Department of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation-Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment Requests, 57102-57104 [2021-21931]

Download as PDF lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 57102 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 196 / Thursday, October 14, 2021 / Proposed Rules Proposed Rulemaking shall be treated as a ‘‘permit-but-disclose’’ proceeding in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules. Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. 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In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable.pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules. 32. In light of the Commission’s trust relationship with Tribal Nations and our commitment to engage in governmentto-government consultation with them, the Commission finds the public interest requires a limited modification of the ex parte rules in this proceeding. 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To be clear, while the Commission recognizes consultation is critically important, the Commission emphasizes that the Commission will rely in its decision-making only on those presentations that are placed in the public record for this proceeding. 33. People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202–418–0530. 34. Availability of Documents: Comments, reply comments, and ex parte submissions will be publicly available online via ECFS. When the FCC Headquarters reopens to the public, these documents will also be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Federal Communications Commission, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554. IV. Ordering Clauses 35. Accordingly, it is ordered that, pursuant to the authority found in sections 1 through 4, 201–202, 254, 303(r) and 403 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151 through 154, 201 through 202, 254, 303(r), and 403, this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is adopted. 36. It is further ordered that the Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Reference Information Center, shall send a copy of this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. PART 54—UNIVERSAL SERVICE 1. The authority for part 54 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i), 155, 201, 205, 214, 219, 220, 229, 254, 303(r), 403, 1004, 1302, and 1601–1609, unless otherwise noted. 2. Amend § 54.500 by revising the definition of ‘‘library’’ to read as follows: ■ § 54.500 Terms and definitions. * * * * * Library. A ‘‘library’’ includes: (1) A public library; (2) A public elementary school or secondary school library; (3) A Tribal library; (4) An academic library; (5) A research library, which for the purpose of this section means a library that: (i) Makes publicly available library services and materials suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available to the public; and (ii) Is not an integral part of an institution of higher education; and (6) A private library, but only if the state in which such private library is located determines that the library should be considered a library for the purposes of this definition. * * * * * ■ 3. Amend § 54.501 by revising paragraph (b)(1) to read as follows: § 54.501 Eligible recipients. * * * * * (b) Libraries. (1) Only libraries eligible for assistance from a State library administrative agency under the Library Services and Technology Act (20 U.S.C. 9122) and not excluded under paragraphs (b)(2) or (3) of this section shall be eligible for discounts under this subpart. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2021–22102 Filed 10–13–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 54 Communications common carriers, internet, Libraries, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Schools, Telecommunications. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Federal Communications Commission. Marlene Dortch, Secretary. RIN 0991–AC32 Proposed Rules For the reasons set forth above, the Commission proposes part 54 of title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations to be amended as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 48 CFR Parts 332 and 352 Department of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation— Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment Requests Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\14OCP1.SGM 14OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 196 / Thursday, October 14, 2021 / Proposed Rules ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or the Department) is proposing to amend the Department’s Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, the HHS Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR), to support the HHS Electronic Invoicing Implementation Project and HHS’s transition to the Department of the Treasury’s Invoice Processing Platform. This complies with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum M–15–19, Improving Government Efficiency and Saving Taxpayer Dollars Through Electronic Invoicing, issued on July 17, 2015. DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at the address provided below, no later than 11:59 p.m. November 15, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ‘‘Submit a comment’’ instructions. Warning: Do not include any personally identifiable information (such as name, address, or other contact information) or confidential business information that you do not want publicly disclosed. All comments may be posted on the internet and can be retrieved by most internet search engines. No deletions, modifications, or redactions will be made to comments received. Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period will be available for viewing by the public, including personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary public comment submission you make. HHS may withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Website to view the public comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shari Shor, Procurement Analyst, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, Office of Acquisition Policy, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Email: Shari.Shor@hhs.gov. Telephone: (202) 731–3383. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Oct 13, 2021 Jkt 256001 I. Background The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR) is in the process of implementing the HHS Electronic Invoicing Implementation Project in conjunction with the Unified Financial Management System team, the HHS Consolidated Acquisition System team, the Office of Acquisitions, the Office of Acquisition Business Systems, and the Office of Financial Policy. This project is needed to bring HHS in compliance with the OMB Memorandum issued on July 17, 2015, which directed federal agencies to transition to electronic invoicing for appropriate federal procurements. Immediately following the issuance of the OMB Memorandum, HHS initiated the project by evaluating different solutions, building consensus across the Department, developing a business case, and receiving approval from HHS governance bodies. II. Required Regulatory Analyses A. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 E.O. 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review,’’ and E.O. 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if the regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. OMB determined that the rulemaking was not an economically significant regulatory action under these E.O.s. The preambles to this rule maintained that it primarily described procedural changes that would require Department expenditures to implement. B. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Department has examined the economic implications of this proposed rule as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. The RFA requires an agency to describe the impact of a proposed rulemaking on small entities by providing an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, unless the agency determines that the proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, provides a factual basis for this determination, and proposes to certify the statement. 5 U.S.C. 603(a) and 605(b). The Department considers a proposed or final rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities if it has at least a three percent impact on revenue of at least five percent of small entities. The Department has determined, and the Secretary certifies, that this proposed rule would not have PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 57103 a significant economic impact on the operations of a substantial number of small entities. C. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) E.O. 13132, ‘‘Federalism,’’ establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a rule that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on State and local governments or has Federalism implications. The Department has determined that this proposed rule would not impose such costs or have any federalism implications. D. Executive Order 13175 (Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments) HHS has analyzed this proposed rule in accordance with the principles set forth in E.O. 13175. HHS has tentatively determined that the proposed rule does not contain policies that would have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes. In accordance with the Department’s Tribal consultation policy, the Department solicits comments from tribal officials on any potential impact on Indian Tribes from this proposed action. E. National Environmental Policy Act HHS had determined that this proposed rule would not have a significant impact on the environment. F. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521; 5 CFR part 1320, appendix A.1, the Department has reviewed this proposed rule and has determined that it proposes no new collections of information. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 332 and 335 Government procurement. Accordingly, HHS proposes to amend 48 CFR chapter 3, parts 332 and 352, as follows: PART 332—CONTRACT FINANCING 1. The authority citation for part 332 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 121(c)(2). 2. Add subpart 332.70 to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\14OCP1.SGM 14OCP1 57104 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 196 / Thursday, October 14, 2021 / Proposed Rules Subpart 332.70—Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment Requests Sec. 332.7000 Scope of subpart. 332.7001 Definitions. 332.7002 Policy. 332.7003 Contract clause. Subpart 332.70—Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment Requests 332.7000 Scope of subpart. This subpart prescribes policies and procedures for electronic submission and processing of payment requests. 332.7001 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 Policy. (a) Contracts shall require the electronic submission of payment requests, except for— (1) Purchases paid for with a Government-wide commercial purchase card; and (2) Classified contracts or purchases when electronic submission and processing of payment requests could compromise classified information or national security. (b) Where a contract otherwise requires the electronic submission of invoices, the Contracting Officer may authorize alternate procedures only if the Contracting Officer makes a written determination that: (1) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to receive electronic payment requests or provide acceptance electronically; (2) The contractor has demonstrated that electronic submission would be unduly burdensome; or (3) The contractor is in the process of transitioning to electronic submission of payment requests, but needs additional time to complete such transition. Authorizations granted on the basis of this paragraph (b)(3) must specify a date by which the contractor will transition to electronic submission. (c) Except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, HHS officials shall process electronic payment submissions through the Department of the Treasury Invoice Processing Platform or successor system. (d) If the requirement for electronic submission of payment requests is waived under paragraph (a)(2) or (b) of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Oct 13, 2021 332.7003 Jkt 256001 Except as provided in 332.7002(a), use the clause at 352.232–71, Electronic Submission of Payment Requests, in all solicitations and contracts. PART 352—SOLICITATIONS PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 3. The authority citation for part 352 continues to read as follows: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 121(c)(2). 4. Add section 352.232–71 to read as follows: ■ 352.232–71 Electronic submission of payment requests As prescribed in HHSAR 332.7003, use the following clause: Electronic Submission of Payment Requests (DATE TBD) (a) Definitions. As used in this clause— (1) ‘‘Payment request’’ means a bill, voucher, invoice, or request for contract financing payment with associated supporting documentation. The payment request must comply with the requirements identified in FAR 32.905(b), ‘‘Content of Invoices’’ and the applicable Payment clause included in this contract. (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this clause, the Contractor shall submit payment requests electronically using the Department of Treasury Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) or successor system. Information regarding IPP, including IPP Customer Support contact information, is available at www.ipp.gov or any successor site. (c) The Contractor may submit payment requests using other than IPP only when the Contracting Officer authorizes alternate procedures in writing in accordance with HHS procedures. (d) If alternate payment procedures are authorized, the Contractor shall include a copy of the Contracting Officer’s written authorization with each payment request. (End of Clause) Dated: October 4, 2021. Xavier Becerra, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–21931 Filed 10–13–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4151–19–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 Contract clause. ■ Definitions. Payment request, as used in this subpart, is defined as a bill, voucher, invoice, or request for contract financing payment with associated supporting documentation. The payment request must comply with the requirements identified in FAR 32.905(b), Content of invoices, and the applicable Payment clause included in this contract. 332.7002 this section, the contract or alternate payment authorization, as applicable, shall specify the form and method of payment request submission. Frm 00027 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 [Docket No. FWS–R5–ES–2021–0029; FF09E21000 FXES1111090FEDR 223] RIN 1018–BF69 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Bog Buck Moth Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the bog buck moth (Hemileuca maia menyanthevora) (=H.iroquois), a moth that occurs in Oswego County, New York (NY), and Ontario, Canada, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, we propose to list the bog buck moth as an endangered species under the Act. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. We have determined that designation of critical habitat for the bog buck moth is not prudent at this time. DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 13, 2021. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. We must receive requests for a public hearing, in writing, at the address shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by November 29, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 196 (Thursday, October 14, 2021)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 57102-57104]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-21931]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

48 CFR Parts 332 and 352

RIN 0991-AC32


Department of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation--
Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment Requests

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human 
Services.

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ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or the 
Department) is proposing to amend the Department's Federal Acquisition 
Regulation Supplement, the HHS Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR), to 
support the HHS Electronic Invoicing Implementation Project and HHS's 
transition to the Department of the Treasury's Invoice Processing 
Platform. This complies with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
memorandum M-15-19, Improving Government Efficiency and Saving Taxpayer 
Dollars Through Electronic Invoicing, issued on July 17, 2015.

DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at the 
address provided below, no later than 11:59 p.m. November 15, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ``Submit a comment'' 
instructions.
    Warning: Do not include any personally identifiable information 
(such as name, address, or other contact information) or confidential 
business information that you do not want publicly disclosed. All 
comments may be posted on the internet and can be retrieved by most 
internet search engines. No deletions, modifications, or redactions 
will be made to comments received.
    Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the 
close of the comment period will be available for viewing by the 
public, including personally identifiable or confidential business 
information that is included in a comment. You may wish to consider 
limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any 
voluntary public comment submission you make. HHS may withhold 
information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines 
may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional 
information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via 
the link in the footer of https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
search instructions on that Website to view the public comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shari Shor, Procurement Analyst, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant 
Secretary for Financial Resources, Office of Acquisition Policy, 200 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Email: 
[email protected]. Telephone: (202) 731-3383.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources 
(ASFR) is in the process of implementing the HHS Electronic Invoicing 
Implementation Project in conjunction with the Unified Financial 
Management System team, the HHS Consolidated Acquisition System team, 
the Office of Acquisitions, the Office of Acquisition Business Systems, 
and the Office of Financial Policy. This project is needed to bring HHS 
in compliance with the OMB Memorandum issued on July 17, 2015, which 
directed federal agencies to transition to electronic invoicing for 
appropriate federal procurements. Immediately following the issuance of 
the OMB Memorandum, HHS initiated the project by evaluating different 
solutions, building consensus across the Department, developing a 
business case, and receiving approval from HHS governance bodies.

II. Required Regulatory Analyses

A. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    E.O. 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and E.O. 13563, 
``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' direct agencies to 
assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, 
if the regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that 
maximize net benefits.
    OMB determined that the rulemaking was not an economically 
significant regulatory action under these E.O.s. The preambles to this 
rule maintained that it primarily described procedural changes that 
would require Department expenditures to implement.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department has examined the economic implications of this 
proposed rule as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 5 
U.S.C. 601 et seq. The RFA requires an agency to describe the impact of 
a proposed rulemaking on small entities by providing an initial 
regulatory flexibility analysis, unless the agency determines that the 
proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities, provides a factual basis for this 
determination, and proposes to certify the statement. 5 U.S.C. 603(a) 
and 605(b). The Department considers a proposed or final rule to have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
if it has at least a three percent impact on revenue of at least five 
percent of small entities. The Department has determined, and the 
Secretary certifies, that this proposed rule would not have a 
significant economic impact on the operations of a substantial number 
of small entities.

C. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    E.O. 13132, ``Federalism,'' establishes certain requirements that 
an agency must meet when it promulgates a rule that imposes substantial 
direct requirement costs on State and local governments or has 
Federalism implications. The Department has determined that this 
proposed rule would not impose such costs or have any federalism 
implications.

D. Executive Order 13175 (Consultation and Coordination With Indian 
Tribal Governments)

    HHS has analyzed this proposed rule in accordance with the 
principles set forth in E.O. 13175. HHS has tentatively determined that 
the proposed rule does not contain policies that would have a 
substantial direct effect on one or more Indian Tribes, on the 
relationship between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes, or on 
the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal 
Government and Indian Tribes. In accordance with the Department's 
Tribal consultation policy, the Department solicits comments from 
tribal officials on any potential impact on Indian Tribes from this 
proposed action.

E. National Environmental Policy Act

    HHS had determined that this proposed rule would not have a 
significant impact on the environment.

F. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its 
implementing regulations, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521; 5 CFR part 1320, 
appendix A.1, the Department has reviewed this proposed rule and has 
determined that it proposes no new collections of information.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 332 and 335

    Government procurement.

    Accordingly, HHS proposes to amend 48 CFR chapter 3, parts 332 and 
352, as follows:

PART 332--CONTRACT FINANCING

0
1. The authority citation for part 332 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 121(c)(2).

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2. Add subpart 332.70 to read as follows:

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Subpart 332.70--Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment 
Requests
Sec.
332.7000 Scope of subpart.
332.7001 Definitions.
332.7002 Policy.
332.7003 Contract clause.

Subpart 332.70--Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment 
Requests


332.7000   Scope of subpart.

    This subpart prescribes policies and procedures for electronic 
submission and processing of payment requests.


332.7001   Definitions.

    Payment request, as used in this subpart, is defined as a bill, 
voucher, invoice, or request for contract financing payment with 
associated supporting documentation. The payment request must comply 
with the requirements identified in FAR 32.905(b), Content of invoices, 
and the applicable Payment clause included in this contract.


332.7002   Policy.

    (a) Contracts shall require the electronic submission of payment 
requests, except for--
    (1) Purchases paid for with a Government-wide commercial purchase 
card; and
    (2) Classified contracts or purchases when electronic submission 
and processing of payment requests could compromise classified 
information or national security.
    (b) Where a contract otherwise requires the electronic submission 
of invoices, the Contracting Officer may authorize alternate procedures 
only if the Contracting Officer makes a written determination that:
    (1) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to 
receive electronic payment requests or provide acceptance 
electronically;
    (2) The contractor has demonstrated that electronic submission 
would be unduly burdensome; or
    (3) The contractor is in the process of transitioning to electronic 
submission of payment requests, but needs additional time to complete 
such transition. Authorizations granted on the basis of this paragraph 
(b)(3) must specify a date by which the contractor will transition to 
electronic submission.
    (c) Except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, 
HHS officials shall process electronic payment submissions through the 
Department of the Treasury Invoice Processing Platform or successor 
system.
    (d) If the requirement for electronic submission of payment 
requests is waived under paragraph (a)(2) or (b) of this section, the 
contract or alternate payment authorization, as applicable, shall 
specify the form and method of payment request submission.


332.7003   Contract clause.

    Except as provided in 332.7002(a), use the clause at 352.232-71, 
Electronic Submission of Payment Requests, in all solicitations and 
contracts.

PART 352--SOLICITATIONS PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

0
3. The authority citation for part 352 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 121(c)(2).

0
4. Add section 352.232-71 to read as follows:


352.232-71   Electronic submission of payment requests

    As prescribed in HHSAR 332.7003, use the following clause:

Electronic Submission of Payment Requests (DATE TBD)

    (a) Definitions. As used in this clause--
    (1) ``Payment request'' means a bill, voucher, invoice, or 
request for contract financing payment with associated supporting 
documentation. The payment request must comply with the requirements 
identified in FAR 32.905(b), ``Content of Invoices'' and the 
applicable Payment clause included in this contract.
    (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this clause, the 
Contractor shall submit payment requests electronically using the 
Department of Treasury Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) or 
successor system. Information regarding IPP, including IPP Customer 
Support contact information, is available at www.ipp.gov or any 
successor site.
    (c) The Contractor may submit payment requests using other than 
IPP only when the Contracting Officer authorizes alternate 
procedures in writing in accordance with HHS procedures.
    (d) If alternate payment procedures are authorized, the 
Contractor shall include a copy of the Contracting Officer's written 
authorization with each payment request.
(End of Clause)

    Dated: October 4, 2021.
Xavier Becerra,
Secretary.
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