[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 18 (Wednesday, January 28, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4617-4618]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-01622]


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 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


Small Business Size Standards: Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION: Notice of intent to waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for 
Scientific Vacuum Pumps.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is considering 
granting a class waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Scientific 
Vacuum Pumps. On October 1, 2014, SBA received a request that a class 
waiver be granted for scientific vacuum pumps under the North American 
Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 333911 (Pump and Pumping 
Equipment Manufacturing), Product Service Code (PSC) 4310 (Compressors 
and Vacuum Pumps). According to the request, no small business 
manufacturers supply this class of products to the Federal government. 
Thus, SBA is seeking information on whether there are small business 
scientific vacuum pump manufacturers. If granted, the waiver would 
allow otherwise qualified small businesses to supply the products of 
any manufacturer on a Federal contract set aside for small businesses, 
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) small businesses, Women-Owned 
small businesses (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned small 
businesses (EDWOSB), or Participants in the SBA's 8(a) Business 
Development (BD) program.

DATES: Comments and source information must be submitted February 12, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and source information to Amy 
Garcia, Procurement Analyst, Small Business Administration, Office of 
Government Contracting, 409 3rd Street SW., Suite 8800, Washington, DC 
20416; or by way of email to the Nonmanufacturer Rule Waiver program 
office at [email protected]. Email communications should 
contain ``Class Waiver--Scientific Vacuum Pumps'' in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Garcia, Procurement Analyst, 
by telephone at (202) 205-6842; by FAX at (202) 481-1630; or by way of 
email to the Nonmanufacturer Rule Waiver program office at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 8(a)(17) and 46 of the Small 
Business Act (Act), 15 U.S.C. 637(a)(17) and 657s, and SBA's 
implementing regulations require that recipients of Federal supply 
contracts set aside for small businesses, SDVO small businesses, WOSBs, 
EDWOSBs, or Participants in the SBA's 8(a) BD Program provide the 
product of a small business manufacturer or processor, if the recipient 
is other than

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the actual manufacturer or processor of the product. This requirement 
is commonly referred to as the Nonmanufacturer Rule. 13 CFR 121.406(b), 
125.15(c). Section 8(a)(17)(b)(iv) of the Act authorizes SBA to waive 
the Nonmanufacturer Rule for any ``class of products'' for which there 
are no small business manufacturers or processors available to 
participate in the Federal market.
    In order to be considered available to participate in the Federal 
market for a class of products, a small business manufacturer must have 
submitted a proposal for a contract solicitation or received a contract 
from the Federal government within the last 24 months. 13 CFR 
121.1202(c). The SBA defines ``class of products'' based on the Office 
of Management and Budget's NAICS.
    The SBA is currently processing a request to waive the 
Nonmanufacturer Rule for Scientific Vacuum Pumps, under NAICS code 
333911 (Pump and Pumping Equipment Manufacturing), PSC 4310 
(Compressors and Vacuum Pumps). The public is invited to comment or 
provide source information to SBA on the proposed waiver of the 
Nonmanufacturer Rule for the product within 15 days after date of 
publication in the Federal Register and on FedBizOpps.gov. More 
information about the Nonmanufacturer Rule and Class Waivers may be 
found on SBA's Web site at https://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-officials/non-manufacturer-waivers.

    Dated: January 21, 2015.
Se[aacute]n F. Crean,
Director, Office of Government Contracting.
[FR Doc. 2015-01622 Filed 1-27-15; 8:45 am]
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