Cost Accounting Standards: Revision of the Exemption From Cost Accounting Standards for Contracts and Subcontracts for the Acquisition of Commercial Items
The OFPP and CAS Board invite public comments concerning this proposed rule to clarify the exemption for contracts or subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items (hereafter referred to as the ``(b)(6) commercial item exemption'') so that the regulatory text is more consistent with the statutory text. Specifically, the proposed rule clarification will eliminate the detailed listing of permissible contract and subcontract types, and instead the revised provision will contain more generalized language that reads ``contracts and subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items,'' which reflects the statutory text.
Cost Accounting Standards: Cost Accounting Standards 412 and 413-Cost Accounting Standards Pension Harmonization Rule
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards Board (Board), is publishing technical corrections to the final rule that revised Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) 412, ``Composition and Measurement of Pension Cost,'' and CAS 413, ``Adjustment and Allocation of Pension Cost'' for the CAS Pension Harmonization Rule, published on December 27, 2011. Some illustrations in that document are not consistent with their corresponding Table or text, or the text used in the two effective date provisions is not consistent with each other in the amendment language. This document corrects the final regulations by revising the applicable sections accordingly.
Improving Contracting Officers' Access to Relevant Integrity Information
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is publishing this notice to advise the public that it has developed a Request for Comment to invite comment from the public on whether changes to current regulations and other guidance might improve contracting officers' access to relevant information about contractor business ethics in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS). FAPIIS is designed to facilitate the Government's ability to evaluate the business ethics of prospective contractors and protect the Government from awarding contracts to contractors that are not responsible sources.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is proposing to revise OMB Circular A- 131, Value Engineering, to update and reinforce policies associated with the consideration and use of Value Engineering (VE). VE is an effective technique for cutting waste and inefficiencyhelping Federal agencies save billions of dollars in program and acquisition costs, improve performance, enhance quality, and foster the use of innovation. The proposed revisions are designed to ensure that the Federal Government has the capabilities and tools to consider and apply VE techniques to the maximum extent appropriate.
Determination of Benchmark Compensation Amount for Certain Executives
The Office of Management and Budget is publishing the attached memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies announcing that $763,029 is the ``benchmark compensation amount'' for certain executives in terms of costs allowable under Federal Government contracts during contractors' fiscal year 2011. This determination is required under Section 39 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act, as amended (41 U.S.C. 1127; formerly, 41 U.S.C. 435). The benchmark compensation amount applies to both defense and civilian agencies.
Policy Letter 11-01, Performance of Inherently Governmental and Critical Functions
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is making a correction to the Final Policy Letter ``Performance of Inherently Governmental and Critical Functions'' (76 FR 56227-56242, September 12, 2011) to clarify that the Policy Letter applies to both Civilian and Defense Executive Branch Departments and Agencies. The original publication of the policy letter was inadvertently addressed only to the Heads of The Civilian Executive Departments and Agencies. Also, OFPP has corrected the citation for additional guidance about conduct of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), because the original notice referenced an incorrect Part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The corrections below should be used in place of text previously published in the September 12, 2011 notice. All other information from the published Final Policy remains unchanged. The full text of the original notice is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-12/pdf/2011- 23165.pdf.