[Federal Register: June 6, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 109)]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 30 and 52

[FAC 97-18; FAR Case 2000-301; Item VIII]
RIN 9000-AI79

 
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Applicability, Thresholds and 
Waiver of Cost Accounting Standards Coverage

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim 
rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement 
Section 802 of the National Defense

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Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 and the Cost Accounting 
Standards (CAS) Board's interim rule, Applicability, Thresholds and 
Waiver of Cost Accounting Standards Coverage. The FAR rule revises CAS 
applicability requirements, dollar thresholds, and waiver requirements.

DATES: Effective Date: June 6, 2000.
    Applicability Date: The FAR, as amended by this rule, is applicable 
to solicitations issued on or after June 6, 2000.
    Comment Date: Interested parties should submit comments to the FAR 
Secretariat at the address shown below on or before August 7, 2000 to 
be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to: General Services Administration, 
FAR Secretariat (MVR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Attn: Ms. Laurie 
Duarte, Washington, DC, 20405.
    Submit electronic comments via the Internet to: farcase.2000-
301@gsa.gov
    Please submit comments only and cite FAC 97-18, FAR case 2000-301 
in all correspondence related to this case.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAR Secretariat, Room 4035, GS 
Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-4755, for information 
pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of 
content, contact Ms. Linda Nelson, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-
1900. Please cite FAC 97-18, FAR case 2000-301.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    Section 802 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2000 (Pub. L. 106-65)--
    <bullet> Revised, at 41 U.S.C. 422(f)(2)(B), the categories of 
contracts and subcontracts that are exempt from all CAS requirements;
    <bullet> Required the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy 
to revise the rules and procedures issued under 41 U.S.C. 422(f) to 
increase the dollar threshold for full CAS coverage from $25 million to 
$50 million; and
    <bullet> Revised 41 U.S.C. 422(f) to permit the head of an 
executive agency to waive the applicability of CAS under certain 
conditions.
    In response to Pub. L. 106-65, the CAS Board in the Office of 
Federal Procurement Policy published an interim rule in the Federal 
Register on February 7, 2000 (65 FR 5990). The CAS Board rule, 
Applicability, Thresholds and Waiver of Cost Accounting Standards 
Coverage, amended the regulations at 48 CFR part 9903 to implement 
Section 802.
    This interim FAR rule--
    <bullet> Amends the provision at FAR 52.230-1, Cost Accounting 
Standards Notices and Certification, to remove the requirement that a 
contractor or subcontractor must have received at least one CAS-covered 
contract exceeding $1 million (``trigger contract'') to be subject to 
``full CAS coverage,'' since the CAS Board removed this ``trigger 
contract'' amount from its corresponding solicitation provision, Cost 
Accounting Standards Notices and Certification, at 48 CFR 9903.201-3. 
The CAS Board added a new ``trigger contract'' dollar amount of $7.5 
million at paragraph (b)(7) of 48 CFR 9903.201-1, CAS applicability, 
which is already referenced at FAR 30.201-1;
    <bullet> Revises FAR 30.201-4(b), Disclosure and consistency of 
cost accounting practices, and amends the provision at FAR 52.230-1 to 
reflect changes made by the CAS Board to increase the dollar threshold 
for full CAS coverage from $25 million to $50 million; and
    <bullet> Revises the CAS waiver procedures and conditions at FAR 
30.201-5, as required by Section 802 of Pub. L. 106-65.
    This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget 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.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The interim rule is not expected to have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., because 
contracts and subcontracts with small businesses are exempt from all 
CAS requirements in accordance with 48 CFR 9903.201-1(b)(3). Therefore, 
an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been performed. The 
Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the 
affected FAR subparts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested 
parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C 
601, et seq. (FAC 97-18, FAR case 2000-301), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

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

D. Determination To Issue an Interim Rule

    A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense (DoD), the Administrator of General Services (GSA), and the 
Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
(NASA) that urgent and compelling reasons exist to promulgate this 
interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. This action 
is necessary because this rule implements Section 802 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Pub. L. 106-65) and the 
Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board's interim rule, Applicability, 
Thresholds and Waiver of Cost Accounting Standards Coverage. Section 
802 became effective 180 days after the date of enactment of Public Law 
106-65 (October 5, 1999). The CAS Board's interim rule that implements 
Section 802 became effective on April 2, 2000. It is necessary that the 
Councils publish an interim FAR rule to amend FAR Parts 30 and 52 to 
implement Section 802 and the CAS Board's interim rule. However, 
pursuant to Public Law 98-577 and FAR 1.501, the Councils will consider 
public comments received in response to this interim rule in the 
formation of the final rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 30 and 52

    Government procurement.

    Dated: May 26, 2000.
Edward C. Loeb,
Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division.

    Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend 48 CFR parts 30 and 52 as set 
forth below:

    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 30 and 52 continues to 
read as follows:

    Authority: 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 
U.S.C. 2473(c).

PART 30--COST ACCOUNTING STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION

    2. Amend section 30.201-4 by revising paragraph (b)(1) to read as 
follows:


30.201-4  Contract clauses.

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    (b) Disclosure and consistency of cost accounting practices. (1) 
Insert the clause at FAR 52.230-3, Disclosure and Consistency of Cost 
Accounting Practices, in negotiated contracts when the contract amount 
is over $500,000, but less than $50 million, and the offeror certifies 
it is eligible for and elects to use modified CAS coverage (see 48 CFR 
9903.201-2 (FAR

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Appendix)), unless the clause prescribed in paragraph (c) of this 
subsection is used.
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    3. Revise section 30.201-5 to read as follows:


30.201-5  Waiver.

    (a) The head of the agency--
    (1) May waive the applicability of CAS for a particular contract or 
subcontract under the conditions listed in paragraph (b) of this 
subsection; and
    (2) Must not delegate this waiver authority to any official in the 
agency below the senior contract policymaking level.
    (b) The head of the agency may grant a waiver when one of the 
following conditions exists:
    (1) The contract or subcontract value is less than $15,000,000, and 
the head of the agency determines, in writing, that the segment of the 
contractor or subcontractor that will perform the contract or 
subcontract--
    (i) Is primarily engaged in the sale of commercial items; and
    (ii) Has no contracts or subcontracts that are subject to CAS.
    (2) The head of the agency determines that exceptional 
circumstances exist whereby a waiver of CAS is necessary to meet the 
needs of the agency. Exceptional circumstances exist only when the 
benefits to be derived from waiving the CAS outweigh the risk 
associated with the waiver. The determination that exceptional 
circumstances exist must--
    (i) Be set forth in writing; and
    (ii) Include a statement of the specific circumstances that justify 
granting the waiver.
    (c) When one of the conditions in paragraph (b) of this subsection 
exists, the request for waiver should include the following:
    (1) The amount of the proposed award.
    (2) A description of the contract or subcontract type (e.g., firm-
fixed-price, cost-reimbursement).
    (3) Whether the segment(s) that will perform the contract or 
subcontract has CAS-covered contracts or subcontracts.
    (4) A description of the item(s) being procured.
    (5) When the contractor or subcontractor will not accept the 
contract or subcontract if CAS applies, a statement to that effect.
    (6) Whether cost or pricing data will be obtained, and if so, a 
discussion of how the data will be used in negotiating the contract or 
subcontract price.
    (7) The benefits to the Government of waiving CAS.
    (8) The potential risk to the Government of waiving CAS.
    (9) The date by which the waiver is needed.
    (10) Any other information that may be useful in evaluating the 
request.
    (d) When neither of the conditions in paragraph (b) of this 
subsection exists, the waiver request must be prepared in accordance 
with 48 CFR 9903.201-5(e) (FAR Appendix) and submitted to the CAS 
Board.
    (e) Each agency must report any waivers granted under paragraph (a) 
of this subsection to the CAS Board, on a fiscal year basis, not later 
than 90 days after the close of the Government's fiscal year.

PART 52--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

    4. Amend section 52.230-1 by--
    a. Revising the date of the provision;
    b. In the first sentence of paragraph (c)(3) by removing the phrase 
``more than $25 million (of which at least one award exceeded $1 
million)'' and adding ``$50 million or more'' in its place;
    c. In paragraph (c)(4)--
    (i) In the ``Caution'' paragraph, by removing ``$25 million'' and 
adding ``$50 million'' in its place;
    (ii) At ``II. Cost Accounting Standards--Eligibility for Modified 
Contract Coverage,'' in the second paragraph, by revising the first 
sentence; and
    (iii) In the ``Caution'' paragraph following paragraph II by 
removing ``$25 million'' each time it is used (twice) and adding ``$50 
million'' in their places. The revised text reads as follows:


52.230-1  Cost Accounting Standards Notices and Certification.

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COST ACCOUNTING STANDARDS NOTICES AND CERTIFICATION (JUNE 2000)

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    (c) * * *
    (4) * * *
    II. Cost Accounting Standards--Eligibility for Modified Contract 
Coverage
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    {time}  The offeror hereby claims an exemption from the Cost 
Accounting Standards clause under the provisions of 48 CFR 9903.201-
2(b) and certifies that the offeror is eligible for use of the 
Disclosure and Consistency of Cost Accounting Practices clause 
because during the cost accounting period immediately preceding the 
period in which this proposal was submitted, the offeror received 
less than $50 million in awards of CAS-covered prime contracts and 
subcontracts.
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