[Federal Register: October 4, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 192)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Part 236

RIN 0750-AF41

 
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Congressional 
Notification of Architect-Engineer Services/Military Family Housing 
Contracts (DFARS Case 2006-D015)

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

ACTION: Interim rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: DoD has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement Section 
1031(a)(37) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2004. Section 1031(a)(37) amended the requirements for submission of a 
notification to Congress before the award of a contract for 
architectural and engineering services or construction design in 
connection with military construction, military family housing, or 
restoration or replacement of damaged or destroyed facilities.

DATES: Effective date: October 4, 2006.
    Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in 
writing to the address shown below on or before December 4, 2006, to be 
considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2006-D015, 
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 2006-D015 in the 
subject line of the message.
     Fax: (703) 602-0350.
     Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. 
Debra Overstreet, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.
     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. Debra Overstreet, (703) 602-0310.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    This interim rule revises DFARS 236.601 to implement Section 
1031(a)(37) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2004 (Public Law 108-136). Section 1031(a)(37) amended the requirements 
at 10 U.S.C. 2807, for submission of a notification to Congress before 
the award of a contract for architectural and engineering services or 
construction design in connection with military construction, military 
family housing, or restoration or replacement of damaged or destroyed 
facilities. The amendments increased the contract dollar threshold for 
submission from $500,000 to $1,000,000; and reduced the time period for 
submission, from 21 to 14 days before obligation of funds, when the 
notification is provided in electronic medium.
    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 does not expect this rule to 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 
relates to reporting requirements that are internal to the Government. 
Therefore, DoD has not performed an initial regulatory flexibility 
analysis. DoD invites comments from small businesses and other 
interested parties. DoD also will consider comments from small entities 
concerning the affected DFARS subpart in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. 
Such comments should be submitted

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separately and should cite DFARS Case 2006-D015.

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.

D. Determination to Issue an Interim Rule

    A determination has been made under the authority of the Secretary 
of Defense that urgent and compelling reasons exist to publish an 
interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment. 
This interim rule implements Section 1031(a)(37) of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public Law 108-136). 
Section 1031(a)(37) amended the statutory requirements for submission 
of a notification to Congress before the award of a contract for 
architectural and engineering services or construction design in 
connection with military construction, military family housing, or 
restoration or replacement of damaged or destroyed facilities. Comments 
received in response to this interim rule will be considered in the 
formation of the final rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 236

    Government procurement.

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

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Therefore, 48 CFR Part 236 is amended as follows:

PART 236--CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 236 continues to read as 
follows:

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


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2. Section 236.601 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  236.601  Policy

    (1) Written notification to the congressional defense committees is 
required if the total estimated contract price for architect-engineer 
services or construction design, in connection with military 
construction, military family housing, or restoration or replacement of 
damaged or destroyed facilities, exceeds $1,000,000. In accordance with 
10 U.S.C. 480, unclassified notifications must be provided by 
electronic medium.
    (i) For military construction or military family housing (10 U.S.C. 
2807(b)), the notification--
    (A) Must include the scope of the project and the estimated 
contract price; and
    (B)(1) If provided by electronic medium, must be provided at least 
14 days before the initial obligation of funds; or
    (2) If provided by other than electronic medium, must be received 
by the congressional defense committees at least 21 days before the 
initial obligation of funds.
    (ii) For restoration or replacement of damaged or destroyed 
facilities (10 U.S.C. 2854(b)), the notification--
    (A) Must include the justification for the project, the estimated 
contract price, and the source of the funds for the project; and
    (B)(1) If provided by electronic medium, must be provided at least 
7 days before the initial obligation of funds; or
    (2) If provided by other than electronic medium, must be received 
by the congressional defense committees at least 21 days before the 
initial obligation of funds.
    (2) During the applicable notice period, synopsis of the proposed 
contract action and administrative actions leading to the award may be 
started.

[FR Doc. E6-16419 Filed 10-3-06; 8:45 am]

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