[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 197 (Thursday, October 12, 2006)]
[Pages 60220-60221]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-16845]



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 Personal 


SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is considering 
granting a request for a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for 
Personal Computers Manufacturing. According to the request, no small 
business manufacturers are supplying this class of product to the 
Federal government. If granted, the waiver would allow otherwise 
qualified regular dealers to supply the products of any domestic 
manufacturer on a Federal contract set aside for small businesses; 
service-disabled veteran-owned small business or SBA's 8(a) Business 
Development Program.

DATES: Comments and source information must be submitted October 27, 

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and source information to Edith 
Butler, Program Analyst, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of 
Government Contracting, 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite 8800, Washington, DC 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edith Butler, Program Analyst, by 
telephone at (202) 619-0422; by FAX at (202) 481-1788; or by e-mail at 
[email protected].

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, service-disabled veteran-
owned 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

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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 121.1202(c), 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 a six digit coding system.
    The coding system is the Office of Management and Budget North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
    The SBA is currently processing a request to waive the 
Nonmanufacturer Rule for Personal Computers, Manufacturing, North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 334111. The public is 
invited to comment or provide source information to SBA on the proposed 
waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for this class of NAICS code within 
15 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.

    Dated: October 3, 2006.
Karen C. Hontz,
Associate Administrator for Government Contracting.
[FR Doc. E6-16845 Filed 10-11-06; 8:45 am]