[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 19 (Thursday, January 29, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 4805-4806]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-01434]



Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 225

RIN 0750-AI49

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Updated 
Descriptions of Product Service Groups Subject to Trade Agreements 
(DFARS Case 2015-D004)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update the descriptions of 
Federal supply groups (now identified as product service groups) 
subject to trade agreements to conform to the current Federal 
Procurement Data System Product and Service Codes Manual.

DATES: Effective January 29, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy G. Williams, telephone 571-


I. Background

    This final rule amends DFARS 225.401-70 to update the descriptions 
of the Federal supply groups, now identified as product service groups 
(PSGs), to conform to the Federal Procurement Data System Product and 
Service Codes Manual, August 2011 Edition. DFARS 225.401-70 lists end 
products that are subject to trade agreements when acquired by DoD. 
There are no changes to the groups covered; however, a number of the 
PSG descriptions are updated in order to better reflect product 
coverage. The World Trade Organization Government Procurement 
Agreement, Free Trade Agreement, and other designated countries will 
continue to have guaranteed access to the goods committed under U.S. 
international agreements. The revised descriptions more clearly include 
some new items that were not previously mentioned in the descriptions, 
even though included in the product service group.

II. Publication of This Final Rule for Public Comment Is Not Required 
by Statute

    ``Publication of proposed regulations'', 41 U.S.C. 1707, is the 
statute which applies to the publication of the Federal Acquisition 
Regulation. Paragraph (a)(1) of the statute requires that a procurement 
policy, regulation, procedure or form (including an amendment or 
modification thereof) must be published for public comment if it 
relates to the expenditure of appropriated funds, and has either a 
significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of the 
agency issuing the policy, regulation, procedure or form, or has a 
significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. 
This final rule is not required to be published for public comment, 
because it does not change the Federal supply groups covered, but just 
updates the descriptions of the listed product service groups to 
reflect the current Product and Service Codes Manual. It does not 
impact which products are subject to trade agreements.

III. 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.

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because 
this final rule does not constitute a significant DFARS revision within 
the meaning of FAR 1.501-1, and 41 U.S.C. 1707 does not require 
publication for public comment.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The rule does not contain any information collection requirements 
that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 225

    Government procurement.

Manuel Quinones,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR part 225 is amended as follows:


1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 225 continues to read as 

    Authority:  41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

225.401-70  [Amended]

2. Amend section 225.401-70 by--
a. In the introductory text, removing ``Federal supply groups (FSG)'' 
and adding ``product service groups (PSGs)'' in its place;
b. In the table column heading, removing ``FSG'' and adding ``PSG'' in 
its place;
c. In newly redesignated entry PSG 23, removing ``(except 2350 and 
buses under 2310)'' and adding ``(except 2305, 2350, and buses under 
2310)'' in its place;
d. In newly redesignated entry PSG 40, adding a comma after ``chain'';
e. In newly redesignated entry PSG 41, removing ``Refrigeration and air 
conditioning equipment'' and adding ``Refrigeration, air conditioning, 
and air circulating equipment'' in its place;
f. In newly redesignated entry PSG 42, removing ``Fire fighting, rescue 

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safety equipment'' and adding ``Fire fighting, rescue, and safety 
equipment; and environmental protection equipment and materials'' in 
its place;
g. In newly redesignated entry PSG 44, adding a comma after ``plant'';
h. In newly redesignated entry PSG 45, removing ``sanitation'' and 
adding ``waste disposal'' in its place;
i. In newly redesignated entry PSG 47, removing ``Piping, tubing, hose, 
and fitting'' and adding ``Pipe, tubing, hose, and fittings'' in its 
j. In newly redesignated entry PSG 49, removing ``(except 4920-4927, 
4931-4935, 4960)'' and adding ``(except 4920-4927, 4931-4935, 4960, 
4970)'' in its place;
k. In newly redesignated entry PSG 63, removing ``Alarm and signal 
systems'' and adding ``Alarm, signal, and security detection systems'' 
in its place;
l. In newly redesignated entry PSG 70, removing ``General purpose ADPE, 
software, supplies, and support equipment'' and adding ``Automatic data 
processing equipment (including firmware), software, supplies and 
support equipment'' in its place;
m. In newly redesignated entry PSG 74, removing ``Office machines, 
visible record equipment and ADP equipment'' and adding ``Office 
machines, text processing systems and visible record equipment'' in its 
n. In newly redesignated entry PSG 77, removing ``home type radios'' 
and adding ``home-type radios'' in its place;
o. In newly redesignated entry PSG 81, adding a comma after 
p. In newly redesignated entry PSG 83, removing ``flag staffs'' and 
adding ``flagstaffs'' in its place; and
q. In newly redesignated entry PSG 91, removing ``Fuels, oils, and 
waxes'' and adding ``Fuels, lubricants, oils, and waxes'' in its place.

[FR Doc. 2015-01434 Filed 1-28-15; 8:45 am]