[Federal Register: November 9, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 216)]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

48 CFR Part 239

[DFARS Case 2003-D055]

 
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Acquisition of 
Telecommunications Services

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update text pertaining to 
the acquisition of telecommunications services. This rule is a result 
of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change 
the purpose and content of the DFARS.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 9, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Gabrielle Ward, Defense 
Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 
Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-2022; 
facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D055.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    DFARS Transformation is a major DoD initiative to dramatically 
change the purpose and content of the DFARS. The objective is to 
improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the acquisition process, 
while allowing the acquisition workforce the flexibility to innovate. 
The transformed DFARS will contain only requirements of law, DoD-wide 
policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviations from FAR 
requirements, and policies/procedures that have a significant effect 
beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost 
or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Additional 
information on the DFARS Transformation initiative is available at 
http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfars/transformation/index.htm.

    This final rule is a result of the DFARS Transformation initiative. 
The rule--
    [cir] Amends DFARS 239.7401 to update terminology for consistency 
with the terminology used in the clause at DFARS 252.239-7016; and
    [cir] Revises DFARS 239.7405 to delete obsolete text and to add 
text addressing DoD's authority to enter into contracts for 
telecommunications services.
    DoD published a proposed rule at 70 FR 8564 on February 22, 2005. 
DoD received no comments on the proposed rule. Therefore, DoD has 
adopted the proposed 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 rule makes no significant change to DoD policy for the 
acquisition of telecommunications services.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does 
not impose any information collection requirements that require the 
approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, 
et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 239

    Government procurement.

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


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Therefore, 48 CFR part 239 is amended as follows:

PART 239--ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 239 continues to read as 
follows:

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


239.7401  [Amended]

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2. Section 239.7401 is amended in paragraph (e) by removing 
``Security,'' and adding in its place ``Securing,''.

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3. Section 239.7405 is revised to read as follows:


239.7405  Delegated authority for telecommunications resources.

    The contracting officer may enter into a telecommunications service 
contract on a month-to-month basis or for any longer period or series 
of periods, not to exceed a total of 10 years. See PGI 239.7405 for 
documents relating to this contracting authority, which the General 
Services Administration has delegated to DoD.
[FR Doc. 05-22111 Filed 11-8-05; 8:45 am]

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