[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 81 (Friday, April 26, 2002)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 20697-20699]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-10094]



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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

48 CFR Parts 225 and 252

[DFARS Case 2002-D002]


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Codification 
and Modification of Berry Amendment

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 832 of 
the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002. Section 
832 codifies and modifies the provision of law known as the ``Berry 
Amendment,'' which requires the acquisition of certain items from 
domestic sources.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 26, 2002.
    Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted to 
the address shown below on or before June 25, 2002, to be considered in 
the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the World Wide 
Web at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. As an 
alternative, respondents may e-mail comments to: dfars@acq.osd.mil. 
Please cite DFARS Case 2002-D002 in the subject line of e-mailed 
comments.
    Respondents that cannot submit comments using either of the above 
methods may submit comments to: Defense Acquisition Regulations 
Council, Attn: Ms. Amy Williams, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 
Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; facsimile (703) 602-0350. 
Please cite DFARS Case 2002-D002.
    At the end of the comment period, interested parties may view 
public comments on the World Wide Web at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, (703) 602-0328.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    This interim rule implements Section 832 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107). Section 
832 codifies and makes minor modifications to the provision of law 
known as the Berry Amendment (formerly 10 U.S.C. 2241 note, Limitations 
on Procurement of Food, Clothing, and Specialty Metals Not Produced in 
the United States; now codified at 10 U.S.C. 2533a).
    The rule updates statutory references in the DFARS text, and 
clarifies the DFARS text by specifying that--
     The domestic source requirements apply to listed items 
acquired either as end products or as components of end products;
     For foods manufactured or processed in the United States, 
an exception to the domestic source requirement applies regardless of 
where the foods (and any component) were grown or produced; and
     The clause at 252.225-7012, Preference for Certain 
Domestic Commodities, does not apply to end products incidentally 
incorporating minor amounts of cotton, other natural fibers, or wool.
    This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review 
under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD does not expect this 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., because the rule is 
intended to clarify existing policy pertaining to the acquisition of 
certain items from domestic sources. Therefore, DoD has not prepared an 
initial regulatory flexibility analysis. DoD invites comments from 
small businesses and other interested parties. DoD also will consider 
comments from small entities concerning the affected DFARS subparts in 
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted 
separately and should cite DFARS Case 2002-D002.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does 
not impose any information collection requirements that require the 
approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, 
et seq.

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

    A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an 
interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. 
This interim rule implements Section 832 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107). Section 
832 codifies and modifies the provision of law known as the ``Berry 
Amendment,'' which requires the acquisition of certain items from 
domestic sources. Section 832 became effective upon enactment, on 
December 28, 2001. Comments received in response to this interim rule 
will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 225 and 252

    Government procurement.

Michele P. Peterson,
Executive Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council.


    Therefore, 48 CFR Parts 225 and 252 are amended as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Parts 225 and 252 continues to 
read as follows:

    Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

PART 225--FOREIGN ACQUISITION

    2. Section 225.7001 is amended by removing paragraph (c); 
redesignating paragraph (b) as paragraph (c); and adding a new 
paragraph (b) to read as follows:


225.7001  Definitions.

* * * * *
    (b) Component and end product are defined in the clause at 252.225-
7012, Preference for Certain Domestic Commodities.
* * * * *

    3. Sections 225.7002-1 and 225.7002-2 are revised to read as 
follows:


225.7002-1  Restrictions.

    The following restrictions implement 10 U.S.C. 2533a. Except as 
provided in subsection 225.7002-2, do not acquire--
    (a) Any of the following items, either as end products or 
components, unless the items have been grown, reprocessed, reused, or 
produced in the United States:
    (1) Food.
    (2) Clothing.
    (3) Tents, tarpaulins, or covers.
    (4) Cotton and other natural fiber products.
    (5) Woven silk or woven silk blends.
    (6) Spun silk yarn for cartridge cloth.
    (7) Synthetic fabric or coated synthetic fabric, including all 
textile fibers and yarns that are for use in such fabrics.
    (8) Canvas products.
    (9) Wool (whether in the form of fiber or yarn or contained in 
fabrics, materials, or manufactured articles).
    (10) Any item of individual equipment (Federal Supply Class 8465) 
manufactured from or containing any of the fibers, yarns, fabrics, or 
materials listed in this paragraph (a).
    (b) Specialty metals, including stainless steel flatware, unless 
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metals were melted in steel manufacturing facilities located within the 
United States.
    (c) Hand or measuring tools, unless the tools were produced in the 
United States.


225.7002-2  Exceptions.

    Acquisitions in the following categories are not subject to the 
restrictions in 225.7002-1:
    (a) Acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.
    (b) Acquisitions of any of the items in 225.7002-1(a) or (b), if 
the Secretary concerned determines that items grown, reprocessed, 
reused, or produced in the United States cannot be acquired as and when 
needed in a satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity at U.S. market 
prices.
    (c) Acquisitions of items listed in FAR 25.104(a), unless the items 
are hand or measuring tools.
    (d) Acquisitions outside the United States in support of combat 
operations.
    (e) Acquisitions of perishable foods by activities located outside 
the United States for personnel of those activities.
    (f) Emergency acquisitions by activities located outside the United 
States for personnel of those activities.
    (g) Acquisitions by vessels in foreign waters.
    (h) Acquisitions of items specifically for commissary resale.
    (i) Acquisitions of end products incidentally incorporating cotton, 
other natural fibers, or wool, for which the estimated value of the 
cotton, other natural fibers, or wool--
    (1) Is not more than 10 percent of the total price of the end 
product; and
    (2) Does not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.
    (j) Acquisitions of foods manufactured or processed in the United 
States, regardless of where the foods (and any component if applicable) 
were grown or produced.
    (k) Purchases of specialty metals by subcontractors at any tier for 
programs other than--
    (1) Aircraft;
    (2) Missile and space systems;
    (3) Ships;
    (4) Tank-automotive;
    (5) Weapons; and
    (6) Ammunition.
    (l) Acquisitions of specialty metals and chemical warfare 
protective clothing when the acquisition furthers an agreement with a 
qualifying country (see 225.872).
    (m) Acquisitions of fibers and yarns that are for use in synthetic 
fabric or coated synthetic fabric (but not the purchase of the 
synthetic or coated synthetic fabric itself), if--
    (1) The fabric is to be used as a component of an end product that 
is not a textile product. Examples of textile products, made in whole 
or in part of fabric, include--
    (i) Draperies, floor coverings, furnishings, and bedding (Federal 
Supply Group 72, Household and Commercial Furnishings and Appliances);
    (ii) Items made in whole or in part of fabric in Federal Supply 
Group 83, Textile/leather/furs/apparel/findings/tents/flags, or Federal 
Supply Group 84, Clothing, Individual Equipment and Insignia;
    (iii) Upholstered seats (whether for household, office, or other 
use); and
    (iv) Parachutes (Federal Supply Class 1670); or
    (2) The fibers and yarns are para-aramid fibers and yarns 
manufactured in--
    (i) The Netherlands; or
    (ii) Another qualifying country (see 225.872) if the Under 
Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) makes a 
determination in accordance with Section 807 of Public Law 105-261 
that--
    (A) Procuring articles that contain only para-aramid fibers and 
yarns manufactured from suppliers within the United States would result 
in sole source contracts or subcontracts for the supply of such para-
aramid fibers and yarns;
    (B) Such sole source contracts or subcontracts would not be in the 
best interest of the Government or consistent with the objectives of 
the Competition in Contracting Act (10 U.S.C. 2304); and
    (C) The qualifying country permits U.S. firms that manufacture 
para-aramid fibers and yarns to compete with foreign firms for the sale 
of para-aramid fibers and yarns in that country.

    4. Section 225.7002-3 is amended by revising the introductory text 
and paragraphs (a) and (b) to read as follows:


225.7002-3  Contract clauses.

    Unless an exception applies--
    (a) Use the clause at 252.225-7012, Preference for Certain Domestic 
Commodities, in solicitations and contracts exceeding the simplified 
acquisition threshold.
    (b)(1) Use the clause at 252.225-7014, Preference for Domestic 
Specialty Metals, in solicitations and contracts exceeding the 
simplified acquisition threshold that require delivery of an article 
containing specialty metals.
    (2) Use the clause with its Alternate I in solicitations and 
contracts exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold requiring 
delivery, for one of the following major programs, of an article 
containing specialty metals:
    (i) Aircraft.
    (ii) Missile and space systems.
    (iii) Ships.
    (iv) Tank-automotive.
    (v) Weapons.
    (vi) Ammunition.
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PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


252.212-7001  [Amended]

    5. Section 252.212-7001 is amended as follows:
    a. By revising the clause date to read ``APR 2002'';
    b. In paragraph (b), in the entry ``252.225-7012'', by removing 
``(AUG 2000) (10 U.S.C. 2241 note)'' and adding in its place ``(APR 
2002) (10 U.S.C. 2533a)'';
    c. In paragraph (b), in the entries ``252.225-7014'' and ``252.225-
7015'', by removing ``(10 U.S.C. 2241 note)'' and adding in its place 
``(10 U.S.C. 2533a)''; and
    d. In paragraph (c), in the entry ``252.225-7014'', by removing 
``(10 U.S.C. 2241 note)'' and adding in its place ``(10 U.S.C. 
2533a)''.

    6. Section 252.225-7012 is revised to read as follows:


252.225-7012  Preference for Certain Domestic Commodities.

    As prescribed in 225.7002-3(a), use the following clause:

Preference for Certain Domestic Commodities (Apr 2002)

    (a) Definitions. As used in this clause--
    (1) Component means any item supplied to the Government as part 
of an end product or of another component.
    (2) End product means supplies delivered under a line item of 
this contract.
    (b) The Contractor shall deliver under this contract only such 
of the following items, either as end products or components, that 
have been been grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United 
States, its possessions, or Puerto Rico:
    (1) Food.
    (2) Clothing.
    (3) Tents, tarpaulins, or covers.
    (4) Cotton and other natural fiber products.
    (5) Woven silk or woven silk blends.
    (6) Spun silk yarn for cartridge cloth.
    (7) Synthetic fabric, and coated synthetic fabric, including all 
textile fibers and yarns that are for use in such fabrics.
    (8) Canvas products.
    (9) Wool (whether in the form of fiber or yarn or contained in 
fabrics, materials, or manufactured articles).
    (10) Any item of individual equipment (Federal Supply Class 
8465) manufactured from or containing fibers, yarns, fabrics, or 
materials listed in this paragraph (b).

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    (c) This clause does not apply--
    (1) To items listed in section 25.104(a) of the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR), or other items for which the 
Government has determined that a satisfactory quality and sufficient 
quantity cannot be acquired as and when needed at U.S. market 
prices;
    (2) To end products incidentally incorporating cotton, other 
natural fibers, or wool, for which the estimated value of the 
cotton, other natural fibers, or wool--
    (i) Is not more than 10 percent of the total price of the end 
product; and
    (ii) Does not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold in FAR 
part 2;
    (3) To foods that have been manufactured or processed in the 
United States, its possessions, or Puerto Rico, regardless of where 
the foods (and any component if applicable) were grown or produced;
    (4) To chemical warfare protective clothing produced in the 
countries listed in subsection 225.872-1 of the Defense FAR 
Supplement; or
    (5) To fibers and yarns that are for use in synthetic fabric or 
coated synthetic fabric (but does apply to the synthetic or coated 
synthetic fabric itself), if--
    (i) The fabric is to be used as a component of an end product 
that is not a textile product. Examples of textile products, made in 
whole or in part of fabric, include--
    (A) Draperies, floor coverings, furnishings, and bedding 
(Federal Supply Group 72, Household and Commercial Furnishings and 
Appliances);
    (B) Items made in whole or in part of fabric in Federal Supply 
Group 83, Textile/leather/furs/apparel/findings/ tents/flags, or 
Federal Supply Group 84, Clothing, Individual Equipment and 
Insignia;
    (C) Upholstered seats (whether for household, office, or other 
use); and
    (D) Parachutes (Federal Supply Class 1670); or
    (ii) The fibers and yarns are para-aramid fibers and yarns 
manufactured in the Netherlands.

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