[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 119 (Tuesday, June 22, 2004)]
[Notices]
[Page 34714]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-14087]


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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


Small Business Size Standards: Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION: Notice of intent to waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Ice 
Making Machinery Manufacturing.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is considering 
granting a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Ice Making Machinery 
Manufacturing. The basis for waivers is that no small business 
manufacturers are supplying these classes of products to the Federal 
government. The effect of a waiver would be to allow otherwise 
qualified regular dealers to supply the products of any domestic 
manufacturer on a Federal contract set aside for small businesses or 
awarded through the SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program.

DATES: Comments and sources must be submitted on or before July 12, 
2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edith Butler, Program Analyst, by 
telephone at (202) 619-0422; by FAX at (202) 205-7280; or by e-mail at 
edith.butler@sba.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 8(a)(17) of the Small Business Act, 
(Act)15 U.S.C. 637(a)(17), requires that recipients of Federal 
contracts set aside for small businesses or SBA's 8(a) Business 
Development Program provide the product of a small business 
manufacturer or processor, if the recipient is other than the actual 
manufacturer or processor of the product.
    This requirement is commonly referred to as the Nonmanufacturer 
Rule. The SBA regulations imposing this requirement are found at 13 CFR 
121.406(b). Section 8(a)(17)(b)(iv) of the Act authorizes SBA to waive 
the Nonmanufacturer Rule for any ``class of products'' for which there 
are no small business manufacturers or processors available to 
participate in the Federal market.
    As implemented in SBA's regulations at 13 CFR 121.1204, in order to 
be considered available to participate in the Federal market for a 
class of products, a small business manufacturer must have submitted a 
proposal for a contract solicitation or received a contract from the 
Federal government within the last 24 months. The SBA defines ``class 
of products'' based on six digit coding systems. The first coding 
system is the Office of Management and Budget North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS). The second is the Product and Service 
Code established by the Federal Procurement Data System.
    The SBA received a request on June 14, 2004 to waive the 
Nonmanufacturer Rule for Ice Making Machinery Manufacturing. In 
response, SBA is currently processing a request to waive the 
Nonmanufacturer Rule for Ice Making Machinery Manufacturing, North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 333415. The public is 
invited to comment or provide source information to SBA on the proposed 
waiver of the nonmanufacturer rule for this NAICS code.

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 637(a)(17).

    Dated: June 17, 2004.
Barry S. Meltz,
Acting Associate Administrator for Government Contracting.
[FR Doc. 04-14087 Filed 6-21-04; 8:45 am]
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