[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 127 (Thursday, July 2, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 38307-38308]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-16209]





48 CFR Parts 5 and 22

[FAC 2005-83; FAR Case 2015-008; Item III; Docket No. 2015-0008, 
Sequence No. 1]
RIN 9000-AN08

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Update to Product and Service 

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

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to correct the terminology 
relating to preparation and transmittal of synopses and update the 
descriptions of Federal product and service codes related to exemptions 
from service contract labor standards, to conform to the current 
Federal Procurement Data System Product and Service Codes Manual.

DATES: Effective: August 3, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael O. Jackson, Procurement 
Analyst, at 202-208-4949 for clarification of content. For information 
pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory 
Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755. Please cite FAC 2005-83, FAR Case 


I. Background

    DoD, GSA, and NASA are revising the FAR to amend 5.207 and 22.1003-
4 to correct the terminology and update the descriptions of the Federal 
product and service codes to conform to the Federal Procurement Data 
System Product and Service Codes Manual, August 2011 Edition. There is 
no change to the groups covered, and the new descriptions better 
reflect product coverage.

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. It only 
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 the service contract labor 

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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 FAR 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 Parts 5 and 22

    Government procurement.

    Dated: June 18, 2015.
William Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

    Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR parts 5 and 22 as set 
forth below:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 5 and 22 continues to read 
as follows:

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 51 
U.S.C. 20113.


5.207  [Amended]

2. Amend section 5.207 by--
a. Removing from paragraph (a)(5) ``Classification Code'' and adding 
``Product or Service Code'' in its place; and
b. Removing from paragraph (c)(13) ``supply'' and adding ``product'' in 
its place.


3. Amend section 22.1003-4 by revising paragraph (c)(1)(ii) to read as 

22.1003-4  Administrative limitations, variations, tolerances, and 

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    (c) * * *
    (1) * * *
    (ii) Scientific equipment and medical apparatus or equipment if the 
application of micro-electronic circuitry or other technology of at 
least similar sophistication is an essential element (for example, 
Product or Service Code (PSC) 6515, ``Medical and Surgical Instruments, 
Equipment, and Supplies;'' PSC 6525, ``Imaging Equipment and Supplies: 
Medical, Dental, Veterinary;'' PSC 6630, ``Chemical Analysis 
Instruments;'' and PSC 6655, ``Geophysical Instruments,'' are largely 
composed of the types of equipment exempted in this paragraph).
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[FR Doc. 2015-16209 Filed 7-1-15; 8:45 am]