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

Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); FTR Case 2009-309, Premium Class Travel and Transportation Allowances
Document Number: E9-25749
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by implementing recommendations contained in the September 2007, Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, ``Premium Class Travel: Internal Control Weaknesses Governmentwide Led to Improper and Abusive Use of Premium Class Travel'' (GAO-07-1268). This final rule strengthens the management and accountability measures related to the use of premium class transportation accommodations by Federal employees while on official business travel.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Updated Meal Cost Table for Furnished Meal(s) Adjustments
Document Number: E9-25727
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
5 U.S.C. 5702 authorizes the General Services Administration (GSA) to establish per diem allowances within the continental United States (CONUS) for the reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses of official travel. After a recent comprehensive meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) study, GSA is amending the Federal Travel Regulation in regards to the allocated meal costs. The new costs are broken out in the table Sec. 301-11.18 by continental breakfast/breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the use of travelers who have had a meal(s) furnished by the Government or included in the registration fee, and who then must deduct the meal(s) before submitting the voucher for reimbursement. GSA is also updating the incidental expense rate.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2006-G515; Rewrite of GSAR Part 532, Contract Financing
Document Number: E9-25606
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-26
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to update Part 532, Contract Financing, of the regulation. This project is part of the GSAM rewrite Project, in which all parts of the regulation are being reviewed and updated to include new statutes, legislation, and policies.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); FTR Case 2009-306; Relocation Allowances
Document Number: E9-25334
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This proposed rule defines a process for collecting transaction-level data regarding relocation of Federal civilian employees. Specifically, this proposed rule would require that agencies that spend more than $5 million per year on travel and relocation send transaction-level data on relocation to GSA at least quarterly. GSA will store this data in a data warehouse that the agencies will be able to query to answer operational, managerial, and policy questions. In addition to the transaction-level reporting process, this proposed rule also would establish an annual reporting requirement for data regarding employee relocation and would modify the existing requirement for large agencies to collect and report data on temporary duty travel on an annual basis, instead of biennially.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Relocation Allowances-Data Dictionary and Collection Process for Transaction-Level Relocation Data; Notice of a Proposed Bulletin and Proposed Rule
Document Number: E9-25333
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces that GSA is posting online a proposed FTR bulletin on collection of relocation data, concurrent with a proposed rule. The proposed FTR Bulletin 10-XX provides the proposed data dictionary for both of these data collection processes. Proposed FTR Bulletin 10-XX may be viewed on GSA's Web site, at http:// www.gsa.gov/relopolicy, and the proposed rule appears elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. By this Notice, GSA is seeking comment on the proposed bulletin. Among the questions for which GSA is seeking comment are:
Office of Civil Rights; Submission for OMB Review; Nondiscrimination in Federal Financial Assistance Programs
Document Number: E9-24879
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-16
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 will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a previously approved information collection requirement regarding nondiscrimination in Federal financial assistance programs. This information is needed to facilitate nondiscrimination in GSA's Federal Financial Assistance Programs, consistent with Federal civil rights laws and regulations that apply to recipients of Federal financial assistance.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; GSA Form 1364, Proposal To Lease Space
Document Number: E9-24690
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-14
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 revision to the reinstatement of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding GSA Forms 1364/ 1364A, Proposal to Lease Space (Not Required by Regulation). This form is used to obtain information about property being offered for lease to house Federal agencies. In the past, GSA also used a 1364A which requested information regarding how tenant improvements were financed by a prospective lessor. The new version of form combines the former 1364 and 1364A, and it also collects other financial aspects contained in an offer for analysis and negotiation into lease contracts (e.g., real estate taxes, adjustments for vacant space, offerors' design and construction fees).
General Services Administration Regulation; Information Collection; Packing List Clause
Document Number: E9-24689
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-14
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 reinstatement of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding packing list clause.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Industrial Funding Fee and Sales Reporting
Document Number: E9-24688
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-14
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 reinstatement of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding industrial funding fee and sales reporting.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Information Collection; Indirect Cost Rates
Document Number: E9-24664
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-14
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) Regulatory 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.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Small Disadvantaged Business Procurement Credit Programs
Document Number: E9-24660
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-14
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) Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension and revision of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning small business procurement credit programs. A request for public comments was published in the Federal Register at 74 FR 27800 on June 11, 2009. No comments were received.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Authorized Negotiators
Document Number: E9-24659
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-14
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 previously approved information collection requirement regarding Authorized Negotiators.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-031, Limitations on Pass-Through Charges
Document Number: E9-24586
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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 (Councils) are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 866 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 which applies to Executive Agencies other than DoD. The DoD is subject to section 852 of the John Warner NDAA for FY 2007 which is also being implemented in this interim rule. Section 866 requires the Councils to amend the FAR and section 852 requires the Secretary of Defense to prescribe regulations to minimize excessive pass-through charges by contractors from subcontractors, or of tiers of subcontractors, that add no or negligible value, and to ensure that neither a contractor nor a subcontractor receives indirect costs or profit/fee (i.e., pass-through charges) on work performed by a lower- tier subcontractor to which the higher-tier contractor or subcontractor
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-37; Small Entity Compliance Guide
Document Number: E9-24585
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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) 2005-37 which amend the FAR. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-37 which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Technical Amendments
Document Number: E9-24584
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
This document makes amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation in order to make editorial changes.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-003, National Response Framework
Document Number: E9-24580
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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 (Councils) are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to reflect reissuance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Response Plan (NRP). On January 22, 2008, FEMA reissued the NRP as the National Response Framework (NRF). In addition, the term ``Incident of National Significance'' was eliminated. These changes became effective on March 22, 2008.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-008, Award Fee Language Revision
Document Number: E9-24579
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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 (Councils) are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 814 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, section 867 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009, and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy guidance memorandum dated December 4, 2007, entitled Appropriate Use of Incentive Contracts.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-034, Use of Commercial Services Item Authority
Document Number: E9-24570
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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 (Councils) are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 868 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. Section 868 provides that purchases of commercial services that are not offered and sold competitively in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace may only be considered commercial items for the purposes of the FAR if the contracting officer determines in writing that the offeror has submitted sufficient information to evaluate, through price analysis, the reasonableness of the price of such services.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-026, GAO Access to Contractor Employees
Document Number: E9-24568
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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 (Councils) have adopted as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 871 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (NDAA) which allows the Government Accountability Office to interview current contractor employees during the audit of the contractor's records.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2007-008, Limiting Length of Noncompetitive Contracts in “Unusual and Compelling Urgency” Circumstances
Document Number: E9-24565
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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 (Councils) are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 862 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417) and Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Administrator's memorandum of May 31, 2007. The rule limits the length of contracts awarded noncompetitively under unusual and compelling urgency circumstances to the minimum contract period necessary to meet the requirements, and no longer than one year, unless the head of the agency determines that exceptional circumstances apply.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-035, Registry of Disaster Response Contractors
Document Number: E9-24554
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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 (Councils) are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Section 697, Registry of Disaster Response Contractors (Pub. L. 109-295), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act, 2007 (6 U.S.C. 796). The Act requires that the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a component of DHS, establish and maintain a registry of contractors, which are willing to perform debris removal, distribution of supplies, reconstruction, and other disaster or emergency relief activities. In addition, the Act requires contracting officers to consult the Registry during market research and acquisition planning.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-37; Introduction
Document Number: E9-24551
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
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) 2005-37. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Data.gov Feedback Mechanisms Information Collection
Document Number: E9-24628
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-13
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this document announces that GSA is planning to submit a request to replace an emergency Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting this ICR to OMB for review and approval, GSA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Travel Costs
Document Number: E9-24403
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-09
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), Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a reinstatement of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning Travel Costs.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) Part 523; Submission for OMB Review; Environmental Conservation, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace
Document Number: E9-24397
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-09
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 reinstatement of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding Environmental Conservation, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace. A request for public comments was published at 74 FR 11889, March 20, 2009. No comments were received.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Rewrite of GSAR Part 503; Improper Personal Conflicts of Interest
Document Number: E9-24158
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-07
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) by revising the regulations pertaining to Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest. This rule is a product of the 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 General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) as well as internal agency acquisition policy.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2008-027, Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System
Document Number: E9-23893
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-05
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 872 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. The Councils have agreed to delay the public comment due date. The comment period is being extended to provide additional time for interested parties to review the proposed FAR changes of FAR Case 2008- 027, Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, to November 5, 2009.