[Federal Register: March 27, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 58)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 14241-14242]
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Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 252

RIN 0750-AF49

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Free Trade 
Agreements--Guatemala and Bahrain (DFARS Case 2006-D028)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: DoD has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule 
amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 
to implement the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement and the 
Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
with respect to Guatemala. The Free Trade Agreements waive the 
applicability of the Buy American Act for some foreign supplies and 
construction materials and specify procurement procedures designed to 
ensure fairness.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 27, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition 
Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-0328; 
facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2006-D028.


A. Background

    DoD published an interim rule at 71 FR 58541 on October 4, 2006, to 
implement the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free 
Trade Agreement, with respect to Guatemala, and the United States-
Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. The rule amended the appropriate DFARS 
provisions and clauses to reflect the addition of Guatemala and Bahrain 
as Free Trade Agreement countries.
    DoD received no comments on the interim rule. Therefore, DoD has 
adopted the interim rule as a final rule without change.
    This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review 

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Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD certifies that this final rule will not 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. 
Although the rule opens up DoD procurement to the products of Guatemala 
and Bahrain, DoD does not believe there will be a significant economic 
impact on U.S. small businesses. DoD applies the trade agreements to 
only those non-defense items listed at DFARS 225.401-70, and 
procurements that are set aside for small businesses are exempt from 
application of the trade agreements.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule affects the certification and information collection 
requirements in the provisions at DFARS 252.225-7020 and 252.225-7035, 
currently approved under Office of Management and Budget Control Number 
0704-0229. The impact, however, is negligible.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 252

    Government procurement.

Michele P. Peterson,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR Part 252, which was 
published at 71 FR 58541 on October 4, 2006, is adopted as a final rule 
without change.
[FR Doc. E7-5479 Filed 3-26-07; 8:45 am]