[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 146 (Tuesday, July 30, 2002)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 49256]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-19080]



48 CFR Part 225

[DFARS Case 2002-D011]

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Trade 
Agreements Thresholds--Construction

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The rule implements the 
determination of the U.S. Trade Representative to revise the dollar 
thresholds for application of the Trade Agreements Act and the North 
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to construction contracts.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 30, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition 
Regulations Council, OUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0328; 
facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2002-D011.


A. Background

    On March 27, 2002 (67 FR 14763), the U.S. Trade Representative 
published a determination that decreased the threshold for application 
of the Trade Agreements Act to construction contracts from $6,806,000 
to $6,481,000; and increased the threshold for application of NAFTA to 
construction contracts from $7,068,419 to $7,304,733. This final rule 
amends the prescriptions for use of the clauses at DFARS 252.225-7044, 
Balance of Payments Program--Construction Material, and 252.225-7045, 
Balance of Payments Program--Construction Material Under Trade 
Agreements, to reflect the new dollar thresholds.
    This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review 
under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This rule will not have a significant cost or administrative impact 
on contractors or offerors, or a significant effect beyond the internal 
operating procedures of DoD. Therefore, publication for public comment 
is not required. However, DoD will consider comments from small 
entities concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 
U.S.C. 610. Such comments should cite DFARS Case 2002-D011.

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.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 225

    Government procurement.

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

    Therefore, 48 CFR Part 225 is amended as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 225 continues to read as 

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


225.7503  [Amended]

    2. Section 225.7503 is amended as follows:

    a. In paragraph (a), and in paragraph (b) in the first and last 
sentences, by removing ``$6,806,000'' and adding in its place 
``$6,481,000''; and
    b. In paragraph (b), in the last sentence, by removing 
``$7,068,419'' and adding in its place ``$7,304,733''.

[FR Doc. 02-19080 Filed 7-29-02; 8:45 am]