[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 185 (Friday, September 25, 2009)]
[Pages 48971-48972]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-23329]





[FAR Case 2009-009; Docket 2009-0011; Sequence 2]

Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-009, American 
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act)-- Reporting 

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Notice--Centralized Reporting Tool at FederalReporting.gov.


SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council (the Councils) are issuing this notice 
to provide information to Federal contractors who have contracts 
funded, in whole or in part, by the American Recovery and Reinvestment 
Act of 2009 (``Recovery Act''), and include the FAR clause 52.204-11. 
This notice is being provided to offer assistance to Federal 
contractors in understanding the FederalReporting.gov centralized 
reporting tool.

DATES: Effective Date: September 25, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Mr. Ernest Woodson, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-3775. Please cite 
Notice--Centralized Reporting Tool at Federalreporting.gov.


A. Background

    On March 31, 2009, the Councils published an interim rule, FAR case 
2009-009, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery 
Act)--Reporting Requirements (74 FR 14639). The rule implements section 
1512 of Public Law 111-5, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 
2009 (the ``Recovery Act''), which requires Federal contractors that 
receive awards (or modifications to existing awards) funded, in whole 
or in part, by the Recovery Act to report cumulatively each calendar 
quarter on the use of the funds. Federal contractors will report using 
a centralized reporting tool at FederalReporting.gov. The reporting 
tool was anticipated to be available for the reporting period ending 
June 30, 2009, with reports due July 10, 2009. However, the reporting 
tool was not available and a notice was posted to FederalReporting.gov 
advising Federal contractors to maintain their data for the quarter 
ending June 30, 2009 for the cumulative report due October 10, 2009. 
The reporting tool is anticipated to be available at 
FederalReporting.gov on October 1, 2009.
    On August 25, 2009, a Federal Register notice (74 FR 42877) was 
published to notify Federal contractors that the Recovery 
Accountability and Transparency Board (``Board'') had announced the 
availability of registration at FederalReporting.gov. To comply with 
the reporting required by 52.204-11, Federal contractors must first 
register at FederalReporting.gov. Early registration is encouraged. The 
registration process requires authorization by the Federal contractors' 
Government Business or Electronic Business Points of Contact listed in 
their Central Contractor Registration (CCR) record for the DUNS number 
indicated by the FederalReporting.gov registrant. Federal contractors, 
who have not already registered at FederalReporting.gov, should do so 
now. For more information on the registration and authorization 
process, go to the ``Downloads'' tab at FederalReporting.gov and select 
the ``User Registration Guide'' and ``Recipient Point of Contact 
Guide'' from the Documentation section. A User Guide for the reporting 
tool will be posted to FederalReporting.gov shortly and will also 
contain registration instructions.
    Contractors are advised to review the ``Recipient Reporting Data 
Model'' also provided under the ``Downloads'' tab. This document 
includes the data elements that will be required for reporting. The FAR 
Council is not responsible for developing FederalReporting.gov but 
understands that the system is being initially developed to focus on 
core functionality and will not pre-populate data elements. Therefore, 
additional data elements not included in the list in FAR clause 52.204-
11, primarily administrative information required by the Federal 
Funding and Accountability Act (FFATA), must be entered. These 
additional data elements include: agency information (awarding agency 
and Government contracting office); contractor information (name, 
address, DUNS number, and congressional district); and, award 
information (program source (treasury account symbol (TAS)) associated 
with the award. Further, contractors must select ``Federally awarded 
contract'' from a list of award types. Federal contractors will have 
much of this data on hand, or it will be readily available in the 
contract document.
    Until posted at FederalReporting.gov, information to assist Federal 
contractors in preparing for reporting, including a series of 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on reporting for Federal contractors, 
has been posted to http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/. 
These FAQs will familiarize Federal contractors with the new system, 
available guides, key dates and activities, and the reporting process. 
The FAQs also provide additional information on data elements, such as 
examples on how to calculate full-time-equivalent in order to report 
jobs created and retained.

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    Because some information may not be available in the contract 
document, such as the TAS, the FAQs provide instruction on how to 
easily locate this information in the Recovery Act Report updated daily 
at https://www.fpds.gov.
    The current interim rule will remain in effect. The FAR Council 
anticipates that the first reporting cycle will provide valuable 
experience and information necessary to inform the Council's decision 
on how best to proceed with the FAR rule. Federal contractors will be 
notified of the FAR Council's plan through the Federal Register.
    An emergency information collection request adding the additional 
data elements and extending OMB-9000-0166 has been approved by the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Information Collections 
for OMB-9000-0167, 9000-0168, and 9000-0169 have been extended. See
    http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain and select ``DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR)'' as agency.

    Dated: September 23, 2009.
Al Matera,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
[FR Doc. E9-23329 Filed 9-24-09; 8:45 am]