[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 223 (Friday, November 18, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 71464-71465]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-29900]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 212 and 252

RIN 0750-AH46


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Transition to 
the System for Award Management (DFARS Case 2011-D053)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 
(DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement for the transition of the Integrated 
Acquisition Environment systems to the new System for Award Management 
architecture.

DATES: Effective date: November 18, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Julian E. Thrash, (703) 602-0310.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) is an electronic 
Government initiative that aggregates Federal acquisition content by 
providing one Web site for regulations, systems, resources, 
opportunities, and training. The Web site at https://www.acquisition.gov was designed to create an easily navigable resource 
that is both more efficient and transparent.
    The transition of the IAE to the new System for Award Management 
(SAM) architecture has begun. Phase One will transition the Central 
Contractor Registration (CCR), the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), 
and Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) to the 
new SAM architecture. This rule provides the first step in updating the 
DFARS for these changes by updating Web address in the DFARS for two 
references to ORCA to show that the application is now available 
through https://www.acquisition.gov. Future DFARS cases are anticipated 
to actually change the names of the systems to SAM once the transition 
is complete, as well as to begin the transition of the remaining IAE 
systems.
    A related FAR case, 2011-021, Transition to the System for Award 
Management, is revising the Federal Acquisition Regulation references 
for the CCR, EPLS, and ORCA databases as being accessible through 
https://www.acquisition.gov.
    DoD has issued this rule as a final rule because this rule is 
administrative as it only updates existing Web page addresses does not 
have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or 
offerors. Therefore, public comment is not required in accordance with 
41 U.S.C. 1707.

II. DFARS Changes

    This rule makes the following DFARS changes to reflect that the 
relevant database references for ORCA shown in the DFARS references are 
accessible through the new Web site, https://www.acquisition.gov:
     212.301 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for 
the acquisition of commercial items; and
     252.204-7007 Alternate A, Annual Representations and 
Certifications.

III. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess 
all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 
13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 
This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 
subject to review under section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning 
and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule 
under 5 U.S.C. 804.

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because 
this final rule does not constitute a significant DFARS revision within 
the meaning of FAR 1.501-1 and 41 U.S.C. 1707 and does not require 
publication for public comment.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The rule does not contain any information collection requirements 
that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 212 and 252

    Government procurement.

Mary Overstreet,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 212 and 252 are amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 212 and 252 continue to read 
as follows:

    Authority:  41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

PART 212-ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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2. Amend section 212.301 paragraph (f) introductory text by removing 
the Internet address ``https://orca.bpn.gov'' and adding in its place 
``https://www.acquisition.gov/''.

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PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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3. Amend section 252.204-7007 by--
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(a) Amending the clause date by removing ``(SEP 2011)'' and adding in 
its place ``(NOV 2011)''; and
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(b) Amending paragraph (e) by removing the Internet address ``https://
orca.bpn.gov/'' and adding in its place ``https://www.acquisition.gov/
''.

[FR Doc. 2011-29900 Filed 11-17-11; 8:45 am]
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