[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 157 (Wednesday, August 13, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 47123-47124]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-18722]



48 CFR Parts 501, 549, and 552

[GSAR Case 2008-G515; Docket 2008-0007; Sequence 17]
RIN 3090-AI62

General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G515; 
Rewrite of GSAR Part 549, Termination of Contracts

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to 
amend the General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise 
language that provides requirements for termination of contracts.

DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the 
Regulatory Secretariat on or before October 14, 2008 to be considered 
in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by GSAR Case 2008-G515 by any of 
the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ``GSAR Case 
2008-G515'' under the heading ``Comment or Submission''. Select the 
link ``Send a Comment or Submission'' that corresponds with GSAR Case 
2008-G515. Follow the instructions provided to complete the ``Public 
Comment and Submission Form''. Please include your name, company name 
(if any), and ``GSAR Case 2008-G515'' on your attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat (VPR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4041, ATTN: Laurieann 
Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite GSAR Case 2008-
G515 in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received 
will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including 
any personal and/or business confidential information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Ms. Jeritta Parnell at (202) 501-4082, or by e-mail at 
[email protected]. For information pertaining to the status or 
publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat (VPR), Room 
4041, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-4755. Please cite 
GSAR Case 2008-G515.


A. Background

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General 
Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to delete two 
outdated clauses and the prescriptions for the two clauses. This 
proposed rule is a result of the General Services Administration 
Acquisition Manual (GSAM) rewrite initiative. The initiative was 
undertaken by GSA to revise the GSAM so as to maintain consistency with 
the FAR and implement streamlined and innovative acquisition procedures 
that contractors, offerors, and GSA contracting personnel can use when 
entering into and administering contractual relationships. The GSAM 
incorporates the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation 
(GSAR) as well as internal agency acquisition policy.
    GSA will rewrite each part of the GSAR and GSAM, and as each GSAR 
part is rewritten, GSA will publish it in the Federal Register.
    This proposed rule revises GSAR Part 549 by deleting the 
prescriptive language at section 549.502 for two outdated clauses. The 
clause at 552.249-70, Termination for Convenience of the Government 
(Fixed Price) (Short Form), and the clause at 552.249-71, Submission of 
Termination Liability Schedule, are being deleted. These are two GSA-
unique clauses for acquisition and maintenance of telephone systems 
funded through the Information Technology (IT) Fund. This fund no 
longer exists. These clauses are obsolete.
    Discussion of Comments
    There were no comments received in response to the ``Advanced 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking'' at 71 FR 7910, February 15, 2006, 
pertaining to this GSAR Part 549.
    This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 
subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, 
Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is 
not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The General Services Administration 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 the revisions are not considered 
substantive. The revisions delete obsolete coverage. An Initial 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has, therefore, not been performed. We 
invite comments from small businesses and other interested parties. GSA 
will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected GSAR 
Parts 501, 549, and 552 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested 
parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 
601, et seq. (GSAR case 2008-G515), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the proposed 
changes to the GSAM do not impose information collection requirements 
that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 
44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 501, 549, and 552

    Government procurement.

    Dated: August 6, 2008.
Al Matera,
Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.
    Therefore, GSA proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 501, 549 and 552 as 
set forth below:


    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 501 continues to read as 

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).

501.106  [Amended]

    2. Amend section 501.106 by removing the GSAR Reference 
``549.502(b)'' and corresponding OMB Control Number ``3090-0027''; and 
removing the GSAR Reference ``552.249-71'' and corresponding OMB 
Control Number ``3090-0227''.


    3. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 549 is revised to read as 

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).

549.5  [Removed]

    4. Remove subpart 549.5.

549.502  [Removed]

    5. Remove section 549.502.


    6. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 552 continues to read as 

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).

552.249-70 and 552.249-71  [Removed]

    7. Remove sections 552.249-70 and 552.249-71.
[FR Doc. E8-18722 Filed 8-12-08; 8:45 am]