[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 211 (Wednesday, October 31, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 54676-54677]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-23678]



Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 211 and 252

[Docket DARS-2018-0048]
RIN 0750-AJ95

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of 
DFARS Clause ``Acquisition Streamlining'' (DFARS Case 2018-D033)

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) to remove a clause that is no 
longer necessary.

DATES: Effective October 31, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carrie Moore, telephone 571-372-


I. Background

    DoD is amending the DFARS to remove DFARS clause 252.211-7000, 
Acquisition Streamlining, and the associated clause prescription at 
DFARS 211.002-70. This clause is included in all solicitations and 
contracts for systems acquisition programs and requires contractors to: 
Prepare acquisition streamlining recommendations in accordance with the 
performance work statement; format and submit the recommendations in 
accordance with the contract data requirements list of the contract; 
and include the clause in all subcontracts valued over $1.5 million 
that are awarded in the performance of the contract. DoD may accept, 
modify, or reject the contractor's recommendations.
    This clause was added to the DFARS to implement a requirement of 
DoD Directive (DoDD) 5000.43, Acquisition Streamlining. DoDD 5000.43 
has been cancelled and replaced by DoD Instruction 5000.02, Operation 
of the Defense Acquisition System, which requires contractors to submit 
acquisition streamlining recommendations. Additionally, Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 7.1, Acquisition Plans, already 
includes acquisition streamlining and industry engagement as 
considerations to be made when preparing a written acquisition plan. As 
the implementing DoDD has been cancelled and FAR subpart 7.1 addresses 
acquisition streamlining, this DFARS clause is unnecessary and can be 
    The removal of this DFARS text supports a recommendation from the 
DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force. On February 24, 2017, the President 
signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13777, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform 
Agenda,'' which established a Federal policy ``to alleviate unnecessary 
regulatory burdens'' on the American people. In accordance with E.O. 
13777, DoD established a Regulatory Reform

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Task Force to review and validate DoD regulations, including the DFARS. 
A public notice of the establishment of the DFARS Subgroup to the DoD 
Regulatory Reform Task Force, for the purpose of reviewing DFARS 
provisions and clauses, was published in the Federal Register at 82 FR 
35741 on August 1, 2017, and requested public input. The following 
public comment was received on this clause:
    Comment: The respondent states that the clause is ineffective, 
because a contractor who has already been awarded a contract may have a 
vested interest in preserving the contract, as awarded, and may not be 
the best source for innovation. Instead, the respondent suggests that 
targeted surveys sent to both successful and unsuccessful offerors 
after award may be more effective than a mandatory clause for a single 
    Response: DoD will continue to encourage industry participation 
during the design and development of contract requirements and through 
other methods.
    The DoD Task Force reviewed the requirements of DFARS clause 
252.211-7000, Acquisition Streamlining, and determined that the DFARS 
coverage was unnecessary and recommended removal.

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

    This rule only removes obsolete DFARS clause 252.211-7000, 
Acquisition Streamlining. Therefore, the rule does not impose any new 
requirements on contracts at or below the simplified acquisition 
threshold and for commercial items, including commercially available 
off-the-shelf items.

III. Publication of This Final Rule for Public Comment Is Not Required 
by Statute

    The statute that applies to the publication of the FAR is the 
Office of Federal Procurement Policy statute (codified at title 41 of 
the United States Code). Specifically, 41 U.S.C. 1707(a)(1) 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 DoD is not issuing a new regulation; rather, this rule merely 
removes an obsolete requirement from the DFARS.

IV. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and E.O. 13563, 
Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, 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. 
The Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, has determined that this is not a significant 
regulatory action as defined under section 3(f) of E.O. 12866 and, 
therefore, was not subject to review under section 6(b). This rule is 
not a major rule as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

V. Executive Order 13771

    This rule is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action, because this rule 
is not significant under E.O. 12866.

VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Because a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for 
public comment are not required to be given for this rule under 41 
U.S.C. 1707(a)(1) (see section III. of this preamble), the analytical 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
are not applicable. Accordingly, no regulatory flexibility analysis is 
required, and none has been prepared.

VII. 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 211 and 252

    Government procurement.

Jennifer Lee Hawes,
Regulatory Control Officer, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 are amended as follows:

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 211 and 252 continues to 
read as follows:

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


211.002-70   [Removed]

2. Remove section 211.002-70.


252.211-7000   [Removed and Reserved]

3. Remove and reserve section 252.211-7000.

[FR Doc. 2018-23678 Filed 10-30-18; 8:45 am]