General Services Administration January 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-013, Employment Eligibility Verification
Document Number: E9-2060
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration have agreed to delay the applicability date of FAR Case 2007-013, Employment Eligibility Verification, to May 21, 2009.
General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2006-G507; Rewrite of GSAR Part 538, Federal Supply Schedule Contracting
Document Number: E9-1096
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-01-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The GSA is proposing to amend the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise sections of the GSAR that provide requirements for Federal Supply Schedule Contracting actions.
Office of Citizen Services; Information Collection; Online Citizen Survey
Document Number: E9-1060
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-21
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 regarding an Online Citizen Survey. 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: E9-868
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-16
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 the GSAR Price Reductions Clause. A request for public comments was published at 73 FR 45772, August 6, 2008. No comments were received. The clearance currently expires on January 31, 2009. 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; FAR Case 2006-023, SAFETY Act: Implementation of DHS Regulations
Document Number: E9-577
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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 that published in the Federal Register at 72 FR 63027, November 7, 2007 to a final rule. The final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations on the SAFETY Act.
Federal Travel Regulation; Privately Owned Vehicle Mileage Reimbursement
Document Number: E9-563
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
GSA is amending the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) to decrease the mileage reimbursement rates for privately owned automobiles (POA), motorcycles, and airplanes when used for official travel. The new rates reflect the current vehicle operating costs as determined by investigations conducted by GSA. The governing regulation sets the mileage reimbursement allowance for a POA at $0.55, motorcycles at $0.52, and airplanes at $1.24, when used for official purposes.
Federal Management Regulation; FMR Case 2008-102-2, Utilization, Donation, and Disposal of Foreign Gifts and Decorations
Document Number: E9-562
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration is amending the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) to revise its policy on appraisals of foreign gifts and decorations, and to encourage agencies to use various methods in obtaining appraisals, including reliable retail Web sites.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Fly America Act; United States and European Union “Open Skies” Air Transport Agreement (US-EU Open Skies Agreement)
Document Number: E9-560
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
GSA is amending the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) provisions pertaining to the use of United States Flag air carriers under the provisions of the ``Fly America Act.'' This final rule incorporates language that informs readers where to find additional information regarding bilateral or multilateral air transportation agreements to which the United States Government and the government of a foreign country are parties, and which the Department of Transportation has determined meets the requirements of the Fly America Act. As these agreements qualify as exceptions to the use of U.S. flag air service pursuant to FTR section 41 CFR 301-10.135(b), this final rule advises of an Internet based source of information regarding the use of foreign air carriers under the terms of these bilateral or multilateral agreements.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2004-038, Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)
Document Number: E9-556
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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, with one minor change, the interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise the process for reporting contract actions to the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). This final rule revises the definition of indefinite delivery vehicle at FAR 4.601.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-003, Public Disclosure of Justification and Approval Documents for Noncompetitive Contracts-Section 844 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
Document Number: E9-555
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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 Section 844 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 ``Public Disclosure of Justification and Approval Documents for Noncompetitive Contracts'' (FY08 NDAA). Section 844 of the FY08 NDAA stipulates the requirements regarding the public availability of justification and approval documents after the award of Federal contracts, except for information exempt from public disclosure.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-30; Introduction
Document Number: E9-553
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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) 2005-30. 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.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2000-305, Commercially Available Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Items
Document Number: E9-551
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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 implement Section 4203 of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (41 U.S.C. 431) (the Act) with respect to the inapplicability of certain laws to contracts and subcontracts for the acquisition of commercially available off-the- shelf (COTS) items.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-030, Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
Document Number: E9-549
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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 adopt as final, without change, the interim rule published in the Federal Register at 72 FR 73215 on December 26, 2007. The interim rule amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to provide regulations for purchasing environmentally preferable products and services when acquiring personal computer products such as desktops, notebooks (also known as laptops), and monitors with use of Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Order 13423, ``Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.''
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-012, Combating Trafficking in Persons
Document Number: E9-548
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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 adopt as final, with changes, the second interim rule published in the Federal Register at 72 FR 46335, August 17, 2007, amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement 22 U.S.C. 7104(g). This statute requires that contracts include a provision that authorizes the department or agency to terminate the contract, if the contractor or any subcontractor engages in trafficking in persons.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-016, Trade Agreements-New Thresholds
Document Number: E9-547
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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 incorporate increased thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade Agreements, as determined by the United States Trade Representative.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Technical Amendment
Document Number: E9-546
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
This document makes an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation in order to make an editorial change.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-30; Small Entity Compliance Guide
Document Number: E9-538
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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 of 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) 2005-30 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 2005-30, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http:/ /www.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2001-004, Exemption of Certain Service Contracts from the Service Contract Act (SCA)
Document Number: E9-532
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-15
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, with changes, the interim rule which amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise the current SCA exemption and to add an SCA exemption for contracts for certain additional services that meet specific criteria.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-013, Employment Eligibility Verification
Document Number: E9-651
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-14
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration have agreed to delay the effective and applicability dates of FAR Case 2007-013, Employment Eligibility Verification, to January 19, 2009, and February 20, 2009, respectively.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Notice of GSA Bulletin FTR 09-02
Document Number: E9-434
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-13
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This Bulletin informs agencies what baggage and seat choice fees they may reimburse their employees while on official travel. GSA Bulletin FTR 09-02 may be found at http://www.gsa.gov/bulletin.
Civilian Board of Contract Appeals; Information Collection; Civilian Board of Contract Appeals Rules of Procedure
Document Number: E9-299
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-12
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration published a document in the Federal Register of December 9, 2008, concerning OMB Control No. 3090-0221 requesting comments 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. The document contained an incorrect date.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-021, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act Price Adjustment Clauses
Document Number: E9-217
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-01-09
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 specifically require the incorporation of the FAR clauses regarding Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act-Price Adjustment (Multi-Year and Option Contracts) and Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act-Price Adjustment in time-and-materials and laborhour service contracts that are subject to the Service Contract Act.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G512; Rewrite of GSAR Part 542; Contract Administration and Audit Services
Document Number: E9-216
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-09
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise sections of GSAR Part 542 that provide requirements for contract administration and audit services.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G513; Rewrite of GSAR Part 543, Contract Modifications
Document Number: E9-215
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-01-09
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the GSA Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise the language that provides requirements for contract modifications.
Federal Management Regulation; FMR Case 2008-102-4, Mail Management; Financial Requirements for All Agencies
Document Number: E9-172
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-01-09
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration is amending the mail management section of the Federal Management Regulation (FMR). The proposed changes will help agencies show accountability for their costs regardless of whether they choose to use commercial payment processes.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Preparation, Submission, and Negotiation of Subcontracting Plans
Document Number: E8-31456
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-06
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 preparation, submission, and negotiation of subcontracting plans. The clearance currently expires on June 30, 2009. 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; and ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Relocation Allowances; Notice of GSA Bulletin FTR 09-03
Document Number: E8-31231
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-02
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On December 11, 2007, the General Services Administration (GSA) published FTR Amendment 2007-06 in the Federal Register (72 FR 70234) specifying that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Standard Mileage Rate for moving purposes would be the rate at which agencies will reimburse an employee for using a privately-owned vehicle for relocation on a worldwide basis. The amendment indicated that the change to the IRS Standard Mileage Rate for moving purposes applied to relocations on and after September 25, 2007, and that GSA would publish a bulletin announcing any changes to that rate made by the IRS thereafter. On November 24, 2008, the IRS announced that as of January 1, 2009, the relocation mileage rate would decrease to $0.24 per mile for the 12 month period ending on December 31, 2009. Thus, the reimbursement rate for relocation will also be $0.24 for the same period. GSA Bulletin FTR 09-03 may be found at http://www.gsa.gov/ federaltravelregulation.