[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 166 (Friday, August 26, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 58859]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-18790]



48 Parts 301, 303 and 333

Notice of Adoption of the Health and Human Services Acquisition 
Regulations (HHSAR) and OIG Class Deviations

AGENCY: Office of Inspector General (OIG), HHS.

ACTION: HHS OIG adoption of the HHSAR, and deviation from three 


SUMMARY: This announcement establishes that the OIG contracting 
activity will follow the requirements of the HHSAR, subject to three 
deviations establishing that OIG personnel shall seek legal guidance 
from the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General instead of the 
Office of the General Counsel.

DATES: These deviations are effective on August 26, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Hildebrandt, Office of Counsel 
to the Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, (202)205-9493.


I. Background

    Notice is hereby given that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) 
adopts the Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulations (HHSAR) as 
issued in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as chapter 3 of title 
48; as promulgated by the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources 
(ASFR) under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 301 and section 205(c) of the 
Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended 
(40 U.S.C. 121(c)(2)), and as delegated by the Secretary.
    In addition, by the authority vested in the Senior Procurement 
Executive (SPE) in accordance with 48 CFR chapter 3, section 301.401 of 
the HHSAR, and 48 CFR chapter 1, section 1.401 of the Federal 
Acquisition Regulations (FAR), I execute three class deviations from 
the HHSAR to ensure compliance with section 3(g) of the Inspector 
General Act. These deviations establish the OIG shall make use of the 
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG), and not Office of 
the General Counsel (OGC), for the purposes of HHSAR sections 301.602-
3; 303.203; & 333.102(g)(1); and further reaffirm the requirement that 
OCIG be consulted when the HHSAR and/or FAR require consultation with 
legal counsel.

    Dated: August 2, 2016.
Joanne M. Chiedi,
Principal Deputy Inspector General, Senior Procurement Executive for 
[FR Doc. 2016-18790 Filed 8-25-16; 8:45 am]