[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 198 (Tuesday, October 14, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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Vol. 79


No. 198

October 14, 2014

Part III

Department of Defense

General Services AdministrationNational Aeronautics and Space 


42 CFR Parts 1, 2, 4, et al.

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Final Rules

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48 CFR Chapter 1

[Docket No. FAR 2014-0051, Sequence No. 5]

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 
2005-77; Introduction

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

ACTION: Summary presentation of final rules.


SUMMARY: This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and 
the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal 
Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-77. A companion document, the Small 
Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including 
the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

DATES: For effective dates and comment dates see separate documents, 
which follow.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The analyst whose name appears in the 
table below in relation to the FAR case. Please cite FAC 2005-77 and 
the specific FAR case number. For information pertaining to status or 
publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202-501-

                       Rules Listed in FAC 2005-77
        Item                Subject          FAR case        Analyst
I...................  Federal Contracting     2009-016  Uddowla
                       Programs for
                       Minority-Owned and
                       Other Small
II..................  Irrevocable Letters     2011-023  Davis
                       of Credit.
III.................  Uniform Procurement     2012-023  Loeb

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summaries for each FAR rule follow. For the 
actual revisions and/or amendments made by these rules, refer to the 
specific item numbers and subjects set forth in the documents following 
these item summaries. FAC 2005-77 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I--Federal Contracting Programs for Minority-Owned and Other Small 
Businesses (FAR Case 2009-016)

    This final rule amends the FAR to remove certain coverage involving 
procurements with small disadvantaged business concerns and certain 
institutions of higher education that is based on authority which has 
expired and been found to be unconstitutional by the Court of Appeals 
for the Federal Circuit. These changes harmonize the FAR with current 
statutory authorities. The impact of this rule on small businesses 
should be minimal, given that the coverage applied only to prime 
contracting opportunities in specific North American Industry 
Classification System codes, and was applicable to only three 
Government agencies, (DoD, NASA and U.S. Coast Guard). The obligation 
of Federal Agencies to meet or exceed the statutory five percent small 
disadvantaged business goals at the prime and subcontracting levels are 
not affected by this rule.

Item II--Irrevocable Letters of Credit (FAR Case 2011-023)

    This final rule amends the FAR to remove all references to Office 
of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Pamphlet No. 7, Use of Irrevocable 
Letters of Credit (ILC). This change is necessary to update the sources 
of data required to verify the credit worthiness of a financial entity 
issuing or confirming an ILC.
    This final rule has no significant impact on the Government and 
contractors including small business entities and imposes no new 
requirements. Contracting Officers are currently required to verify the 
credit worthiness of a financial entity issuing or confirming an ILC 
and will benefit from this updated information to conduct an accurate 

Item III--Uniform Procurement Identification (FAR Case 2012-023)

    This final rule amends the FAR to implement a uniform Procurement 
Instrument Identification (PIID) numbering system, which will require 
the use of Activity Address Codes (AACs) as the unique identifier for 
contracting offices and other offices, in order to standardize 
procurement transactions across the Federal Government. Agencies shall 
comply with the new PIID procedures in FAR subpart 4.16 by October 1, 
2017, for new solicitations and contract awards.

Dated: September 30, 2014.

William Clark,

Acting Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, 
Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

    Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-77 is issued under the 
authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General 
Services, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space 
    Unless otherwise specified, all Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR) and other directive material contained in FAC 2005-77 is 
effective October 14, 2014 except for items II and III which are 
effective November 13, 2014.

    Dated: October 1, 2014.
Richard Ginman,
Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy.
    Dated: August 11, 2014.
Jeffrey A. Koses,
Senior Procurement Executive/Deputy CAO, Office of Acquisition Policy, 
U.S. General Services Administration.
    Dated: September 29, 2014.
William P. McNally,
Assistant Administrator for Procurement, National Aeronautics and Space 
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