[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 172 (Thursday, September 6, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 51209-51211]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-17424]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 215 and 252

RIN 0750-AF40


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Evaluation 
Factor for Use of Members of the Selected Reserve (DFARS Case 2006-
D014)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, 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 implement Section 819 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006. Section 819 authorizes 
DoD to use an evaluation factor that considers whether an offeror 
intends to perform a contract using employees or individual 
subcontractors who are members of the Selected Reserve.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to 
the address shown below on or before November 5, 2007, to be considered 
in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2006-D014, 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: [email protected]. Include DFARS Case 2006-D014 in the 
subject line of the message.
     Fax: (703) 602-7887.
     Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. 
Michael Benavides, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations 
System, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 
22202-3402.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Benavides, (703) 602-1302.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    This proposed rule implements Section 819 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Pub. L. 109-163). Section 819 
authorizes DoD to use an evaluation factor that considers whether an 
offeror intends to perform a contract using employees or individual 
subcontractors who are members of the Selected Reserve and requires 
offerors to submit documentation supporting any stated intent to use 
such employees or subcontractors.
    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 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 use of the evaluation factor is discretionary and is not 
expected to affect a significant number of acquisitions. 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 subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Such comments 
should be submitted separately and should cite DFARS Case 2006-D014.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This proposed rule contains a new information collection 
requirement. DoD has submitted the following proposal to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) under the provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Comments are invited on: (a) 
Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
estimate of the burden of the proposed information

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collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of 
the information collection on respondents, including the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology. The following is a summary of the information collection 
requirement.
    Title: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); 
Evaluation Factor for Employing or Subcontracting with Members of the 
Armed Forces Selected Reserve.
    Type of Request: New requirement.
    Number of Respondents: 100.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Annual Responses: 100.
    Average Burden per Response: 1 hour.
    Annual Burden Hours: 100.
    Needs and Uses: DoD needs this information to implement Section 819 
of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public 
Law 109-163). Section 819 authorizes DoD to use an evaluation factor 
that considers whether an offeror intends to perform a contract using 
employees or individual subcontractors who are members of the Selected 
Reserve, and requires offerers to submit documentation supporting any 
stated intent to use such employees or subcontractors.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit and not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information 
collection should be sent to Ms. Hillary Fielden at the Office of 
Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive 
Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, with a copy to the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Michael Benavides, OUSD 
(AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 
20301-3062. Comments can be received from 30 to 60 days after the date 
of this notice, but comments to OMB will be most useful if received by 
OMB within 30 days after the date of this notice.
    To request more information on this proposed information collection 
or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection 
instruments, please write to the Defense Acquisition Regulations 
System, Attn: Mr. Michael Benavides, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 
3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 215 and 252

    Government procurement.

Michele P. Peterson,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
    Therefore, DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 215 and 252 as 
follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 215 and 252 continues to 
read as follows:

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

PART 215--CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION

    2. Sections 215.370 through 215.370-3 are added to read as follows:


215.370  Evaluation factor for employing or subcontracting with members 
of the Selected Reserve.


215.370-1  Definition.

    Selected Reserve, as used in this section, is defined in the 
provision at 252.215-XXXX, Evaluation Factor for Employing or 
Subcontracting with Members of the Selected Reserve.


215.370-2  Evaluation factor.

    In accordance with Section 819 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Pub. L. 109-163), the 
contracting officer may use an evaluation factor that considers whether 
an offeror intends to perform the contract using employees or 
individual subcontractors who are members of the Selected Reserve. See 
PGI 215.370-2 for guidance on use of this evaluation factor.


215.370-3  Solicitation provision and contract clause.

    (a) Use the provision at 252.215-XXXX, Evaluation Factor for 
Employing or Subcontracting with Members of the Selected Reserve, in 
solicitations that include an evaluation factor considering whether an 
offeror intends to perform the contract using employees or individual 
subcontractors who are members of the Selected Reserve.
    (b) Use the clause at 252.215-YYYY, Use of Employees or Individual 
Subcontractors Who are Members of the Selected Reserve, in 
solicitations that include the provision at 252.215-XXXX. Include the 
clause in the resultant contract only if the contractor stated in its 
proposal that it intends to perform the contract using employees or 
individual subcontractors who are members of the Selected Reserve, and 
that statement was used as an evaluation factor in the award decision.

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

    3. Sections 252.215-XXXX and 252.215-YYYY are added to read as 
follows:


252.215-XXXX  Evaluation Factor for Employing or Subcontracting with 
Members of the Selected Reserve.

    As prescribed in 215.370-3(a), use the following provision:

Evaluation Factor for Employing or Subcontracting With Members of the 
Selected Reserve (XXX 2007)

    (a) Definition. Selected Reserve, as used in this provision, has 
the meaning given that term in 10 U.S.C. 10143. Selected Reserve 
members normally attend regular drills throughout the year and are the 
group of Reserves most readily available to the President.
    (b) This solicitation includes an evaluation factor that considers 
the offeror's intended use of employees, or individual subcontractors, 
who are members of the Selected Reserve.
    (c) If the offeror, in the performance of any contract resulting 
from this solicitation, intends to use employees or individual 
subcontractors who are members of the Selected Reserve, the offeror's 
proposal shall include documentation to support this intent. Such 
documentation may include, but is not limited to--
    (1) Existing company documentation, such as payroll or personnel 
records, indicating the names of the Selected Reserve members who are 
currently employed by the company; or
    (2) A statement that one or more positions will be set aside to be 
filled by new hires of Selected Reserve members, along with verifying 
documentation.


(End of provision)


252.215-YYYY  Use of Employees or Individual Subcontractors Who are 
Members of the Selected Reserve.

    As prescribed in 215.370-3(b), use the following clause:

Use of Employees or Individual Subcontractors Who Are Members of the 
Selected Reserve (XXX 2007)

    (a) Definition. Selected Reserve, as used in this clause, has the 
meaning given that term in 10 U.S.C. 10143. Selected Reserve members 
normally attend regular drills throughout the year and are the group of 
Reserves most readily available to the President.
    (b) If the Contractor stated in its offer that it intends to use 
members of the Selected Reserve in the performance of this contract--

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    (1) The Contractor shall use employees, or individual 
subcontractors, who are members of the Selected Reserve in the 
performance of the contract to the fullest extent consistent with 
efficient contract performance; and
    (2) The Government has the right to terminate the contract for 
default if the Contractor willfully or intentionally fails to use 
members of the Selected Reserve, as employees or individual 
subcontractors, in the performance of the contract.

(End of clause)

 [FR Doc. E7-17424 Filed 9-5-07; 8:45 am]
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