[Federal Register: January 10, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 7)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
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48 CFR Ch. 1

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Small Entity Compliance Guide

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Small Entity Compliance Guide.


SUMMARY: 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 (Public Law 104-121). It consists of a summary of rules 
appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-22 which amend the 
FAR. An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory 
flexibility analysis has been prepared in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 604. 
Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules 
by referring to FAC 97-22 which precedes this document. These documents 
are also available via the Internet at http://www.arnet.gov/far.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Duarte, FAR Secretariat, (202) 
501-4225. For clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name 
appears in the table below.

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                                            List of Rules in FAC 97-22
                   Item                               Subject             FAR Case             Analyst
 I.......................................  Definitions.................   1999-403  Linfield.
 II......................................  Applicability, Thresholds      2000-301  Nelson.
                                            and Waiver of Cost
                                            Accounting Standards
 III.....................................  Advance Payments for Non-      1999-016  Olson.
                                            Commercial Items.
 IV......................................  Part 12 and Assignment of      1999-021  Moss.
 V.......................................  Clause Flowdown--Commercial    1996-023  Moss.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the 
actual revisions and/or amendments to these FAR cases, refer to the 
specific item number and subject set forth in the documents following 
these item summaries.
    Federal Acquisition Circular 97-22 amends the FAR as specified 

Item I--Definitions (FAR Case 1999-403)

    This final rule clarifies the applicability of definitions used in 
the FAR, eliminates redundant or conflicting definitions, and makes 
definitions easier to find. The rule--
     Relocates definitions of terms that are used in more than 
one FAR part with the same meaning to 2.101;
     Relocates other definitions of terms to the 
``Definitions'' section of the highest level FAR division (part, 
subpart, or section) where the term as defined is used. For example, if 
a term was defined in a FAR section, but the term is used as defined in 
another section of that subpart, then the definition was moved to the 
``Definitions'' section of that subpart;
     Clarifies that a term, defined in FAR 2.101, has the same 
meaning throughout the FAR unless the context in which the term is used 
clearly requires a different meaning; or unless another FAR part, 
subpart, or section provides a different definition for that particular 
part, subpart, or section;
     Adds cross-references to definitions of terms in FAR 2.101 
that are defined differently in another part, subpart, or section of 
the FAR; and
     Makes technical corrections throughout the FAR.

Item II--Applicability, Thresholds and Waiver of Cost Accounting 
Standards Coverage (FAR Case 2000-301)

    The interim rule published as Item VIII of FAC 97-18 (65 FR 36028, 
June 6, 2000) is converted to a final rule without change. This rule 
amends FAR Subpart 30.2, CAS Program Requirements, and the FAR clause 
at 52.230-1, Cost Accounting Standards Notices and Certification, to 
implement Section 802 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2000 (Pub. L. 106-65) and the Cost Accounting Standards 
(CAS) Board's final rule, Applicability, Thresholds and Waiver of Cost 
Accounting Standards Coverage. The FAR rule revises policies affecting 
which contractors and subcontractors must comply with CAS by--
     Removing the requirement at FAR 52.230-1, Cost Accounting 
Standards Notices and Certification, that a contractor or subcontractor 
must have received at least one CAS-covered contract exceeding $1 
million (``trigger contract'') to be subject to ``full CAS coverage.'' 
The CAS Board added a new ``trigger contract'' dollar amount of $7.5 
million at paragraph (b)(7) of 48 CFR 9903.201-1, CAS applicability, 
which is already referenced at FAR 30.201-1;
     Revising FAR 30.201-4(b), Disclosure and consistency of 
cost accounting practices, and FAR 52.230-1 to increase the dollar 
threshold for full CAS coverage from $25 million to $50 million; and
     Revising the CAS waiver procedures and conditions at FAR 

Item III--Advance Payments for Non-Commercial Items (FAR Case 99-

    This final rule amends the FAR to permit federally insured credit 
unions, in addition to banks, to participate in the maintenance of 
special accounts for advance payments. The rule will only affect 
contracting officers that provide contract financing using advance 
payments for non-commercial items.

Item IV--Part 12 and Assignment of Claims (FAR Case 1999-021)

    This final rule amends the FAR to correct an inconsistency between 
two clauses related to the assignment of claims. FAR 52.232-36, Payment 
by Third Party, prohibits a contractor from assigning its rights to 
receive payment under the contract if payment is made by a third party, 
such as when a Governmentwide commercial purchase card is used. This 
clause is cited in the contract clause at FAR 52.212-5 that addresses 
terms and conditions required to implement statutes or Executive orders 
for commercial items.
    FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions--Commercial Items, 
addresses assignment of claims but does not include the third party 
prohibition. This rule revises FAR 52.212-4(b) to add the prohibition.

Item V--Clause Flowdown--Commercial Items (FAR Case 1996-023)

    This final rule amends the clause at FAR 52.244-6, Subcontracts for 
Commercial Items, to revise the listing of clauses the contractor must 
flow down to subcontractors. The rule revises the listing to add the 
clause at FAR 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns, when 
specified circumstances have been met. In addition, the rule adds 
language to inform contractors that they may flow down a minimal number 
of additional clauses to subcontractors to satisfy their contractual 

    Dated: December 22, 2000.
Al Matera,
Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division.
[FR Doc. 01-17 Filed 1-9-01; 8:45 am]