[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 31 (Thursday, February 14, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 10610]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03474]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System


Waiver for Certain Defense Items Produced in the United Kingdom

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and 
Logistics) is waiving the statutory limitation of 10 U.S.C. 2534 for 
certain defense items produced in the United Kingdom (UK). The law 
limits DoD procurement of certain items to sources in the national 
technology and industrial base. The waiver will permit procurement of 
enumerated items from sources in the UK, unless otherwise restricted by 
statute.

DATES: This waiver is effective beginning March 1, 2013 until February 
28, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Patricia Foley, OUSD (AT&L) 
Director, Office of the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, 
Contract Policy and International Contracting, Room 5E621, 3060 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060, telephone (703) 693-1145.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Subsection (a) of 10 U.S.C. 2534 provides 
that the Secretary of Defense may procure the items listed in that 
subsection only if the manufacturer of the item is part of the national 
technology and industrial base. Subsection (i) of 10 U.S.C. 2534 
authorizes the Secretary of Defense to exercise the waiver authority in 
subsection (d), on the basis of the applicability of paragraph (2) or 
(3) of that subsection, only if the waiver is made for a particular 
item listed in subsection (a) and for a particular foreign country. 
Subsection (d) authorizes a waiver if the Secretary determines that 
application of the limitation ``would impede the reciprocal procurement 
of defense items under a memorandum of understanding providing for 
reciprocal procurement of defense items'' and if he determines that 
``that country does not discriminate against defense items produced in 
the United States to a greater degree than the United States 
discriminates against defense items produced in that country.'' The 
Secretary of Defense has delegated the waiver authority of 10 U.S.C. 
2534(d) to the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and 
Logistics).
    DoD has had a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of 
Understanding (MOU) with the UK since 1975, most recently renewed on 
December 16, 2004.
    The Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and 
Logistics) finds that the UK does not discriminate against defense 
items produced in the United States to a greater degree than the United 
States discriminates against defense items produced in the UK, and also 
finds that application of the limitation in 10 U.S.C. 2534 against 
defense items produced in the UK would impede the reciprocal 
procurement of defense items under the MOU.
    Under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2534, the Under Secretary of 
Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) has determined that 
application of the limitation of 10 U.S.C. 2534(a) to the procurement 
of any defense item produced in the UK that is listed below would 
impede the reciprocal procurement of defense items under the MOU with 
the UK.
    On the basis of the foregoing, the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) is waiving the limitation in 
10 U.S.C. 2534(a) for procurements of any defense item listed below 
that is produced in the UK. This waiver applies only to the limitations 
in 10 U.S.C. 2534(a). This waiver applies to procurements under 
solicitations issued during the period from March 1, 2013 to February 
28, 2014. Similar waivers have been granted since 1998, most recently 
in 2012 (77 FR 2278, January 17, 2012).

List of Items to Which This Waiver Applies

    1. Air circuit breakers.
    2. Gyrocompasses.
    3. Electronic navigation chart systems.
    4. Steering controls.
    5. Pumps.
    6. Propulsion and machinery control systems.
    7. Totally enclosed lifeboats.

Manuel Quinones,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
[FR Doc. 2013-03474 Filed 2-13-13; 8:45 am]
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