[Federal Register: August 12, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 156)]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 225

RIN 0750-AF89

 
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Trade 
Agreements--New Thresholds (DFARS Case 2007-D023)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 
(DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule 
amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 
to incorporate increased dollar thresholds for application of the World 
Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade 
Agreements, as determined by the United States Trade Representative.

DATES: Effective Date: August 12, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition 
Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone 703-602-0328; facsimile 
703-602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2007-D023.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    DoD published an interim DFARS rule at 73 FR 4115 on January 24, 
2008, to reflect increased dollar thresholds for application of the 
trade agreements. Every two years, the trade agreement thresholds are 
escalated according to a pre-determined formula set forth in the 
agreements.
    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 
under 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., 
because the trade agreement threshold changes are designed to keep pace 
with inflation and thus maintain the status quo.

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. The dollar threshold 
changes are in line with inflation and maintain the status quo.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 225

    Government procurement.

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

Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR part 225, which was 
published at 73 FR 4115 on January 24, 2008, is adopted as a final rule 
without change.

[FR Doc. E8-18501 Filed 8-11-08; 8:45 am]

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