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DATE: August 9, 2001

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Investigations of Suspected Forced or Indentured Child Labor

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 9, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 154, page 41804

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is adding NFS Subpart 1822.15, Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor, to specify that investigations of those suspected of using forced or indentured child labor are to be referred to NASA's Office of the Inspector General.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) amendment that implemented the requirements of Executive Order 13126 of June 12, 1999, Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor, see the January 18, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 97-23, Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor."

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 9, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Brundage, NASA Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20546-0001, 202-358-0481, e-mail: pbrundage@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On June 12, 1999, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13126 to "continue the executive branch's commitment to fighting abusive child labor practices." On January 18, 2001, FAC 97-23 was published, and it implemented Executive Order 13126 by adding FAR Subpart 22.15, Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor.

Paragraph (e) of FAR 22.1503, Procedures for Acquiring End Products on the List of Products Requiring Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor, requires the contracting officer to refer any suspicions to the agency's Inspector General, the Attorney General, or the Secretary of the Treasury for investigation, "whichever is determined appropriate in accordance with agency procedures..."

This final rule adds NFS Subpart 1822.15, which consists of NFS 1822.1503, Procedures for Acquiring End Products on the List of Products Requiring Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor. NFS 1822.1503 consists of the following: "(e) All investigations under FAR Subpart 22.15 shall be referred to NASA's Office of Inspector General."

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