[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 216 (Wednesday, November 9, 2005)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 67955-67956]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-22113]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

48 CFR Part 242

[DFARS Case 2003-D051]


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Contract 
Administration Functions

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition 
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update text addressing functions 
performed by DoD contract administration offices. This proposed rule is 
a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to 
dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to 
the address shown below on or before January 9, 2006, to be considered 
in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2003-D051, 
using any of the following methods:
    [cir] Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    [cir] Defense Acquisition Regulations Web site: http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments.
    [cir] E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2003-D051 in the 
subject line of the message.
    [cir] Fax: (703) 602-0350.
    [cir] Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. 
Deborah Tronic, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3062.
    [cir] Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations 
System, 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: Ms. Deborah Tronic, (703) 602-0289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    DFARS Transformation is a major DoD initiative to dramatically 
change the purpose and content of the DFARS. The objective is to 
improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process, 
while allowing the acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate. 
The transformed DFARS will contain only requirements of law, DoD-wide 
policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviations from FAR 
requirements, and policies/procedures that have a significant effect 
beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost 
or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Additional 
information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at 
http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfars/transformation/index.htm.
    This proposed rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation 
initiative. The proposed DFARS changes--
    [cir] Update the list of DoD contract administration functions to 
clarify responsibilities for payment administration and for 
verification of contractor compliance with earned value management 
system requirements;
    [cir] Delete obsolete text on mobilization production planning 
surveys; and
    [cir] Delete procedures for designation of contract payment 
offices. Text on this subject will be relocated to the new DFARS 
companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI). 
Additional information on PGI is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/pgi.
    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

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substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because the rule 
addresses internal DoD responsibilities for performance of contract 
administration functions. Therefore, DoD has not performed 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 subpart in 
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments should be submitted 
separately and should cite DFARS Case 2003-D051.

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 242

    Government procurement.

Michele P. Peterson,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR part 242 as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 242 continues to read as 
follows:

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

PART 242--CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES

    2. Section 242.302 is revised to read as follows:


242.302  Contract administration functions.

    (a)(4) Also, review and evaluate--
    (A) Contractor estimating systems (see FAR 15.407-5); and
    (B) Contractor material management and accounting systems under 
Subpart 242.72.
    (7) See 242.7503 for ACO responsibilities with regard to receipt of 
an audit report identifying significant accounting system or related 
internal control deficiencies.
    (9) For additional contract administration functions related to 
IR&D/B&P projects performed by major contractors, see 242.771-3(a).
    (12) Also perform all payment administration in accordance with any 
applicable payment clauses.
    (13)(A) Do not delegate the responsibility to make payments to the 
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).
    (B) Follow the procedures at PGI 242.302(a)(13)(B) for designation 
of payment offices.
    (39) See 223.370 for contract administration responsibilities on 
contracts for ammunition and explosives.
    (67) Also support program offices and buying activities in 
precontractual efforts leading to a solicitation or award.
    (S-70) Serve as the single point of contact for all Single Process 
Initiative (SPI) Management Council activities. The ACO shall negotiate 
and execute facilitywide class modifications and agreements for SPI 
processes, when authorized by the affected components.
    (S-71) DCMA has responsibility for reviewing earned value 
management system (EVMS) plans and verifying initial and continuing 
contractor compliance with DoD EVMS criteria. The contracting officer 
shall not retain this function.
    (b)(S-70) Issue, negotiate, and execute orders under basic ordering 
agreements for overhaul, maintenance, and repair.

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