[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 142 (Tuesday, July 24, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 43477-43479]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17593]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

48 CFR Parts 204, 212, and 252

RIN 0750-AH58


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Ownership of 
Offeror (DFARS Case 2011-D044)

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

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition 
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to provide a provision for offerors, if 
owned or controlled by another business entity, to identify the 
Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code and legal name of that 
business entity.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to 
the address shown below on or before September 24, 2012, to be 
considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by DFARS Case 2011-D044, using 
any of the following methods:
    [cir] Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments 
via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ``DFARS Case 2011-
D044'' under the heading ``Enter keyword or ID'' and selecting 
``Search.'' Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that corresponds with 
``DFARS Case 2011-D044.'' Follow the instructions provided at the 
``Submit a Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if 
any), and ``DFARS Case 2011-D044'' on your attached document.
    [cir] Email: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2011-D044 in the 
subject line of the message.
    [cir] Fax: 571-372-6094.
    [cir] Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. 
Veronica Fallon, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP/DARS, Room 3B855, 3060 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060.
    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. To 
confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, 
approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting 
(except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Veronica Fallon, telephone 571-
372-6087.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    DoD proposes to collect the CAGE code and name from offerors, if 
owned or controlled by another business entity, in a new provision with 
an offeror's representations and certifications. The CAGE code is a 
five-character identification number used extensively within the 
Federal Government, and is administered by the Defense Logistics 
Information Service. A search feature for CAGE codes is available at 
http://www.logisticsinformationservice.dla.mil/cage_welcome.asp. CAGE 
codes for vendors located in the United States may be obtained via 
registration in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) application, 
available at http://www.acquisition.gov. Additional information about 
CAGE code assignments is available at https://www.fsd.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/186.
    The ability to consistently, uniquely, and easily identify owners 
of offerors for DoD contractors is becoming increasingly required to 
support the implementation of business tools that provide insight into 
spending patterns for entire corporations. This new provision will--
     Enable the tracking of performance issues that affect the 
entire corporation;
     Provide insight for the deployed commander on contractor 
personnel in-theater;
     Support the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for 
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics' preferred supplier program; and
     Facilitate Defense Procurement and Acquisition and Policy 
priorities for a common price negotiation and audit history tool.
    This case requires that a provision be included in the annual 
representations and certifications completed in the Online 
Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA). The Defense 
Logistics Agency (DLA) will be able to access the ORCA data and use it 
to supplement the CAGE file maintained by its DLA Logistics Information 
Service.
    DoD published a notice of public meeting in the Federal Register at 
76 FR 64902 on October 19, 2011, with public comments due December 9, 
2011. No public comments were received.
    This rule requires offerors to represent that, if it is owned by 
another business entity, it has entered the CAGE code and name of that 
owner. As such, this rule proposes the following DFARS changes:
     Revise 204.1202, Solicitation provision and contract 
clause, to add the provision at 252.204-70XX, Ownership of Offeror;

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     Revise 204.7207, Solicitation provision, to prescribe the 
use of the provision at 252.204-70XX, Ownership of Offeror;
     Revise 212.301(f)(iv), Solicitation provisions and 
contract clauses for the acquisition of commercial items, to add the 
provision at 252.204-70XX, Ownership of Offeror;
     Revise 252.204-7001, Commercial and Government Entity 
(CAGE) Code Reporting, preface to reflect changes required at 204.1202;
     Revise 252.204-7007, Alternate A, Annual Representations 
and Certifications, to add the provision at 252.204-70XX, Ownership of 
Offeror; and
     Add a new provision at 252.204-70XX, Ownership of Offeror.

II. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess 
all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 
13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 
This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 
subject to review under section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning 
and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule 
under 5 U.S.C. 804.

III. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD expects that this proposed rule may have an economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. Therefore, an Initial 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has been prepared and is summarized as 
follows:
    This rule would affect offerors that are owned by another business 
entity. As such, this DFARS rule would require an offeror to represent 
that, if it is owned or controlled by another business entity, it has 
entered the CAGE code and the name of that entity. DoD made 308,286 new 
contract awards to contractors with approximately 55,000 unique Data 
Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers in Fiscal Year 2011. 
Approximately 41,000 of these awards were to small-business unique 
DUNS. It is estimated that approximately 5% of these small business 
unique DUNS are corporations under another business entity. Therefore, 
DoD estimates that this rule will apply to approximately 2,050 small-
business unique DUNS contractors.
    The rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other 
Federal rules. There are no significant alternatives to accomplish the 
stated objectives of this rule. 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 2011-D044) in the 
correspondence.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The rule contains information collection requirements that require 
the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Accordingly, DoD has submitted a 
request for approval of a new information collection requirement 
concerning Ownership of Offeror (DFARS Case 2011-D044) to the Office of 
Management and Budget.
    A. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is 
estimated to average 0.5 hours per response, including the time for 
reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and 
maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the 
collection of information.
    The annual reporting burden estimated as follows:
    Respondents: 308,286.
    Responses per respondent: 1.5.
    Total annual responses: 462,429.
    Preparation hours per response: 0.5 hours.
    Total response burden hours: 231,215 hours.
    B. Request for Comments Regarding Paperwork Burden.
    Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information 
collection, including suggestions for reducing this burden, should be 
sent to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk 
Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, 
DC 20503, or email Jasmeet_K._Seehra@omb.eop.gov, and a copy to the 
Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Veronica Fallon, 
OUSD(AT&L)DPAP/DARS, Room 3B855, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 
20301-3060. Comments can be received from 30 to 60 days after the date 
of this notice, but comments to OMB will be most useful if received by 
OMB within 30 days after the date of this notice.
    Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
functions of the DFARS, and will have practical utility; whether our 
estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is 
accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use 
of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    To request more information on this proposed information collection 
or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection 
instruments, please write to the Defense Acquisition Regulations 
System, Attn: Ms. Veronica Fallon, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP/DARS, Room 3B855, 
3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060, or email 
dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2011-D044 in the subject line of the 
message.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 204, 212, and 252

    Government procurement.

Mary Overstreet,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
    Therefore 48 CFR parts 204, 212, and 252 are proposed to be amended 
as follows:
    1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 204, 212, and 252 
continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.

PART 204--ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

    2. Section 204.1202 is amended by--
    a. Redesignating paragraphs (2)(i) through (xiii) as paragraphs 
(2)(ii) through (xiv); and
    b. Adding new paragraph (2)(i) to read as follows:


204.1202  Solicitation provision and contract clause.

* * * * *
    (2) * * *
    (i) 252.204-70XX, Ownership of Offeror.
* * * * *
    3. Section 204.7207 is revised to read as follows:

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204.7207  Solicitation provisions.

    (a) Use the provision at 252.204-7001, Commercial and Government 
Entity (CAGE) Code Reporting, in solicitations when--
    (1) The solicitation does not include the clause at FAR 52.204-7, 
Central Contractor Registration; and
    (2) The CAGE codes for the potential offerors are not available to 
the contracting office.
    (b) Use the provision at 252.204-70XX, Ownership of Offeror, in all 
solicitations.

PART 212--ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

    4. Section 212.301 is amended by--
    a. Redesignating paragraphs (f)(iv)(C) through (Q) as paragraphs 
(f)(iv)(D) through (R); and
    b. Adding a new paragraph (f)(iv)(C) to read as follows:


212.301  Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the 
acquisition of commercial items.

* * * * *
    (iv) * * *
    (C) Use the provision at 252.204-70XX Ownership of Offeror, as 
prescribed in 204.7207.
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PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


252.204-7001  [Amended]

    5. Section 252.204-7001 is amended by removing from the 
introductory text the reference ``204.7207'' and adding in its place 
``204.7207(a)''.
    6. Section 252.204-7007 is amended by--
    a. Removing from the provision heading ``(JUN 2012)'' and adding in 
its place ``(DATE)'';
    b. Redesignating paragraphs (d)(1)(i) through (vii) as paragraphs 
(d)(1)(ii) through (viii); and
    Adding a new paragraph (d)(1)(i) to read as follows:


252.204-7007  Alternate A, Annual Representations and Certifications.

* * * * *
    (d)(1) * * *
    (i) 252.204-70XX, Ownership of Offeror. Applies to all 
solicitations.
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    7. Section 252.204-70XX is added to read as follows:


252.204-70XX  Ownership of Offeror.

    As prescribed in 204.7207(b), use the following provision:

OWNERSHIP OF OFFEROR (DATE)

    (a) Definitions. As used in this provision--
    Highest-level owner means the business entity, which owns or 
controls the one or more business entities that own or control the 
offeror.
    Immediate owner means the business entity, which has the most 
direct and proximate ownership or control of the offeror.
    Owner, as used in this provision, means the business entity, other 
than the offeror, that owns or controls the offeror, or that owns or 
controls other business entities that own or control the offeror. The 
two types of owners, for purposes of this provision, are immediate 
owners and highest-level owners (these owners may be the same for some 
entities).
    (b) The offeror represents by submission of its offer that it [--] 
is or [--] is not owned or controlled by a business entity as defined 
in paragraph (a) of this provision.
    (c) If the offeror has indicated ``is'' in paragraph (b) of this 
provision, enter the following information:


Immediate owner CAGE code:
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Immediate owner legal name:
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(Do not use a ``doing business as'' name.)

    Immediate owner is the same as highest-level owner: [--] Yes or [--
] No.
    (d) If the offeror has indicated ``no'' in paragraph (c) of this 
provision, indicating that the immediate owner is not the highest-level 
owner, then enter the following information:

Highest-level owner CAGE code:
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Highest-level owner legal name:
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(Do not use a ``doing business as'' name.)

    (e) CAGE codes for entities located in the United States may be 
obtained by registration in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) 
application available at http:[sol][sol]www.acquisition.gov; or by 
submitting a DD Form 2051 to the address provided on the form. 
Instructions regarding the assignment of CAGE codes for entities 
located outside the United States are available at 
http:[sol][sol]www.dlis.dla.mil/forms/form_AC135.asp.
    (End of provision)

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