[Federal Register: March 20, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 54)]
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Part II

Department of Defense

General Services Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


48 CFR Parts 1, 2, et al.

Federal Acquistion Circular and Regulations; Final Rules

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48 CFR Chapter 1

Federal Acquisition Circular 2001-06; Introduction

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

ACTION: Summary presentation of final rules.


SUMMARY: 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) 2001-06. A companion document, the Small Entity 
Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, 
is available via the Internet at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.arnet.gov/far.

DATES: For effective dates and comment dates, see separate documents 
which follow.

Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-4755, for information 
pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of 
content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below in 
relation to each FAR case or subject area. Please cite FAC 2001-06 and 
specific FAR case number(s). Interested parties may also visit our 
website at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.arnet.gov/far.

              Item                           Subject                 FAR Case                 Analyst
I..............................  Commercial Items--Standard Form        2000-012  Moss.
II.............................  Definitions for ``Contract             2000-402  Moss.
                                  Action'' and ``Contracting
III............................  Definitions for Sealed Bid and         2000-403  DeStefano.
                                  Negotiated Procurements.
IV.............................  Procurement Integrity Rewrite..        1998-024  DeStefano.
V..............................  Acquisition of Helium..........        2000-008  Nelson.
VI.............................  HUBZone Program Applicability..        2001-003  Cundiff.
VII............................  Application of Labor Clauses...        1999-612  Nelson.
VIII...........................  Technical Amendments...........

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.
    FAC 2001-06 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I--Commercial Items SF 1449 (FAR Case 2000-012)

    Standard Form 1449, Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial 
Items, is prescribed by the FAR for the acquisition of commercial 
items. This final rule makes several minor revisions to the form, 
including the addition of a block to indicate that the acquisition is a 
HUBZone set-aside, the substitution of a NAICS code for the SIC code, 
the notation that award is made only on the offeror's items 
specifically listed in block 29, and the addition of several blocks in 
the area of the form used as a receiving report by the Government. All 
of the changes involve blocks that are completed by the Government.

Item II--Definitions for ``Contract Action'' and ``Contracting 
Action'' (FAR Case 2000-402)

    This final rule amends the FAR to provide for consistent use of the 
term ``contract action.'' The rule changes the term ``contracting 
action'' to ``contract action'' throughout the FAR and makes other 
editorial changes to clarify the text.

Item III--Definitions for Sealed Bid and Negotiated Procurements 
(FAR Case 2000-403)

    This final rule amends the FAR to clarify definitions that are used 
for sealed bid and negotiated procurements. The final rule--
     Moves the definitions of ``bid sample'' and ``descriptive 
literature'' from FAR Part 14 to FAR 2.101 because the definitions 
apply to more than one FAR part, e.g., Parts 14 and 15;
     Amends those definitions and the definition of ``offer'' 
in accordance with plain language guidelines;
     Revises applicable provisions in FAR Part 52 to conform 
with the new definitions;
     Adds a new definition for ``solicitation'' at FAR 2.101; 
     Provides definitions for ``bid'' and ``bidder'' in FAR 
Part 28 because, as used in that part, the terms address sealed bid and 
negotiated acquisitions.
    The rule clarifies terminology used in FAR 15.201(f), 15.609(e), 
and 35.007(g). Where we mean an entity that is actively seeking a 
contract, we use the term ``prospective offeror.'' However, those cites 
describe processes that are set up to ensure fair and open competition. 
Therefore, any interested party is able to participate, including 
parties that the Government has not yet identified. Therefore, the rule 
uses the more general term ``potential offeror.''

Item IV--Procurement Integrity Rewrite (FAR Case 1998-024)

    This final rule amends FAR parts 2, 3, 4, 9, 15, and 52 to rewrite 
the procurement integrity coverage (the implementation of section 27 of 
the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 423) (more 
commonly referred to as the Procurement Integrity Act)) in plain 
    FAR 3.104 implements prohibitions, restrictions, and other 
requirements of the Procurement Integrity Act that are placed on 
certain agency officials that participate in Federal agency 
procurements. However, other statutes and regulations also govern the 
conduct of Government employees. While specific guidance pertaining to 
the Procurement Integrity Act at FAR 3.104 does not implement these 
other statutes and regulations, the rule does add guidance to alert 
these agency officials that they should seek advice from agency ethics 
officials before engaging in certain activities that could have serious 
consequences, including criminal prosecution.
    These revisions to FAR 3.104 do not change either the requirements 
of the Procurement Integrity Act or change, in any manner, who is 
covered by, or the activities covered in, Office of Government Ethics 
regulations interpreting conflict of interest statutes.

Item V--Acquisition of Helium (FAR Case 2000-008)

    This final rule revises FAR Subpart 8.5 and the clause at 52.208-8 

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implement the Department of the Interior final rule regarding helium 
contracts that was published in the Federal Register at 63 FR 66760, 
December 3, 1998. The final rule--
     Changes the definitions;
     Eliminates the requirement for certain contractors and 
subcontractors to submit helium forecasts; and
     Establishes the requirement that contractors and 
subcontractors under contracts with a major helium requirement must 
report purchases of helium from Federal helium suppliers.

Item VI--HUBZone Program Applicability (FAR Case 2001-003)

    The HUBZone Act of 1997 expanded the applicability of the HUBZONE 
Program to all agencies covered by the FAR after September 30, 2000, 
and is currently reflected in the FAR. This rule amends the FAR to 
simplify the existing language at FAR Parts 12, 19, and 52.

Item VII--Application of Labor Clauses (FAR Case 1999-612)

    This final rule affects all contracting officers who use the FAR. 
The rule--
     Moves the Prohibition of Segregated Facilities clause from 
the list at paragraph (b), to the list at paragraph (a), of the clause 
at 52.213-4 and clarifies the existing requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.8, 
promulgated by the Department of Labor under E.O. 11246. The 
Prohibition of Segregated Facilities clause must be included in 
contracts whenever the Equal Opportunity clause (FAR 52.222-26) is 
     Moves the Equal Opportunity clause from the list at 
paragraph (b), to the list at paragraph (a), of the clause at 52.213-4 
because the clause must be included in almost all contracts, even those 
under $10,000, in accordance with the requirements at FAR 22.802(a)(1) 
and 22.807(b). Even though included, the clause is inapplicable unless 
the aggregate value of contracts and subcontracts awarded to the 
contractor exceeds $10,000 in a year.
     Makes other revisions to the clause at FAR 52.222-26, 
Equal Opportunity, to include a definition of ``United States'' and 
incorporate the exception for work performed outside the United States.

Item VIII--Technical Amendments

    These amendments update sections and make editorial changes at FAR 
1.404, 5.207, 6.302-5, 9.104-3, 31.101, 52.219-19, and 52.219-20.

    Dated: March 6, 2002.
Al Matera,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.

Federal Acquisition Circular

    Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-06 is issued under the 
authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General 
Services, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and 
Space Administration.
    Unless otherwise specified, all Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR) and other directive material contained in FAC 2001-06 are 
effective April 4, 2002.

    Dated: March 4, 2002.
Deidre A. Lee,
Director, Defense Procurement.
    Dated: March 4, 2002.
David A. Drabkin,
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Acquisition Policy, General 
Services Administration.
    Dated: March 1, 2002.
Tom Luedtke,
Assistant Administrator for Procurement, National Aeronautics and Space 
[FR Doc. 02-5819 Filed 3-19-02; 8:45 am]