DATE: March 28, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Internet GOV Domain

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 28, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 60, page 15089

AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is adding FMR Part 102-173, Internet GOV Domain, to provide a new policy for registration of Internet domain names ending in ".gov" (dot-gov), which is currently reserved for use by the federal government.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the May 16, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Internet GOV Domain."

The FMR is Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The FMR is available at http://policyworks.gov/org/main/mv/fmr/index.htm.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 28, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lee Ellis, Office of Electronic Government and Technology, 202-501-0282, or e-mail: lee.ellis@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Jurisdiction of the .gov domain was delegated to GSA in 1997. Since then, federal organizations have been choosing .gov domain names to reflect the type of service being rendered, and are collaborating to form portals that cross boundaries of agencies, departments, and other U.S. government entities.

There has been increasing interest from non-federal U.S. government entities, such as state and local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribes (known as "Native Sovereign Nations" (NSNs)), to provide service within the .gov domain. Many such governmental entities believed their citizens would associate their government at all levels with the .gov domain, and wanted the additional option of positioning their governmental portal to the public within this space. On May 16, 2002, GSA published a proposed rule to add a new FMR Part 102-173 which would make available the .gov domain available to state and local governments and NSNs. Comments on the proposed rule were received from private citizens, federal, state, and local government organizations, information technology standards organizations, and commercial businesses. After consideration of the comments, GSA has decided to add FMR Part 102-173, which consists of the following sections:

Subpart A -- General

     102-173.5What is Internet GOV Domain?
     102-173.10What is the authority or jurisdiction of the Internet GOV Domain?
     102-173.15What is the scope of this part?
     102-173.20To whom does this part apply?
     102-173.25What definitions apply to this part?

Subpart B -- Registration

     102-173.30Who may register in the dot-gov domain?
     102-173.35Who authorizes domain names?
     102-173.40Who is my Chief Information Officer (CIO)?
     102-173.45Is there a registration charge for domain names?
     102-173.50What is the naming convention for States?
     102-173.55What is the naming convention for Cities and Townships?
     102-173.60What is the naming convention for Counties or Parishes?
     102-173.65What is the naming convention for Native Sovereign Nations?
     102-173.70Where do I register my dot-gov domain name?
     102-173.75How long does the process take?
     102-173.80How will I know if my request is approved?
     102-173.85How long will my application be held, waiting for my CIO approval?
     102-173.90Are there any special restrictions on the use and registration canonical, or category names like recreation.gov?
     102-173.95Are there any restrictions on the use of the dot-gov domain name?

Aside from editorial changes, the final rule differs from the proposed rule primarily with the addition of FMR 102-173.90 and FMR 102-173.95. FMR 102-173.90 states, for example, that Maryland may not use recreation.gov but it may use recreationMD.gov. FMR 102-173.95 references GSA's website http://www.nic.gov, Government Domain Registration and Services, as the site where the general conditions of registration are posted.

Finally, FMR 102.13-45 states, "GSA has the authority to employ a system of collection that includes a one-time setup fee for new registrations, which will not exceed $1000, depending on the level of assistance that may be provided by GSA, and a recurring annual charge that will not exceed $500 for all dot-gov domains. The fees are based on anticipated costs for operating the registration service." However, GSA makes clear that it currently assesses no charge.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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