[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 148 (Tuesday, August 2, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 50680-50681]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-18194]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 212, 246, and 252

[Docket DARS-2016-0014]
RIN 0750-AI92


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Amendments 
Related to Sources of Electronic Parts (DFARS Case 2016-D013)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 
(DoD).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition 
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that makes contractors 
and subcontractors subject to approval (as well as review and audit) by 
appropriate DoD officials when identifying a contractor-approved 
supplier of electronic parts.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to 
the address shown below on or before October 3, 2016, to be considered 
in the formation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by DFARS Case 2016-D013, using 
any of the following methods:
    [cir] Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments 
via the Federal eRulemaking portal by entering ``DFARS Case 2016-D013'' 
under the heading ``Enter keyword or ID'' and selecting ``Search.'' 
Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that corresponds with ``DFARS Case 
2016-D013.'' Follow the instructions provided at the ``Submit a 
Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and 
``DFARS Case 2016-D013'' on your attached document.
    [cir] Email: osd.dfars@mail.mil. Include DFARS Case 2016-D013 in 
the subject line of the message.
    [cir] Fax: 571-372-6094.
    o Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Amy G. 
Williams, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP/DARS, Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To 
confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, 
approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting 
(except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy G. Williams, telephone 571-
372-6106.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    DoD is proposing to revise the DFARS to implement section 885(b) of 
the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 
(Pub. L. 114-92), which amends section 818(c)(3)(D)(iii) of the NDAA 
for FY 2012 (Pub. L. 112-81). Section 885(b) provides that contractors 
and subcontractors are subject to approval (as well as review and 
audit) by appropriate DoD officials when identifying a contractor-
approved supplier of electronic parts.

II. Discussion and Analysis

    This rule proposes to amend DFARS 212.301(f)(xix)(C), 246.870-0(a), 
and 252.246-7008(b) to cite to section 885(b) of the NDAA for FY 2016. 
In addition, the rule proposes to amend DFARS 246.870-2(a)(1)(ii)(C) 
and 252.246-7008(b)(2) to provide that contractor and subcontractor 
identification of contractor-approved suppliers of electronic parts is 
subject to review, audit, and approval by the contracting officer or a 
designee.

III. Applicability to Contracts at or Below the Simplified Acquisition 
Threshold and for Commercial Items, Including Commercially Available 
Off-the-Shelf Items

    This rule does not add any new provisions or clauses to implement 
section 885(b) of the NDAA for FY 2016, which amends section 818 of the 
NDAA for FY 2012. It revises an existing clause 252.246-7008, which 
applies to acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition 
threshold (SAT) and to contracts and subcontracts for the acquisition 
of commercial items (including commercially available off-the-shelf 
(COTS) items. A determination and findings was signed under DFARS Case 
2014-D005 on May 26, 2016, by the Director, Defense Procurement and 
Acquisition Policy, to justify the application of section 818 of the 
NDAA for FY 2012 to acquisitions at or below the SAT and to contracts 
and subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items (including 
COTS items).

IV. 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.

V. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD does not expect this proposed rule to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the 
meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. 
However, an initial regulatory flexibility analysis has been performed 
and is summarized as follows:
    This proposed rule implements section 885(b) of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (Pub. L. 
114-92), which

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amended section 818 of the NDAA for FY 2012.
    The objective of this proposed rule is to provide to DoD the 
authority to approve contractor-approved suppliers of electronic parts, 
in accordance with section 885(b) of the NDAA for FY 2016.
    Based on data available in the Federal Procurement Data System for 
FY 2013 and 2014, DoD estimates that this rule will apply to 
approximately 65,357 small entities that have DoD prime contracts or 
subcontracts for: Electronic parts; end items, components, parts, or 
assemblies containing electronic parts; or services, if the contractor 
will supply electronic parts or components, parts, or assemblies 
containing electronic parts as part of the service.
    This proposed rule does not impose any reporting, recordkeeping, or 
other compliance requirements other than being subject to approval by 
DoD if the contractor or subcontractor identifies a contractor-approved 
supplier of electronic parts. However, the contractor may proceed with 
the acquisition of electronic parts from a contractor-approved supplier 
unless otherwise notified by DoD.
    The proposed rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any 
other Federal rules.
    DoD was unable to identify any significant alternatives that would 
reduce the economic impact on small entities and still fulfill the 
requirements of the statute.
    DoD invites comments from small business concerns and other 
interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small 
entities.
    DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the 
existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance 
with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments 
separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS Case 2016-D013), in 
correspondence.

VI. 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 212, 246, and 252

    Government procurement.

Jennifer L. Hawes,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 212, 246, and 252 are proposed to be 
amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for parts 212, 246, and 252 continues to read 
as follows:

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

PART 212--ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS


212.301   [Amended]

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2. In section 212.301, amend paragraph (f)(xix)(C) by removing ``(Pub. 
L. 113-291)'' and adding ``(Pub. L. 113-291) and section 885 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Pub. L. 114-
92)'' in its place.

PART 246--QUALITY ASSURANCE


246.870-0   [Amended]

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3. Amend section 246.870-0, by removing ``(Pub. L. 113-291)'' and 
adding ``(Pub. L. 113-291) and section 885 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92)'' in its place.
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4. In section 246.870-2, revise paragraph (a)(1)(ii)(C) to read as 
follows:


246.870-2   Policy.

    (a) * * *
    (1) * * *
    (ii) * * *
    (C) The selection of such contractor-approved suppliers is subject 
to review, audit, and approval by the contracting officer. The 
contractor may proceed with the acquisition of electronic parts from a 
contractor-approved supplier unless otherwise notified by DoD.

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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5. Amend section 252.246-7008 by--
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a. Removing the clause date ``(AUG 2016)'' and adding ``(DATE)'' in its 
place;
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b. In paragraph (b) introductory text, by removing ````(Pub. L. 113-
291)'' and adding ``(Pub. L. 113-291) and section 885 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92)'' in 
its place; and
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c. Revising paragraph (b)(2)(iii).
    The revision reads as follows:


252.246-7008   Sources of Electronic Parts.

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    (b) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (iii) The Contractor's selection of such contractor-approved 
suppliers is subject to review, audit, and approval by the Contracting 
Officer. The Contractor may proceed with the acquisition of electronic 
parts from a contractor-approved supplier unless otherwise notified by 
DoD.
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