[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 24 (Monday, February 6, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 5714]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2638]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

48 CFR Part 422

RIN 0599-AA19


Office of Procurement and Property Management; Agriculture 
Acquisition Regulation, Labor Law Violations; Withdrawal

AGENCY: Office of Procurement and Property Management, Departmental 
Management, Department of Agriculture.

ACTION: Direct Final rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the Office of 
Procurement and Property Management (OPPM) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is withdrawing the December 1, 2011, (76 FR 74722) 
direct final rule adding a new clause to the Agriculture Acquisition 
Regulation at subpart 422.70 entitled ``Labor Law Violations'' that 
would have a contractor certify upon accepting a contract that it is in 
compliance with all applicable labor laws and that, to the best of its 
knowledge, its subcontractors of any tier, and suppliers, are also in 
compliance with all applicable labor laws. The Department stated that 
in the event of an adverse comment being received by January 30, 2012, 
the direct final rule would be withdrawn in part or in whole. On 
January 27, 2012, USDA received a comment. USDA interprets this comment 
as adverse and, therefore, USDA is withdrawing the direct final rule.

DATES: As of February 6, 2012, the direct final rule published on 
December 1, 2011, at 76 FR 74722, is withdrawn.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Calacone, Office of Procurement 
and Property Management, at (202) 205-4036 or by mail at OPPM, Mail 
Stop 9306, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 300 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20024-9306. Please cite ``48 CFR 422 Direct Final Rule'' 
in all correspondence.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA is withdrawing its direct final rule 
published on December 1, 2011 (76 FR 74722), entitled ``Agriculture 
Acquisition Regulation, Labor Law Violations,'' as USDA received an 
adverse comment. This document officially withdraws the direct final 
rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 422

    Classified information, Computer technology, Government 
procurement, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2012.
Jodey Barnes-Edwards,
Acting Director, Office of Procurement and Property Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-2638 Filed 2-1-12; 4:15 pm]
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