[Federal Register: January 20, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 12)]
[Proposed Rules]               
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 205, 207, 208, 209, 211, 215, 216, 217, 219, 225, 228, 
232, 237, 246, 250, 252

 
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Inflation 
Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds (DFARS Case 2009-D003)

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

ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition 
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 807 of the Ronald W. 
Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Section 
807 provides for adjustment every 5 years of statutory acquisition-
related thresholds, except for Davis-Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, 
and trade agreements thresholds. This case also reviews nonstatutory 
acquisition-related thresholds for adjustment in 2010.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to 
the address shown below on or before March 22, 2010, to be considered 
in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2009-D003, 
using any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2009-D003 in the subject 
line of the message.
    Fax: 703-602-0350.
    Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Amy 
Williams, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, 
Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, 
Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-
3402.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:/
/www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, (703) 602-0328.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    This rule proposes to amend multiple DFARS parts to implement 
Section 807 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2005 (Pub. L. 108-375). Section 807 provides for 
adjustment every 5 years (in years evenly divisible by 5) of statutory 
acquisition-related thresholds, except for Davis-Bacon Act, Service 
Contract Act, and trade agreements thresholds. This case also reviews 
nonstatutory DFARS acquisition-related thresholds for adjustment in 
2010. FAR case 2008-024 proposes comparable changes to acquisition-
related thresholds in the FAR.
    This is the second review of DFARS acquisition-related thresholds. 
The last review was conducted under DFARS case 2004-D022. The final 
rule was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2006 (71 FR 
75891).

B. Analysis

1. What is an acquisition-related threshold?

    This case builds on the review of DFARS thresholds in 2005 and uses 
the same interpretation of the statutory definition of acquisition-
related threshold. The statute defines an

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acquisition-related dollar threshold as a dollar threshold that is 
specified in law as a factor in defining the scope of the applicability 
of a policy, procedure, requirement, or restriction provided in that 
law to the procurement of property or services by an Executive agency, 
as determined by the FAR Council.
    There are other thresholds in the DFARS that, while not meeting 
this statutory definition of ``acquisition-related,'' nevertheless meet 
all the other criteria. These thresholds may have their origin in 
Executive order or regulation.
    Therefore, as used in this case, an acquisition-related threshold 
is a threshold that is specified in law, Executive order, or regulation 
as a factor in defining the scope of the applicability of a policy, 
procedure, requirement, or restriction provided in that law, Executive 
order, or regulation to the procurement of property or services by an 
Executive agency, as determined by the FAR Council. Acquisition-related 
thresholds are generally tied to the value of a contract, subcontract, 
or modification.
    Examples of thresholds that are not viewed as ``acquisition-
related'' as defined in this case are thresholds relating to claims, 
penalties, withholding, payments, required levels of insurance, small 
business size standards, liquidated damages, etc. This report does not 
address thresholds that are not acquisition-related.

2. What acquisition-related thresholds are not subject to escalation 
adjustment under this case?

    The statute does not permit escalation of acquisition-related 
thresholds established by the Davis Bacon Act, the Service Contract 
Act, or trade agreements.
    The statute does not authorize DoD to escalate thresholds 
originating in Executive order or the implementing agency (such as the 
Department of Labor or the Small Business Administration), unless the 
Executive order or agency regulations are first amended.

3. How did DoD analyze a statutory acquisition-related threshold?

    If an acquisition-related threshold is based on statute, the matrix 
at {to be provided in final rule{time}  identifies the statute, and the 
statutory threshold, both the original threshold and any revision to it 
in 2006.
    With the exception of thresholds set by the Davis-Bacon Act, 
Service Contract Act, and trade agreements, the statute requires that 
the FAR Council adjust the acquisition-related thresholds for inflation 
using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all-urban consumers. 
Acquisition-related thresholds in statutes that were in effect on 
October 1, 2000, are only subject to escalation from that date forward. 
For purposes of this proposed rule, the matrix includes calculation of 
escalation based on the CPI from October 2000 to April 2010. Inflation 
from the average CPI value for 2007 to the average value for 2008 was 
3.8 percent. DoD has currently estimated the inflation for the next 
year at 4.2 percent, but will subsequently adjust as necessary before 
issuance of the final rule. Acquisition-related thresholds in statutes 
that took effect after October 1, 2000, are escalated from the date 
that they took effect. Once the escalation factor is applied to the 
acquisition-related threshold, then the threshold must be rounded as 
follows:

<$10,000..................................  Nearest $500
$10,000-<$100,000.........................  Nearest $5,000
$100,000-<$1,000,000......................  Nearest $50,000
$1,000,000 or more........................  Nearest $500,000


    The calculations in this proposed rule are all based on the base 
year amount, because escalated amounts in the 2005 rule were subject to 
rounding and using them as the base would distort future calculations.
    In 2005, thresholds of $1,000, $10,000, $100,000, and $1,000,000, 
although subject to inflation calculation, did not actually change, 
because the inflation in 2005 was insufficient to overcome the rounding 
requirements. These thresholds will now escalate because of 5 
additional years of inflation.
    Section 807(c) of the statute states that this statute supersedes 
the applicability of any other provision of law that provides for the 
adjustment of any acquisition-related threshold that is adjustable 
under this statute. The thresholds for defining a major system were 
previously stated in Fiscal Year 1990 constant dollars for DoD and in 
Fiscal Year 1980 constant dollars for civilian agencies. The 2005 rule 
converted these major system thresholds to current year dollars, as of 
the date that the statute was enacted, that will now be adjusted every 
5 years.
    This proposed rule has been coordinated with the Small Business 
Administration in areas of the regulation for which they are the lead 
agency.

4. How does DoD analyze a nonstatutory acquisition-related threshold?

    No statutory authorization is required to escalate thresholds that 
were set as policy within the DFARS. Escalation of the DFARS policy 
acquisition-related thresholds is generally recommended using the same 
formula applied to the statutory thresholds, unless a reason has been 
provided for not doing so. Escalation is calculated using the same 
procedures as were explained for the statutory thresholds, to provide 
consistency.
    This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review 
under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD does not anticipate that this rule will have a substantial 
economic impact on small business, because the adjustment of 
acquisition-related thresholds for inflation is intended to maintain 
the status quo. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other 
interested parties. DoD invites comments from small business concerns 
and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on 
small entities.
    DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the 
existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance 
with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments 
separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS Case 2009-D003) in 
correspondence.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does apply. The proposed changes to the 
DFARS do not impose new information collection requirements that 
require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 
U.S.C. 3501, et seq. They maintain the current information collection 
requirements at the status quo by adjusting the thresholds for 
inflation. Government procurement.

Amy G. Williams,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 205, 207, 208, 209, 211, 215, 216, 217, 
219, 225, 228, 232, 237, 246, 250, and 252 are proposed to be amended 
as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 205, 207, 208, 209, 211, 
215, 216, 217, 219, 225, 228, 232, 237, 246, 250, and 252 continues to 
read as follows:

     Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1.

PART 205--PUBLICIZING CONTRACT ACTIONS


205.303   [Amended]

    2. Section 205.303 is amended by removing ``$5.5 million'' and 
adding in its place ``$6.5 million'' in the following places:

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    a. In paragraph (a)(i) introductory text, in the first and second 
sentences;
    b. In paragraph (a)(i)(A), in the second sentence; and
    c. In paragraph (a)(i)(B), in the first and second sentences.

PART 207--ACQUISITION PLANNING


207.170-3   [Amended]

    3. Section 207.170-3 is amended in paragraph (a) introductory text 
by removing ``$5.5 million'' and adding in its place ``$6 million''.

PART 208--REQUIRED SOURCES OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES


208.405-70   [Amended]

    4. Section 208.405-70 is amended by removing ``$100,000'' and 
adding in its place ``$150,000'' in the following places:
    a. Paragraph (b) introductory text; and
    b. Paragraph (c) introductory text.

PART 209--CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS


209.104-1   [Amended]

    5. Section 209.104-1 is amended in paragraph (g)(i)(A) introductory 
text by removing ``$100,000'' and adding in its place ``$150,000''.
    6. Section 209.104-70 is amended in paragraph (a) by removing 
``$100,000'' and adding in its place ``$150,000''.


209.409   [Amended]

    7. Section 209.409 is amended in paragraph (b) by removing 
``$100,000'' and adding in its place ``$150,000''.

PART 211--DESCRIBING AGENCY NEEDS


211.503   [Amended]

    8. Section 211.503 is amended in paragraph (b), in the first and 
second sentences, by removing ``$550,000'' and adding in its place 
``$650,000''.

PART 215--CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION


215.407-2   [Amended]

    9. Section 215.407-2 is amended in paragraph (e)(1) by removing 
``$1 million'' and adding in its place ``$1.5 million''.

PART 216--TYPES OF CONTRACTS


216.505-70   [Amended]

    10. Section 216.505-70 is amended by removing ``$100,000'' and 
adding in its place ``$150,000'' in the following places:
    a. In paragraph (a)(2);
    b. In paragraph (b) introductory text; and
    c. In paragraph (c) introductory text.

PART 217--SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODS


217.170   [Amended]

    11. Section 217.170 is amended in paragraph (d)(1)(i) by removing 
``$572.5 million'' and adding in its place ``$637.5 million''.


217.171   [Amended]

    12. Section 217.171 is amended in paragraph (a)(6) by removing 
``$572.5 million'' and adding in its place ``$637.5 million''.

PART 219--SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

    13. Section 219.201 is amended by revising paragraph (d)(10)(A) to 
read as follows:


219.201   General policy.

    (d) * * *
    (10) * * *
    (A) Reviewing and making recommendations for all acquisitions 
(including orders placed against Federal Supply Schedule contracts) 
over $10,000, except those under the simplified acquisition threshold 
that are totally set aside for small business concerns in accordance 
with FAR 19.502-2. Follow the procedures at PGI 219.201(d)(10) 
regarding such reviews.
* * * * *


219.502-1   [Amended]

    14. Section 219.502-1 is amended in paragraph (2) by removing 
``$300,000'' and adding in its place ``$350,000''.


219.502-2   [Amended]

    15. Section 219.502-2 is amended by:
    a. Removing ``$1 million'' from paragraph (a)(ii) and adding in its 
place ``$1.5 million''; and
    b. Removing ``$300,000'' from paragraph (a)(iii) and adding in its 
place ``$350,000''.


219.1005   [Amended]

    16. Section 219.1005 is amended in paragraphs (a)(i)(B), (a)(i)(C), 
and (a)(i)(D) by removing ``$300,000'' and adding in its place 
``$350,000''.

PART 225--FOREIGN ACQUISITION


225.103   [Amended]

    17. Section 225.103 is amended in paragraphs (a)(ii)(B)(2), 
(a)(ii)(B)(3), (b)(ii)(B), and (b)(ii)(C) by removing ``$1,000,000'' 
and adding in its place ``$1.5 million''.


225.7204   [Amended]

    18. Section 225.7204 is amended as follows:
    a. In paragraphs (a) and (b) by removing ``$11.5 million'' and 
adding in its place ``$13 million''.
    b. In paragraph (c) by removing ``$550,000'' and adding in its 
place ``$650,000''.


225.7703-2   [Amended]

    19. Section 225.7703-2 is amended in paragraphs (b)(2)(i) and 
(b)(2)(ii) by removing ``$78.5 million'' and adding in its place ``$87 
million''.

PART 228--BONDS AND INSURANCE


228.102-1   [Amended]

    20. Section 228.102-1 is amended in paragraph (1) by removing 
``$100,000'' and adding in its place ``$150,000''.

PART 232--CONTRACT FINANCING


232.404   [Amended]

    21. Section 232.404 is amended in paragraph (a)(9) by removing 
``$3,000'' and adding in its place ``the micro-purchase threshold''.


232.502-1   [Amended]

    22. Section 232.502-1 is amended in paragraph (b)(1) by removing 
``$55,000'' and adding in its place ``$65,000''.


237.170-2   [Amended]

    23. Section 237.170-2 is amended in paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) by 
removing ``$78.5 million'' and adding in its place ``$87 million''.

PART 246--QUALITY ASSURANCE


246.402   [Amended]

    24. Section 246.402 is amended in the introductory text by removing 
``$250,000'' and adding in its place ``$300,000''.

PART 250--EXTRAORDINARY CONTRACTUAL ACTIONS AND THE SAFETY ACT


250.102-1   [Amended]

    25. Section 250.102-1 is amended in paragraph (b) by removing 
``$55,000'' and adding in its place ``$65,000''.


250.102-1-70   [Amended]

    26. Section 250.102-1-70 is amended in paragraph (b)(1) by removing 
``$55,000'' and adding in its place ``$65,000''.

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


252.211-7000   [Amended]

    27. Section 252.211-7000 is amended as follows:
    a. By revising the clause date to read ``(DATE)''; and

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    b. In paragraph (d) by removing ``$1 million'' and adding in its 
place ``$1.5 million''.


252.225-7003   [Amended]

    28. Section 252.225-7003 is amended as follows:
    a. By revising the clause date to read ``(DATE)'';
    b. In paragraph (b)(1) by removing ``$11.5 million'' and adding in 
its place ``$13 million''; and
    c. In paragraph (b)(2)(i) by removing ``$550,000'' and adding in 
its place ``$650,000''.


252.225-7004   [Amended]

    29. Section 252.225-7004 is amended as follows:
    a. By revising the clause date to read ``(DATE)''; and
    b. In paragraph (b)(1) by removing ``$550,000'' and adding in its 
place ``$650,000''.


252.225-7006   [Amended]

    30. Section 252.225-7006 is amended as follows:
    a. By revising the clause date to read ``(DATE)''; and
    b. In paragraph (f)(1) by removing $550,000'' and adding in its 
place $650,000''.


252.249-7002   [Amended]

    31. Section 252.249-7002 is amended as follows:
    a. By revising the clause date to read ``(DATE)'';
    b. In paragraph (d)(1) by removing $550,000'' and adding in its 
place ``$650,000''; and
    c. In paragraphs (d)(2)(i) and (ii) by removing ``$100,000'' and 
adding in its place ``$150,000''.

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