[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 189 (Wednesday, September 30, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 58632-58633]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-24786]



Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 232

[Docket No. DARS 2015-0047]
RIN 0750-AI70

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Contract 
Debts--Conform to FAR Section Designations (DFARS Case 2015-D029)

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) subpart on contract debts to 
conform with the comparable Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 

DATES: Effective September 30, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Julie Hammond, telephone 571-372-


I. Background

    DoD is amending the numbering structure for various sections in 
DFARS subpart 232.6 and revising section headings, where appropriate, 
in order to conform with the FAR. This change will align the DFARS with 
the same coverage in the FAR. No changes are made beyond the 
redesignation of DFARS subpart 232.6 section numbers and the 
conformation of DFARS section headings to the FAR.

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 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 the DFARS sections are being renumbered merely to conform to 
the FAR sections and the DFARS section titles are being modified to 
conform to the FAR section titles. The content of the DFARS sections 
remains unchanged. This will alleviate any confusion the contracting 
officers may have and aid in moving between the two regulations with 
ease. These requirements affect only the internal operating procedures 
of the Government.

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).

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 232

    Government procurement.

Jennifer L. Hawes,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR part 232 is amended as follows:


1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 232 continues to read as 

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

232.605  [Redesignated as 232.602]

2. Redesignate section 232.605 as 232.602.
3. In the newly redesignated section 232.602, revise the heading to 
read as follows:

232.602  Responsibilities.

* * * * *

232.606  [Redesignated as 232.603]

4. Redesignate section 232.606 as 232.603.

5. Revise the newly redesignated section 232.603 to read as follows:

232.603  Debt determination.

    When transferring a case to the contract financing office, follow 
the procedures at PGI 232.603.

232.610  [Redesignated as 232.604]

6. Redesignate section 232.610 as 232.604.
7. Revise the newly redesignated section 232.604 to read as follows:

232.604  Demand for payment.

    When issuing a demand for payment of a contract debt, follow the 
procedures at PGI 232.604.

232.616  [Redesignated as 232.610]

8. Redesignate section 232.616 as 232.610.

9. Revise the newly redesignated section 232.610 to read as follows:

232.610  Compromising debts.

    Only the department/agency contract financing offices (see PGI 
232.070(c)) are authorized to compromise debts covered by this subpart.

232.617  [Redesignated as 232.611]

10. Redesignate section 232.617 as 232.611.

232.611  [Amended]

11. In the newly redesignated section 232.611, amend paragraph (a) by 
removing ``FAR 32.617(a)(2)'' and adding ``FAR 32.611(a)(2)'' in its 

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