[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 197 (Wednesday, October 14, 2009)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 52859-52860]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-24580]





48 CFR Part 18

[FAC 2005-37; FAR Case 2009-003; Item VII; Docket 2009-0037; Sequence 
RIN 9000-AL37

Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2009-003, National 
Response Framework

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

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ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are issuing a final rule 
amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to reflect reissuance 
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Response 
Plan (NRP). On January 22, 2008, FEMA reissued the NRP as the National 
Response Framework (NRF). In addition, the term ``Incident of National 
Significance'' was eliminated. These changes became effective on March 
22, 2008.

DATES: Effective Date: November 13, 2009

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Mr. Ed Loeb, Director, Contract Policy Division at (202) 501-0650. For 
information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the 
Regulatory Secretariat at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-37, FAR 
case 2009-003.


A. Background

    On January 22, 2008, FEMA, a component of the Department of 
Homeland Security, reissued the National Response Plan (NRP) as the 
National Response Framework (NRF). With the reissuance, the term 
``Incidents of National Significance'' was eliminated. These changes 
became effective on March 22, 2008. Both the NRP and the term 
``Incidents of National Significance'' are now obsolete.
    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 Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. This 
final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision within the 
meaning of FAR 1.501 and Public Law 98-577, and publication for public 
comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments 
from small entities and other interested parties concerning the 
affected FAR part 18 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. (FAC 2005-37, FAR case 2009-003), in all correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to 
the FAR do not impose information collection requirements that require 
the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 18

    Government procurement.

    Dated: October 5, 2009.
Al Matera,
Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR part 18 as set forth below:


1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 18 continues to read as 

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 
U.S.C. 2473(c).

2. Amend section 18.001 by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows:

18.001  Definition.

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    (c) When the President issues an emergency declaration, or a major 
disaster declaration.

3. Amend section 18.203 by revising the section heading to read as 

18.203  Emergency declaration or major disaster declaration.

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4. Amend section 18.204 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

18.204  Resources.

    (a) National Response Framework. The National Response Framework 
(NRF) is a guide to how the Nation conducts all-hazards response. This 
key document establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards 
approach to domestic incident response. The Framework identifies the 
key response principles, roles and structures that organize national 
response. It describes how communities, States, the Federal Government, 
the private-sector, and nongovernmental partners apply these principles 
for a coordinated, effective national response. It also describes 
special circumstances where the Federal Government exercises a larger 
role, including incidents where Federal interests are involved and 
catastrophic incidents where a State would require significant support. 
The NRF is available at http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nrf/.
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[FR Doc. E9-24580 Filed 10-13-09; 8:45 am]