[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 204 (Wednesday, October 22, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63056-63057]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-25158]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 501, 514, and 552

[GSAR Change 59; GSAR Case 2014-G501; Docket No. 2014-0007; Sequence 
No. 1]
RIN 3090-AJ47


General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
Progressive Awards and Monthly Quantity Allocations

AGENCY: Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is converting the 
proposed rule as a final rule amending the General Services 
Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to remove GSAR clause 
Progressive Awards and Monthly Quantity Allocations.

DATES: Effective Date: October 22, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Eble, Procurement Analyst, 
at 215-446-5823, or email at deborah.eble@gsa.gov, for clarification of 
content. For information pertaining to the status or publication 
schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755. 
Please cite GSAR Case 2014-G501.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    GSA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 79 FR 
24359, on April 30, 2014, amending the General Services Administration 
Acquisition Regulation (GSAR), to remove GSAR provision 552.214-71, 
Progressive Awards and Monthly Quantity Allocations, and provide other 
conforming changes. This rule is a result of the retrospective analysis 
conducted under Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review, requiring agencies to review existing regulations 
and identify rules that are obsolete, unnecessary, unjustified, 
excessively burdensome or counterproductive and identify those rules 
that warrant repeal, amendment, or revision. GSA identified GSAR 
provision 552.214-71, Progressive Awards and Monthly Quantity 
Allocations as one of four information collections in GSA's Final Plan 
for Retrospective Analysis approved by the Office of Management and 
Budget on August 18, 2011. No comments were received on the proposed 
rule by the June 30, 2014 closing date. Therefore, the proposed rule is 
being converted to a final rule without change:
     Information Collection 3090-0200, Sealed Bidding, which 
references GSAR 552.214-71, Progressive Awards and Monthly Quantity 
Allocations, is deleted in its entirety.
     Under Subpart 501.106--GSAR references 514.201-7(a) and 
552.214-71 and corresponding OMB Control Number 3090-0200, Sealed 
Bidding, are deleted.
     GSAR 514.201-7--Deleted in its entirety.
     GSAR 552.214-71--Deleted in its entirety.

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

    GSA has prepared a Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) 
consistent with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. 
The FRFA is summarized as follows:

    This final rule reduces the burden on small entities within the 
meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., as 
the Information Collection 3090-0200, Sealed Bidding, citing 
provision 552.214-71, Progressive Awards and Monthly Quantity 
Allocations, is no longer used and is removed from the GSAR. Both 
large and small business entities will no longer be bound to submit 
data that the Government can freely obtain from variety of other 
sources.
    No comments were filed by the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the 
Small Business Administration.

    Interested parties may obtain a copy of the FRFA from the 
Regulatory Secretariat. The Regulatory Secretariat has submitted a copy 
of the FRFA to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business 
Administration.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) does not apply. 
OMB approved the withdrawal and discontinuation of the Information 
Collection 3090-0200, Sealed Bidding, identifying GSAR Provision 
552.214-71, Progressive Awards and Monthly Quantity Allocations, on 
August 14, 2014.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 501, 514, and 552

    Government procurement.

    Dated: October 16, 2014.
Jeffrey A. Koses,
Senior Procurement Executive, Director, Office of Acquisition Policy, 
Office of Governmentwide Policy.

    Therefore, GSA amends 48 CFR parts 501, 514, and 552 as set forth 
below:

PART 501--GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ACQUISITION REGULATION 
SYSTEM

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 501 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).


501.106  [Amended]

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2. Amend section 501.106 in the table, by removing, GSAR references 
``514.201-7(a)'' and ``552.214-71'' and their corresponding OMB Control 
Number ``3090-0200''.

PART 514--SEALED BIDDING

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3. Revise the authority citation for 48 CFR part 514 to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 121(c).


514.201-7  [Removed and Reserved]

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4. Remove and reserve section 514.201-7.

PART 552--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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5. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 552 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c).


552.214-71  [Removed and Reserved]

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6. Remove and reserve section 552.214-71.

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