[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 110 (Tuesday, June 8, 2004)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 31909-31910]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-12935]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

48 CFR Part 219

[DFARS Case 2003-D105]


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Contracting 
for Architect-Engineer Services

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 1427 of 
the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. Section 
1427 increases, from $85,000 to $300,000, the threshold below which 
acquisitions for architect-engineer services for military construction 
or family housing projects are set aside for small business concerns.

DATES: Effective Date: June 8, 2004. Comments on the interim rule 
should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before 
August 9, 2004, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2003-D105, 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Defense Acquisition Regulations Web Site: http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments.
     E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2003-D105 in the 
subject line of the message.
     Fax: (703) 602-0350.
     Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Mr. 
Euclides Barrera, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations 
Council, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 
22202-3402.
    All comments received will be posted to http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Euclides Barrera, (703) 602-0296.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    This interim rule amends DFARS part 219 to implement section 1427 
of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 
108-136). Section 1427 amends 10 U.S.C. 2855 to increase, from $85,000 
to $300,000, the threshold below which acquisitions for architect-
engineer services for military construction or family housing projects 
are set aside for small business concerns.
    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 has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, which 
is summarized as follows:
    The objective of the rule is to establish a new dollar threshold of 
$300,000 for use in determining whether DoD acquisitions for architect-
engineer services for military construction or family housing projects 
will be set aside for small business concerns. The legal basis for the 
rule is 10 U.S.C. 2855, as amended by section 1427 of Pub. L. 108-136. 
In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2855, acquisitions below the stated 
threshold must be set aside for small business concerns, and 
acquisitions at or above the threshold may not be set aside for small 
business concerns. The rule will apply to small entities that perform 
architect-engineer services. The rule will increase opportunities for 
these entities to receive DoD contract awards. 10 U.S.C. 2855 permits 
the Secretary of Defense to revise the dollar threshold specified 
within the statute, to ensure that small business concerns receive a 
reasonable share of contracts for architect-engineer services for 
military construction or family housing projects. The new statutory 
threshold of $300,000 is considered to be appropriate at this time.
    A copy of the analysis may be obtained from the point of contact 
specified herein. 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 
2003-D105.

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 1427 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Pub. L. 108-136). Section 1427 
amends 10 U.S.C. 2855 to increase, from $85,000 to $300,000, the 
threshold below which acquisitions for architect-engineer services for 
military construction or family housing projects are set aside for 
small business concerns. Section 1427 became effective upon enactment 
on November 24, 2003. Comments received in response to this interim 
rule will be considered in the formation of the final rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 219

    Government procurement.

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

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Therefore, 48 CFR Part 219 is amended as follows:
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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 219 continues to read as 
follows:

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

PART 219--SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS


219.502-1  [Amended]

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2. Section 219.502-1 is amended in paragraph (2) by removing 
``$85,000'' both places it appears and adding ``$300,000'' in its 
place.


219.502-2  [Amended]

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3. Section 219.502-2 is amended in paragraph (a)(iii) by removing 
``$85,000'' and adding ``$300,000'' in its place.


219.1005  [Amended]

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4. Section 219.1005 is amended in paragraph (a)(i)(B) two times, in 
paragraph (a)(i)(C), and in paragraph

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(a)(i)(D), by removing ``$85,000'' and adding ``$300,000'' in its 
place.

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