[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 211 (Thursday, October 31, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 58331-58332]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-23802]

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Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 204, 209, 212, and 252

[Docket DARS-2019-0065]
RIN 0750-AK58

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of 
DFARS Provision Related to Disclosure of Information for Litigation 
Support (DFARS Case 2019-D021)

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 provision that is 
no longer necessary, pursuant to action taken by the Regulatory Reform 
Task Force.

DATES: Effective October 31, 2019.

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


I. Background

    DoD is amending the DFARS to remove DFARS provision 252.204-7013, 
Limitations on the Use or Disclosure of Information by Litigation 
Support Contractors, its associated prescription at 204.7403 and 
related text at 209.505-4(b)(ii) and 212.301. This provision is 
included in solicitations for the acquisition of litigation support 
services. The provision includes a representation that, by submission 
of its offer, the offeror agrees to handle and protect all litigation 
information and documentation as described in the provision, indemnify 
the Government from any liability or claim that arises from the 
offeror's misuse of the litigation information, and ensure its 
employees are subject to the same use and nondisclosure obligations 
stated in the provision prior to accessing any litigation information. 
The provision also notifies offerors that third parties holding 
proprietary rights or any other legally protectable interest in the 
provided litigation information have the right of direct action against 
the offeror for any unauthorized use or disclosure by the offeror.
    DFARS provision 252.204-7013 is unnecessary. The same information 
is provided to offerors by including DFARS clause 252.204-7014, 
Limitations on the Use or Disclosure of Information by Litigation 
Support Contractors, in a solicitation.

II. Discussion and Analysis

    DFARS clause 252.204-7014 implements the authority and requirements 
of 10 U.S.C. 129d, which permits DoD to disclose information to a 
litigation support contractor if the disclosure is for the sole purpose 
of providing administrative, technical, or professional services to DoD 
in anticipation of or during litigation. The statute also requires 
that, under a contract, the contractor agree to and acknowledge 
specific terms and conditions on the use and disclosure of the 
information, and that any violation of these terms and conditions is a 
basis for termination of the litigation support contract. DFARS clause 
252.204-7014 is included in all solicitations and contracts that 
involve litigation support services. The clause contains all of the 
information in DFARS provision 252.204-7013, as well as a statement 
that violation of the terms and conditions of the clause is a basis for 
termination of the contract. As such, the DFARS provision is redundant 
and can be removed from the DFARS.
    The repeal of the DFARS provision implements 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 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. No public comments 
were received on the provision. Subsequently, the DoD Task Force 
reviewed the requirements of DFARS provision 252.204-7013 and 
determined that it could be repealed.

III. 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 provision 252.204-7013, 
Limitations on the Use or Disclosure of Information by Litigation 
Support Contractors. This rule does not create any new provisions or 
clauses or impose any new requirements on contracts at or below the 
simplified acquisition threshold and for commercial items, including 
commercially available off-the-shelf items.

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

    The statute that applies to the publication of the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is 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 is merely removing an 
unnecessary provision from the DFARS.

V. 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.

VI. Executive Order 13771

    This rule is not subject to E.O. 13771, because this rule is not a 
significant regulatory action 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 

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1707(a)(1) (see section IV. 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 204, 209, 212, and 252

    Government procurement.

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

    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 204, 209, 212, and 252 are amended as 

1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 204, 209, 212, and 252 
continues to read as follows:

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


204.7403  [Amended]

2. Amend section 204.7403 by--
a. In the section heading, removing ``Solicitation provision and 
contract'' and adding ``Contract'' in its place;
b. Removing paragraph (a); and
c. Redesignating paragraphs (b) and (c) as paragraphs (a) and (b), 


3. Revise section 209.505-4(b)(ii) to read as follows:

209.505-4   Obtaining access to proprietary information.

    (b) * * *
    (ii) For litigation support contractors accessing litigation 
information, including that originating from third parties, use and 
non-disclosure requirements are addressed through the use of the clause 
at 252.204-7014, as prescribed at 204.7403(a). Pursuant to the clause, 
litigation support contractors are not required to enter into non-
disclosure agreements directly with any third party asserting 
restrictions on any litigation information.


212.301   [Amended]

4. Amend section 212.301 by--
a. Removing paragraph (f)(ii)(E);
b. Redesignating paragraphs (f)(ii)(F) and (G) as paragraphs (f)(ii)(E) 
and (F), respectively;
c. In the newly redesignated (f)(ii)(E) removing ``204.7403(b)'' and 
adding ``204.7403(a)'' in its place; and
d. In the newly redesignated (f)(ii)(F) removing ``204.7403(c)'' and 
adding ``204.7403(b)'' in its place.


252.204-7013   [Removed and Reserved]

5. Remove and reserve section 252.204-7013.

252.204-7014   [Amended]

6. Amend section 252.204-7014, in the introductory text, by removing 
``204.7403(b)'' and adding ``204.7403(a)'' in its place.

252.204-7015   [Amended]

7. Amend section 252.204-7015, in the introductory text, by removing 
``204.7403(c)'' and adding ``204.7403(b)'' in its place.

[FR Doc. 2019-23802 Filed 10-30-19; 8:45 am]