[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 224 (Monday, November 21, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 71922-71926]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-29857]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 204, 209, 216, 229, and 252

RIN 0750-AH38


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Separation of 
Combined Provisions and Clauses (DFARS Case 2011-D048)

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

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition 
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to separate provisions and clauses that 
are currently combined, in order to be in compliance with DFARS 
drafting conventions.

DATES: Comment Date: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted 
in writing to the address shown below on or before January 20, 2012, to 
be considered in the formation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by DFARS Case 2011-D048, using 
any of the following methods:
    [cir] Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments 
via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ``DFARS Case 2011-
D048'' under the heading ``Enter keyword or ID'' and selecting 
``Search.'' Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that corresponds with 
``DFARS Case 2011-D048.'' Follow the instructions provided at the 
``Submit a Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if 
any), and ``DFARS Case 2011-D048'' on your attached document.
    [cir] Email: [email protected]. Include DFARS Case 2011-D048 in the 
subject line of the message.
    [cir] Fax: (703) 602-0350.
    [cir] Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn.: Amy G. 
Williams, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP/DARS, Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To

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confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, 
approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting 
(except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy G. Williams, telephone (703) 602-
0328.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    A provision is included only in the solicitation and addresses the 
offeror. A contract clause is included in both the solicitation and the 
contract, and provides the terms that apply throughout contract 
performance. Representations and certifications are generally included 
in a provision, which the offeror responds to in its offer. It is 
against DFARS drafting conventions to combine a provision and a clause 
into a single clause.
    This rule proposes to remove the representations from five DFARS 
clauses and create five new provisions to be used in solicitations that 
include the associated clauses, as follows:

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              DFARS Clause                      Proposed provision
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252.209-7005, Reserve Officer Training   252.209-7003, Reserve Officer
 Corps and Military Recruiting on         Training Corps and Military
 Campus.                                  Recruiting on Campus--
                                          Representation.
252.216-7000, Economic Price             252.216-70XX, Economic Price
 Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum,       Adjustment--Basic Steel,
 Brass, Bronze, or Copper Mill Products.  Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, or
                                          Copper Mill Products--
                                          Representation.
252.216-7003, Economic Price             252.216-70YY, Economic Price
 Adjustment--Wage Rates or Material       Adjustment--Wage Rates or
 Prices Controlled by a Foreign           Material Prices Controlled by
 Government.                              a Foreign Government--
                                          Representation.
252.229-7003, Tax Exemptions (Italy)...  252.229-70XX, Tax Exemptions
                                          (Italy)--Representation.
252.229-7005, Tax Exemptions (Spain)...  252.229-70YY, Tax Exemptions
                                          (Spain)--Representation.
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    Conforming changes are also required to DFARS 252.204-7007, 
Alternate A, Annual Representations and Certifications and the 
associated prescription at DFARS 204.1202, to list the new provisions 
in lieu of the current DFARS clauses.

II. 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.

III. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD does not expect this 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 it does not 
add any new requirements--it only reformats existing requirements of 
five clauses into separate provisions and clauses. Therefore, an 
initial regulatory flexibility analysis has not been performed. DoD 
invites comments from small business concerns and other interested 
parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities.
    DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the 
existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance 
with 5 U.S.C. 610.
    Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should 
cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS Case 2011-D048), in correspondence.

IV. 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 204, 209, 216, 229, and 252

    Government procurement.

Mary Overstreet,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore DoD proposes to amend 48 CFR parts 204, 209, 216, 229, 
and 252 as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 204, 209, 216, 229, and 
252 continues to read as follows:

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

PART 204--ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

    2. Amend section 204.1202(2) by revising paragraphs (ii), (iii), 
(iv), (xi), and (xii) to read as follows:


204.1202   Solicitation provision and contract clause.

* * * * *
    (ii) 252.209-7002, Disclosure of Ownership or Control by a Foreign 
Government.
    (iii) 252.209-7003, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military 
Recruiting on Campus--Representation.
    (iv) 252.216-70YY, Economic Price Adjustment--Wage Rates or 
Material Prices Controlled by a Foreign Government--Representation.
* * * * *
    (xi) 252.229-70XX, Tax Exemptions (Italy)--Representation.
    (xii) 252.229-70YY, Tax Exemptions (Spain)--Representation.
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PART 209--CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS

    3. Revise section 209.470-4 to read as follows:


209.470-4   Solicitation provision and contract clause.

    (a) Use the provision at 252.209-7003, Reserve Officer Training 
Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus--Representation, in all 
solicitations with institutions of higher education.
    (b) Use the clause at 252.209-7005, Reserve Officer Training Corps 
and Military Recruiting on Campus, in all solicitations and contracts 
with institutions of higher education.

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PART 216--TYPES OF CONTRACTS

    4. Amend section 216.203-4-70 by--
    (a) Revising the section heading; and
    (b) Revising paragraphs (a) and (c) to read as follows:


216.203-4-70  Additional provisions and clauses.

    (a) Price adjustment for basic steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, or 
copper mill products.
    (1)(i) The price adjustment clause at 252.216-7000, Economic Price 
Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, or Copper Mill 
Products, may be used in fixed-price supply solicitations and contracts 
for basic steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, or copper mill products, such 
as sheets, plates, and bars, when an established catalog or market 
price exists for the particular product being acquired.
    (ii) The 10 percent figure in paragraph (d)(1) of the clause shall 
not be exceeded unless approval is obtained at a level above the 
contracting officer.
    (2) Use the price adjustment provision at 252.216-70XX, Economic 
Price Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, or Copper Mill 
Products--Representation, in solicitations that include the clause at 
252.216-7000, Economic Price Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum, Brass, 
Bronze, or Copper Mill Products.
* * * * *
    (c) Price adjustment for wage rates or material prices controlled 
by a foreign government.
    (1)(i) The price adjustment clause at 252.216-7003, Economic Price 
Adjustment--Wage Rates or Material Prices Controlled by a Foreign 
Government, may be used in fixed-price supply and service solicitations 
and contracts when--
    (A) The contract is to be performed wholly or in part in a foreign 
country; and
    (B) A foreign government controls wage rates or material prices and 
may, during contract performance, impose a mandatory change in wages or 
prices of material.
    (ii) Verify the base wage rates and material prices prior to 
contract award and prior to making any adjustment in the contract 
price.
    (2) Use the provision at 252.216-70YY, Economic Price Adjustment--
Wage Rates or Material Prices Controlled by a Foreign Government--
Representation, in solicitations that include the clause at DFARS 
252.216-7003, Economic Price Adjustment--Wage Rates or Material Prices 
Controlled by a Foreign Government.

PART 229--TAXES

    5. Amend section 229.402-70 by--
    (a) Revising the section heading; and
    (b) Revising paragraphs (c) and (e) to read as follows:


229.402-70  Additional provisions and clauses.

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    (c)(1) Use the clause at 252.229-7003, Tax Exemptions (Italy), in 
solicitations and contracts when contract performance will be in Italy.
    (2) Use the provision at 252.229-70XX, Tax Exemptions (Italy)--
Representation, in solicitations that contain the clause at 252.229-
7003, Tax Exemptions (Italy).
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    (e)(1) Use the clause at 252.229-7005, Tax Exemptions (Spain), in 
solicitations and contracts when contract performance will be in Spain.
    (2) Use the provision at 252.229-70YY, Tax Exemptions (Spain)--
Representation, in solicitations that contain the clause at 252.229-
7005, Tax Exemptions (Spain).

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

    6. Amend section 252.204-7007 by--
    (a) Amending the clause date by removing ``(SEP 2011)'' and adding 
in its place ``(DATE)''; and
    (b) Revising paragraph (d)(1) to read as follows:


252.204-7007  Alternate A, Annual Representations and Certifications.

* * * * *
    (d)(1) The following representations or certifications in ORCA are 
applicable to this solicitation as indicated:
    (i) 252.209-7001, Disclosure of Ownership or Control by the 
Government of a Terrorist Country. Applies to all solicitations 
expected to result in contracts of $150,000 or more.
    (ii) 252.209-7003, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military 
Recruiting on Campus--Representation. Applies to all solicitations with 
institutions of higher education.
    (iii) 252.216-70YY, Economic Price Adjustment--Wage Rates or 
Material Prices Controlled by a Foreign Government. Applies to 
solicitations for fixed-price supply and service contracts when the 
contract is to be performed wholly or in part in a foreign country, and 
a foreign government controls wage rates or material prices and may, 
during contract performance, impose a mandatory change in wages or 
prices of materials.
    (iv) 252.225-7042, Authorization to Perform. Applies to all 
solicitations when performance will be wholly or in part in a foreign 
country.
    (v) 252.229-70XX, Tax Exemptions (Italy)--Representation. Applies 
to solicitations when contract performance will be in Italy.
    (vi) 252.229-70YY, Tax Exemptions (Spain)--Representation. Applies 
to solicitations when contract performance will be in Spain.
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    7. Add section 252.209-7003 to read as follows:


252.209-7003  Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on 
Campus--Representation.

    As prescribed in 209.470-4(a), use the following provision: Reserve 
Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus--
Representation (Date).
    (a) Definition. Institution of higher education, as used in this 
provision, is defined in the clause at 252.209-7005, Reserve Officer 
Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus.
    (b) Limitation on contract award. Except as provided in paragraph 
(c) of this provision, an institution of higher education is ineligible 
for contract award if the Secretary of Defense determines that the 
institution has a current policy or practice (regardless of when 
implemented) that prohibits or in effect prevents--
    (1) The Secretary of a military department from maintaining, 
establishing, or operating a unit of the Senior Reserve Officer 
Training Corps (ROTC) (in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 654 and other 
applicable Federal laws) at that institution;
    (2) A student at that institution from enrolling in a unit of the 
Senior ROTC at another institution of higher education;
    (3) The Secretary of a military department or the Secretary of 
Transportation from gaining entry to campuses, or access to students 
(who are 17 years of age or older) on campuses, for purposes of 
military recruiting; or
    (4) Military recruiters from accessing, for purposes of military 
recruiting, the following information pertaining to students (who are 
17 years of age or older) enrolled at that institution:
    (i) Name.
    (ii) Address.
    (iii) Telephone number.
    (iv) Date and place of birth.
    (v) Educational level.
    (vi) Academic major.
    (vii) Degrees received.
    (viii) Most recent educational institution enrollment.

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    (c) Exception. The limitation in paragraph (b) of this provision 
does not apply to an institution of higher education if the Secretary 
of Defense determines that the institution has a long-standing policy 
of pacifism based on historical religious affiliation.
    (d) Representation. By submission of its offer, the offeror 
represents that the institution does not have any policy or practice 
described in paragraph (b) of this clause, unless the Secretary of 
Defense has determined that the institution has a long-standing policy 
of pacifism based on historical religious affiliation.


(End of provision)

    8. Amend section 252.209-7005 by--
    (a) Amending the introductory text by removing ``209.470-4'' and 
adding in its place ``209.470-4(b)'';
    (b) Amending the clause date by removing ``(Jan 2000)'' and adding 
in its place ``(Date)'';
    (c) Revising introductory text of paragraph (b);
    (d) Removing paragraph (d);
    (e) Redesignating paragraph (e) as paragraph (d); and
    (f) Revising the introductory text of the newly redesignated 
paragraph (d).
    The revisions read as follows:


252.209-7005  Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on 
Campus.

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    (b) Limitation. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this clause, 
the Contractor shall not, during performance of this contract, have any 
policy or practice that prohibits or in effect prevents--
* * * * *
    (d) Notwithstanding any other clause of this contract, if the 
Secretary of Defense determines that the Contractor misrepresented its 
policies and practices at the time of contract award or has violated 
the prohibition in paragraph (b) of this clause--
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    9. Amend section 252.216-7000 by--
    (a) Amending the introductory text by removing ``216.203-4-70(a)'' 
and adding in its place ``216.203-4-70(a)(1)'';
    (b) Amending the clause date by removing ``(Jul 1997)'' and adding 
in its place ``(Date)''; and
    (c) Revising paragraph (b) to read as follows:


252.216-7000  Economic Price Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum, Brass, 
Bronze, or Copper Mill Products.

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    (b) As represented by the Contractor in its offer, the unit price 
stated for (Identify the item) is not in excess of the Contractor's 
established price in effect on the date set for opening of bids (or the 
contract date if this is a negotiated contract) for like quantities of 
the same item. This price is the net price after applying any 
applicable standard trade discounts offered by the Contractor from its 
catalog, list, or schedule price.
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    10. Amend section 252.216-7003 by--
    (a) Amending the introductory text by removing ``216.203-4-70(c)'' 
and adding in its place ``216.203-4-70(c)(1)'';
    (b) Amending the clause date by removing ``(Jun 1997)'' and adding 
in its place ``(Date)''; and
    (c) Revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:


252.216-7003  Economic Price Adjustment--Wage Rates or Material Prices 
Controlled by a Foreign Government.

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    (a) As represented by the Contractor in its offer, the prices set 
forth in this contract--
    (1) Are based on the wage rate(s) or material price(s) established 
and controlled by the government of the country specified by the 
Contractor in the solicitation; and
    (2) Do not include contingency allowances to pay for possible 
increases in wage rates or material prices.
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    11. Add section 252.216-70XX to read as follows:


252.216-70XX  Economic Price Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum, Brass, 
Bronze, or Copper Mill Products--Representation.

    As prescribed in 216.203-4-70(a)(2), use the following provision:
    Economic Price Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, or 
Copper Mill Products--Representation (Date)
    (a) Definitions. The terms established price and unit price, as 
used in this provision, have the meaning given in the clause 252.216-
7000, Economic Price Adjustment--Basic Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, 
or Copper Mill Products.
    (b) By submission of its offer, the offeror represents that the 
unit price stated in this offer for (Identify the item) is not in 
excess of the offeror's established price in effect on the date set for 
opening of bids (or the contract date if this is to be a negotiated 
contract) for like quantities of the same item. This price is the net 
price after applying any applicable standard trade discounts offered by 
the offeror from its catalog, list, or schedule price.


(End of provision)

    12. Add section 252.216-70YY to read as follows:


252.216-70YY  Economic Price Adjustment--Wage Rates or Material Prices 
Controlled by a Foreign Government--Representation.

    As prescribed in 216.203-4-70(c)(2), use the following provision:
    Economic Price Adjustment--Wage Rates or Material Prices Controlled 
by a Foreign Government--Representation (Date)
    (a) By submission of its offer, the offeror represents that the 
prices set forth in this offer--
    (1) Are based on the wage rate(s) or material price(s) established 
and controlled by the government of

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(Offeror insert name of host country);

and

    (2) Do not include contingency allowances to pay for possible 
increases in wage rates or material prices.
(End of provision)
    13. Amend section 252.229-7003 by--
    (a) Amending the introductory text by removing ``229.402-70(c)'' 
and adding in its place ``229.402-70(c)(1)'';
    (b) Amending the clause date by removing ``(Jan 2002)'' and adding 
in its place ``(Date)''; and
    (c) Revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:


252.229-7003  Tax Exemptions (Italy).

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    (a) As the Contractor represented in its offer, the contract price, 
including the prices in subcontracts awarded under this contract, does 
not include taxes from which the United States Government is exempt.
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    14. Amend section 252.229-7005 by--
    (a) Amending the introductory text by removing ``229.402-70(e)'' 
and adding in its place ``229.402-70(e)(1)'';
    (b) Amending the clause date by removing ``(Jun 1997)'' and adding 
in its place ``(Date)''; and
    (c) Revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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252.229-7005  Tax Exemptions (Spain).

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    (a) As the Contractor represented in its offer, the contract 
prices, including subcontract prices, does not include the taxes 
identified herein, or any other taxes from which the United States 
Government is exempt.
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    15. Add section 252.229-70XX to read as follows:


252.229-70XX  Tax Exemptions (Italy)--Representation.

    As prescribed in 229.402-70(c)(2), use the following provision:
    Tax Exemptions (Italy)--Representation (Date)
    (a) Exemptions. The United States Government is exempt from payment 
of--
    (1) Imposta Valore Aggiunto (IVA) tax in accordance with Article 72 
of the IVA implementing decree on all supplies and services sold to 
United States Military Commands in Italy; and
    (2) The other taxes specified in paragraph (c) of the clause DFARS 
252.229-7003, Tax Exemptions (Italy).
    (b) Representation. By submission of its offer, the offeror 
represents that the offered price, including the prices of subcontracts 
to be awarded under the contract, does not include the taxes identified 
herein, or any other taxes from which the United States Government is 
exempt.


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    16. Add section 252.229-70YY to read as follows:


252.229-70YY  Tax Exemptions (Spain)--Representation.

    As prescribed in 229.402-70(e)(2), use the following clause:
    Tax Exemptions (Spain)--Representation (Date)
    (a) Exemptions. In accordance with tax relief agreements between 
the United States Government and the Spanish Government, and because 
the resultant contract arises from the activities of the United States 
Forces in Spain, the contract will be exempt from the excise, luxury, 
and transaction taxes listed in paragraph (b) of the clause DFARS 
252.229-7005, Tax Exemptions (Spain).
    (b) Representation. By submission of its offer, the offeror 
represents that the offered price, including the prices of subcontracts 
to be awarded under the contract, does not include the taxes identified 
herein, or any other taxes from which the United States Government is 
exempt.


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