General Services Administration August 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Federal Management Regulation; FMR Case 2007-102-1, Replacement of Personal Property Pursuant to the Exchange/Sale Authority
Document Number: E8-19892
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-29
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration is amending the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) by updating coverage on the replacement of personal property pursuant to the exchange/sale authority. The changes were prompted by recommendations of the Federal Asset Management Evaluation (FAME) interagency working group led by GSA.
Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel; Notification of Public Advisory Panel Meetings
Document Number: E8-19772
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel (MAS Panel), a Federal Advisory Committee, will hold public meetings on the following dates: Friday, September 19, 2008; Monday, September 22, 2008; Monday, October 6, 2008; and Monday, October 27, 2008. GSA utilizes the MAS program to establish long-term Governmentwide contracts with responsible firms to provide Federal, State, and local government customers with access to a wide variety of commercial supplies (products) and services. The MAS Panel was established to develop advice and recommendations on MAS program pricing policies, provisions, and procedures in the context of current commercial pricing practices. For the next 3 to 4 meetings, the Panel plans to focus on developing recommendations for MAS program pricing provisions for the acquisition of (1) professional services; (2) products; (3) total solutions which consist of professional services and products; and (4) non professional services. In developing the recommendations, the Panel will, at a minimum, address these 5 questions for each of the 4 types of acquisitions envisioned above: (1) Where does competition take place?; (2) If competition takes place primarily at the task/delivery order level, does a fair and reasonable price determination at the MAS contract level really matter?; (3) If the Panel consensus is that competition is at the task order level, are the methods that GSA uses to determine fair and reasonable prices and maintain the price/discount relationship with the basis of award customer(s) adequate?; (4) If the current policy is not adequate, what are the recommendations to improve the policy/guidance; and (5) If fair and reasonable price determination at the MAS contract level is not beneficial and the fair and reasonable price determination is to be determined only at the task/delivery order level, then what is the GSA role? To that end, the Panel would like to hear from the many stakeholders of the MAS program. The MAS program stakeholders include, but not limited to, ordering agency contracting officers, GSA contracting officers, schedule contract holders, Congress, program managers, General Accountability Office, and federal agency Inspector General Offices. The panel is particularly interested in stakeholder views as to how the issues discussed above may relate differently to the purchase of goods, services, or goods and services that are configured to propose an integrated solution to an agency's needs. September 19, 2008, is the last date that the Panel will entertain oral comments. Written comments may be submitted at any time in accordance with the guidance below. I. Acquisition of Services and Solutions Discussion and Recommendations Discussions will take place on Friday, September 19, 2008, and Monday, September 22, 2008. The meetings will be held at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Building, 2nd Floor, 1725 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The building is located at the corner of 18th Street and New York Avenue, NW. Entrance to the building is on either 18th Street, or New York Avenue. The AIA is within walking distance of the Farragut North and Farragut West metro stops. The meeting start time for each day is 8:00 a.m., and it will adjourn no later than 5:00 p.m. II. Acquisition of Products Discussion and Recommendations Discussions will take place on Monday, October 6, 2008, and Monday, October 20, 2008. Monday, October 6, 2008, Location & Address: The meeting will be held at the Jury's Washington Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The hotel is within walking distance from the Dupont Circle metro stop. The meeting start time is 9:00 a.m., and it will adjourn no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2008, Location and Address: The meeting will be held at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Building, 2nd Floor, 1725 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The building is located at the corner of 18th Street and New York Avenue, NW. Entrance to the building is on either 18th Street or New York Avenue. The AIA is within walking distance of the Farragut North and Farragut West metro stops. The meeting start time is 9:00 a.m., and it will adjourn no later than 5:00 p.m. For presentations before the Panel, the following guidance is provided: Oral comments: September 19, 2008 is the last meeting date for oral comments. Requests to present oral comments at this meeting must be in writing (e-mail or fax) and received by the Designated Federal Official, Pat Brooks, at the below address ten (10) business days prior to the meeting date. Each individual or group requesting an oral presentation will be limited to a total time of five minutes. Speakers should bring at least 50 copies of their comments for distribution to the reviewers and public at the meeting. Written Comments: Written comments must be received ten (10) business days prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be provided to the Panel for their consideration prior to the meeting. Comments should be supplied to Ms. Brooks at the address/contact information noted below in the following format: one hard copy with original signature and one electronic copy via email in Microsoft Word. Subsequent meeting dates, locations, and times will be published at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer
Document Number: E8-19669
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-25
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 payment by electronic funds transfer. A request for public comments was published in the Federal Register at 73 FR 30611, May 28, 2008. 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 Management Regulation; FMR Case 2003-102-1; Mail Management
Document Number: E8-19506
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-25
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration is amending the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) by revising the current mail management policy. This final rule incorporates changes made to the current interim rule.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Correction
Document Number: E8-19501
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-22
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is issuing a correction to GSAR Amendment 2008-01; GSAR Case 2006-G505; (Change 22), which was published in the Federal Register at 73 FR 46202, August 8, 2008.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G515; Rewrite of GSAR Part 549, Termination of Contracts
Document Number: E8-18722
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-13
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise language that provides requirements for termination of contracts.
Federal Management Regulation; Federal Real Property Report
Document Number: E8-18720
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-13
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In furtherance of Federal Management Regulation (FMR) Bulletin 2007-B4, this notice announces the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 edition of the Federal Real Property Report, which provides an overview of the U.S. Government's owned and leased real property as of September 30, 2007. The FY 2007 Federal Real Property Report is now available.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2007-G502; Rewrite of GSAR Part 513, Simplified Acquisition Procedures
Document Number: Z8-17549
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-11
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Maximum Per Diem Rates for the Continental United States (CONUS)
Document Number: E8-18413
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-08
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration's (GSA's) annual per diem review has resulted in lodging and meal allowance changes for locations within the continental United States (CONUS) to provide for the reimbursement of Federal employees' expenses covered by per diem. Per Diem Bulletin 09-01 updates the maximum per diem amounts in existing per diem localities. The CONUS per diem rates prescribed in Bulletin 09-01 may be found at http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem. GSA based the lodging per diem rates on the average daily rate that the lodging industry reports. The use of such data in the per diem rate setting process enhances the Government's ability to obtain policy compliant lodging where it is needed. In conjunction with the annual lodging study, GSA identified two new non-standard areas; Fayetteville, North Carolina (Cumberland) and Fredericksburg, Virginia (City of Fredericksburg), which prompted an out of cycle meal survey for these areas. For a complete listing of pertinent information that must be submitted through a Federal executive agency for GSA to restudy a location, or if a CONUS or standard CONUS per diem rate is insufficient to meet necessary expenses, please review numbers 4 and 5 of our per diem Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.gsa.gov/perdiemfaqs.
Real Property Asset Management Guiding Principles
Document Number: E8-18350
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-08
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This bulletin cancels GSA Bulletin FMR Bulletin 2006-B5, Real Property Asset Management Principles, published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2006, that introduced new Guiding Principles case studies to help Federal agencies manage and improve real property performance effectively in support of Executive Order 13327, ``Federal Real Property Asset Management.'' This bulletin updates the case studies to provide current asset management examples and best practices.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Rewrite of GSAR Part 522, Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions
Document Number: E8-18290
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-08
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise language pertaining to application of labor laws to Government acquisitions. This rule is a product of the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM) Rewrite Initiative, undertaken by GSA to revise the regulation to maintain consistency with the FAR and implement streamlined and innovative acquisition procedures for contractors, offerors, and GSA contracting personnel. The GSAM incorporates the GSAR as well as internal agency acquisition policy.
Information Collection; Federal Management Regulation; Standard Form 151, Deposit Bond, Annual Sale of Government Personal Property
Document Number: E8-18116
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-06
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 an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding Standard Form 151, Deposit Bond, Annual Sale of Government Personal Property. A request for public comments was published at 72 FR 20052, April 14, 2008. No comments were received. This OMB clearance expires on September 30, 2008. 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.
Information Collection; Standard Form 150, Deposit Bond-Individual Invitation, Sale of Government Personal Property
Document Number: E8-18113
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-06
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 an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding Standard Form 150, Deposit Bond- Individual Invitation, Sale of Government Personal Property. The clearance currently expires on September 30, 2008. 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.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Price Reductions Clause
Document Number: E8-17981
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-06
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 an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding the GSAR Price Reductions Clause. The clearance currently expires on October 31, 2008. 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.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2006-G517; Rewrite of GSAR Part 528, Bonds and Insurance
Document Number: E8-17938
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-05
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise language that provides requirements for bonds and insurance.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G514; Rewrite of GSAR Part 546, Quality Assurance
Document Number: E8-17902
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-05
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise language that provides requirements for quality assurance.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Past Performance Information
Document Number: E8-17901
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-05
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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 past performance information. The clearance currently expires on November 30, 2008. 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.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G502; Improper Personal Conflicts of Interest
Document Number: E8-17790
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-04
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise language regarding requirements for improper business practices and personal conflicts of interest.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2007-G502; Rewrite of GSAR Part 513, Simplified Acquisition Procedures
Document Number: E8-17549
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-01
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise and update the agency's implementation of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G504; Rewrite of GSAR Part 512, Acquisition of Commercial Items
Document Number: E8-17540
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-01
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise the language pertaining to requirements for the acquisition of commercial items.