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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 4, 52, and 53 continues to read as follows: Authorized Deviations in Provisions (Nov 2020) Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 51 U.S.C. 20113. ■ ■ ■ * * * * * 5. Amend section 52.252–6 by— a. Removing from the introductory text ‘‘$(DEVIATION)’’ and adding ‘‘(DEVIATION)’’ in its place; ■ b. Revising the date of clause; and ■ c. Removing from paragraphs (a) and (b) ‘‘$(DEVIATION)’’ and adding ‘‘(DEVIATION)’’ in its place. The revision reads as follows: 67629 and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Small Entity Compliance Guide. PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES Authorized Deviations in Clauses (Nov 2020) 3. Amend section 52.213–4 by— a. Revising the date of the clause; and b. Removing from paragraph (b)(1)(xiv) introductory text ‘‘(DEC 2007)’’ and adding ‘‘(MAY 2020)’’ in its place. The revision reads as follows: PART 53—FORMS This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2021–02, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2021–02, which precedes this document. 53.228 DATES: 52.213–4 Terms and Conditions— Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items). [FR Doc. 2020–21702 Filed 10–22–20; 8:45 am] PART 4—ADMINISTRATIVE AND INFORMATION MATTERS 4.2102 [Amended] 2. Amend section 4.2102 in paragraph (a) introductory text by removing ‘‘Prohibited equipment, systems, or services’’ and adding ‘‘Prohibited equipment, systems, or services’’ in its place. ■ ■ ■ ■ * * * * * * * * * * 4. Amend section 52.252–5 by— a. Removing from the introductory text ‘‘$(DEVIATION)’’ and adding ‘‘(DEVIATION)’’ in its place; ■ b. Revising the date of provision; and ■ c. Removing from paragraphs (a) and (b) ‘‘$(DEVIATION)’’ and adding ‘‘(DEVIATION)’’ in its place. The revision reads as follows: ■ ■ 52.252–5 Authorized Deviations in Provisions. * * * * * * Authorized Deviations in * * * * * * * [Amended] 6. Amend section 53.228 by removing from paragraphs (h), (i), and (j) ‘‘28.202– 1(a)(4)’’ and adding ‘‘28.202(a)(4)’’ in its place. ■ BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P Terms and Conditions—Simplified Acquisitions (Other Than Commercial Items) (Nov 2020) * 52.252–6 Clauses. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION SUMMARY: October 23, 2020. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: For clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below. Please cite FAC 2021–02 and the FAR Case number. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202–501–4755 or GSARegSec@gsa.gov. An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 48 CFR Chapter 1 [Docket No. FAR–2020–0051, Sequence No. 7] Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2021–02; Small Entity Compliance Guide Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), AGENCY: * khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES2 RULE LISTED IN FAC 2021–02 Item Subject I ......................... II ........................ III ....................... IV * .................... V ....................... VI * .................... VII * ................... VIII .................... Removal of FAR Appendix ............................................................................................................ Removal of Obsolete Definitions ................................................................................................... Update to Excess Personal Property Procedures ........................................................................ Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus ........................................... Documentation of Market Research ............................................................................................. Taxes—Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan .................................................................................... Recreational Services on Federal Lands ...................................................................................... Technical Amendments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the actual revisions and/or amendments made by these FAR rules, refer to the specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:11 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 FAR case following these item summaries. FAC 2021–02 amends the FAR as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 2020–003 2020–002 2019–019 2018–021 2020–006 2018–023 2019–002 Analyst Boyer. Uddowla. Uddowla. Delgado. Francis. Funk. Funk. Item I—Removal of FAR Appendix (FAR Case 2020–003) This final rule removes FAR references to the FAR appendix and the FAR looseleaf. The FAR appendix at an earlier time contained a copy of the Cost E:\FR\FM\23OCR2.SGM 23OCR2 67630 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Accounting Standards Board regulations. These remain available at 48 CFR chapter 99. There is no effect on small entities. The FAR loose-leaf version is now published online at https://www.acquisition.gov. It is no longer published as a paper loose-leaf version. Item II—Removal of Obsolete Definitions (FAR Case 2020–002) This final rule amends the FAR to remove the definitions of the terms ‘‘annual receipts’’ and ‘‘number of employees’’ in FAR 19.101. The Small Business Administration (SBA) published a final rule at 84 FR 66561 on December 5, 2019, amending its regulations to update these terms in 13 CFR part 121 as part of SBA’s implementation of the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018. The definitions in FAR 19.101 conflict with SBA’s revised regulation and are not needed in the FAR as these terms relate to determinations made by SBA, not contracting officers. In addition, this final rule moves the definition of ‘‘affiliates,’’ as used with regard to small business size determination, to appropriate locations in the FAR. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES2 Item III—Update to Excess Personal Property Procedures (FAR Case 2019– 019) This final rule amends the FAR to update internal Government procedures on how agencies can locate excess personal property and to remove obsolete requirements. Specifically, this rule removes references to catalogs and bulletins issued by GSA, the use of a discontinued GSA form, and the ability to the examine reports and samples of excess personal property in GSA VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:11 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 regional offices. Instead, the rule identifies the website through which agencies can find information on available excess personal property. Additionally, this rule updates the name of the offices handling excess personal property within GSA and provides a website containing contact information for those offices. Item IV—Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus (FAR Case 2018–021) This final rule implements 10 U.S.C. 983, which prohibits the award of certain Federal contracts to institutions of higher education that prohibit Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units or military recruiting on campus. This final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Item V—Documentation of Market Research (FAR Case 2020–006) This final rule amends the FAR to implement section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which requires the head of the agency to document the results of market research in a manner appropriate for the size and complexity of the acquisition. Item VI—Taxes—Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan (FAR Case 2018–023) This final rule amends the FAR to add two new clauses that notify contractors of requirements relating to Afghanistan taxes or similar charges when contracts are being performed in Afghanistan. Agreements established with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan exempt the United States Forces and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 Forces, and their contractors from liability for Afghanistan taxes and similar charges (e.g., customs, duties, fees). These clauses were previously in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and are now elevated to the FAR to eliminate the need for agency unique supplemental regulations and ensure unified guidance among the affected agencies consistent with the purpose of the FAR. Item VII—Recreational Services on Federal Lands (FAR Case 2019–002) This final rule amends FAR 22.1903(b)(2) and FAR clause 52.222– 55(c)(2) to conform to a Department of Labor rule by adding seasonal recreational services or seasonal recreational equipment rental for the general public on Federal lands under contracts or contract-like instruments entered into with the Federal Government, to the list of exemptions from the requirements of Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. The current minimum wage is $10.80 per hour. Lodging and food services are not exempted. Both rules implement Executive Order 13838, Exemption from Executive Order 13658 for Recreational Services on Federal Lands. Item VIII—Technical Amendments Editorial changes are made at FAR 4.2102, 52.213–4, 52.252–5, 52.252–6, and 53.228. William F. Clark, Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–21703 Filed 10–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–P E:\FR\FM\23OCR2.SGM 23OCR2

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 206 (Friday, October 23, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 67629-67630]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-21703]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Chapter 1

[Docket No. FAR-2020-0051, Sequence No. 7]


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 
2021-02; Small Entity Compliance Guide

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

ACTION: Small Entity Compliance Guide.

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SUMMARY: This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, 
and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in 
accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules 
appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2021-02, which amends 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Interested parties may obtain 
further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2021-02, 
which precedes this document.

DATES: October 23, 2020.

ADDRESSES: The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the internet 
at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
the analyst whose name appears in the table below. Please cite FAC 
2021-02 and the FAR Case number. For information pertaining to status 
or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division 
at 202-501-4755 or [email protected]. An asterisk (*) next to a rule 
indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared.

                                           Rule Listed in FAC 2021-02
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               Item                             Subject                  FAR case               Analyst
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I................................  Removal of FAR Appendix..........        2020-003  Boyer.
II...............................  Removal of Obsolete Definitions..        2020-002  Uddowla.
III..............................  Update to Excess Personal                2019-019  Uddowla.
                                    Property Procedures.
IV *.............................  Reserve Officer Training Corps           2018-021  Delgado.
                                    and Military Recruiting on
                                    Campus.
V................................  Documentation of Market Research.        2020-006  Francis.
VI *.............................  Taxes--Foreign Contracts in              2018-023  Funk.
                                    Afghanistan.
VII *............................  Recreational Services on Federal         2019-002  Funk.
                                    Lands.
VIII.............................  Technical Amendments.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the 
actual revisions and/or amendments made by these FAR rules, refer to 
the specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents 
following these item summaries. FAC 2021-02 amends the FAR as follows:

Item I--Removal of FAR Appendix (FAR Case 2020-003)

    This final rule removes FAR references to the FAR appendix and the 
FAR looseleaf. The FAR appendix at an earlier time contained a copy of 
the Cost

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Accounting Standards Board regulations. These remain available at 48 
CFR chapter 99. There is no effect on small entities. The FAR loose-
leaf version is now published online at https://www.acquisition.gov. It 
is no longer published as a paper loose-leaf version.

Item II--Removal of Obsolete Definitions (FAR Case 2020-002)

    This final rule amends the FAR to remove the definitions of the 
terms ``annual receipts'' and ``number of employees'' in FAR 19.101. 
The Small Business Administration (SBA) published a final rule at 84 FR 
66561 on December 5, 2019, amending its regulations to update these 
terms in 13 CFR part 121 as part of SBA's implementation of the Small 
Business Runway Extension Act of 2018. The definitions in FAR 19.101 
conflict with SBA's revised regulation and are not needed in the FAR as 
these terms relate to determinations made by SBA, not contracting 
officers. In addition, this final rule moves the definition of 
``affiliates,'' as used with regard to small business size 
determination, to appropriate locations in the FAR.

Item III--Update to Excess Personal Property Procedures (FAR Case 2019-
019)

    This final rule amends the FAR to update internal Government 
procedures on how agencies can locate excess personal property and to 
remove obsolete requirements. Specifically, this rule removes 
references to catalogs and bulletins issued by GSA, the use of a 
discontinued GSA form, and the ability to the examine reports and 
samples of excess personal property in GSA regional offices. Instead, 
the rule identifies the website through which agencies can find 
information on available excess personal property. Additionally, this 
rule updates the name of the offices handling excess personal property 
within GSA and provides a website containing contact information for 
those offices.

Item IV--Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on 
Campus (FAR Case 2018-021)

    This final rule implements 10 U.S.C. 983, which prohibits the award 
of certain Federal contracts to institutions of higher education that 
prohibit Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units or military 
recruiting on campus.
    This final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities.

Item V--Documentation of Market Research (FAR Case 2020-006)

    This final rule amends the FAR to implement section 818 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which requires 
the head of the agency to document the results of market research in a 
manner appropriate for the size and complexity of the acquisition.

Item VI--Taxes--Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan (FAR Case 2018-023)

    This final rule amends the FAR to add two new clauses that notify 
contractors of requirements relating to Afghanistan taxes or similar 
charges when contracts are being performed in Afghanistan. Agreements 
established with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan exempt the United 
States Forces and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Forces, 
and their contractors from liability for Afghanistan taxes and similar 
charges (e.g., customs, duties, fees). These clauses were previously in 
the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and are now 
elevated to the FAR to eliminate the need for agency unique 
supplemental regulations and ensure unified guidance among the affected 
agencies consistent with the purpose of the FAR.

Item VII--Recreational Services on Federal Lands (FAR Case 2019-002)

    This final rule amends FAR 22.1903(b)(2) and FAR clause 52.222-
55(c)(2) to conform to a Department of Labor rule by adding seasonal 
recreational services or seasonal recreational equipment rental for the 
general public on Federal lands under contracts or contract-like 
instruments entered into with the Federal Government, to the list of 
exemptions from the requirements of Executive Order 13658, Establishing 
a Minimum Wage for Contractors. The current minimum wage is $10.80 per 
hour. Lodging and food services are not exempted. Both rules implement 
Executive Order 13838, Exemption from Executive Order 13658 for 
Recreational Services on Federal Lands.

Item VIII--Technical Amendments

    Editorial changes are made at FAR 4.2102, 52.213-4, 52.252-5, 
52.252-6, and 53.228.

William F. Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2020-21703 Filed 10-22-20; 8:45 am]
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