[Federal Register: May 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 99)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 32069-32070]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



48 CFR Parts 1803 and 1852

NASA Inspector General Hotline Posters

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: This is a proposed rule to amend the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) 
to require NASA contractors to display ``hotline posters''on contracts 
exceeding $5,000,000 and performed at contractor facilities in the 
United States.

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before July 21, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties should submit written comments to Paul 
Brundage, NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement, Contract Management 
Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20456-0001. Comments may also be 
submitted by email to pbrundage@hq.nasa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Brundage, (202) 358-0481.


A. Background

    NASA's Office of Inspector General (IG) has requested that NASA 
contractors be required to display ``hotline posters'' in contractor 
facilities performing work on some NASA contracts. Foreign contracts 
and contracts less than $5,000,000 would be exempt. This proposed rule 
would require contractors to obtain from the NASA IG ``hotline 
posters'' and to post them in facilities where and when work is 
performed on an applicable NASA contract. By waiver from Part 12, NASA 
might also impose this requirement on a case-by-case basis in contracts 
for commercial items when unusual circumstances warrant. An example of 
such circumstances might include procurements involving extraordinary 
concerns about the safety of human life.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This proposed rule is not expected to have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small business entities within the 
meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
because it only affects small business entities with contracts 
exceeding $5,000,000 and the NASA IG will provide the posters at no 
direct cost to contractors.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because this proposed 
rule does not impose information collection requirements that require 
the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 
3501, et seq.

Lists of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 1803 and 1852

    Government procurement.

Tom Luedtke,
Associate Administrator for Procurement.
    Accordingly, 48 CFR Parts 1803 and 1852 are proposed to be amended 
as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Parts 1803 and 1852 continues 
to read as follows:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2473(c)(1).


    2. Add Subpart 1803.70 to read as follows:

Subpart 1803.70--IG Hotline Posters

1803.7000  Policy.
1803.7001  Contract clause.

Subpart 1803.70--IG Hotline Posters

1803.7000  Policy.

    NASA requires contractors to display NASA hotline posters prepared 
by the NASA Office of Inspector General on those contracts specified in 
1803.7001, so that employees of the contractor having knowledge of 
waste, fraud, or abuse, can readily identify a means to contact NASA's 

1803.7001  Contract clause.

    Contracting officers must insert the provision at 1852.203-70, 
Display of Inspector General Hotline Posters, in solicitations and 
contracts expected to exceed $5,000,000 and performed at contractor 
facilities in the United States.

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    3. Add section 1852.203-70 to read as follows:

1852.203-70  Display of Inspector General Hotline Posters.

    As prescribed in 1803.7001, insert the following clause:

Display of Inspector General Hotline Posters


    (a) The Contractor shall display prominently in common work 
areas within business segments performing work under this contract, 
Inspector General Hotline Posters available under paragraph (b) of 
this clause.
    (b) Inspector General Hotline Posters may be obtained from NASA 
Office of Inspector General, Code W, Washington, DC, 20546-0001, 
(202) 358-1220.
(End of clause)

[FR Doc. 00-12781 Filed 5-19-00; 8:45 am]