General Services Administration 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Childcare Services; Information Collection; General Services Administration (GSA) Child Care Specialist Feedback Form
Document Number: E5-8001
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-29
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the General Services Administration has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a new information collection requirement. This information will be used to assess satisfaction with services delivered by staff from the Office of Child Care Services. The respondents are current users of the Office of Child Care Services. A request for public comments was published at 70 FR 56167, September 26, 2005. No comments were received. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it 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; and ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
Establishment of a Transaction Fee for transportation services provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply (FL).
Document Number: E5-7831
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-27
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
GSA is extending the comment period ten days for its proposal to change the Freight Management Program (FMP), Standard Tender of Service (STOS), to establish a transaction fee for transportation services provided to the Eastern Distribution Center (EDC), Burlington, NJ, Western Distribution Center (WDC), French Camp, CA, and the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and National Industries for the Severely Handicapped (NISH). The proposed transaction fee of 4% of the total transportation charges will be deducted from transportation service provider (TSP) invoices prior to payment via the GSA Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS). The notice was previously published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 73248, December 9, 2005.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Use of Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) as Primary Contractor Identification
Document Number: E5-7516
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning use of data universal numbering system (DUNS) as primary contractor identification. This OMB clearance expires on April 30, 2006. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it 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.
Federal Travel Regulation; Notice of GSA Bulletin FTR 05-08
Document Number: E5-7259
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-13
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces GSA Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Bulletin 05-08. This Bulletin informs agencies that in accordance with the OMB Circular A-123 (revised), Appendix B, issued August 5, 2005, new travel charge card policies and guidance are issued to Executive Branch departments and agencies in order to help reduce the risk of fraud, misuse, and late payments. OMB Circular A-123 (revised), Appendix B is effective October 1, 2005. Bulletin FTR 05-08 may be found at www.gsa.gov/ftrbulletins. An amendment to the FTR on the use of the government issued travel charged card is forthcoming.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds
Document Number: 05-16971
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-12-12
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to adjust acquisition-related thresholds for inflation. Section 807 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Public Law 108-375) requires that the FAR Council periodically adjust all statutory acquisition-related dollar thresholds in the FAR for inflation, except the statute does not permit escalation of acquisition-related dollar thresholds established by the Davis-Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act, or trade agreements. This rule also proposes to amend other acquisition-related thresholds that are based on policy rather than statute. Inflation adjustment of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) thresholds in the CAS regulations is simultaneously addressed in a separate case.
Establishment of a Transaction Fee for transportation services provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply (FL).
Document Number: 05-23879
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-09
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
GSA proposes a change to the Freight Management Program (FMP), Standard Tender of Service (STOS), to establish a transaction fee for transportation services provided to the Eastern Distribution Center (EDC), Burlington, NJ, Western Distribution Center (WDC), French Camp, CA, and the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and National Industries for the Severely Handicapped (NISH). The proposed transaction fee of 4% of the total transportation charges will be deducted from transportation service provider (TSP) invoices prior to payment via the GSA Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS).
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Indirect Cost Rates
Document Number: 05-23649
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning indirect cost rates. A request for public comments was published at 70 FR 56165 in the Federal Register on September 26, 2005. No comments were received.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Tax Adjustment Clause 552.270-30
Document Number: E5-6738
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-02
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the General Services Administration will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a renewal of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding tax adjustments under leasehold acquisitions. This collection requires contractors to submit information to the Government to substantiate an increase or decrease in real estate taxes under a leasehold acquisition so that the Government can make tax adjustments as necessary to the leasehold acquisition. Information collected under this authority is necessary to assess proper tax adjustments against each leasehold acquisition. The clearance currently expires on April 30, 2006. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Peace Arch Port of Entry, Blaine, Washington, Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 05-23522
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-01
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The US General Services Administration (GSA) hereby gives notice that it has prepared and is distributing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the President's Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, for the construction of a new Peace Arch Port of Entry facility in the City of Blaine, Whatcom County, Washington. This project is at the planning and design stage, and site acquisition funding has been approved by Congress. The US Dept of Homeland Security is currently located in the existing Peace Arch Port of Entry facility. The existing facility does not currently meet the tenant agencies space or mission requirements. The existing facility cannot be adapted to accommodate the required future space needs of the agency tenants. GSA, assisted by Herrera Environmental Consultants, will prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). GSA is the lead agency in conducting the NEPA study with US Department of Transportation - Federal Highways Administration and Washington State Department of Transportation serving as cooperating agencies. GSA invites interested individuals, organizations, and federal, state, and local agencies to participate in defining and identifying any significant impacts and issues to be studied in the EIS.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Zero Burden Information Collection Reports
Document Number: 05-23432
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-29
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the General Services Administration has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a renewal of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding zero burden information collection reports. A request for public comments was published at 70 FR 24043, May 6, 2005. No comments were received. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it 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.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Payments Under Time-and-Materials and Labor-Hour Contracts
Document Number: 05-23395
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-29
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are extending the date for submittal of public comments by two weeks for the proposed rule regarding payments under Time-and-Materials (T&M) and Labor-Hour (LH) Contracts. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 56314, September 26, 2005.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Additional Contract Types
Document Number: 05-23394
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-29
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have extended the due date by two weeks for public comments on their proposed rule that would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1432 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. Title XIV of the Act, referred to as the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (SARA), amended section 8002(d) of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (FASA) to expressly authorize the use of time- and-materials (T&M) and labor-hour (LH) contracts for certain categories of commercial services under specified conditions. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 56318, September 26, 2005.
Federal Acquisition Institute/Defense Acquisition University Vendor Meeting
Document Number: 05-23240
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-25
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) will hold a vendor meeting to provide information on shared initiatives and activities, as well as recent policy developments in the area of acquisition training. FAI and DAU work together to address many of the acquisition workforce training needs of the Federal Government. Partnering with DAU enables FAI to build upon existing DAU training, develop Governmentwide curriculum, and promote a cohesive and agile workforce. FAI will describe plans and requirements for training-related services under the Acquisition Workforce Training Fund (AWTF). Of particular interest to vendors is a solicitation for core acquisition training that FAI plans to issue soon. DAU will discuss plans for the redesign of Contracting (CON) Level 2 courses.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Lease/Construction of a Central Records Complex in Winchester, Virginia
Document Number: 05-23112
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to assess the potential impacts of the construction of a Central Records Complex in the delineated area of Frederick County, Virginia. At the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the GSA is proposing to provide for lease construction of up to 947,000 rentable square feet (RSF) for the creation of a Central Records Complex in the delineated areas of Frederick County, Virginia. The project proposes new construction of a records storage facility, a data center for the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ), an administrative offices building and a common support building. This facility will consolidate the FBI's various records management activities in Washington, DC and around the country into a state-of-the-art records storage facility to comply with National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) standards. This project will provide for the consolidation of FBI's various records management activities and relieve overcrowding at existing facilities by providing 947,000 rentable square feet for approximately 1200 employees: Office Building 150,000 usable square feet Archive Building 495,000 usable square feet Data Centers 227,000 usable square feet A public advertisement was placed in the local newspapers and Fed BizOps on September 20, 2005 expressing the government's interest in acquiring an assignable land option for this project. The following three sites will serve as alternatives in the Environmental Impact Statement, including the No Action Alternative: Alternative 1: Construct a Central Records Complex at 831 Shady Elm Road, Winchester, Virginia. Alternative 2:Construct a Central Records Complex at the Carpers Valley Golf course (Route 50), Winchester,Virginia. Alternative 3: Construct a Central Records Complex at 200-299 Woodbine Rd, Clear Brook, Virginia. No Action Alternative: Under the no action alternative, the Central Records Facility will not be constructed in the delineated area of Frederick County, VA. This alternative is included to provide a basis for comparison to the action alternatives described above as required by NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1002.14(d)). GSA invites individuals, organizations and agencies to submit comments concerning the scope of the EIS. The public scoping period starts with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will continue for forty five (45) days from the date of this notice. GSA will consider all comments received or postmarked by that date in defining the scope of the EIS. GSA expects to issue a Draft EIS in Spring 2006 at which time its availability will be announced in the Federal Register and local media. A public comment period will commence upon publication of the Notice of Availability. The GSA will consider and respond to comments received on the Draft EIS in preparing the Final EIS.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Federal Acquisition and Community Right-To-Know
Document Number: 05-23085
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning Federal acquisition and community right-to-know. A request for public comments was published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 54035, September 13, 2005. No comments were received. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it 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.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Technical Amendments
Document Number: 05-22505
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-14
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council are issuing amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to correct references included in FAC 2005-06, FAR cases 2004-018, Information Technology Security (Item I), and 2004-006, Accounting for Unallowable Costs (Item IX), which were published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 57449 and 57463, September 30, 2005.
Office of Citizen Services and Communications; Information Collection; Market Research Collection
Document Number: 05-22495
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-14
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the General Services Administration will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a renewal of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding Market Research for the Office of Citizen Services and Communications. The clearance currently expires on April 30, 2006. This information collection will be used to determine the utility and ease of use of GSA's Web site, http://www.gsa.gov. The respondents include individuals and representatives from businesses currently holding GSA contracts. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it 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.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR), Maximum Per Diem Rates for California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin
Document Number: 05-22470
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) has reviewed the lodging rates of certain locations in the States of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin and determined that they are inadequate. Also, GSA is changing the FY 2006 meals and incidental expenses rate in Illinois, city of Chicago, including Cook and Lake Counties, to provide for the reimbursement of Federal employees' meals and incidental expenses covered by the per diem. The per diems prescribed in Bulletin 06-03 may be found at http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem.
Privacy Act of 1974; Proposed Privacy Act System of Records
Document Number: 05-22460
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is providing notice of the establishment of the record system, System for Tracking and Administering Real-property (STAR) (GSA/PBS-4). The system collects and maintains information on individuals who lease or receive lease payments for buildings leased to the U.S. government. System information is used to provide contact information and payment information for leased buildings.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Improvements to the Andrade Port of Entry, Andrade, California
Document Number: 05-22428
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Improvements to the Andrade Port of Entry, Andrade, California, for public review and comment. The EIS provides GSA and its stakeholders an analysis of the environmental impacts resulting from ongoing operations as well as reasonable alternatives for new operations and facilities at the Andrade Port of Entry, located in southeastern California, and a potential new Port of Entry west of Yuma, Arizona.
Federal Management Regulation; Real Property Policies Update
Document Number: 05-21644
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-08
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration is amending the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) to update the legal citations to conform to Public Law 107-217 and to incorporate additional policy guidance. Public Law 107-217, which was enacted on August 21, 2002, revised, restated, and recodified, without substantive change, certain laws related to public buildings, property, and works in Title 40 of the United States Code. Accordingly, this final rule cancels and replaces in its entirety FMR Amendment C-1 issued December 13, 2002. In addition to updating the legal citations, this final rule implements new accessibility standards for Federal facilities and provides additional real property policy coverage on the integrated workplace, sustainable development, outleasing, telework, siting antennas on Federal property, seismic safety, screening of excess real property, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended. The FMR and any corresponding documents may be accessed at GSA's Web site at http:// www.gsa.gov/fmr.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Davis Bacon Act-Price Adjustment (Actual Method)
Document Number: 05-21787
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-02
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning the Davis-Bacon Act price adjustment (actual method). The clearance currently expires on March 31, 2006. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it 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.
Federal Travel Regulation; Transportation Expenses; Government-Furnished Automobiles (GFA)
Document Number: 05-20216
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by revising the mileage reimbursement rate reflecting costs of operating a Government-furnished automobile (GFA), and revising the table on how to determine distance measurements for travel. It also clarifies that, if determined to be advantageous to the Government, the employee may be reimbursed for mileage between the residence and office to a common carrier terminal, or from the residence directly to a common carrier terminal when on official travel requiring an overnight stay. An explanation of these changes is addressed in the ``Supplementary Information'' below. The FTR and any corresponding documents may be accessed at GSA's website at http://www.gsa.gov/ftr.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Central Contractor Registration - Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Validation
Document Number: 05-20869
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to include the process of validating a Central Contractor Registration (CCR) registrant's taxpayer identification number (TIN) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to improve data accuracy in the Federal procurement system. Additionally, the proposed amendment removes outdated language requiring modifications of contracts prior to December 31, 2003, regarding CCR.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Preparation, Submission, and Negotiation of Subcontracting Plans
Document Number: 05-20760
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the General Services Administration has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a renewal of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding preparation, submission, and negotiation of subcontracting plans. A request for public comments was published at 70 FR 24042, May 6, 2005. No comments were received. This information collection will ensure that small and small disadvantaged business concerns are afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in construction, repair, and alteration or lease contracts. Preparation, submission, and negotiation of subcontracting plans requires for all negotiated solicitations having an anticipated award value over $500,000 ($1,000,000 for construction), submission of a subcontracting plan with other than small business concerns when a negotiated acquisition meets all four of the following conditions. 1. When the contracting officer anticipates receiving individual subcontracting plans (not commercial plans). 2. When the award is based on trade-offs among cost or price and technical and/or management factors under FAR 15.101-1. 3. The acquisition is not a commercial item acquisition. 4. The acquisition offers more than minimal subcontracting opportunities. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it 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.
Privacy Act of 1974: Revision of a System of Records Notice
Document Number: 05-20759
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is providing notice of a revision to the record system, Travel System (GSA/PPFM-3). The system provides control over the expenditure of funds for travel, relocation, and related expenses. The revision includes a new category of records, credit data, as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447) and Office of Management and Budget guidance. The notice also updates authorities, includes minor editing for clarification purposes, and updates routine uses.
Federal Travel Regulation; Per Diem Expenses (Meals and Incidental Expense Allowance) - 2005
Document Number: 05-20690
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR), by revising the meals and incidental expense (MI&E) allowance rates for the deduction of meals furnished by the Government or meals that are included in a registration fee, for travel within the Continental United States (CONUS). The FTR and any corresponding documents may be accessed at GSA's website at http:// www.gsa.gov/ftr.
Privacy Act of 1974: Republication of a System of Records Notice
Document Number: 05-20689
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-17
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is providing notice of a revision to the record system, Purchase Card Program (GSA/PPFM4- 10). The system provides control over expenditure of funds through the use of Federal Government purchase cards. The revision includes a new category of records, credit data, as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447) and Office of Management and Budget guidance. The notice also updates authorities, includes minor editing for clarification purposes, and updates routine uses.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Progress Payments
Document Number: 05-20552
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning progress payments. This OMB clearance currently expires on December 31, 2005. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it 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.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Past Performance Information
Document Number: 05-20480
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning past performance information. A request for public comments was published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 45370, August 5, 2005. No comments were received. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it 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.
Notice of a Deviation; Motor Vehicle Management
Document Number: 05-20375
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-12
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces that the General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Governmentwide Policy (M), is granting a deviation from the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) to all agencies whose purchase of gasoline for motor vehicles has been impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This deviation will allow Federal agencies to purchase premium gasoline for government owned and leased vehicles when lower grade gasoline is not available. This deviation can be found at www.gsa.gov/ vehiclepolicy and clicking on ``Deviation from 41 CFR 102-34.335''.
Maximum Per Diem Rates for Florida and Ohio
Document Number: 05-20374
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-12
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is making a technical correction to the lodging rates of certain locations in the States of Florida and Ohio. The per diems prescribed in Bulletin 06-2 may be found at www.gsa.gov/perdiem.
Federal Travel Regulation; Notice of GSA Bulletin FTR 05-07
Document Number: 05-19973
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-05
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces GSA Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Bulletin 05-07. This Bulletin informs agencies that certain provisions of the FTR governing the authorization of actual subsistence expenses for official travel (both TDY and relocation) are temporarily waived as a result of Hurricane Rita, because it is expected that finding lodging facilities and/or adequate meals may be difficult, and distances involved may be great resulting in increased costs for per diem expenses. Bulletin FTR 05-07 may be found at www.gsa.gov/ftrbulletins.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Small Entity Compliance Guide
Document Number: 05-19479
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
This document is issued under the joint authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 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 rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-06 which amend the FAR. An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-06 which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http:/ /www.acqnet.gov/far.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Training and Education Cost Principle
Document Number: 05-19478
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by revising the ``training and education costs'' contract cost principle. The amendment streamlines the cost principle and increases clarity by eliminating restrictive and confusing language, and by restructuring the rule to list only specifically unallowable costs. The final rule eliminates several specific limitations on the allowability of costs associated with the various categories of education, eliminates the disparate treatment of full-time and part-time undergraduate education costs, and limits allowable costs to training and education related to the field in which the employee is working or may reasonably be expected to work. The rule makes job-related training and education costs generally allowable, except for six public policy exceptions that are retained from the current cost principle. Except for the six expressly unallowable cost exceptions, the reasonableness of specific contractor training and education costs is assessed by reference to the FAR section entitled ``Determining reasonableness.''
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Reimbursement of Relocation Costs on a Lump-Sum Basis
Document Number: 05-19477
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by revising the relocation cost principle to permit contractors the option of being reimbursed on a lump-sum basis for three types of employee relocation costs: costs of finding a new home; costs of travel to the new location; and costs of temporary lodging. These three types of costs are in addition to the miscellaneous relocation costs for which lump- sum reimbursements are already permitted.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Accounting for Unallowable Costs
Document Number: 05-19476
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by revising language regarding accounting for unallowable costs. The final rule adds language which provides specific criteria on the use of statistical sampling as a method to identify unallowable costs, including the applicability of penalties for failure to exclude certain projected unallowable costs. The final rule also revises the language regarding advance agreements by adding statistical sampling methods as an example for which advance agreements between the contracting officers and contractors may be appropriate.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Expiration of the Price Evaluation Adjustment
Document Number: 05-19475
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to cancel for civilian agencies (except National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Coast Guard) the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) price evaluation adjustment which was originally authorized under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355, Sec. 7102). Civilian agencies (except NASA and Coast Guard) are not authorized to apply the price evaluation adjustment to their acquisitions.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Powers of Attorney for Bid Bonds
Document Number: 05-19474
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to establish that a copy of an original power of attorney, including a photocopy or facsimile copy, when submitted in support of a bid bond, is sufficient evidence of the authority to bind the surety. The authenticity and enforceability of the power of attorney at the time of the bid opening will be treated as a matter of responsibility.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Addition of Landscaping and Pest Control Services to the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program
Document Number: 05-19473
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed to finalize, without change, the interim rule published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 11740, March 9, 2005. This rule implements Section 821 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Section 821 added landscaping and pest control services to the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Increased Justification and Approval Threshold for DOD, NASA, and Coast Guard
Document Number: 05-19472
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed to convert the interim rule published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 11739, March 9, 2005, to a final rule with minor changes. The rule amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to increase the justification and approval thresholds for DoD, NASA, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The FAR revision implemented Section 815 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 which amended 10 U.S.C. 2304(f)(1)(B) by striking $50,000,000 both places it appears and inserting $75,000,000. In addition, corresponding language in the FAR is also changed to reflect these higher thresholds for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Implementation of the Anti-Lobbying Statute
Document Number: 05-19471
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have agreed to convert the interim rule published in the Federal Register at 55 FR 3190, January 30, 1990, to a final rule with several minor changes. The interim rule amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 319 of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 101-121, which added a new section 1352 to title 31 U.S.C. entitled ``Limitation on use of appropriated funds to influence certain Federal contracting and financial transactions.'' Section 319 generally prohibits recipients of Federal contracts, grants, and loans from using appropriated funds for lobbying the executive or legislative branches of the Federal Government in connection with a specific contract, grant, or loan. Section 319 also requires that each person who requests or receives a Federal contract, grant, or cooperative agreement in excess of $100,000, or a loan, or Federal commitment to insure or guarantee a loan, in excess of $150,000 must disclose lobbying with other than appropriated funds.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Title 40 of United States Code Reference Corrections
Document Number: 05-19470
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to reflect the most recent codification of Title 40 of the United States Code.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Improvements in Contracting for Architect-Engineer Services
Document Number: 05-19469
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have adopted as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Section 1427(b) of the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (Title XIV of Public Law 108-136). This final rule emphasizes the requirement to place orders for architect- engineer services consistent with the FAR and reiterates that such orders shall not be placed under General Services Administration (GSA) multiple award schedule (MAS) contracts and Governmentwide task and delivery order contracts unless the contracts were awarded using the procedures as stated in the FAR.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Technology Security
Document Number: 05-19468
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Information Technology (IT) Security provisions of the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) (Title III of the E-Government Act of 2002 (E-Gov Act)).
Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-06; Introduction
Document Number: 05-19467
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-06. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.acqnet.gov/far.
National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Childcare Services; Information Collection; General Services Administration (GSA) Child Care Specialist Feedback Form
Document Number: 05-19165
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the General Services Administration will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a new information collection requirement. This information will be used to assess satisfaction with services delivered by staff from the Office of Child Care Services. The respondents are current users of the Office of Child Care Services. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it 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; and ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Indirect Cost Rates
Document Number: 05-19156
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning indirect cost rates. The clearance currently expires on December 31, 2005. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it 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.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Additional Contract Types
Document Number: 05-18965
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1432 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. Title XIV of the Act, referred to as the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (SARA), amended section 8002(d) of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (FASA) to expressly authorize the use of time-and-materials (T&M) and labor-hour (LH) contracts for certain categories of commercial services under specified conditions.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Payments Under Time-and-Materials and Labor-Hour Contracts
Document Number: 05-18964
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the FAR regarding payments under Time-and-Materials (T&M) and Labor-Hour (LH) Contracts.