Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of DFARS Clause “Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications and Standards” (DFARS Case 2019-D023), 60916-60917 [2020-21248]

Download as PDF 60916 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Rules and Regulations the private sector. This final rule does not compel the expenditure of $100 million or more by any State, local, or Tribal governments, or anyone in the private sector. Therefore, statements as described under sections 202 and 205 of the Act are not required. List of Subjects in 36 CFR Part 254 Community facilities, National forests. Therefore, for the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Forest Service is amending part 254 of title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 254 LANDOWNERSHIP ADJUSTMENT Subpart C—Conveyance of Small Tracts § 254.37 Conveyance of parcels 40 acres or less that no longer meet National Forest System objectives. 1. The authority citation for part 254, subpart C continues to read: (a) This subpart allows conveyance of parcels of 40 acres or less that are determined by Forest Service officials to: (1) be physically isolated from other Federal land; or (2) be inaccessible; or (3) have lost National Forest character. (b) [Reserved] ■ 5. Amend § 254.38 by revising paragraph (a) and adding paragraph (b)(3) to read as follows: (a) The net proceeds derived from any sale or exchange of parcels in § 254.32(b) and (d) and § 254.37 shall be deposited in the fund commonly known as the ‘‘Sisk Act’’ account. (b) * * * (3) Reimbursement for costs incurred in preparing a sale conducted under § 254.37 if the sale is a competitive sale. ■ Authority: Public Law 97–465; 96 Stat. 2535. 2. Amend § 254.31 by adding, in alphabetical order, the definition of ‘‘Permanent Habitable Improvement’’ to read as follows: ■ § 254.31 Definitions. Permanent Habitable Improvement means a dwelling, improvement, house, or other structure presently being used as a residence or domicile for a lasting or indefinite period of time. ■ 3. Revise § 254.32 to read as follows: § 254.32 Encroachments and other improvements. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (2) Factual evidence of claim of title or color of title, (3) Notice given to persons encroaching on National Forest System lands, (4) Degree of development in the encroached upon area, and (5) Creation of an uneconomic remnant. (d) This subpart also allows conveyance of parcels that are used as a cemetery (including a parcel of not more than one acre adjacent to the parcel used as a cemetery), a landfill, or a sewage treatment plant under a special use authorization issued or otherwise authorized by a Forest Service official. ■ 4. Add § 254.37 to read as follows: (a) This subpart allows conveyance of parcels of 10 acres or less, which will resolve encroachments by persons on National Forest System lands: (1) To whom no advance notice was given that the improvements encroached or would encroach, and (2) Who in good faith relied on an erroneous survey, title search, or other land description which did not reveal such encroachment. (b) This subpart also allows conveyance of parcels of 10 acres or less that are not eligible for conveyance under subsection (a) but are encroached on by a permanent habitable improvement for which there is no evidence that the encroachment was intentional or negligent. (c) Forest Service officials shall consider the following factors when determining whether to convey lands upon which encroachments exist under subsections (a) and (b): (1) The location of the property boundaries based on historical location and continued acceptance and maintenance, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 James E. Hubbard, Undersecretary, Natural Resources and Environment. [FR Doc. 2020–21258 Filed 9–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Parts 211 and 252 [Docket DARS–2020–0006] RIN 0750–AK60 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of DFARS Clause ‘‘Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications and Standards’’ (DFARS Case 2019–D023) Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). AGENCY: Frm 00034 Final rule. DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove internal agency guidance and a clause that is no longer necessary pursuant to action taken by the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force. SUMMARY: DATES: Effective October 1, 2020. Ms. Carrie Moore, telephone 571–372–6093. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background DoD published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 85 FR 19722 on April 8, 2020, to remove DFARS subpart 211.273, Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications and Standards, and DFARS clause 252.211–7005, Substitutions for Military of Federal Specifications, from the DFARS, because the guidance and clause are no longer necessary. One public comment was received in response to the proposed rule. The public comment was outside the scope of this case and no changes were made to the rule, as a result of public comment. II. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold and for Commercial Items, Including Commercially Available Offthe-Shelf Items This rule only removes obsolete internal guidance and the clause at DFARS 252.211–7005 from the DFARS. This rule does not impose any new requirements on contracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold, or commercial items, including commercially available off-the-shelf items. III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PO 00000 ACTION: Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 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. E:\FR\FM\29SER1.SGM 29SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Rules and Regulations IV. Executive Order 13771 This rule is not subject to E.O. 13771, because this rule is not a significant regulatory action under E.O. 12866. V. Regulatory Flexibility Act DoD does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule is not creating any new requirements for contractors or changing any existing policies or practices. However, a final regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared and is summarized as follows: The Department of Defense is amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to repeal DFARS subpart 211.273, Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications of Standards, and DFARS clause 252.211–7005, Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications of Standards, as the guidance and clause are no longer necessary. The objective of this rule is to remove outdated guidance from the DFARS and reduce regulatory burden on the public. This repeal is pursuant to action taken by the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force established under Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. No public comments were received in response to the initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD does not collect data on the number of small businesses that proposed an Single Process Initiative (SPI) process in lieu of military of Federal specifications or standards cited in the solicitation. Instead, DoD subject matter experts estimate that approximately 10 contractors participate in SPI and that each participant will respond to one solicitation per year. Based on the information available, DoD does not anticipate that this rule will significantly impact small business entities. This rule does not include any new reporting, recordkeeping, or other compliance requirements for small businesses. There are no known alternative to the rule that will meet the stated objectives or minimize the impact on of the rule on small entities. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES VI. Paperwork Reduction Act This rule removes the burden associated with DFARS 252.211–7005 from the information collection requirement currently approved under 0704–0398, entitled DFARS Part 211, Describing Agency Needs, and Related VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 60917 Clause at DFARS 252.211. This reduction is reflected in the revision to and extension of the information collection, as published in the Federal Register on February 27, 2020, at 85 FR 11351, and May 28, 2020, at 85 FR 32019. no longer necessary pursuant to action taken by the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force. DATES: Effective October 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carrie Moore, telephone 571–372–6093. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 211 and 252 Government procurement. I. Background DoD published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 85 FR 19721 on April 8, 2020, to remove the provision at DFARS 252.211–7004, Alternate Preservation, Packaging, and Packing, and the associated prescription from the DFARS, because the provision is no longer necessary. No public comments were received in response to the proposed rule. No changes were made to the rule, as proposed. Jennifer D. Johnson, Regulatory Control Officer, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 are amended as follows: ■ 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 continues to read as follows: Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 211—DESCRIBING AGENCY NEEDS 211.273 [Removed and Reserved] 2. Remove and reserve section 211.273. ■ 211.273–1 through 211.273–4 [Removed] 3. Remove sections 211.273–1 through 211.273–4. ■ PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 252.211–7005 [Removed and Reserved] 4. Remove and reserve section 252.211–7005. ■ [FR Doc. 2020–21248 Filed 9–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Parts 211 and 252 [Docket DARS–2019–0056] RIN 0750–AK59 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of DFARS Provision ‘‘Alternate Preservation, Packaging, and Packing’’ (DFARS Case 2019–D022) II. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold and for Commercial Items, Including Commercially Available Offthe-Shelf Items This rule only removes the obsolete solicitation provision at DFARS 252.211–7004, Alternate Preservation, Packaging, and Packing. This rule does not impose any new requirements on contracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold, or commercial items, including commercially available off-the-shelf items. III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 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 not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 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. AGENCY: IV. Executive Order 13771 This rule is not subject to E.O. 13771, because this rule is not a significant regulatory action under E.O. 12866. DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove a provision that is V. Regulatory Flexibility Act DoD does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule is not creating any new Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\29SER1.SGM 29SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 211 and 252

[Docket DARS-2020-0006]
RIN 0750-AK60


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of 
DFARS Clause ``Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications and 
Standards'' (DFARS Case 2019-D023)

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove internal agency 
guidance and a clause that is no longer necessary pursuant to action 
taken by the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force.

DATES: Effective October 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carrie Moore, telephone 571-372-
6093.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    DoD published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 85 FR 
19722 on April 8, 2020, to remove DFARS subpart 211.273, Substitutions 
for Military or Federal Specifications and Standards, and DFARS clause 
252.211-7005, Substitutions for Military of Federal Specifications, 
from the DFARS, because the guidance and clause are no longer 
necessary. One public comment was received in response to the proposed 
rule. The public comment was outside the scope of this case and no 
changes were made to the rule, as a result of public comment.

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

    This rule only removes obsolete internal guidance and the clause at 
DFARS 252.211-7005 from the DFARS. This rule does not impose any new 
requirements on contracts at or below the simplified acquisition 
threshold, or commercial items, including commercially available off-
the-shelf items.

III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    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 not a 
significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 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.

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IV. Executive Order 13771

    This rule is not subject to E.O. 13771, because this rule is not a 
significant regulatory action under E.O. 12866.

V. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small businesses within the meaning of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule is 
not creating any new requirements for contractors or changing any 
existing policies or practices. However, a final regulatory flexibility 
analysis has been prepared and is summarized as follows:
    The Department of Defense is amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to repeal DFARS subpart 
211.273, Substitutions for Military or Federal Specifications of 
Standards, and DFARS clause 252.211-7005, Substitutions for Military or 
Federal Specifications of Standards, as the guidance and clause are no 
longer necessary. The objective of this rule is to remove outdated 
guidance from the DFARS and reduce regulatory burden on the public. 
This repeal is pursuant to action taken by the DoD Regulatory Reform 
Task Force established under Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the 
Regulatory Reform Agenda.
    No public comments were received in response to the initial 
regulatory flexibility analysis.
    DoD does not collect data on the number of small businesses that 
proposed an Single Process Initiative (SPI) process in lieu of military 
of Federal specifications or standards cited in the solicitation. 
Instead, DoD subject matter experts estimate that approximately 10 
contractors participate in SPI and that each participant will respond 
to one solicitation per year. Based on the information available, DoD 
does not anticipate that this rule will significantly impact small 
business entities.
    This rule does not include any new reporting, recordkeeping, or 
other compliance requirements for small businesses.
    There are no known alternative to the rule that will meet the 
stated objectives or minimize the impact on of the rule on small 
entities.

VI. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule removes the burden associated with DFARS 252.211-7005 
from the information collection requirement currently approved under 
0704-0398, entitled DFARS Part 211, Describing Agency Needs, and 
Related Clause at DFARS 252.211. This reduction is reflected in the 
revision to and extension of the information collection, as published 
in the Federal Register on February 27, 2020, at 85 FR 11351, and May 
28, 2020, at 85 FR 32019.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 211 and 252

    Government procurement.

Jennifer D. Johnson,
Regulatory Control Officer, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 are amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 continues to 
read as follows:

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

PART 211--DESCRIBING AGENCY NEEDS


211.273  [Removed and Reserved]

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2. Remove and reserve section 211.273.


211.273-1 through 211.273-4  [Removed]

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3. Remove sections 211.273-1 through 211.273-4.

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


252.211-7005  [Removed and Reserved]

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4. Remove and reserve section 252.211-7005.
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