[Federal Register: January 7, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 4)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 1057-1058]
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48 CFR Chapter 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. It consists of a summary of rules appearing in Federal 
Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-19 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 2001-19, which precedes this 
document. These documents are also 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

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.

                      List of Rules in FAC 2001-19
          Item                Subject           FAR case       Analyst
I......................  New Consolidated   2000-608A        Davis.
                          Form for
                          Selection of

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II.....................  Free Trade         2003-016         Davis.
                          e and Singapore,
                          and Trade

Item I--New Consolidated Form for Selection of Architect-Engineer 
Contractors (FAR Case 2000-608A)

    This amendment to final rule, FAR Case 2000-608, New Consolidated 
Form for Selection of Architect-Engineer Contractors, changes the 
effective date from January 12, 2004, to June 8, 2004. This final rule 
was published in FAC 2001-018 in the Federal Register at 68 FR 69227, 
December 11, 2003. This amendment also eliminates the reference to an 
applicability date. By changing the effective date, it allows the users 
of the SF 330 more time to prepare before the SF 330 is effective.

Item II--Free Trade Agreements--Chile and Singapore, and Trade 
Agreements Thresholds (Interim) (FAR Case 2003-016)

    This interim rule amends FAR parts 5, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 25, 
and 52 to implement new Free Trade Agreements with Chile and Singapore, 
as approved by Congress (Pub. L. 108-77 and 108-78). These Free Trade 
Agreements are scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2004. Singapore 
is already a designated country under the Trade Agreements Act, but 
Chile was not previously a designated country. The threshold under 
these Free Trade Agreements for acquisition of end products and 
services is $58,550 and the threshold for construction contracts is 
$6,725,000. In acquisitions that exceed these thresholds and are 
subject to trade agreements, this rule allows the acquisition of end 
products or construction material from Chile or Singapore without 
application of the Buy American Act, and provides for certain 
procedures in the acquisition of services, unless the service is 
excluded from coverage by the trade agreement. The interim rule directs 
the contracting officer to determine the origin of a service by the 
country in which the firm providing the services is established. The 
interim rule also implements new dollar thresholds for application of 
trade agreements, as published by the U.S. Trade Representative in the 
Federal Register at 68 FR 70861, December 19, 2003. Contracting 
officers must review the new thresholds in order to select the 
appropriate clauses to implement the Buy American Act, trade 
agreements, and sanctions of European Union country end products and 

    Dated: December 30, 2003.
Laura Auletta,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
[FR Doc. 04-179 Filed 1-6-04; 8:45 am]