[Federal Register: November 22, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 225)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 67775-67776]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]





48 CFR Parts 25 and 52

[FAC 2005-14; FAR Case 2005-045; Item II; Docket 2006-0020, Sequence 
RIN 9000-AK43

Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-045, Removal of 
Sanctions Against Certain EU Countries

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

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed to adopt as 
final, without change, an interim rule that amended the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to remove the sanctions against certain 
European Union (EU) countries.

DATES: Effective Date: November 22, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Mr. Jeremy Olson, at (202) 501-3221. Please cite FAC 2005-14, FAR case 
2005-045. For information pertaining to status or publication 
schedules, contact the FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755.


A. Background

    DoD, GSA, and NASA published an interim rule in the Federal 
Register at 71 FR 20305 on April 19, 2006. The interim rule deleted FAR 
Subpart 25.6, Trade Sanctions, and the clauses at FAR 52.225-15, 
Sanctioned European Union Country End Products, and FAR 52.225-16, 
Sanctioned European Union Country Services, and other associated 
references in FAR Part 25.
    No comments were received by the close of the public comment period 
on June 19, 2006. Therefore, the Councils have agreed to convert the 
interim rule to a final rule without change.
    This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 
subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, 
Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is 
not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and 
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration certify that this 
final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because this rule only removes 
sanctions from--
     End products from sanctioned EU countries with an 
estimated acquisition value less than $193,000;
     Sanctioned EU country construction with an estimated 
acquisition value less than $7,407,000; or
     Sanctioned EU country services with an estimated 
acquisition value less than $193,000 or that are excluded from coverage 
by the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement.
    These sanctions did not apply to small business set-asides, to 
acquisitions below the simplified acquisition threshold using 
simplified acquisition procedures, or to acquisitions by the Department 
of Defense.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to 

[[Page 67776]]

FAR do not impose information collection requirements that require the 
approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, 
et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52

    Government procurement.

    Dated: November 15, 2006.
Ralph De Stefano,
Director, Contract Policy Division.

Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 25 and 52, which 
was published at 71 FR 20305, April 19, 2006, is adopted as a final 
rule without change.
[FR Doc. 06-9307 Filed 11-21-06; 8:45 am]