[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 179 (Tuesday, September 16, 2003)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 54295-54296]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-23530]



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Department of Defense

General Services Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration





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48 CFR Part 25



Federal Acquisition Regulation; Buy American Act--Nonavailable 
Articles; Proposed Rule

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Part 25

[FAR Case 2003-007]
RIN 9000-AJ72


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Buy American Act--Nonavailable 
Articles

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 add certain food and textile 
items to the list of articles not available from domestic sources in 
sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a 
satisfactory quality.

DATES: Interested parties should submit comments in writing on or 
before November 17, 2003 to be considered in the formulation of a final 
rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to--General Services Administration, 
FAR Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie 
Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.
    Submit electronic comments via the Internet to--farcase.2003-
007@gsa.gov.
    Please submit comments only and cite FAR case 2003-007 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 Ms. Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 
219-0202. Please cite FAR case 2003-007.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    This rule amends FAR 25.104(a) to add certain food and textile 
items to the list of articles not available from domestic sources in 
sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a 
satisfactory quality. This rule is based on extensive market research 
by the Defense Logistics Agency.
    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., 
because the items being added to the list are not available from 
domestic sources. 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 Part 25 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 2003-007), in 
correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the proposed 
changes to the 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 Part 25

    Government procurement.

    Dated: September 9, 2003.
Laura Auletta,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
    Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA propose amending 48 CFR part 25 as 
set forth below:

PART 25--FOREIGN ACQUISITION

    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 25 is revised to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 
U.S.C. 2473(c).


25.104  [Amended]

    2. Amend section 25.104 in paragraph (a) by adding, in alphabetical 
order, the articles ``Bamboo shoots.'', ``Goat hair canvas.'', 
``Grapefruit sections, canned.'', ``Modacrylic fur ruff.'', and ``Water 
chestnuts.''.

[FR Doc. 03-23530 Filed 9-15-03; 8:45 am]
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