[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 180 (Tuesday, September 16, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 53404-53405]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-21121]



48 CFR Part 505

[GSAR Case 2008-G503; Docket 2008-0007; Sequence 18]
RIN 3090-AI71

General Services Acquisition Regulation; GSAR Case 2008-G503; 
Rewrite of GSAR Part 505, Publicizing Contract Actions

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 publicizing contract actions.

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DATES: Interested parties should submit written comments to the 
Regulatory Secretariat on or before November 17, 2008 to be considered 
in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by GSAR Case 2008-G503 by any of 
the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ``GSAR Case 
2008-G503'' under the heading ``Comment or Submission''. Select the 
link ``Send a Comment or Submission'' that corresponds with GSAR Case 
2008-G503. Follow the instructions provided to complete the ``Public 
Comment and Submission Form''. Please include your name, company name 
(if any), and ``GSAR Case 2008-G503'' 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-
G503 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. Cecelia Davis at (202) 219-0202. 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-G503.


A. Background

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General 
Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to update the 
text addressing GSAR 505 Publicizing Contract Actions, Subpart 505.1 
Dissemination of Information, Subpart 505.2 Synopses of Proposed 
Contract Actions, and 505.5 Paid Advertisements. This rule is a result 
of the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM) 
Rewrite initiative undertaken by GSA to revise the GSAM to maintain 
consistency with the FAR and implement streamlined and innovative 
acquisition procedures that contractors, offerors, and GSA contracting 
personnel can utilize 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, will publish it in the Federal Register.
    This rule covers the GSAR portion of Part 505. Currently, Subparts 
505.1, 505.2 and 505.5 are identified as ``shaded'' for regulatory 
coverage; however, the agency has deemed, during the rewrite process, 
these Subparts as non-regulatory because the coverage addresses 
internal agency acquisition policy. These Subparts have been revised 
and will be moved to the non-regulatory portion of the GSAM.
    There were no public comments received in response to the Advanced 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register at 71 
FR 7910, February 15, 2006.
    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 only update and reorganize existing 
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 Part 505 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-G503), 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.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 505

    Government procurement.

    Dated: August 27, 2008.
Al Matera,
Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.
    Therefore, under the authority of 40 U.S.C. 121(c), GSA proposes to 
remove 48 CFR part 505.


[FR Doc. E8-21121 Filed 9-15-08; 8:45 am]