[Federal Register Volume 65, Number 176 (Monday, September 11, 2000)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 54935-54940]
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Part V

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48 CFR Part 2, et al.



Federal Acquisition Regulations; Revisions to Balance of Payments 
Program and Definitions of ``Applied Research'' and ``Development''; 
Proposed Rules

Federal Register / Vol. 65, No. 176 / Monday, September 11, 2000 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 13, 25, and 52

[FAR Case 1999-616]
RIN 9000-AI90


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Revisions to Balance of Payments 
Program

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

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to remove regulations on the 
Balance of Payments Program.

DATES: Interested parties should submit comments in writing on or 
before November 13, 2000 to be considered in the formulation of a final 
rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to: General Services Administration, 
FAR Secretariat (MVRS), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie 
Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.
    Submit electronic comments via the Internet to: [email protected] Please submit comments only and cite FAR case 1999-616 in 
all correspondence related to this case.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAR Secretariat, Room 4035, GS 
Building, Washington, DC, 20405, at (202) 501-4755 for information 
pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of 
content, contact Mr. Paul Linfield, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-
1757. Please cite FAR case 1999-616.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:   

A. Background

    This proposed rule amends FAR Part 25, Foreign Acquisition, to 
remove Subpart 25.3, Balance of Payments Program, and makes conforming 
changes to FAR Parts 13 and 52. Note that DoD complies with the Balance 
of Payments restrictions in Subpart 225.3 of the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) (48 CFR 225.3). This proposed 
FAR rule does not imply any change in DoD policy with regard to Balance 
of Payments.
    The Balance of Payments Program was established in the early 1960s 
to provide a preference for U.S. products and services for overseas 
use. The Balance of Payments Program restrictions are similar to the 
restrictions of the Buy American Act, which apply only within the 
United States. The Balance of Payments Program was an interim measure 
imposed to alleviate the impact of Government expenditures on the 
Nation's balance of international payments. For civilian agencies, the 
Balance of Payments Program is applicable to only a small range of 
supplies or services. The amount of time and effort invested by 
civilian agencies in applying the Balance of Payments Program under 
these limited circumstances does not seem equal to any benefits that 
may be accrued under the program.
    The Balance of Payments Program, as implemented in the FAR, 
originated with a Presidential Directive issued by President Eisenhower 
on November 16, 1960. This directive outlined steps the United States 
Government would take to alleviate balance of payment deficits 
resulting from efforts to restore economies devastated during World War 
II and bolster the military security of the United States and its 
allies. The directive was not one of general applicability, but instead 
identified actions to be taken by specific agencies, including 
direction to the Secretaries of Defense and Treasury to substantially 
reduce expenditures abroad of funds appropriated during fiscal year 
1961 to the military services, the military assistance program, and the 
United States Coast Guard. This temporary restriction on overseas 
expenditure of appropriated funds by a few agencies was subsequently 
expanded as a matter of policy to apply to overseas acquisitions by all 
agencies subject to the FAR and has remained in effect for almost 40 
years.
    The Balance of Payments Program applies to purchases of supplies 
for use outside the United States and to construction materials for 
construction contracts performed outside the United States. Only a few 
civilian agencies make purchases for use outside the United States. 
Even fewer civilian agencies award construction contracts that are 
performed outside the United States.
    The Balance of Payments Program applies to purchases valued at more 
than the simplified acquisition threshold (generally $100,000) and has 
little impact for civilian agency acquisitions of supplies in excess of 
$177,000 (the Trade Agreements Act threshold), because the civilian 
agencies do not apply the Balance of Payments Program when the Trade 
Agreements Act applies.
    Therefore, because there is no statutory requirement for this 
program, and because elimination of the Balance of Payments Program for 
civilian agencies will reduce administrative burdens on both the 
Government and the public, without significant impact on our 
international balance of payments, this rule proposes to eliminate the 
Balance of Payments Program from the FAR.
    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 Councils do not expect this proposed rule to 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. The 
proposed rule would apply primarily to civilian agency acquisitions of 
supplies valued at more than $100,000, but not more than $177,000, for 
use outside the United States. Few acquisitions meet all of these 
limitations. An Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has, therefore, 
not been performed. We invite comments from small businesses and other 
interested parties. The Councils will consider comments from small 
entities concerning the affected FAR Parts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 
610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should 
cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (FAR case 1999-616), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 104-13) applies. The proposed 
FAR changes will reduce information collection requirements approved by 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et 
seq., by approximately 1,121 hours. The affected OMB control numbers 
are 9000-0023, 9000-0130, and 9000-0141.
    1. Annual Reporting Burden--OMB Control No. 9000-0023. This rule 
proposes to eliminate this information collection requirement of 1,038 
hours.
    2. Annual Reporting Burden--OMB Control No. 9000-0130. This rule 
proposes to eliminate only the Balance of Payments portion of this 
information collection requirement. Public reporting burden for this 
collection of information is estimated to average .167 hours per 
response, including the time for

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reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and 
maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the 
collection of information.
    The annual reporting burden is estimated as follows:
    Respondents: 1,130.
    Responses per respondent: 5.
    Total annual responses: 5,650.
    Preparation hours per response: .167.
    Total response burden hours: 944.
    3. Annual Reporting Burden--OMB Control No. 9000-0141. This rule 
proposes to eliminate only the Balance of Payments portion of this 
information collection requirement. Public reporting burden for this 
collection of information is estimated to average 2.5 hours per 
response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching 
existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and 
completing and reviewing the collection of information.
    The annual reporting burden is estimated as follows:
    Respondents: 485.
    Responses per respondent: 2.
    Total annual responses: 970.
    Preparation hours per response: 2.5.
    Total response burden hours: 2,425.

D. Request for Comments Regarding Paperwork Burden

    Submit comments, including suggestions for reducing these burdens, 
not later than November 13, 2000 to: FAR Desk Officer, OMB, Room 10102, 
NEOB, Washington, DC 20503, and a copy to the General Services 
Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, 
Washington, DC 20405.
    Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether the collection 
of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of 
the FAR, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our 
estimate of the public burden of the collection of information is 
accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use 
of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Requester may obtain a copy of the justifications from the General 
Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVR), Room 4035, Washington, 
DC 20405, telephone (202) 208-7312. Please cite OMB Control Numbers 
9000-0023, 9000-0130, and 9000-0141 in all correspondence.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 13, 25, and 52

    Government procurement.

    Dated: September 5, 2000.
Edward C. Loeb,
Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division.
    Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA propose that 48 CFR parts 13, 25, and 
52 be amended as set forth below:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 13, 25, and 52 continues 
to read as follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 
U.S.C. 2473(c).

PART 13--SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURES

    2. Amend section 13.302-5 by revising paragraph (d)(3)(i) to read 
as follows:


13.302-5  Clauses.

* * * * *
    (d) * * *
    (3)(i) When an acquisition for supplies for use within the United 
States cannot be set aside for small business concerns and trade 
agreements apply (see subpart 25.4), substitute the clause at FAR 
52.225-3, Buy American Act--North American Free Trade Agreement--
Israeli Trade Act, used with Alternate I or Alternate II, if 
appropriate, instead of the clause at FAR 52.225-1, Buy American Act--
Supplies.
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PART 25--FOREIGN ACQUISITION


25.000  [Amended]

    3. Amend section 25.000 by removing ``the Balance of Payments 
Program,''.


25.001  [Amended]

    4. Amend section 25.001 by removing paragraph (b) and redesignating 
paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) as paragraphs (b), (c), and (d), 
respectively; and by removing ``and the Balance of Payments Program'' 
from the first sentence of newly redesignated paragraph (b).


25.002  [Amended]

    5. Amend the table in section 25.002 as follows:
    a. In the first column by removing ``25.3 Balance of Payments 
Program'' and adding, in its place, ``25.3 [Reserved]''; and
    b. In the third and fifth columns by removing ``X'' and adding, in 
their place, ``--''.
    6. Amend section 25.003 by revising the definition ``Eligible 
product'' to read as follows:


25.003  Definitions.

* * * * *
    Eligible product means a foreign end product that is not subject to 
discriminatory treatment under the Buy American Act due to 
applicability of a trade agreement to a particular acquisition.
* * * * *

Subpart 25.3--[Reserved]

    7. Remove and reserve Subpart 25.3.


25.402  [Amended]

    8. Amend section 25.402 in the first and fourth sentences by 
removing ``or the Balance of Payments Program''; and in the fourth 
sentence by removing the word ``such'' and inserting ``those'' in its 
place.


25.403  [Amended]

    9. Amend section 25.403 in paragraph (a)(1) by removing ``and the 
Balance of Payments Program''.


25.405  [Amended]

    10. Amend section 25.405 in the second sentence of paragraph (a) by 
removing ``or the Balance of Payments Program''.


25.406  [Amended]

    11. Amend section 25.406 in the next-to-the-last sentence by 
removing ``or the Balance of Payments Program''.


25.501  [Amended]

    12. Amend section 25.501 in paragraph (d) by removing ``and Balance 
of Payments Program''.


25.502  [Amended]

    13. Amend section 25.502--
    a. In the introductory text of paragraph (c) by removing ``or the 
Balance of Payments Program'';
    b. In paragraph (c)(3) by removing ``and the Balance of Payments 
Program provide'' and adding ``provides'' in its place;
    c. In the introductory text of paragraph (c)(4) by removing ``or 
25.304'';
    d. In paragraph (d)(2) by removing ``or Balance of Payments 
Program''; and
    e. In paragraph (d)(3) by removing ``and Balance of Payments 
Program''.


25.504  [Amended]

    14. Amend section 25.504 by removing the next-to-the last sentence.
    15. Amend section 25.504-1 by revising the section heading and 
paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) to read as follows:


25.504-1  Buy American Act.

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    (b)(1) Example 2.

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Offer A........................................      $11,000  Domestic end product, small business.
Offer B........................................       10,700  Domestic end product, small business.
Offer C........................................       10,200  U.S.-made end product (not domestic), small business.
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    (2) Analysis: This acquisition is for end products for use in the 
United States and is set aside for small business concerns. The Buy 
American Act applies. Perform the steps in 25.502(a). Offer C is 
evaluated as a foreign end product because it is the product of a small 
business but is not a domestic end product (see 25.502(c)(4)). After 
applying the 12 percent factor, the evaluated price of Offer C is 
$11,424. Award on Offer B at $10,700 (see 25.502(c)(4)(ii)).
    16. Amend section 25.1101 by revising paragraphs (a), (b), and 
(c)(1) to read as follows:


Sec. 25.1101  Acquisition of supplies.

* * * * *
    (a)(1) Insert the clause at 52.225-1, Buy American Act--Supplies, 
in solicitations and contracts with a value exceeding $2,500 but not 
exceeding $25,000; and in solicitations and contracts with a value 
exceeding $25,000, if none of the clauses prescribed in paragraphs (b) 
and (c) of this section apply, except if--
    (i) The solicitation is restricted to domestic end products in 
accordance with subpart 6.3;
    (ii) The acquisition is for supplies for use within the United 
States and an exception to the Buy American Act applies (e.g., 
nonavailability or public interest); or
    (iii) The acquisition is for supplies for use outside the United 
States.
    (2) Insert the provision at 52.225-2, Buy American Act Certificate, 
in solicitations containing the clause at 52.225-1.
    (b)(1)(i) Insert the clause at 52.225-3, Buy American Act--North 
American Free Trade Agreement--Israeli Trade Act, in solicitations and 
contracts if--
    (A) The acquisition is for supplies, or for services involving the 
furnishing of supplies, for use within the United States, and the value 
of the acquisition is more than $25,000, but is less than $177,000; and
    (B) No exception in 25.401 applies. For acquisitions of agencies 
not subject to the Israeli Trade Act (see 25.406), see agency 
regulations.
    (ii) If the acquisition value exceeds $25,000 but is less than 
$50,000, use the clause with its Alternate I.
    (iii) If the acquisition value is $50,000 or more but is less than 
$54,372, use the clause with its Alternate II.
    (2)(i) Insert the provision at 52.225-4, Buy American Act--North 
American Free Trade Agreement--Israeli Trade Act Certificate, in 
solicitations containing the clause at 52.225-3.
    (ii) If the acquisition value exceeds $25,000 but is less than 
$50,000, use the provision with its Alternate I.
    (iii) If the acquisition value is $50,000 or more but is less than 
$54,372, use the provision with its Alternate II.
    (c)(1) Insert the clause at 52.225-5, Trade Agreements, in 
solicitations and contracts valued at $177,000 or more, if the Trade 
Agreements Act applies (see 25.401 and 25.403) and the agency has 
determined that the restrictions of the Buy American Act are not 
applicable to U.S.-made end products. If the agency has not made such a 
determination, the contracting officer must follow agency procedures.
* * * * *
    17. Amend section 25.1102 by revising the introductory text of 
paragraph (a), paragraph (b), the introductory text of paragraph (c), 
and paragraphs (d)(1) and (d)(2) to read as follows:


Sec. 25.1102  Acquisition of construction.

    (a) Insert the clause at 52.225-9, Buy American Act--Construction 
Materials, in solicitations and contracts for construction that is 
performed in the United States valued at less than $6,806,000.
* * * * *
    (b)(1) Insert the provision at 52.225-10, Notice of Buy American 
Act Requirement--Construction Materials, in solicitations containing 
the clause at 52.225-9.
    (2) If insufficient time is available to process a determination 
regarding the inapplicability of the Buy American Act before receipt of 
offers, use the provision with its Alternate I.
    (c) Insert the clause at 52.225-11, Buy American Act--Construction 
Materials under Trade Agreements, in solicitations and contracts for 
construction that is performed in the United States valued at 
$6,806,000 or more.
* * * * *
    (d)(1) Insert the provision at 52.225-12, Notice of Buy American 
Act Requirement--Construction Materials under Trade Agreements, in 
solicitations containing the clause at 52.225-11.
    (2) If insufficient time is available to process a determination 
regarding the inapplicability of the Buy American Act before receipt of 
offers, use the provision with its Alternate I.

PART 52--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

    18. Amend section 52.212-3 by--
    a. Revising the date of the provision;
    b. Removing ``--Balance of Payments Program'' from the introductory 
text of paragraph (f) (twice), and in paragraph (f)(1);
    c. Removing ``--Balance of Payments Program'' from the introductory 
text of paragraph (g)(1) (twice), paragraphs (g)(1)(i), (g)(1)(ii), and 
(g)(1)(iii);
    d. Revising paragraphs (g)(2) and (g)(3); and
    e. Removing ``or the Balance of Payments Program'' from the second 
sentence of paragraph (g)(4)(iii). The revised text reads as follows:


52.212-3  Offeror Representations and Certifications--Commercial Items.

* * * * *

Offeror Representations and Certifications--Commercial Items (Date)

* * * * *
    (g) * * *
    (2) Buy American Act--North American Free Trade Agreements--
Israeli Trade Act Certificate, Alternate I (Date). If Alternate I to 
the clause at FAR 52.225-3 is included in this solicitation, 
substitute the following paragraph (g)(1)(ii) for paragraph 
(g)(1)(ii) of the basic provision:
    (g)(1)(ii) The offeror certifies that the following supplies are 
Canadian end products as defined in the clause of this solicitation 
entitled ``Buy American Act--North American Free Trade Agreement--
Israeli Trade Act'':
    Canadian End Products:

Line Item No.

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(List as necessary)

    (3) Buy American Act--North American Free Trade Agreements--
Israeli Trade Act Certificate, Alternate II (Date). If Alternate II 
to the clause at FAR 52.225-3 is included in this solicitation, 
substitute the following paragraph (g)(1)(ii) for paragraph 
(g)(1)(ii) of the basic provision:

    (g)(1)(ii) The offeror certifies that the following supplies are 
Canadian end products or Israeli end products as defined in the 
clause of this solicitation entitled ``Buy American Act--North 
American Free Trade Agreement--Israeli Trade Act'':
    Canadian or Israeli End Products:
Line Item No.

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Country of Origin

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(List as necessary)

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    19. Amend section 52.212-5 by revising the date of the clause and 
paragraphs (b)(17) and (b)(18)(i) to read as follows:


52.212-5  Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes 
or Executive Orders--Commercial Items.

* * * * *

Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or 
Executive Orders--Commercial Items (Date)

    (b) * * *
    ________ (17) 52.225-1, Buy American Act--Supplies (41 U.S.C. 
10a-10d).
    ________ (18)(i) 52.225-3, Buy American Act--North American Free 
Trade Agreement--Israeli Trade Act (41 U.S.C. 10a-10d, 19 U.S.C. 
3301 note, 19 U.S.C. 2112 note).
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52.213-4  [Amended]

    20. Amend section 52.213-4 in the clause heading by removing 
``(July 2000)'' and adding ``(Date)'' in its place; and in paragraph 
(b)(1)(viii) by removing ``--Balance of Payments Program'', and by 
removing ``(Feb 2000)'' and adding ``(Date)'' in its place.
    21. Amend section 52.225-1 by revising the section and clause 
headings; by removing the last sentence from paragraph (b); and by 
removing ``--Balance of Payments Program'' from paragraph (d). The 
revised text reads as follows:


52.225-1  Buy American Act--Supplies.

* * * * *

Buy American Act--Supplies (Date)

* * * * *
    22. Amend section 52.225-2 by revising the section and provision 
headings; and in paragraph (a) by removing ``-- Balance of Payments 
Program''. The revised text reads as follows:


52.225-2  Buy American Act Certificate.

* * * * *

Buy American Act Certificate (Date)

* * * * *
    23. Amend section 52.225-3--
    a. By revising the section and clause headings;
    b. By revising paragraph (c);
    c. By removing ``--Balance of Payments Program'' from the third 
sentence of paragraph (d); and
    d. By removing from Alternates I and II ``(Feb 2000)'' and adding 
``(Date)'' in their place; and removing ``--Balance of Payment 
Program''. The revised text reads as follows:


52.225-3  Buy American Act--North American Free Trade Agreement--
Israeli Trade Act.

* * * * *

Buy American Act--North American Free Trade Agreement--Israeli Trade 
Act (Date)

* * * * *
    (c) Implementation. This clause implements the Buy American Act 
(41 U.S.C. 10a-10d), the North American Free Trade Agreement 
Implementation Act (NAFTA) (19 U.S.C. 3301 note), and the Israeli 
Free Trade Area Implementation Act of 1985 (Israeli Trade Act) (19 
U.S.C. 2112 note) by providing a preference for domestic end 
products, except for certain foreign end products that are NAFTA 
country end products or Israeli end products.
* * * * *


52.225-4  [Amended]

    24. Amend section 52.225-4 by removing ``--Balance of Payments 
Program'' from the section and provision headings, and paragraphs (a), 
(b), and (c), and Alternates I and II; and by revising the dates of the 
provision heading and Alternates I and II to read ``(Date)''.
    25. Amend section 52.225-6 by revising the date of the provision 
and paragraph (c) to read as follows:


52.225-6  Trade Agreements Certificate.

* * * * *

Trade Agreements Certificate (Date)

* * * * *
    (c) The Government will evaluate offers in accordance with the 
policies and procedures of Part 25 of the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation. For line items subject to the Trade Agreements Act, the 
Government will evaluate offers of U.S.-made, designated country, 
Caribbean Basin country, or NAFTA country end products without 
regard to the restrictions of the Buy American Act. The Government 
will consider for award only offers of U.S.-made, designated 
country, Caribbean Basin country, or NAFTA country end products 
unless the Contracting Officer determines that there are no offers 
for those products or that the offers for those products are 
insufficient to fulfill the requirements of this solicitation.
(End of provision)

    26. Amend section 52.225-9 by--
    a. Revising the section and clause headings;
    b. Removing ``and the Balance of Payments Program'' from paragraph 
(b)(1);
    c. Revising paragraph (b)(3)(i); and
    d. Removing the words ``or Balance of Payments Program'' from 
paragraph (b)(3)(ii), the introductory text of paragraph (c), the first 
sentence of paragraph (c)(2), and in paragraph (c)(3) (twice). The 
revised text reads as follows:


52.225-9  Buy American Act--Construction Materials.

* * * * *

Buy American Act--Construction Materials (Date)

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (3) * * *
    (i) The cost of domestic construction material would be 
unreasonable. The cost of a particular domestic construction 
material subject to the requirements of the Buy American Act is 
unreasonable when the cost of such material exceeds the cost of 
foreign material by more than 6 percent;
* * * * *
(End of clause)

    27. Amend section 52.225-10 by--
    a. Revising the section and provision headings;
    b. Removing ``Balance of Payments Program--'' from paragraph (a);
    c. In the first and third sentences of paragraph (b) of the 
provision by removing ``or Balance of Payments Program'';
    d. In paragraph (c) of the provision by removing ``or Balance of 
Payments Program''; and
    e. In Alternate I by removing ``(Feb 2000)'' and adding ``(Date)'' 
in its place; and by removing ``or Balance of Payments Program''. The 
revised text reads as follows:


52.225-10  Notice of Buy American Act Requirement--Construction 
Materials.

* * * * *

Notice of Buy American Act Requirement--Construction Materials (Date)

* * * * *
(End of provision)

    28. Amend section 52.225-11 by--
    a. Revising the section and clause headings;
    b. Revising paragraph (b)(4)(i) of the clause;
    c. Removing the words ``or Balance of Payments Program'' from 
paragraph (b)(4)(ii), the introductory text of paragraph (c), the first 
sentence of paragraph (c)(2), and paragraph (c)(3) (twice); and
    d. Removing from Alternate I ``(June 2000)'' and adding ``(Date)'' 
in its place; and revising paragraph (b)(1) of Alternate I. The revised 
text reads as follows:


52.225-11  Buy American Act--Construction Materials under Trade 
Agreements.

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Buy American Act--Construction Materials Under Trade Agreements (Date)

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (4) * * *
    (i) The cost of domestic construction material would be 
unreasonable. The cost of a particular domestic construction 
material subject to the restrictions of the Buy American Act is 
unreasonable when the cost of such material exceeds the cost of 
foreign material by more than 6 percent;
* * * * *
(End of clause)

    Alternate I (Date) * * *
    (b) Construction materials. (1) This clause implements the Buy 
American Act (41 U.S.C. 10a-10d) by providing a preference for 
domestic construction material. In addition, the Contracting Officer 
has determined that the Trade Agreements Act applies to this 
acquisition. Therefore, the Buy American Act restrictions are waived 
for designated country construction materials.
* * * * *
    29. Amend section 52.225-12 by--
    a. Revising the section and provision headings;
    b. Removing ``Balance of Payments Program--'' from paragraph (a) of 
the provision;
    c. Removing ``or Balance of Payments Program'' from the first and 
third sentences of paragraph (b) of the provision;
    d. Removing ``or Balance of Payments Program'' from paragraph 
(c)(1) of the provision;
    e. Removing ``(Feb 2000)'' from Alternate I and adding ``(Date)'' 
in its place, and by removing ``or Balance of Payments Program'' from 
paragraph (b) of the Alternate; and
    f. Removing ``(June 2000)'' from Alternate II and adding ``(Date)'' 
in its place, and by removing ``Balance of Payments Program--'' from 
paragraph (a) of the Alternate. The revised text reads as follows:


52.225-12  Notice of Buy American Act Requirement--Construction 
Materials under Trade Agreements.

* * * * *

Notice of Buy American Act Requirement--Construction Materials Under 
Trade Agreements (Date)

* * * * *
(End of provision)

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