) for handling reports received under FAR 52.204–25 and DFARS 252.204–7018. Specifically, contracting officers are advised that they will be notified by Defense Cyber Crime Center regarding any reports received and the contracting officer shall consult with the requiring activity on how to proceed with the contract. This interim rule also adds text in DFARS subpart 212.3, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses for the Acquisition of Commercial Items, and DFARS subpart 213.2, Actions at or Below the Micro-purchase Threshold, to address application of section 1656 to commercial items and micro-purchases. This interim rule also amends DFARS 252.204–7007, Alternate A, Annual E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 72234 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Representations and Certifications, by updating the list of annual representations and certifications to include the new provision at DFARS 252.204–7016. III. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold and for Commercial Items, Including Commercially Available Offthe-Shelf Items This rule creates two new provisions and a new clause, which apply to contracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) and to commercial items (including commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) items). The following provisions and clause are created by this interim rule: • The provision at DFARS 252.204– 7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation. • The provision at DFARS 252.204– 7017, Prohibition on Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation. • The clause at DFARS 252.204–7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES A. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold 41 U.S.C. 1905 governs the applicability of laws to contracts or subcontracts in amounts not greater than the simplified acquisition threshold. It is intended to limit the applicability of laws to such contracts or subcontracts. 41 U.S.C. 1905 provides that if a provision of law contains criminal or civil penalties, or if the FAR Council makes a written determination that it is not in the best interest of the Federal Government to exempt contracts or subcontracts at or below the SAT, the law will apply to them. The Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC), is the appropriate authority to make comparable determinations for regulations to be published in the DFARS, which is part of the FAR system of regulations. DoD has made that determination to apply this rule at or below the simplified acquisition threshold. B. Applicability to Contracts for the Acquisition of Commercial Items, Including COTS Items 10 U.S.C. 2375 governs the applicability of laws to contracts and subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items, including COTS items, and is intended to limit the applicability of laws to contracts and subcontracts for the acquisition of VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 commercial items, including COTS items. 10 U.S.C. 2375 provides that if a provision of law contains criminal or civil penalties, or if the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment) (USD(A&S)) makes a written determination that it is not in the best interest of the Federal Government to exempt commercial item contracts, the provision of law will apply to contracts for the acquisition of commercial items. Based on delegations of authority from USD(A&S), the Principal Director, DPC, is the appropriate authority to make this determination. DoD has made that determination to apply this rule to the acquisition of commercial items, including COTS items. C. Determinations Consistent with the determinations that DoD has made with regard to the application of the requirements of section 1656 of the NDAA for FY 2018, the two provisions and the clause apply to all solicitations and contracts, including solicitations and contracts below the SAT and to the acquisition of commercial items (including COTS items). It is important to apply the statutory prohibitions to all acquisitions in order to protect the security of nuclear command, control, and communications systems and ballistic missile defense from commercial dependencies on equipment and services from certain companies or certain foreign countries that are considered to create a risk to our national security. IV. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This is a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was subject to review under section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804. V. Executive Order 13771 This rule is not subject to the requirements of E.O. 13771, because the rule is issued with respect to a national security function of the United States. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act This interim rule may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. An initial regulatory flexibility analysis has been performed and is summarized as follows: This interim rule is necessary to implement section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and section 889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA for FY 2019. The objective of this rule is to increase security of systems and critical technology that is part of any system used to carry out the nuclear deterrence and homeland defense missions of DoD by prohibiting the use of telecommunications equipment or services from certain Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from any other entities that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be owned or controlled by or otherwise connected to, the government of the People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation. To implement the prohibition, this rule creates two new representations and a new reporting requirement. Data from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) and the System for Award Management (SAM) were used to estimate the number of small businesses that will be affected by this rule: • DFARS provision 252.204–7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, requires each offeror to represent whether it provides covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered products or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument. All offerors will be required to complete this representation in the SAM at least annually. As of July 31, 2019, there were 424,927 active registrants in SAM. Approximately 49.78% (211,529) of the active SAM registrants completed the DoD-specific representations and certifications, of which approximately 158,647 (75 percent) are estimated to be registered as a small entity for their primary NAICS code. These small entities would be required to complete the representation under DFARS 252.204–7016. • DFARS 252.204–7017, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, requires that if an offeror provides an affirmative representation under the DFARS provision 252.204–7016, then that E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations offeror will be required to represent on every solicitation whether it is including covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offer in response to the solicitation. If the offeror responds affirmatively, the offeror is required to further disclose information about the covered defense telecommunications equipment or services. According to data in FPDS for fiscal years (FYs) 2016 through 2018, on average DoD makes awards each year to approximately 44,277 unique entities, of which 30,762 are unique small entities. DoD estimates that approximately 3,076 (10 percent) of the unique small entities that receive DoD awards each year may be required to submit the additional offer-by-offer representation. DoD further estimates that of the estimated 3,076 unique small entities that may be required to represent on an offer-byoffer basis, it is estimated that 10 percent (308 unique small entities) may also be required to provide the additional disclosure within the representation. • DFARS clause 252.204–7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, requires contractors and subcontractors to report through https://dibnet.dod.mil, any discovery of covered defense telecommunications equipment or services that is being used as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, during the course of contract performance. At this time, there is no way for DoD to estimate how many contractors (small or otherwise) may make such discovery and be required to submit a report; however, DoD expects this number to be relatively low. DoD estimates that approximately 1,538 entities (5 percent of the 30,762 unique small entities that receive DoD awards annually) may be required to submit a report to DIBNET. The rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other Federal rules. This interim rule mirrors implementation of a similar prohibition in the Federal Acquisition Regulation associated with section 889(a)(1)(A) of the FY 2019 NDAA. It is necessary to create additional representations and reporting requirements in the DFARS to implement the section 1656 prohibition for DoD, because the statutory definitions that form the basis of the prohibitions are not the same. Section 889(a)(1)(A) includes certain types of video surveillance equipment in the definition of covered telecommunications equipment or services and defines ‘‘covered foreign VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 country’’ as the People’s Republic of China. In section 1656, covered telecommunications equipment and services includes only telecommunications equipment and services (not video surveillance equipment or services); is limited to equipment, system, or services used to carry out the nuclear deterrence and homeland defense missions; and includes Russia in the definition of ‘‘covered foreign country.’’ DoD has been unable to identify any significant alternatives that would accomplish the stated objectives of the statute and minimize any significant economic impact of the rule. Because this rule is a matter of national security, it must apply to acquisitions that do not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (including micro-purchases), and acquisitions of commercial items (including commercially available offthe-shelf items). Small entities cannot be exempted from coverage without increased risk to national security. The rule is not expected to have significant economic impact, except on entities that currently or plan to include covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as part of their offered products and services to the Government. DoD invites comments from small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities. DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS Case 2018–D022), in correspondence. VII. Paperwork Reduction Act DoD has requested and the Office of Management and Budget has approved an emergency clearance of information collection requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). DoD is soliciting comments on this emergency clearance 0750–0002, titled ‘‘Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services.’’ A. Estimate of Public Reporting Burden The annual public reporting burden is estimated as follows: DFARS 252.204–7016 Representation Respondents: 211,529. Responses per respondent: 1. Total annual responses: 211,529. Hours per response: 0.08333. Total Burden Hours: 17,627. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DFARS 252.204–7017 72235 Representation Respondents: 4,428. Responses per respondent: 45. Total annual responses: 199,260. Hours per response: 0.08333. Total burden hours: 16,604. DFARS 252.204–7017 Disclosure Respondents: 443. Responses per respondent: 45. Total annual responses: 19,935. Hours per response: 3. Total burden hours: 59,805. DFARS 252.204–7018 Reporting Respondents: 443. Responses per respondent: 5. Total annual responses: 2,215. Hours per response: 1.5. Total burden hours: 3,323. Total Public Responses and Hours Total annual responses: 432,939. Total burden hours: 97,359. B. Request for Comments Regarding Paperwork Burden Written comments and recommendations on the information collection, including suggestions for reducing this burden, should be sent to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or email Jasmeet_K._Seehra@ omb.eop.gov, with a copy to the Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Heather Kitchens, OUSD(A&S)DPC/ DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments can be received from 30 to 60 days after the date of this notice, but comments to OMB will be most useful if received by OMB within 30 days after the date of this notice. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the DFARS, and will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Heather E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 72236 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Kitchens, OUSD(A&S)DPC/DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060, or email osd.dfars@mail.mil. Include DFARS Case 2018–D022 in the subject line of the message. VIII. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. It is critical that the DFARS is immediately revised to include the requirements of this statute for the reason described below. Section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (Pub. L. 115–91) provides that DoD may not procure or obtain, or extend or renew a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland defense missions that uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system or as a critical technology as a part of any system. The section 1656 prohibition is similar to the Government-wide prohibition enacted under section 889 of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 115–232) on the procurement of equipment, systems, or services that use covered telecommunications and video surveillance equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system or as a critical technology as a part of any system. The rule also implements DoD-specific procedures associated with the section 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition in the FAR. While DoD worked closely with GSA, NASA, and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to develop the framework for these types of prohibitions in the FAR rule implementing section 889, DoD issued internal guidance to establish an approval process for the procurement of certain telecommunications and video surveillance services or equipment. However, codification of this prohibition in the DFARS and the procedures contained in this rule are urgent, because the rule aligns with the rollout of the annual representation from offerors in the System for Award Management. The representations from offerors required by this rule will give the Department the assurances it needs that it is not violating the statutory prohibition and that it can rely on the integrity and security of equipment that is critical to the DoD nuclear deterrence mission of DoD and the homeland VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 defense mission. It is essential that DoD be able to protect against entities that may intentionally try to deliver products or services that could infiltrate and exploit our military communications and jeopardize our national security network. DoD’s highest priority missions (to include nuclear command, control, and communications, continuity of Government; and ballistic missile defense) must be executed with complete confidence on the security, reliability, and resiliency to operate in a cyber-contested environment. DoD must take immediate action to eliminate vulnerabilities in the supply chain that would undermine the security of our nation. However, pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 1707 and FAR 1.501–3(b), DoD will consider public comments received in response to this interim rule in the formation of the final rule. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 204, 212, 213, and 252 Government procurement. Jennifer Lee Hawes, Regulatory Control Officer, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR parts 204, 212, 213, and 252 are amended as follows: ■ 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 204, 212, 213, and 252 continues to read as follows: Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 204—ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS 2. Amend section 204.1202 by— a. Redesignating paragraphs (2)(i) through (xiii) as paragraphs (2)(ii) through (xix); and ■ b. Adding paragraph (2)(i). The addition reads as follows: ■ ■ 204.1202 SUBPART 204.21—PROHIBITION ON CONTRACTING FOR CERTAIN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SERVICES OR EQUIPMENT PO 00000 Scope of subpart. Definitions. Prohibition. Procedures. Waivers. Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 SUBPART 204.21—PROHIBITION ON CONTRACTING FOR CERTAIN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SERVICES OR EQUIPMENT 204.2100 Scope of subpart. This subpart implements section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115– 91) and section 889(a)(1)(A) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115–232). 204.2101 Definitions. As used in this subpart— Covered defense telecommunications equipment or services means— (1) Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation, or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities; (2) Telecommunications services provided by such entities or using such equipment; or (3) Telecommunications equipment or services produced or provided by an entity that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of a covered foreign country. Covered foreign country means— (1) The People’s Republic of China; or (2) The Russian Federation. Covered missions means— (1) The nuclear deterrence mission of DoD, including with respect to nuclear command, control, and communications, integrated tactical warning and attack assessment, and continuity of Government; or (2) The homeland defense mission of DoD, including with respect to ballistic missile defense. 204.2102 Solicitation provision. (2) * * * (i) 252.204–7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation. ■ 3. Add subpart 204.21, consisting of 204.2100 through 204.2105, to read as follows: Sec. 204.2100 204.2101 204.2102 204.2103 204.2104 204.2105 Solicitation provisions and contract clause. Prohibition. (a) Prohibited equipment, systems, or services. In addition to the prohibition at FAR 4.2102(a), unless the covered defense telecommunications equipment or services are subject to a waiver described in 204.2104, the contracting officer shall not procure or obtain, or extend or renew a contract (e.g., exercise an option) to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to carry out covered missions that uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. 204.2103 Procedures. (a) Representations. (1)(i) If the offeror selects ‘‘does not’’ in response to the provision at DFARS E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 252.204–7016, the contracting officer may rely on the representation, unless the contracting officer has an independent reason to question the representation. If the contracting officer has a reason to question the ‘‘does not’’ representation in FAR 52.204–26, FAR 52.212–3(v), or 252.204–7016, then the contracting officer shall consult with the requiring activity and legal counsel. (ii) If the offeror selects ‘‘does’’ in paragraph (c) of the provision at DFARS 252.204–7016, the offeror must complete the representation at DFARS 252.204–7017. (2)(i) If the offeror selects ‘‘will not’’ in paragraph (d) of the provision at DFARS 252.204–7017, the contracting officer may rely on the representation, unless the contracting officer has an independent reason to question the representation. If the contracting officer has a reason to question the ‘‘will not’’ representation in FAR 52.204–24 or DFARS 252.204–7017, then the contracting officer shall consult with the requiring activity and legal counsel. (ii) If an offeror selects ‘‘will’’ in paragraph (d) of the provision at DFARS 252.204–7017, the offeror must provide the information required by paragraph (e) of the provision. When an offeror completes paragraph (e) of either of the provisions at FAR 52.204–24 or DFARS 252.204–7017, the contracting officer shall— (A) Forward the offeror’s representation and disclosure information to the requiring activity; and (B) Not award to the offeror unless the requiring activity advises— (1) For equipment, systems, or services that use covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, that a waiver as described at FAR 4.2104 has been granted; or (2) For equipment, systems, or services to be used to carry out covered missions that use covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, that a waiver as described at DFARS 204.2104 has been granted. (b) Reporting. If a contractor reports information to https://dibnet.dod.mil in accordance with the clause at FAR 52.204–25 or DFARS 252.204–7018, the Defense Cyber Crime Center will notify the contracting officer, who will consult with the requiring activity on how to proceed with the contract. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 204.2104 Waivers. The Secretary of Defense may waive the prohibition in 204.2102(a) on a caseby-case basis for a single, one-year period, if the Secretary— (a) Determines such waiver to be in the national security interests of the United States; and (b) Certifies to the Congressional defense committees that— (1) There are sufficient mitigations in place to guarantee the ability of the Secretary to carry out the covered missions; and (2) The Secretary is removing the use of covered defense telecommunications equipment or services in carrying out such missions. 204.2105 Solicitation provisions and contract clause. (a) Use the provision at 252.204–7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, in all solicitations, including solicitations using FAR part 12 procedures for the acquisition of commercial items and, solicitations for task and delivery orders, basic ordering agreements (BOAs), orders against BOAs, blanket purchase agreements (BPAs), and calls against BPAs. (b) Use the provision at 252.204–7017, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, in all solicitations, including solicitations using FAR part 12 procedures for the acquisition of commercial items, and solicitations for task and delivery orders, BOAs, orders against BOAs, BPAs, and calls against BPAs. (c) Use the clause at 252.204–7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, in all solicitations and resultant awards, including solicitations and contracts using FAR part 12 procedures for the acquisition of commercial items, and solicitations and awards for task and delivery orders, BOAs, orders against BOAs, BPAs, and calls against BPAs. PART 212—ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS 4. Amend section 212.301 by adding paragraphs (f)(ii)(H), (I), and (J) to read as follows: ■ 212.301 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the acquisition of commercial items. * * * * * (f) * * * (ii) * * * (H) Use the provision at 252.204– 7016, Covered Defense PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 72237 Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, as prescribed in 204.2105(a), to comply with section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115–91). (I) Use the provision at 252.204–7017, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, as prescribed in 204.2105(b), to comply with section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115–91). (J) Use the clause at 252.204–7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, as prescribed in 204.2105(c), to comply with section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115–91). * * * * * PART 213—SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURES 5. Amend section 213.201 by adding a new paragraph (j) to read as follows: ■ 213.201 General. * * * * * (j) Do not procure or obtain, or extend or renew a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to carry out covered missions that use covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, unless a waiver is granted. (See subpart 204.21.) PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 6. Amend section 252.204–7007 by— a. Removing the clause date ‘‘JUN 2019’’ and adding ‘‘DEC 2019’’ in its place; ■ b. Redesignate paragraphs (d)(1)(i) through (viii) as paragraphs (d)(1)(ii) through (ix), respectively; and ■ c. Adding paragraph (d)(1)(i). The addition reads as follows: ■ ■ 252.204–7007 Alternate A, Annual Representations and Certifications. * * * * * (d)(1) * * * (i) 252.204–7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation. Applies to all solicitations. * * * * * ■ 7. Add sections 252.204–7016, 252.204–7017, and 252.204–7018 to read as follows: E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 72238 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 252.204–7016 Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation. As prescribed in 204.2105(a), use the following provision: Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation (Dec 2019) (a) Definitions. As used in this provision, covered defense telecommunications equipment or services has the meaning provided in the clause 252.204–7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services. (b) Procedures. The Offeror shall review the list of excluded parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) (https:// www.sam.gov) for entities excluded from receiving federal awards for ‘‘covered defense telecommunications equipment or services’’. (c) Representation. The Offeror represents that it [ ] does, [ ] does not provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered products or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument. (End of provision) 252.204–7017 Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES As prescribed in 204.2105(b), use the following provision: Prohibition on the Acquisiton of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation (Dec 2019) The Offeror is not required to complete the representation in this provision if the Offeror has represented in the provision at 252.204– 7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, that it ‘‘does not provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered products or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument.’’ (a) Definitions. Covered defense telecommunications equipment or services, covered mission, critical technology, and substantial or essential component, as used in this provision, have the meanings given in the 252.204–7018 clause, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, of this solicitation. (b) Prohibition. Section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115–91) prohibits agencies from procuring or obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to carry out covered missions that uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. (c) Procedures. The Offeror shall review the list of excluded parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https:// VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 www.sam.gov for entities that are excluded when providing any equipment, system, or service to carry out covered missions that uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, unless a waiver is granted. (d) Representation. If in its annual representations and certifications in SAM the Offeror has represented in paragraph (c) of the provision at 252.204–7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, that it ‘‘does’’ provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered products or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument, then the Offeror shall complete the following additional representation: The Offeror represents that it [ ] will [ ] will not provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered products or services to DoD in the performance of any award resulting from this solicitation. (e) Disclosures. If the Offeror has represented in paragraph (d) of this provision that it ‘‘will provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or services,’’ the Offeror shall provide the following information as part of the offer: (1) A description of all covered defense telecommunications equipment and services offered (include brand or manufacturer; product, such as model number, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number; and item description, as applicable). (2) An explanation of the proposed use of covered defense telecommunications equipment and services and any factors relevant to determining if such use would be permissible under the prohibition referenced in paragraph (b) of this provision. (3) For services, the entity providing the covered defense telecommunications services (include entity name, unique entity identifier, and Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, if known). (4) For equipment, the entity that produced or provided the covered defense telecommunications equipment (include entity name, unique entity identifier, CAGE code, and whether the entity was the OEM or a distributor, if known). (End of provision) 252.204–7018 Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services. As prescribed in 204.2105(c), use the following clause: Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services (Dec 2019) (a) Definitions. As used in this clause— Covered defense telecommunications equipment or services means— (1) Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation, or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities; PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (2) Telecommunications services provided by such entities or using such equipment; or (3) Telecommunications equipment or services produced or provided by an entity that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of a covered foreign country. Covered foreign country means— (1) The People’s Republic of China; or (2) The Russian Federation. Covered missions means— (1) The nuclear deterrence mission of DoD, including with respect to nuclear command, control, and communications, integrated tactical warning and attack assessment, and continuity of Government; or (2) The homeland defense mission of DoD, including with respect to ballistic missile defense. ‘‘Critical technology’’ means— (1) Defense articles or defense services included on the United States Munitions List set forth in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations under subchapter M of chapter I of title 22, Code of Federal Regulations; (2) Items included on the Commerce Control List set forth in Supplement No. 1 to part 774 of the Export Administration Regulations under subchapter C of chapter VII of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, and controlled— (i) Pursuant to multilateral regimes, including for reasons relating to national security, chemical and biological weapons proliferation, nuclear nonproliferation, or missile technology; or (ii) For reasons relating to regional stability or surreptitious listening; (3) Specially designed and prepared nuclear equipment, parts and components, materials, software, and technology covered by part 810 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to assistance to foreign atomic energy activities); (4) Nuclear facilities, equipment, and material covered by part 110 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to export and import of nuclear equipment and material); (5) Select agents and toxins covered by part 331 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, part 121 of title 9 of such Code, or part 73 of title 42 of such Code; or (6) Emerging and foundational technologies controlled pursuant to section 1758 of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (50 U.S.C. 4817). Substantial or essential component means any component necessary for the proper function or performance of a piece of equipment, system, or service. (b) Prohibition. In accordance with section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115–91), the contractor shall not provide to the Government any equipment, system, or service to carry out covered missions that uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, unless the covered defense telecommunication equipment or services are covered by a waiver described in Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 204.2104. E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Rules and Regulations (c) Procedures. The Contractor shall review the list of excluded parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https:// www.sam.gov for entities that are excluded when providing any equipment, system, or service, to carry out covered missions, that uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, unless a waiver is granted. (d) Reporting. (1) In the event the Contractor identifies covered defense telecommunications equipment or services used as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, during contract performance, the Contractor shall report at https://dibnet.dod.mil the information in paragraph (d)(2) of this clause. (2) The Contractor shall report the following information pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this clause: (i) Within one business day from the date of such identification or notification: The contract number; the order number(s), if applicable; supplier name; brand; model number (original equipment manufacturer number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number); item description; and any readily available information about mitigation actions undertaken or recommended. (ii) Within 10 business days of submitting the information in paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this clause: Any further available information about mitigation actions undertaken or recommended. In addition, the Contractor shall describe the efforts it undertook to prevent use or submission of a covered defense telecommunications equipment or services, and any additional efforts that will be incorporated to prevent future use or submission of covered telecommunications equipment or services. (e) Subcontracts. The Contractor shall insert the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (e), in all subcontracts and other contractual instruments, including subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items. (End of clause) * * * * * [FR Doc. 2019–27824 Filed 12–30–19; 8:45 am] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DoD published an interim rule in the Federal Register at 84 FR 18156 on April 30, 2019, to implement section 871 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, codified at 10 U.S.C. 2533c. 10 U.S.C. 2533c prohibits acquisition of certain magnets and tungsten from North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran. Four respondents submitted public comments in response to the interim rule. tungsten (DFARS 225.7018) from DFARS 225.7003 to DFARS 225.7001 and included them in the clause at DFARS 252.225–7052. 2. Production of tungsten. Added a description of the production of tungsten at DFARS 225.7018–2(c), to explain the applicability of the restrictions on the production of tungsten. 3. Exceptions. Since samarium-cobalt magnets are restricted under 10 U.S.C. 2533b (specialty metals) as well as 10 U.S.C. 2533c— • Added cross references to DFARS Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI) at DFARS 225.7018–3 to provide guidance where the exceptions for samarium-cobalt magnets under 10 U.S.C. 2533b are more stringent than the comparable exceptions under 10 U.S.C. 2533c; • Provided the statutory cite to 10 U.S.C. 2533b(m)(4) and added the explanation of ‘‘required form’’ at DFARS 225.7003–3 and 2352.225– 7009(c)(5), in lieu of the definitions of ‘‘required form’’ at DFARS 225.7003–1 and 252.225–7009(a), because it was not actually a definition of ‘‘required form’’ and a different explanation of ‘‘required form’’ is now required for the restrictions on samarium-cobalt and neodymium-iron-boron magnets; and • Added a tailored explanation of ‘‘required form’’ to the nonavailability exception for tungsten heavy alloy and certain magnets at DFARS 225.7018– 3(d) and 252.225–7052(c)(2). No explanation of required form is necessary with regard to tungsten powder. 4. Approval level for nonavailability determination. Lowered the approval level to head of the contracting activity for individual nonavailability determinations at DFARS 225.7018–4. II. Discussion and Analysis B. Analysis of Public Comments DoD reviewed the public comments in the development of the final rule. A discussion of the comments and the changes made to the rule as a result of those comments is provided, as follows: 1. General. a. Support for statute and rule. Comment: Multiple respondents expressed support for the statute and strong implementation of the statute in the interim rule. One respondent stated support for DoD’s efforts to promulgate a strong rule that will support a robust and healthy domestic industrial base, because a strong national strategic materials industry is important to national security. This respondent also supported speedy implementation of a final rule. Another respondent noted that the interim rule will shield U.S. critical resource needs from the decisions of foreign adversaries. Response: Noted. b. Oppose the statute and the rule. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Parts 212, 225, and 252 [Docket DARS–2019–0016] RIN 0750–AK15 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Restriction on the Acquisition of Certain Magnets and Tungsten (DFARS Case 2018–D054) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: DoD has adopted as final, with changes, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that prohibits acquisition of certain magnets and tungsten from North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran. DATES: Effective December 31, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, telephone 571–372– 6106. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background A. Summary of Significant Changes From the Interim Rule 1. Definitions. • Added definitions of ‘‘electronic device’’ and ‘‘tungsten heavy alloy’’ at DFARS 225.7018–1 and the associated clause at DFARS 252.225–7052, Restriction on the Acquisition of Certain Magnets and Tungsten. • Moved definitions of ‘‘assembly,’’ ‘‘end item,’’ and ‘‘subsystem,’’ which apply to both specialty metals (DFARS 225.7003) and certain magnets and VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 72239 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 250 (Tuesday, December 31, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 72231-72239]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 204, 212, 213, and 252

[Docket DARS-2019-0063]
RIN 0750-AJ84


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Covered 
Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services (DFARS Case 2018-D022)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 
(DoD).

ACTION: Interim rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is issuing an interim rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement sections of the 
National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 
related to

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the procurement of covered telecommunications equipment or services. 
Specifically, the rule prohibits the procurement of any equipment, 
system, or service to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland 
defense missions that uses covered telecommunications equipment or 
services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as a 
critical technology as a part of any system. Covered telecommunications 
equipment or services includes telecommunications equipment or services 
from certain Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and 
affiliates, and from any other entities that the Secretary of Defense 
reasonably believes to be owned or controlled by or otherwise connected 
to, the government of the People's Republic of China or the Russian 
Federation.

DATES: 
    Effective Date: December 31, 2019.
    Applicability: Contracting officers shall include the provisions at 
DFARS 252.204-7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation, and DFARS 252.204-7017, Prohibition on the 
Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation, as prescribed--
     In solicitations issued on or after December 31, 2019; and
     In solicitations issued before December 31, 2019, provided 
the resulting award occurs on or after December 31, 2019.
    Contracting officers shall include the clause at DFARS 252.204-
7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services, as prescribed, in all awards 
made on or after December 31, 2019.
    Contracting officers shall modify, in accordance with Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 1.108(d), existing indefinite-delivery 
contracts, blanket purchase agreements, or basic ordering agreements to 
include the DFARS clause for future orders or calls, prior to placing 
any future orders or calls.
    If modifying an existing contract, order, or call to extend the 
period of performance, including exercising an option, contracting 
officers shall include the DFARS clause in accordance with FAR 
1.108(d).
    Comment Date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in 
writing to the address shown below on or before March 2, 2020, to be 
considered in the formation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by DFARS Case 2018-D022, using 
any of the following methods:
    [cir] Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Search for ``DFARS Case 2018-D022''. Select ``Comment Now'' and follow 
the instructions provided to submit a comment. Please include ``DFARS 
Case 2018-D022'' on any attached documents.
    [cir] Email: [email protected]. Include DFARS Case 2018-D022 in 
the subject line of the message.
    [cir] Fax: 571-372-6094.
    [cir] Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. 
Heather Kitchens, OUSD(A&S)DPC/DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To 
confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, 
approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting 
(except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Heather Kitchens, telephone 571-
372-6104.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Federal Acquisition Regulations System codifies and publishes 
uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all executive 
agencies. The Federal Acquisition Regulations System consists of the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, 
and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the 
FAR. The DFARS is a supplement to the FAR that provides DoD-specific 
acquisition regulations that DoD contracting officers--and those 
contractors doing business with DoD--must follow in the procurement 
process for supplies and services.
    Section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91) prohibited DoD from procuring or 
obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, 
any equipment, system, or service to carry out the DoD nuclear 
deterrence or homeland defense missions that uses covered 
telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential 
component of any system, or as a critical technology as a part of any 
system. Covered telecommunications equipment or services includes 
telecommunications equipment or services from certain Chinese entities, 
including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from any other 
entities that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be an 
entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the 
government of the People's Republic of China or the Russian Federation.
    Likewise, section 889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 
115-232) established a Governmentwide prohibition on procuring or 
obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, 
any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications 
equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any 
system, or as a critical technology as a part of any system. Covered 
telecommunications equipment or services includes certain video 
surveillance and telecommunications equipment or services from certain 
Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from 
any other entities that the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with 
the Director of National Intelligence or the Director of the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation, reasonably believes to be an entity owned or 
controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of the 
People's Republic of China.
    The DoD prohibition under 1656 differs from the Governmentwide 
prohibition under 889(a)(1)(A) in that it: Applies to equipment, 
systems, or services to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or 
homeland defense missions; includes different definitions of ``covered 
telecommunications equipment or services'' and ``covered foreign 
country''; does not include exceptions from the prohibition; and 
provides independent waiver authority to the Secretary of Defense. This 
interim DFARS rule implements the section 1656 prohibition for DoD, and 
is structured to align with the FAR implementation of the section 
889(a)(1)(A) Governmentwide prohibition.
    To implement section 889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA, DoD, the General 
Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration (NASA) published an interim rule in the Federal Register 
at 84 FR 40216 on August 13, 2019, as amended by the interim rule 
published at 84 FR 68314 on December 13, 2019 (reference FAR Case 2018-
017, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and 
Video Surveillance Services or Equipment).
    This interim DFARS rule implements the section 1656 and 
889(a)(1)(A)

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prohibitions for DoD, and is structured to align with the FAR 
implementation of the section 889(a)(1)(A) Governmentwide prohibition. 
The interim rule should increase security of systems and critical 
technology that is part of any system used to carry out the nuclear 
deterrence and homeland defense missions of DoD by prohibiting the use 
of telecommunications equipment or services from certain Chinese 
entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from any 
other entities that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be 
owned or controlled by or otherwise connected to, the government of the 
People's Republic of China or the Russian Federation.

II. Discussion and Analysis

    To implement the section 1656 prohibition and the DoD-specific 
procedures associated with the 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition in the FAR, 
this rule adds: DFARS subpart 204.21, Prohibition on Contracting for 
Certain telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or 
Equipment; the provision at DFARS 252.204-7016, Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services--Representation; the provision 
at DFARS 252.204-7017, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered 
Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services--Representation; and 
the clause at DFARS 252.204-7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of 
Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services. The new DFARS 
subpart, provisions, and clause mirror the FAR implementation of 
section 889(a)(1)(A) at FAR subpart 4.21, the provisions at FAR 52.204-
24 and 52.204-26, and the clause at FAR 52.204-25, but the subpart 
addresses the section 1656 prohibition. The section 889(a)(1)(A) 
prohibition remains implemented in the FAR, except that the DoD-
specific procedures for handling representations from offerors and 
reports from contractors contained in this rule apply to both the 
section 1656 and 889 prohibitions.
    The new DFARS subpart 204.21 notifies contracting officers of the 
section 1656 prohibition, provides DoD-specific procedures for sections 
1656 and 889(a)(1)(A), advises of the waiver process for section 1656, 
and prescribes the two new solicitation provisions and the contract 
clause associated with section 1656. To differentiate between the FAR 
and DFARS prohibitions, this DFARS rule uses the term ``covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services'' instead of ``covered 
telecommunications equipment or services,'' and provides a new 
definition of ``covered foreign country'' for the DFARS coverage of the 
section 1656 prohibition. These differences reflect the additional 
requirements in section 1656, which only apply to the DFARS rule.
    This interim DFARS rule provides a two-tier representation 
structure to ensure contracting officers comply with the section 1656 
prohibition. The DFARS provision 252.204-7016 requires offerors to 
represent in the System for Award Management (SAM) at least annually 
whether they provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or 
services as part of their offerings to the Government. Only offerors 
who represent that they do provide covered defense telecommunications 
equipment or services in the annual representation will be required to 
provide the offer-by-offer representation in the provision at DFARS 
252.204-7017. If an offeror represents in its offer-by-offer 
representation under 252.204-7017 that it will provide covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services as part of its offered 
products or services to DoD in the performance of any award resulting 
from the solicitation, then the offeror must provide certain 
disclosures about the equipment or services. DoD will use the 
information provided in the disclosure to determine whether the award 
is prohibited or if a waiver request may be appropriate. Offerors 
should note that annual representation in SAM is currently provided 
under the number 252.204-70ZZ, which references the clause at 252.204-
YY; in the next release of updates to SAM, the provision will be 
updated to reflect 252.204-7016 and the clause will be updated to 
reflect 252.204-7018.
    The FAR uses the same two-tier representation structure to 
implement the section 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition, because it 
significantly reduces the reporting burden on the public by allowing 
for an annual representation, in lieu of an offer-by-offer 
representation, if an offeror does not offer the prohibited products 
and services to the Government. At FAR 4.2103(a), contracting officers 
are directed to follow agency procedures when an offeror represents 
that it will include covered telecommunications equipment or services 
in its offer, or if the contracting officer has reason to question an 
offeror's representations.
    To implement the section 889(a)(1)(A) prohibition, in part, and the 
section 1656 prohibition, this interim DFARS rule provides the agency 
procedures for handling the offeror representations in response to the 
FAR provisions at 52.204-26, 52.212-3(v), and 52.204-24, and the DFARS 
provisions at 252.204-7016 and 252.204-7017. The agency procedures 
require that, if the contracting officer has reason to question a 
negative representation from an offeror, then the contracting officer 
is instructed to consult with their requiring activity and legal 
counsel. If the offeror discloses information about covered 
telecommunications equipment or services to be included in its offer 
(as required by paragraph (e) of FAR 52.204-24) or covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services (as required by paragraph (e) 
of DFARS 252.204-7017), then the contracting officer is required to 
forward the information to the requiring activity and may not award to 
the offeror unless the requiring activity advises that they have 
obtained one of the waivers described at FAR 4.2104 or DFARS 204.2104, 
as appropriate.
    Similar to the clause at FAR 52.204-25, the new DFARS clause 
252.204-7018 prohibits contractors from providing equipment, system, or 
services that use covered defense telecommunications equipment or 
services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as a 
critical technology as a part of any system. However, unlike the FAR 
clause, this prohibition only applies if the equipment, systems, or 
services are to carry out the DoD nuclear deterrence or homeland 
defense missions. The clause requires contractors and subcontractors to 
report through https://dibnet.dod.mil any discovery of covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services during the course of contract 
performance.
    FAR 4.2103(b) directs contracting officers to follow agency 
procedures when a contractor provides the report required under FAR 
52.204-25. This interim DFARS rule provides the agency procedures at 
DFARS 204.2103(b) for handling reports received under FAR 52.204-25 and 
DFARS 252.204-7018. Specifically, contracting officers are advised that 
they will be notified by Defense Cyber Crime Center regarding any 
reports received and the contracting officer shall consult with the 
requiring activity on how to proceed with the contract.
    This interim rule also adds text in DFARS subpart 212.3, 
Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses for the Acquisition of 
Commercial Items, and DFARS subpart 213.2, Actions at or Below the 
Micro-purchase Threshold, to address application of section 1656 to 
commercial items and micro-purchases. This interim rule also amends 
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Representations and Certifications, by updating the list of annual 
representations and certifications to include the new provision at 
DFARS 252.204-7016.

III. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition 
Threshold and for Commercial Items, Including Commercially Available 
Off-the-Shelf Items

    This rule creates two new provisions and a new clause, which apply 
to contracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) and 
to commercial items (including commercially available off-the-shelf 
(COTS) items). The following provisions and clause are created by this 
interim rule:
     The provision at DFARS 252.204-7016, Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services--Representation.
     The provision at DFARS 252.204-7017, Prohibition on 
Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation.
     The clause at DFARS 252.204-7018, Prohibition on the 
Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services.

A. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition 
Threshold

    41 U.S.C. 1905 governs the applicability of laws to contracts or 
subcontracts in amounts not greater than the simplified acquisition 
threshold. It is intended to limit the applicability of laws to such 
contracts or subcontracts. 41 U.S.C. 1905 provides that if a provision 
of law contains criminal or civil penalties, or if the FAR Council 
makes a written determination that it is not in the best interest of 
the Federal Government to exempt contracts or subcontracts at or below 
the SAT, the law will apply to them. The Principal Director, Defense 
Pricing and Contracting (DPC), is the appropriate authority to make 
comparable determinations for regulations to be published in the DFARS, 
which is part of the FAR system of regulations. DoD has made that 
determination to apply this rule at or below the simplified acquisition 
threshold.

B. Applicability to Contracts for the Acquisition of Commercial Items, 
Including COTS Items

    10 U.S.C. 2375 governs the applicability of laws to contracts and 
subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items, including COTS 
items, and is intended to limit the applicability of laws to contracts 
and subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items, including 
COTS items. 10 U.S.C. 2375 provides that if a provision of law contains 
criminal or civil penalties, or if the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Acquisition and Sustainment) (USD(A&S)) makes a written determination 
that it is not in the best interest of the Federal Government to exempt 
commercial item contracts, the provision of law will apply to contracts 
for the acquisition of commercial items. Based on delegations of 
authority from USD(A&S), the Principal Director, DPC, is the 
appropriate authority to make this determination. DoD has made that 
determination to apply this rule to the acquisition of commercial 
items, including COTS items.

C. Determinations

    Consistent with the determinations that DoD has made with regard to 
the application of the requirements of section 1656 of the NDAA for FY 
2018, the two provisions and the clause apply to all solicitations and 
contracts, including solicitations and contracts below the SAT and to 
the acquisition of commercial items (including COTS items). It is 
important to apply the statutory prohibitions to all acquisitions in 
order to protect the security of nuclear command, control, and 
communications systems and ballistic missile defense from commercial 
dependencies on equipment and services from certain companies or 
certain foreign countries that are considered to create a risk to our 
national security.

IV. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess 
all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 
13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 
This is a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was subject to 
review under section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning and 
Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 
U.S.C. 804.

V. Executive Order 13771

    This rule is not subject to the requirements of E.O. 13771, because 
the rule is issued with respect to a national security function of the 
United States.

VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This interim rule may have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. An initial regulatory 
flexibility analysis has been performed and is summarized as follows:
    This interim rule is necessary to implement section 1656 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and 
section 889(a)(1)(A) of the NDAA for FY 2019.
    The objective of this rule is to increase security of systems and 
critical technology that is part of any system used to carry out the 
nuclear deterrence and homeland defense missions of DoD by prohibiting 
the use of telecommunications equipment or services from certain 
Chinese entities, including their subsidiaries and affiliates, and from 
any other entities that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to 
be owned or controlled by or otherwise connected to, the government of 
the People's Republic of China or the Russian Federation.
    To implement the prohibition, this rule creates two new 
representations and a new reporting requirement. Data from the Federal 
Procurement Data System (FPDS) and the System for Award Management 
(SAM) were used to estimate the number of small businesses that will be 
affected by this rule:
     DFARS provision 252.204-7016, Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services--Representation, requires each 
offeror to represent whether it provides covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered 
products or services to the Government in the performance of any 
contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument. All offerors 
will be required to complete this representation in the SAM at least 
annually. As of July 31, 2019, there were 424,927 active registrants in 
SAM. Approximately 49.78% (211,529) of the active SAM registrants 
completed the DoD-specific representations and certifications, of which 
approximately 158,647 (75 percent) are estimated to be registered as a 
small entity for their primary NAICS code. These small entities would 
be required to complete the representation under DFARS 252.204-7016.
     DFARS 252.204-7017, Prohibition on the Acquisition of 
Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services--
Representation, requires that if an offeror provides an affirmative 
representation under the DFARS provision 252.204-7016, then that

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offeror will be required to represent on every solicitation whether it 
is including covered defense telecommunications equipment or services 
as a part of its offer in response to the solicitation. If the offeror 
responds affirmatively, the offeror is required to further disclose 
information about the covered defense telecommunications equipment or 
services. According to data in FPDS for fiscal years (FYs) 2016 through 
2018, on average DoD makes awards each year to approximately 44,277 
unique entities, of which 30,762 are unique small entities. DoD 
estimates that approximately 3,076 (10 percent) of the unique small 
entities that receive DoD awards each year may be required to submit 
the additional offer-by-offer representation. DoD further estimates 
that of the estimated 3,076 unique small entities that may be required 
to represent on an offer-by-offer basis, it is estimated that 10 
percent (308 unique small entities) may also be required to provide the 
additional disclosure within the representation.
     DFARS clause 252.204-7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition 
of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, requires 
contractors and subcontractors to report through https://dibnet.dod.mil, any discovery of covered defense telecommunications 
equipment or services that is being used as a substantial or essential 
component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any 
system, during the course of contract performance. At this time, there 
is no way for DoD to estimate how many contractors (small or otherwise) 
may make such discovery and be required to submit a report; however, 
DoD expects this number to be relatively low. DoD estimates that 
approximately 1,538 entities (5 percent of the 30,762 unique small 
entities that receive DoD awards annually) may be required to submit a 
report to DIBNET.
    The rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other 
Federal rules. This interim rule mirrors implementation of a similar 
prohibition in the Federal Acquisition Regulation associated with 
section 889(a)(1)(A) of the FY 2019 NDAA. It is necessary to create 
additional representations and reporting requirements in the DFARS to 
implement the section 1656 prohibition for DoD, because the statutory 
definitions that form the basis of the prohibitions are not the same. 
Section 889(a)(1)(A) includes certain types of video surveillance 
equipment in the definition of covered telecommunications equipment or 
services and defines ``covered foreign country'' as the People's 
Republic of China. In section 1656, covered telecommunications 
equipment and services includes only telecommunications equipment and 
services (not video surveillance equipment or services); is limited to 
equipment, system, or services used to carry out the nuclear deterrence 
and homeland defense missions; and includes Russia in the definition of 
``covered foreign country.''
    DoD has been unable to identify any significant alternatives that 
would accomplish the stated objectives of the statute and minimize any 
significant economic impact of the rule. Because this rule is a matter 
of national security, it must apply to acquisitions that do not exceed 
the simplified acquisition threshold (including micro-purchases), and 
acquisitions of commercial items (including commercially available off-
the-shelf items). Small entities cannot be exempted from coverage 
without increased risk to national security. The rule is not expected 
to have significant economic impact, except on entities that currently 
or plan to include covered defense telecommunications equipment or 
services as part of their offered products and services to the 
Government.
    DoD invites comments from small business concerns and other 
interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small 
entities.
    DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the 
existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance 
with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments 
separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS Case 2018-D022), in 
correspondence.

VII. Paperwork Reduction Act

    DoD has requested and the Office of Management and Budget has 
approved an emergency clearance of information collection requirements 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). DoD is 
soliciting comments on this emergency clearance 0750-0002, titled 
``Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services.''

A. Estimate of Public Reporting Burden

    The annual public reporting burden is estimated as follows:
DFARS 252.204-7016 Representation
    Respondents: 211,529.
    Responses per respondent: 1.
    Total annual responses: 211,529.
    Hours per response: 0.08333.
    Total Burden Hours: 17,627.
DFARS 252.204-7017 Representation
    Respondents: 4,428.
    Responses per respondent: 45.
    Total annual responses: 199,260.
    Hours per response: 0.08333.
    Total burden hours: 16,604.
DFARS 252.204-7017 Disclosure
    Respondents: 443.
    Responses per respondent: 45.
    Total annual responses: 19,935.
    Hours per response: 3.
    Total burden hours: 59,805.
DFARS 252.204-7018 Reporting
    Respondents: 443.
    Responses per respondent: 5.
    Total annual responses: 2,215.
    Hours per response: 1.5.
    Total burden hours: 3,323.
Total Public Responses and Hours
    Total annual responses: 432,939.
    Total burden hours: 97,359.

B. Request for Comments Regarding Paperwork Burden

    Written comments and recommendations on the information collection, 
including suggestions for reducing this burden, should be sent to Ms. 
Jasmeet Seehra at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk Officer for 
DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, 
or email [email protected], with a copy to the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Heather Kitchens, 
OUSD(A&S)DPC/DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 
20301-3060. Comments can be received from 30 to 60 days after the date 
of this notice, but comments to OMB will be most useful if received by 
OMB within 30 days after the date of this notice.
    Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
functions of the DFARS, and will have practical utility; whether our 
estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is 
accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use 
of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    To request more information on this proposed information collection 
or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection 
instruments, please write to the Defense Acquisition Regulations 
System, Attn: Ms. Heather

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Kitchens, OUSD(A&S)DPC/DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060, or email [email protected]. Include DFARS 
Case 2018-D022 in the subject line of the message.

VIII. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

    A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this 
interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. It is 
critical that the DFARS is immediately revised to include the 
requirements of this statute for the reason described below.
    Section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91) provides that DoD may not 
procure or obtain, or extend or renew a contract to procure or obtain, 
any equipment, system, or service to carry out the DoD nuclear 
deterrence or homeland defense missions that uses covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential 
component of any system or as a critical technology as a part of any 
system. The section 1656 prohibition is similar to the Government-wide 
prohibition enacted under section 889 of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 
115-232) on the procurement of equipment, systems, or services that use 
covered telecommunications and video surveillance equipment or services 
as a substantial or essential component of any system or as a critical 
technology as a part of any system. The rule also implements DoD-
specific procedures associated with the section 889(a)(1)(A) 
prohibition in the FAR.
    While DoD worked closely with GSA, NASA, and the Office of Federal 
Procurement Policy to develop the framework for these types of 
prohibitions in the FAR rule implementing section 889, DoD issued 
internal guidance to establish an approval process for the procurement 
of certain telecommunications and video surveillance services or 
equipment. However, codification of this prohibition in the DFARS and 
the procedures contained in this rule are urgent, because the rule 
aligns with the rollout of the annual representation from offerors in 
the System for Award Management. The representations from offerors 
required by this rule will give the Department the assurances it needs 
that it is not violating the statutory prohibition and that it can rely 
on the integrity and security of equipment that is critical to the DoD 
nuclear deterrence mission of DoD and the homeland defense mission. It 
is essential that DoD be able to protect against entities that may 
intentionally try to deliver products or services that could infiltrate 
and exploit our military communications and jeopardize our national 
security network.
    DoD's highest priority missions (to include nuclear command, 
control, and communications, continuity of Government; and ballistic 
missile defense) must be executed with complete confidence on the 
security, reliability, and resiliency to operate in a cyber-contested 
environment. DoD must take immediate action to eliminate 
vulnerabilities in the supply chain that would undermine the security 
of our nation. However, pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 1707 and FAR 1.501-3(b), 
DoD will consider public comments received in response to this interim 
rule in the formation of the final rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 204, 212, 213, and 252

    Government procurement.

Jennifer Lee Hawes,
Regulatory Control Officer, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 204, 212, 213, and 252 are amended as 
follows:

0
1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 204, 212, 213, and 252 
continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

PART 204--ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

0
2. Amend section 204.1202 by--
0
a. Redesignating paragraphs (2)(i) through (xiii) as paragraphs (2)(ii) 
through (xix); and
0
b. Adding paragraph (2)(i).
    The addition reads as follows:


204.1202  Solicitation provision.

    (2) * * *
    (i) 252.204-7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation.

0
3. Add subpart 204.21, consisting of 204.2100 through 204.2105, to read 
as follows:

SUBPART 204.21--PROHIBITION ON CONTRACTING FOR CERTAIN 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SERVICES OR EQUIPMENT

Sec.
204.2100 Scope of subpart.
204.2101 Definitions.
204.2102 Prohibition.
204.2103 Procedures.
204.2104 Waivers.
204.2105 Solicitation provisions and contract clause.

SUBPART 204.21--PROHIBITION ON CONTRACTING FOR CERTAIN 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SERVICES OR EQUIPMENT


204.2100  Scope of subpart.

    This subpart implements section 1656 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91) and section 
889(a)(1)(A) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2019 (Pub. L. 115-232).


204.2101  Definitions.

    As used in this subpart--
    Covered defense telecommunications equipment or services means--
    (1) Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies 
Company or ZTE Corporation, or any subsidiary or affiliate of such 
entities;
    (2) Telecommunications services provided by such entities or using 
such equipment; or
    (3) Telecommunications equipment or services produced or provided 
by an entity that the Secretary of Defense reasonably believes to be an 
entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the 
government of a covered foreign country.
    Covered foreign country means--
    (1) The People's Republic of China; or
    (2) The Russian Federation.
    Covered missions means--
    (1) The nuclear deterrence mission of DoD, including with respect 
to nuclear command, control, and communications, integrated tactical 
warning and attack assessment, and continuity of Government; or
    (2) The homeland defense mission of DoD, including with respect to 
ballistic missile defense.


204.2102  Prohibition.

    (a) Prohibited equipment, systems, or services. In addition to the 
prohibition at FAR 4.2102(a), unless the covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services are subject to a waiver 
described in 204.2104, the contracting officer shall not procure or 
obtain, or extend or renew a contract (e.g., exercise an option) to 
procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to carry out 
covered missions that uses covered defense telecommunications equipment 
or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or 
as critical technology as part of any system.


204.2103  Procedures.

    (a) Representations.
    (1)(i) If the offeror selects ``does not'' in response to the 
provision at DFARS

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252.204-7016, the contracting officer may rely on the representation, 
unless the contracting officer has an independent reason to question 
the representation. If the contracting officer has a reason to question 
the ``does not'' representation in FAR 52.204-26, FAR 52.212-3(v), or 
252.204-7016, then the contracting officer shall consult with the 
requiring activity and legal counsel.
    (ii) If the offeror selects ``does'' in paragraph (c) of the 
provision at DFARS 252.204-7016, the offeror must complete the 
representation at DFARS 252.204-7017.
    (2)(i) If the offeror selects ``will not'' in paragraph (d) of the 
provision at DFARS 252.204-7017, the contracting officer may rely on 
the representation, unless the contracting officer has an independent 
reason to question the representation. If the contracting officer has a 
reason to question the ``will not'' representation in FAR 52.204-24 or 
DFARS 252.204-7017, then the contracting officer shall consult with the 
requiring activity and legal counsel.
    (ii) If an offeror selects ``will'' in paragraph (d) of the 
provision at DFARS 252.204-7017, the offeror must provide the 
information required by paragraph (e) of the provision. When an offeror 
completes paragraph (e) of either of the provisions at FAR 52.204-24 or 
DFARS 252.204-7017, the contracting officer shall--
    (A) Forward the offeror's representation and disclosure information 
to the requiring activity; and
    (B) Not award to the offeror unless the requiring activity 
advises--
    (1) For equipment, systems, or services that use covered 
telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential 
component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any 
system, that a waiver as described at FAR 4.2104 has been granted; or
    (2) For equipment, systems, or services to be used to carry out 
covered missions that use covered defense telecommunications equipment 
or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or 
as critical technology as part of any system, that a waiver as 
described at DFARS 204.2104 has been granted.
    (b) Reporting. If a contractor reports information to https://dibnet.dod.mil in accordance with the clause at FAR 52.204-25 or DFARS 
252.204-7018, the Defense Cyber Crime Center will notify the 
contracting officer, who will consult with the requiring activity on 
how to proceed with the contract.


204.2104  Waivers.

    The Secretary of Defense may waive the prohibition in 204.2102(a) 
on a case-by-case basis for a single, one-year period, if the 
Secretary--
    (a) Determines such waiver to be in the national security interests 
of the United States; and
    (b) Certifies to the Congressional defense committees that--
    (1) There are sufficient mitigations in place to guarantee the 
ability of the Secretary to carry out the covered missions; and
    (2) The Secretary is removing the use of covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services in carrying out such missions.


204.2105  Solicitation provisions and contract clause.

    (a) Use the provision at 252.204-7016, Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services--Representation, in all 
solicitations, including solicitations using FAR part 12 procedures for 
the acquisition of commercial items and, solicitations for task and 
delivery orders, basic ordering agreements (BOAs), orders against BOAs, 
blanket purchase agreements (BPAs), and calls against BPAs.
    (b) Use the provision at 252.204-7017, Prohibition on the 
Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation, in all solicitations, including solicitations 
using FAR part 12 procedures for the acquisition of commercial items, 
and solicitations for task and delivery orders, BOAs, orders against 
BOAs, BPAs, and calls against BPAs.
    (c) Use the clause at 252.204-7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition 
of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, in all 
solicitations and resultant awards, including solicitations and 
contracts using FAR part 12 procedures for the acquisition of 
commercial items, and solicitations and awards for task and delivery 
orders, BOAs, orders against BOAs, BPAs, and calls against BPAs.

PART 212--ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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4. Amend section 212.301 by adding paragraphs (f)(ii)(H), (I), and (J) 
to read as follows:


212.301  Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the 
acquisition of commercial items.

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    (f) * * *
    (ii) * * *
    (H) Use the provision at 252.204-7016, Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services--Representation, as prescribed 
in 204.2105(a), to comply with section 1656 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91).
    (I) Use the provision at 252.204-7017, Prohibition on the 
Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation, as prescribed in 204.2105(b), to comply with 
section 1656 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2018 (Pub. L. 115-91).
    (J) Use the clause at 252.204-7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition 
of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, as 
prescribed in 204.2105(c), to comply with section 1656 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91).
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PART 213--SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURES

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5. Amend section 213.201 by adding a new paragraph (j) to read as 
follows:


213.201  General.

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    (j) Do not procure or obtain, or extend or renew a contract to 
procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to carry out 
covered missions that use covered defense telecommunications equipment 
or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or 
as critical technology as part of any system, unless a waiver is 
granted. (See subpart 204.21.)

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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6. Amend section 252.204-7007 by--
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a. Removing the clause date ``JUN 2019'' and adding ``DEC 2019'' in its 
place;
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b. Redesignate paragraphs (d)(1)(i) through (viii) as paragraphs 
(d)(1)(ii) through (ix), respectively; and
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c. Adding paragraph (d)(1)(i).
    The addition reads as follows:


252.204-7007  Alternate A, Annual Representations and Certifications.

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    (d)(1) * * *
    (i) 252.204-7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation. Applies to all solicitations.
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7. Add sections 252.204-7016, 252.204-7017, and 252.204-7018 to read as 
follows:

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252.204-7016  Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation.

    As prescribed in 204.2105(a), use the following provision:

Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services--
Representation (Dec 2019)

    (a) Definitions. As used in this provision, covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services has the meaning provided in 
the clause 252.204-7018, Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered 
Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services.
    (b) Procedures. The Offeror shall review the list of excluded 
parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov) for entities excluded from receiving federal awards for 
``covered defense telecommunications equipment or services''.
    (c) Representation. The Offeror represents that it [ ] does, [ ] 
does not provide covered defense telecommunications equipment or 
services as a part of its offered products or services to the 
Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract, or other 
contractual instrument.


(End of provision)


252.204-7017  Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services--Representation.

    As prescribed in 204.2105(b), use the following provision:

Prohibition on the Acquisiton of Covered Defense Telecommunications 
Equipment or Services--Representation (Dec 2019)

    The Offeror is not required to complete the representation in 
this provision if the Offeror has represented in the provision at 
252.204-7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or 
Services--Representation, that it ``does not provide covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered 
products or services to the Government in the performance of any 
contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument.''
    (a) Definitions. Covered defense telecommunications equipment or 
services, covered mission, critical technology, and substantial or 
essential component, as used in this provision, have the meanings 
given in the 252.204-7018 clause, Prohibition on the Acquisition of 
Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services, of this 
solicitation.
    (b) Prohibition. Section 1656 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91) prohibits 
agencies from procuring or obtaining, or extending or renewing a 
contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service to 
carry out covered missions that uses covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or 
essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part 
of any system.
    (c) Procedures. The Offeror shall review the list of excluded 
parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov for entities that are excluded when providing any 
equipment, system, or service to carry out covered missions that 
uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a 
substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical 
technology as part of any system, unless a waiver is granted.
    (d) Representation. If in its annual representations and 
certifications in SAM the Offeror has represented in paragraph (c) 
of the provision at 252.204-7016, Covered Defense Telecommunications 
Equipment or Services--Representation, that it ``does'' provide 
covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part 
of its offered products or services to the Government in the 
performance of any contract, subcontract, or other contractual 
instrument, then the Offeror shall complete the following additional 
representation:
    The Offeror represents that it [ ] will [ ] will not provide 
covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a part 
of its offered products or services to DoD in the performance of any 
award resulting from this solicitation.
    (e) Disclosures. If the Offeror has represented in paragraph (d) 
of this provision that it ``will provide covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services,'' the Offeror shall 
provide the following information as part of the offer:
    (1) A description of all covered defense telecommunications 
equipment and services offered (include brand or manufacturer; 
product, such as model number, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) 
number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number; and item 
description, as applicable).
    (2) An explanation of the proposed use of covered defense 
telecommunications equipment and services and any factors relevant 
to determining if such use would be permissible under the 
prohibition referenced in paragraph (b) of this provision.
    (3) For services, the entity providing the covered defense 
telecommunications services (include entity name, unique entity 
identifier, and Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, if 
known).
    (4) For equipment, the entity that produced or provided the 
covered defense telecommunications equipment (include entity name, 
unique entity identifier, CAGE code, and whether the entity was the 
OEM or a distributor, if known).


(End of provision)


252.204-7018  Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense 
Telecommunications Equipment or Services.

    As prescribed in 204.2105(c), use the following clause:

Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications 
Equipment or Services (Dec 2019)

    (a) Definitions. As used in this clause--
    Covered defense telecommunications equipment or services means--
    (1) Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies 
Company or ZTE Corporation, or any subsidiary or affiliate of such 
entities;
    (2) Telecommunications services provided by such entities or 
using such equipment; or
    (3) Telecommunications equipment or services produced or 
provided by an entity that the Secretary of Defense reasonably 
believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise 
connected to, the government of a covered foreign country.
    Covered foreign country means--
    (1) The People's Republic of China; or
    (2) The Russian Federation.
    Covered missions means--
    (1) The nuclear deterrence mission of DoD, including with 
respect to nuclear command, control, and communications, integrated 
tactical warning and attack assessment, and continuity of 
Government; or
    (2) The homeland defense mission of DoD, including with respect 
to ballistic missile defense.
    ``Critical technology'' means--
    (1) Defense articles or defense services included on the United 
States Munitions List set forth in the International Traffic in Arms 
Regulations under subchapter M of chapter I of title 22, Code of 
Federal Regulations;
    (2) Items included on the Commerce Control List set forth in 
Supplement No. 1 to part 774 of the Export Administration 
Regulations under subchapter C of chapter VII of title 15, Code of 
Federal Regulations, and controlled--
    (i) Pursuant to multilateral regimes, including for reasons 
relating to national security, chemical and biological weapons 
proliferation, nuclear nonproliferation, or missile technology; or
    (ii) For reasons relating to regional stability or surreptitious 
listening;
    (3) Specially designed and prepared nuclear equipment, parts and 
components, materials, software, and technology covered by part 810 
of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to assistance to 
foreign atomic energy activities);
    (4) Nuclear facilities, equipment, and material covered by part 
110 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to export and 
import of nuclear equipment and material);
    (5) Select agents and toxins covered by part 331 of title 7, 
Code of Federal Regulations, part 121 of title 9 of such Code, or 
part 73 of title 42 of such Code; or
    (6) Emerging and foundational technologies controlled pursuant 
to section 1758 of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (50 U.S.C. 
4817).
    Substantial or essential component means any component necessary 
for the proper function or performance of a piece of equipment, 
system, or service.
    (b) Prohibition. In accordance with section 1656 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Pub. L. 115-91), the 
contractor shall not provide to the Government any equipment, 
system, or service to carry out covered missions that uses covered 
defense telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or 
essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part 
of any system, unless the covered defense telecommunication 
equipment or services are covered by a waiver described in Defense 
Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 204.2104.

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    (c) Procedures. The Contractor shall review the list of excluded 
parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov for entities that are excluded when providing any 
equipment, system, or service, to carry out covered missions, that 
uses covered defense telecommunications equipment or services as a 
substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical 
technology as part of any system, unless a waiver is granted.
    (d) Reporting.
    (1) In the event the Contractor identifies covered defense 
telecommunications equipment or services used as a substantial or 
essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part 
of any system, during contract performance, the Contractor shall 
report at https://dibnet.dod.mil the information in paragraph (d)(2) 
of this clause.
    (2) The Contractor shall report the following information 
pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this clause:
    (i) Within one business day from the date of such identification 
or notification: The contract number; the order number(s), if 
applicable; supplier name; brand; model number (original equipment 
manufacturer number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler 
number); item description; and any readily available information 
about mitigation actions undertaken or recommended.
    (ii) Within 10 business days of submitting the information in 
paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this clause: Any further available 
information about mitigation actions undertaken or recommended. In 
addition, the Contractor shall describe the efforts it undertook to 
prevent use or submission of a covered defense telecommunications 
equipment or services, and any additional efforts that will be 
incorporated to prevent future use or submission of covered 
telecommunications equipment or services.
    (e) Subcontracts. The Contractor shall insert the substance of 
this clause, including this paragraph (e), in all subcontracts and 
other contractual instruments, including subcontracts for the 
acquisition of commercial items.


(End of clause)
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[FR Doc. 2019-27824 Filed 12-30-19; 8:45 am]
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