[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 1 (Tuesday, January 3, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 46-47]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-31529]



48 CFR Part 504

[GSAR Change 80; GSAR Case 2016-G508; Docket No. 2016-0020; Sequence 
No. 1]
RIN 3090-AJ80

General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
Update Contract Reporting Responsibilities

AGENCY: Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration 

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the 
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to remove 
the section regarding contract reporting in the Federal Procurement 
Data System (FPDS) and to add a nonregulatory section in the General 
Services Acquisition Manual (GSAM).

DATES: Effective: January 3, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Janet Fry, Procurement Analyst, at 
703-605-3167, for clarification of content. For information pertaining 
to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat 
Division at 202-501-4755. Please cite GSAR Case 2016-G508.


I. Discussion of Changes

    In accordance with FAR section 4.604, the GSA Senior Procurement

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Executive, in coordination with the head of contracting activities, 
established internal procedures to monitor contractual actions entered 
into FPDS by the GSA acquisition workforce. The internal GSA procedures 
were incorrectly published in the GSAR. Therefore the GSA is amending 
the GSAR to remove section 504.604 regarding the internal processes for 
reporting and reviewing the accuracy of contract actions reported.
    The internal GSA procedures will be established as a nonregulatory 
section in the GSAM and communicated to the GSA acquisition workforce 
through a GSA internal policy letter (i.e., GSA Order). Even though the 
GSAM guidance is not included with the regulatory changes of this rule, 
it will be publicly available on https://www.acquisition.gov/?q=browsegsam.

II. Public Comments Not Required

    41 U.S.C. 1707, Publication of proposed regulations, applies to the 
publication of the General Services Administration Acquisition 
Regulation. Paragraph (a)(1) of the statute requires that a procurement 
policy, regulation, procedure or form (including 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 contractor or offerors. 
This final rule is not required to be published for public comment, 
because there is no affect beyond internal operating procedures, nor 
does the rule impact contractors or offerors.

III. Executive Order 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 Executive Order 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 Analysis does not apply to this rule 
because this final rule does not constitute a significant GSAR revision 
and 41 U.S.C. 1707 does not require publication for public comment.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This final rule does not contain any information collection that 
requires additional 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 504

    Government procurement.

    Dated: December 23, 2016.
Nicholas West,
Acting Senior Procurement Executive, Acting Director, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy.
    Therefore, GSA is amending 48 CFR part 504 as set forth below:


1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 504 continues to read as 

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 121(c).

504.604   [Removed]

2. Remove section 504.604.

[FR Doc. 2016-31529 Filed 12-30-16; 8:45 am]