Requirement for NASA Recipients of Financial Assistance Awards To Obtain a Quotation From Small and/or Minority Businesses, Women's Business Enterprises and Labor Surplus Area Firms, 1439-1440 [2022-00302]

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AGENCY: The Grants Policy and Compliance Branch (GPC) in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Office of the Chief Financial Officer is soliciting public comment on the Agency’s proposed implementation of a new term and condition that requires recipients of NASA financial assistance to obtain a quotation from small and/or minority businesses, women’s business enterprises or labor surplus area firms when the acquisition of goods or services exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold. In response to the Executive Order, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 1440 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 11, 2022 / Notices Communities Through the Federal Government, NASA has been working to identify and address barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face in taking advantage of procurement, contracting, or grant opportunities. To address these barriers, NASA has taken a few actions including proposing the term and condition described above. NASA is taking this action to ensure that entities funded by NASA are compliant with the procurement standards in the uniform guidance. NASA’s expectation is that this action will result in an increase in contracting opportunities for small and/ or minority businesses, women’s business enterprises and labor surplus area firms that contract with NASA financial assistance recipients. DATES: Comments must be received by February 10, 2022. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Rm. 6O87, Washington, DC 20546 or sent by email to HQfedregcomments@nasa.gov; Phone Number: 202–358–2180, FAX Number: 202–358–3336. We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include ‘‘Requirement to obtain a quotation from small and/or minority businesses, women’s business enterprises or labor surplus area firms’’ in the subject line of the email message. Please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in your message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christiane S. Diallo, email: Christiane.diallo@nasa.gov, telephone (202) 358–5179. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued E.O. 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, outlining a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Given that advancing equity requires a systematic approach to embedding fairness in the decision-making process, the E.O. instructs agencies to recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:03 Jan 10, 2022 Jkt 256001 In response to E.O. 13985, NASA has been working to identify and address barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face in taking advantage of procurement, contracting, or grant opportunities. Through focused engagement with stakeholders and comments received from 86 FR 31735, June 15, 2021, Request for Information on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities in NASA Programs, Contracts and Grants Process, NASA has learned that access to information and a lack of resources and opportunities are just some of the barriers faced by underserved communities. As such, GPC has reviewed NASA’s grants management policies and procedures and has identified a few actions that can be taken to reduce these barriers, including a proposed implementation of a new term and condition that requires recipients of NASA financial assistance to obtain a quotation from small and/or minority businesses, women’s business enterprises or labor surplus area firms when the acquisition of goods or services exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold. The full text of the new term and condition is provided below: Requirement To Obtain a Quotation From Small and/or Minority Businesses, Women’s Business Enterprises or Labor Surplus Area Firms Pursuant to the requirements in 2 CFR 200.321, Contracting with small and minority businesses, women’s business enterprises, and labor surplus area firms, grant and cooperative agreement recipients shall, to the extent practicable, obtain at least one quotation in response to a recipient-issued Request for Quotation (RFQ) from a small and/or minority business, women’s business enterprise or labor surplus area firms when the acquisition of goods or services exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) as defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 2.101, Definitions (currently the SAT is $250,000). In the event that recipients are unable to obtain at least one quote from a small and/or minority business women’s business enterprise or labor surplus area firm, a written justification indicating why this was not possible must be maintained in the recipient’s records. End of Proposed Term and Condition Implementation Upon receipt and resolution of all comments, it is NASA’s intention to implement the new term through a revision to the NASA Grant and PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Cooperative Agreement Manual (GCAM). These revised terms and conditions will become effective thirty days from the final notice publication date in the Federal Register and will be available in the GCAM. The new term and condition will be applied to all new NASA awards and funding amendments to existing awards made on or after the effective date. Cheryl Parker, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2022–00302 Filed 1–10–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7510–13–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; Convergence Accelerator Evaluation & Monitoring Plan National Science Foundation. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans for a new data collection. In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing an opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of this collection for no longer than three years. DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received within March 14, 2022 to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Please send comments to the address below. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite W18200, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 292–7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Generic Clearance for the Convergence Accelerator Evaluation & Monitoring Plan. OMB Number: 3145–NEW. Expiration Date of Approval: Not applicable. Type of Request: New information collection. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 7 (Tuesday, January 11, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1439-1440]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-00302]


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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

[Notice: (22-001)]


Requirement for NASA Recipients of Financial Assistance Awards To 
Obtain a Quotation From Small and/or Minority Businesses, Women's 
Business Enterprises and Labor Surplus Area Firms

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

ACTION: Request for public comment on new term and condition that 
requires recipients of NASA financial assistance to obtain a quotation 
from small and/or minority businesses, women's business enterprises or 
labor surplus area firms.

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SUMMARY: The Grants Policy and Compliance Branch (GPC) in the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Office of the Chief 
Financial Officer is soliciting public comment on the Agency's proposed 
implementation of a new term and condition that requires recipients of 
NASA financial assistance to obtain a quotation from small and/or 
minority businesses, women's business enterprises or labor surplus area 
firms when the acquisition of goods or services exceeds the simplified 
acquisition threshold. In response to the Executive Order, Advancing 
Racial Equity and Support for Underserved

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Communities Through the Federal Government, NASA has been working to 
identify and address barriers that underserved communities and 
individuals may face in taking advantage of procurement, contracting, 
or grant opportunities. To address these barriers, NASA has taken a few 
actions including proposing the term and condition described above. 
NASA is taking this action to ensure that entities funded by NASA are 
compliant with the procurement standards in the uniform guidance. 
NASA's expectation is that this action will result in an increase in 
contracting opportunities for small and/or minority businesses, women's 
business enterprises and labor surplus area firms that contract with 
NASA financial assistance recipients.

DATES: Comments must be received by February 10, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to National Aeronautics and 
Space Administration Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Rm. 6O87, 
Washington, DC 20546 or sent by email to [email protected]; 
Phone Number: 202-358-2180, FAX Number: 202-358-3336. We encourage 
respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. 
We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the 
comment closing date. Please include ``Requirement to obtain a 
quotation from small and/or minority businesses, women's business 
enterprises or labor surplus area firms'' in the subject line of the 
email message. Please also include the full body of your comments in 
the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, 
organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in 
your message.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christiane S. Diallo, email: 
[email protected], telephone (202) 358-5179.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued 
E.O. 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved 
Communities Through the Federal Government, outlining a comprehensive 
approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and 
others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and 
adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Given that 
advancing equity requires a systematic approach to embedding fairness 
in the decision-making process, the E.O. instructs agencies to 
recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs 
that serve as barriers to equal opportunity.
    In response to E.O. 13985, NASA has been working to identify and 
address barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face 
in taking advantage of procurement, contracting, or grant 
opportunities. Through focused engagement with stakeholders and 
comments received from 86 FR 31735, June 15, 2021, Request for 
Information on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved 
Communities in NASA Programs, Contracts and Grants Process, NASA has 
learned that access to information and a lack of resources and 
opportunities are just some of the barriers faced by underserved 
communities. As such, GPC has reviewed NASA's grants management 
policies and procedures and has identified a few actions that can be 
taken to reduce these barriers, including a proposed implementation of 
a new term and condition that requires recipients of NASA financial 
assistance to obtain a quotation from small and/or minority businesses, 
women's business enterprises or labor surplus area firms when the 
acquisition of goods or services exceeds the simplified acquisition 
threshold.
    The full text of the new term and condition is provided below:

Requirement To Obtain a Quotation From Small and/or Minority 
Businesses, Women's Business Enterprises or Labor Surplus Area Firms

    Pursuant to the requirements in 2 CFR 200.321, Contracting with 
small and minority businesses, women's business enterprises, and labor 
surplus area firms, grant and cooperative agreement recipients shall, 
to the extent practicable, obtain at least one quotation in response to 
a recipient-issued Request for Quotation (RFQ) from a small and/or 
minority business, women's business enterprise or labor surplus area 
firms when the acquisition of goods or services exceeds the simplified 
acquisition threshold (SAT) as defined in the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation (FAR) part 2.101, Definitions (currently the SAT is 
$250,000). In the event that recipients are unable to obtain at least 
one quote from a small and/or minority business women's business 
enterprise or labor surplus area firm, a written justification 
indicating why this was not possible must be maintained in the 
recipient's records.

End of Proposed Term and Condition Implementation

    Upon receipt and resolution of all comments, it is NASA's intention 
to implement the new term through a revision to the NASA Grant and 
Cooperative Agreement Manual (GCAM). These revised terms and conditions 
will become effective thirty days from the final notice publication 
date in the Federal Register and will be available in the GCAM.
    The new term and condition will be applied to all new NASA awards 
and funding amendments to existing awards made on or after the 
effective date.

Cheryl Parker,
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2022-00302 Filed 1-10-22; 8:45 am]
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