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48 CFR Parts 204, 208, 212 et al.





Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Interim Rule and 
Final Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 208, 212, 215, 233, 239, 244, and 252

RIN 0750-AH96


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Requirements 
Relating to Supply Chain Risk (DFARS Case 2012-D050)

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

ACTION: Interim rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD is issuing an interim rule amending the Defense Federal 
Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, as 
amended by the NDAA for FY 2013. This interim rule allows DoD to 
consider the impact of supply chain risk in specified types of 
procurements related to national security systems.

DATES:  Effective November 18, 2013.
    Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in 
writing to the address shown below on or before January 17, 2014, to be 
considered in the formation of a final rule.

ADDRESSES:  Submit comments identified by DFARS Case 2012-D050, using 
any of the following methods:
    [cir] Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments 
via the Federal eRulemaking portal by entering ``DFARS Case 2012-D050'' 
under the heading ``Enter keyword or ID'' and selecting ``Search.'' 
Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that corresponds with ``DFARS Case 
2012-D050.'' Follow the instructions provided at the ``Submit a 
Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and 
``DFARS Case 2012-D050'' on your attached document.
    [cir] Email: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2012-D050 in the 
subject line of the message.
    [cir] Fax: 571-372-6094.
    [cir] Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Dustin 
Pitsch, 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: Dustin Pitsch, Defense Acquisition 
Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP/DARS, Room 3B855, 3060 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060, telephone 571-372-6090.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    This interim rule amends the DFARS to implement section 806 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Pub. L. 111-
383), entitled ``Requirements for Information Relating to Supply Chain 
Risk,'' as amended by section 806 of the NDAA for FY 2013 (Pub. L. 112-
239), and allows DoD to consider the impact of supply chain risk in 
specified types of procurements related to national security systems. 
Section 806 defines supply chain risk as ``the risk that an adversary 
may sabotage, maliciously introduce unwanted function, or otherwise 
subvert the design, integrity, manufacturing, production, distribution, 
installation, operation, or maintenance of a covered system so as to 
surveil, deny, disrupt, or otherwise degrade the function, use, or 
operation of such system.''

II. Discussion and Analysis

    This DFARS change is necessary to implement the authorities 
provided to DoD by section 806, enabling DoD to establish a pilot 
program to mitigate supply chain risk, which is set to expire on 
September 30, 2018. These authorities are in addition to other 
available mitigations, which may not be adequate to protect against the 
malicious actions referred to in the definition of supply chain risk.
    Section 806 actions are permitted in procurements related to 
National Security Systems (NSS) (see 44 U.S.C. 3542(b)) that include a 
requirement relating to supply chain risk. This rule implements section 
806's three supply-chain risk-management approaches as follows:
    (1) The exclusion of a source that fails to meet qualification 
standards established in accordance with the requirements of 10 U.S.C. 
2319, for the purpose of reducing supply chain risk in the acquisition 
of covered systems.
    (2) The exclusion of a source that fails to achieve an acceptable 
rating with regard to an evaluation factor providing for the 
consideration of supply chain risk in the evaluation of proposals for 
the award of a contract or the issuance of a task or delivery order.
    (3) The decision to withhold consent for a contractor to 
subcontract with a particular source or to direct a contractor for a 
covered system to exclude a particular source from consideration for a 
subcontract under the contract.
    The rule establishes a new provision and clause (see DFARS 
239.7306) for inclusion in all solicitations and contracts, including 
contracts for commercial items or commercial off-the-shelf items 
involving the development or delivery of any information technology, 
whether acquired as a service or as a supply, because portions of these 
contracts may be used to support or link with one or more NSS. Another 
reason for including the provision and clause in all DoD solicitations 
and contracts for information technology is to manage the operational 
security risks of including the provision and clause only in 
procurements for very sensitive DoD procurements, thereby identifying 
those very procurements as a target for the risk section 806 aims to 
deter.
    However, several limiting provisions exist before the Government 
can exercise its authorities under section 806. First, use of section 
806 authorities is limited to the procurement of NSS or of covered 
items of supply used within NSS. Section 806 defines a ``covered item 
of supply'' as ``an item of information technology . . . that is 
purchased for inclusion in (an NSS), and the loss of integrity of which 
could result in a supply chain risk'' to the entire system. Therefore, 
though the clause will be inserted in all information-technology 
contracts, these authorities will not be able to be utilized for all 
information and communication technology in all systems, but rather 
only in those meeting the criteria stated above.
    Second, the decision to exclude a source under section 806 can only 
be made by the ``head of a covered agency,'' limited by definition to 
the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the military 
departments with delegation limited to officials at or above the level 
of the service acquisition executive for the agency.
    Third, the head of a covered agency seeking to exercise the 
authority of section 806 must obtain a joint recommendation from the 
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics 
(USD(AT&L)) and the Chief Information Officer of the Department of 
Defense (DoD CIO), based on a risk assessment from the Under Secretary 
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(USD(I)) that there is significant supply chain risk to a particular 
NSS.
    Fourth, the head of a covered agency, with the concurrence of the 
USD(AT&L), must make a written determination that the use of section 
806 authority is ``necessary to protect national security by reducing 
supply chain risk'' and that ``less intrusive measures are not 
reasonably available to reduce such supply chain risk.''
    Fifth, notice of each determination to exercise section 806 
authorities must be provided in advance to the appropriate 
congressional committees.
    Finally, section 806 expires on September 30, 2018 (see section 806 
of FY 2013 NDAA, Public Law 112-239).
    Section 806 also provides that the head of a covered agency may 
``limit, notwithstanding any other provision of law, in whole or in 
part, the disclosure of information relating to the basis for carrying 
out a covered procurement action'' if the head of a covered agency, 
with the concurrence of the USD (AT&L), determines in writing that 
``the risk to national security due to disclosure of such information 
outweighs the risk due to not disclosing such information.''
    If the Government exercises the authority provided to limit 
disclosure of information, no action undertaken by the Government under 
such authority shall be subject to review in a bid protest before the 
Government Accountability Office or in any Federal court.

III. 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 a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was 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.

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD does not expect this interim 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 companies have an existing interest in having a supply chain 
that it can rely on to provide it with material and supplies that allow 
the contractor to ultimately supply its customers with products that 
are safe and that do not impose threats or risks to government 
information systems.
    However, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) has been 
prepared because there is a growing interest by both the Government and 
industry in establishing cost efficient ways to protect the supply 
chain related to information technology purchases. Congress has 
recognized a growing concern for risks to the supply chain for 
technology contracts supporting the Department of Defense (DoD). 
Congress has defined supply chain risk as ``the risk that an adversary 
may sabotage, maliciously introduce unwanted function, or otherwise 
subvert the design, integrity, manufacturing, production, distribution, 
installation, operation, or maintenance of a covered system so as to 
surveil, deny, disrupt, or otherwise degrade the function, use, or 
operation of such system.'' (See section 806(e)(4) of Pub. L. 111-383.)
    The objective of this rule is to protect DoD against risks arising 
out of the supply chain.
    The legal basis for this rule is section 806 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (Pub. L. 
111-383), as amended by section 806 of the NDAA for FY 2013 (Pub. L. 
112-239). Additionally, the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 
5200.44, Protection of Mission Critical Functions to Achieve Trusted 
Systems and Networks (TSN), recognizes the need to improve supply chain 
risk management (SCRM). In doing so, the DoDI requires, among other 
things, implementation of section 806 in the DFARS and in appropriate 
solicitation and contract language.
    This rule applies to contractors involved in the development or 
delivery of any information technology, whether acquired by DoD as a 
service or as a supply. This includes commercial purchases as well as 
purchases of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) services or supplies.
    This rule does not require any specific reporting, recordkeeping or 
compliance requirements. It does, however, recognize the need for 
information technology contractors to implement appropriate safeguards 
and countermeasures to minimize supply chain risk. This rule, by 
itself, does not require contractors to deploy additional supply chain 
risk protections, but leaves it up to the individual contractors to 
take the steps they think are necessary to maintain existing or 
otherwise required safeguards and countermeasures as necessary for 
their own particular industrial methods to protect their supply chain.
    The rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other 
Federal rules.
    Consistent with the stated objectives of section 806 and the DoDI, 
no viable alternatives exist.
    Possible alternatives considered included having all contractors 
report, on all contracts, the nature of the supply chain risk 
mitigation efforts they have applied to their manufacturing processes. 
This would be unduly burdensome for both contractors and the 
Government.
    Another alternative is not to have section 806 clauses apply to 
commercial and COTS items or purchases below the simplified acquisition 
threshold. However, the requirements of section 806 should apply to 
contracts and subcontracts at or below the simplified acquisition 
threshold because the malicious introduction of unwanted functions may 
occur at any dollar threshold. Therefore, it would not be in the best 
interest of the Federal Government to exempt contracts and subcontracts 
at or below the simplified acquisition threshold from this requirement.
    In a like manner, the requirements of section 806 should apply to 
the procurement of commercial items (including COTS items) because the 
intent of the statute is to protect the supply chain which in turn 
protects all NSS. Commercial and COTS information technology supplies 
and services often become part of NSSs. Protection of the NSSs using 
the authority of section 806 requires application in all information 
technology supply and services contacts. Therefore, exempting 
commercial (including COTS) items from application of the statute would 
negate the intended effect of the statute.
    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 2012-D050) in 
correspondence.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The rule does not contain any information collection requirements 
that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 
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Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35.

VI. 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 promulgate this 
interim rule without prior opportunity for public comment. This action 
is necessary because of the urgent need to protect the National 
Security Systems (NSS) and the integrity of the supply chain to NSS. It 
is necessary to reduce supply chain risk in the acquisition of 
sensitive information technology systems that are used for intelligence 
or cryptologic activities; used for command and control of military 
forces; or from an integral part of a weapon system by avoiding 
sabotage, maliciously introducing unwanted functions, or other 
subversion of the design, integrity, manufacturing, production, 
installation, operation or maintenance of systems. Such acquisition 
decisions are made daily and, like other cybersecurity measures, the 
costs to mitigate supply chain risk after a system is already in 
operation can be very high. In addition, as this is a pilot authority 
set to expire on September 30, 2018, and the Congress has requested a 
report on the effectiveness of the authority not later than January 1, 
2017, therefore DoD must make this tool available immediately to begin 
the pilot program and gather feedback for the report to Congress.
    The globalization of information technology has increased the 
vulnerability of DoD to attacks on its systems and networks. Failure to 
implement this rule may cause harm to the Government and to individuals 
relying on the integrity of NSS, for example, the risk of allowing the 
malicious insertion of software code or an unwanted function designed 
to degrade DOD's sensitive systems. DoD has proceeded cautiously to 
ensure that this rule very closely mirrors the authorities provided in 
the statute and has little leeway to vary from those terms. However, 
pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 1707 and FAR 1.501-3(b), DoD will consider public 
comments received in response to this interim rule in the formation of 
the final rule.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 208, 212, 215, 233, 239, 244, and 
252

    Government procurement.

Manuel Quinones,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

    Therefore, 48 CFR parts 208, 212, 215, 233, 239, 244, and 252 are 
amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 208, 212, 215, 233, 239, 
244, and 252 continues to read as follows:

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

PART 208--REQUIRED SOURCES OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

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2. Add section 208.405 to read as follows:


208.405  Ordering procedures for Federal Supply Schedules.

    In all orders and blanket purchase agreements involving the 
development or delivery of any information technology, whether acquired 
as a service or as a supply, consider the need for an evaluation factor 
regarding supply chain risk (see subpart 239.73).

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3. Amend section 208.7402 by--
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a. Designating the text as paragraph (1); and
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b. Adding new paragraph (2) to read as follows:


208.7402  General.

    (1) * * *
    (2) In all orders and blanket purchase agreements involving the 
development or delivery of any information technology, whether acquired 
as a service or as a supply, consider the need for an evaluation factor 
regarding supply chain risk (see subpart 239.73).

PART 212--ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS

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4. Amend section 212.301 by--
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a. Revising paragraph (f)(xiv);
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b. Redesignating--
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i. Paragraphs (f)(liii) through (lxv) as (lvi) through (lxvii); and
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ii. Paragraphs (f)(xv) through (lii) as (f)(xvi) through (liii).

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c. Adding new paragraphs (f)(xv), (liv), and (lv).
    Revision and additions to read as follows:


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

    (f) * * *
    (xiv) Use the provision 252.215-7008, Only One Offer, as prescribed 
at 215.408(4);
    (xv) Use the clause at 252.219-7003, Small Business Subcontracting 
Plan (DoD Contracts), as prescribed in 219.708(b)(1)(A)(1), to comply 
with 15 U.S.C. 637. Use the clause with its Alternate I when prescribed 
in 219.708(b)(1)(A)(2).
* * * * *
    (liv) Use the provision at 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain 
Risk, as prescribed in 239.7306(a), to comply with section 806 of 
Public Law 111-383, in all solicitations for contracts involving the 
development or delivery of any information technology, whether acquired 
as a service or as a supply.
    (lv) Use the clause at 252.239-7018, Supply Chain Risk, as 
prescribed in 239.7306(b), to comply with section 806 of Public Law 
111-383, in all solicitations and contracts involving the development 
or delivery of any information technology, whether acquired as a 
service or as a supply.
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PART 215--CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION

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5. Amend section 215.304 by adding new paragraph (c)(v) to read as 
follows:


215.304  Evaluation factors and significant subfactors.

    (c) * * *
    (v) In all solicitations and contracts involving the development or 
delivery of any information technology, whether acquired as a service 
or as a supply, consider the need for an evaluation factor regarding 
supply chain risk (see subpart 239.73).
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6. Add new subpart 215.5 to read as follows:

Subpart 215.5--Preaward, Award, and Postaward Notifications, Protests, 
and Mistakes
Sec.
215.503 Notifications to unsuccessful offerors.
215.506 Postaward debriefing of offerors.

Subpart 215.5--Preaward, Award, and Postaward Notifications, 
Protests, and Mistakes


215.503  Notifications to unsuccessful offerors.

    If the Government exercises the authority provided in 239.7305(d), 
the notifications to unsuccessful offerors, either preaward or 
postaward, shall not reveal any information that is determined to be 
withheld from disclosure in accordance with section 806 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, as amended by section 
806 of the

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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (see subpart 
239.73).


215.506  Postaward debriefing of offerors.

    (e) If the Government exercises the authority provided in 
239.7305(d), the debriefing shall not reveal any information that is 
determined to be withheld from disclosure in accordance with section 
806 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, as 
amended by section 806 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2013 (see subpart 239.73).

PART 233--PROTESTS, DISPUTES, AND APPEALS

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7. Add new section 233.102 to read as follows:


233.102  General.

    If the Government exercises the authority provided in 239.7305(d) 
to limit disclosure of information, no action undertaken by the 
Government under such authority shall be subject to review in a bid 
protest before the Government Accountability Office or in any Federal 
court (see subpart 239.73).

PART 239--ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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8. Add new subpart 239.73 to read as follows:

Subpart 239.73--Requirements for Information Relating to Supply Chain 
Risk
Sec.
239.7300 Scope of subpart.
239.7301 Applicability.
239.7302 Definitions.
239.7303 Authorized individuals.
239.7304 Determination and notification.
239.7305 Exclusion and limitation on disclosure.
239.7306 Solicitation provision and contract clause.

Subpart 239.73--Requirements for Information Relating to Supply 
Chain Risk


239.7300  Scope of subpart.

    (a) This subpart implements section 806 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Pub. L. 111-383) and elements 
of DoD Instruction 5200.44, Protection of Mission Critical Functions to 
Achieve Trusted Systems and Networks (TSN), at (http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/520044p.pdf).
    (b) The authority provided in this subpart expires on September 30, 
2018 (see section 806(a) of Pub. L. 112-239).


239.7301  Applicability.

    Notwithstanding FAR 39.001, this subpart shall be applied to 
acquisition of information technology for national security systems, as 
that term is defined at 44 U.S.C. 3542(b), for procurements involving--
    (a) A source selection for a covered system or a covered item 
involving either a performance specification (see 10 U.S.C. 
2305(a)(1)(C)(ii)), or an evaluation factor (see 10 U.S.C. 
2305(a)(2)(A)), relating to supply chain risk;
    (b) The consideration of proposals for and issuance of a task or 
delivery order for a covered system or a covered item where the task or 
delivery order contract concerned includes a requirement relating to 
supply chain risk (see 10 U.S.C. 2304c(d)(3) and FAR 
16.505(b)(1)(iv)(D)); or
    (c) Any contract action involving a contract for a covered system 
or a covered item where such contract includes a requirement relating 
to supply chain risk.


239.7302  Definitions.

    As used in this subpart--
    Covered item means an item of information technology that is 
purchased for inclusion in a covered system, and the loss of integrity 
of which could result in a supply chain risk for a covered system (see 
section 806(e)(6) of Pub. L. 111-383).
    Covered system means a national security system, as that term is 
defined at 44 U.S.C. 3542(b) (see section 806(e)(5) of Pub. L. 111-38). 
It is any information system, including any telecommunications system, 
used or operated by an agency or by a contractor of an agency, or other 
organization on behalf of an agency--
    (1) The function, operation, or use of which--
    (i) Involves intelligence activities;
    (ii) Involves cryptologic activities related to national security;
    (iii) Involves command and control of military forces;
    (iv) Involves equipment that is an integral part of a weapon or 
weapons system; or
    (v) Is critical to the direct fulfillment of military or 
intelligence missions but this does not include a system that is to be 
used for routine administrative and business applications, including 
payroll, finance, logistics, and personnel management applications; or
    (2) Is protected at all times by procedures established for 
information that have been specifically authorized under criteria 
established by an Executive order or an Act of Congress to be kept 
classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy.
    Information technology, in lieu of the definition at FAR 2.1, and 
supply chain risk, are defined in the clause at 252.239-7018, Supply 
Chain Risk.


239.7303  Authorized individuals.

    (a) Subject to 239.7304, the following individuals are authorized 
to take the actions authorized by 239.7305:
    (1) The Secretary of Defense.
    (2) The Secretary of the Army.
    (3) The Secretary of the Navy.
    (4) The Secretary of the Air Force.
    (b) The individuals authorized at paragraph (a) may not delegate 
the authority to take the actions at 239.7305 or the responsibility for 
making the determination required by 239.7304 to an official below the 
level of--
    (1) For the Department of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense 
for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; and,
    (2) For the military departments, the senior acquisition executive 
for the department concerned.


239.7304  Determination and notification.

    The individuals authorized in 239.7303 may exercise the authority 
provided in 239.7305 only after--
    (a) Obtaining a joint recommendation by the Under Secretary of 
Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and the Chief 
Information Officer of the Department of Defense, on the basis of a 
risk assessment by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, 
that there is a significant supply chain risk to a covered system;
    (b) Making a determination in writing, in unclassified or 
classified form, with the concurrence of the Under Secretary of Defense 
for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, that--
    (1) Use of the authority in 239.7305(a)(b) or (c) is necessary to 
protect national security by reducing supply chain risk;
    (2) Less intrusive measures are not reasonably available to reduce 
such supply chain risk; and
    (3) In a case where the individual authorized in 239.7303 plans to 
limit disclosure of information under 239.7305(d), the risk to national 
security due to the disclosure of such information outweighs the risk 
due to not disclosing such information; and
    (c)(1) Providing a classified or unclassified notice of the 
determination made under paragraph (b) of this section--
    (i) In the case of a covered system included in the National 
Intelligence Program or the Military Intelligence Program, to the 
Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate, the Permanent Select 
Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives, and the 
congressional defense committees; and

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    (ii) In the case of a covered system not otherwise included in 
paragraph (a) of this section, to the congressional defense committees; 
and
    (2) The notice shall include--
    (i) The following information (see 10 U.S.C. 2304(f)(3)):
    (A) A description of the agency's needs.
    (B) An identification of the statutory exception from the 
requirement to use competitive procedures and a demonstration, based on 
the proposed contractor's qualifications or the nature of the 
procurement, of the reasons for using that exception.
    (C) A determination that the anticipated cost will be fair and 
reasonable.
    (D) A description of the market survey conducted or a statement of 
the reasons a market survey was not conducted.
    (E) A listing of the sources, if any, that expressed in writing an 
interest in the procurement.
    (F) A statement of the actions, if any, the agency may take to 
remove or overcome any barrier to competition before a subsequent 
procurement for such needs;
    (ii) The joint recommendation by the Under Secretary of Defense for 
Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and the Chief Information 
Officer of the Department of Defense as specified in paragraph (a);
    (iii) A summary of the risk assessment by the Under Secretary of 
Defense for Intelligence that serves as the basis for the joint 
recommendation specified in paragraph (a); and
    (iv) A summary of the basis for the determination, including a 
discussion of less intrusive measures that were considered and why they 
were not reasonably available to reduce supply chain risk.


239.7305  Exclusion and limitation on disclosure.

    Subject to 239.7304, the individuals authorized in 239.7303 may, in 
the course of conducting a covered procurement--
    (a) Exclude a source that fails to meet qualification standards 
established in accordance with the requirements of 10 U.S.C. 2319, for 
the purpose of reducing supply chain risk in the acquisition of covered 
systems;
    (b) Exclude a source that fails to achieve an acceptable rating 
with regard to an evaluation factor providing for the consideration of 
supply chain risk in the evaluation of proposals for the award of a 
contract or the issuance of a task or delivery order;
    (c) Withhold consent for a contractor to subcontract with a 
particular source or direct a contractor for a covered system to 
exclude a particular source from consideration for a subcontract under 
the contract; and
    (d) Limit, notwithstanding any other provision of law, in whole or 
in part, the disclosure of information relating to the basis for 
carrying out any of the actions authorized by paragraphs (a) through 
(c) of this section, and if such disclosures are so limited--
    (1) No action undertaken by the individual authorized under such 
authority shall be subject to review in a bid protest before the 
Government Accountability Office or in any Federal court; and
    (2) The authorized individual shall--
    (i) Notify appropriate parties of a covered procurement action and 
the basis for such action only to the extent necessary to effectuate 
the covered procurement action;
    (ii) Notify other Department of Defense components or other Federal 
agencies responsible for procurements that may be subject to the same 
or similar supply chain risk, in a manner and to the extent consistent 
with the requirements of national security; and
    (iii) Ensure the confidentiality of any such notifications.


239.7306  Solicitation provision and contract clause.

    (a) Insert the provision at 252.239-7017, Notice of Supply Chain 
Risk, in all solicitations, including solicitations using FAR part 12 
procedures for the acquisition of commercial items, that involve the 
development or delivery of any information technology whether acquired 
as a service or as a supply.
    (b) Insert the clause at 252.239-7018, Supply Chain Risk, in all 
solicitations and contracts, including solicitations and contracts 
using FAR part 12 procedures for the acquisition of commercial items, 
that involve the development or delivery of any information technology 
whether acquired as a service or as a supply.

PART 244--SUBCONTRACTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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9. Add new sections 244.201 and 244.201-1 to subpart 244.2 to read as 
follows:


244.201  Consent and advance notification requirements.


244.201-1  Consent requirements.

    In all solicitations and contracts involving the development or 
delivery of any information technology, whether acquired as a service 
or as a supply, consider the need for a consent to subcontract 
requirement regarding supply chain risk (see subpart 239.73).

PART 252--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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10. Add section 252.239-7017 to read as follows:


252.239-7017  Notice of supply chain risk.

    As prescribed in 239.7306(a), use the following provision:

NOTICE OF SUPPLY CHAIN RISK (NOV 2013)

    (a) Definition. Supply chain risk, as used in this provision, 
means the risk that an adversary may sabotage, maliciously introduce 
unwanted function, or otherwise subvert the design, integrity, 
manufacturing, production, distribution, installation, operation, or 
maintenance of a national security system (as that term is defined 
at 44 U.S.C. 3542(b)) so as to surveil, deny, disrupt, or otherwise 
degrade the function, use, or operation of such system.
    (b) In order to manage supply chain risk, the Government may use 
the authorities provided by section 806 of Public Law 111-383. In 
exercising these authorities, the Government may consider 
information, public and non-public, including all-source 
intelligence, relating to an offeror and its supply chain.
    (c) If the Government exercises the authority provided in 
section 806 of Pub. L. 111-383 to limit disclosure of information, 
no action undertaken by the Government under such authority shall be 
subject to review in a bid protest before the Government 
Accountability Office or in any Federal court.


(End of provision)

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11. Add section 252.239-7018 to read as follows:


252.239-7018  Supply chain risk.

    As prescribed in 239.7306(b), use the following clause:

SUPPLY CHAIN RISK (NOV 2013)

    (a) Definitions. As used in this clause--
    Information technology (see 40 U.S.C 11101(6)) means, in lieu of 
the definition at FAR 2.1, any equipment, or interconnected 
system(s) or subsystem(s) of equipment, that is used in the 
automatic acquisition, storage, analysis, evaluation, manipulation, 
management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, 
transmission, or reception of data or information by the agency.
    (1) For purposes of this definition, equipment is used by an 
agency if the equipment is used by the agency directly or is used by 
a contractor under a contract with the agency that requires--
    (i) Its use; or
    (ii) To a significant extent, its use in the performance of a 
service or the furnishing of a product.
    (2) The term ``information technology'' includes computers, 
ancillary equipment

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(including imaging peripherals, input, output, and storage devices 
necessary for security and surveillance), peripheral equipment 
designed to be controlled by the central processing unit of a 
computer, software, firmware and similar procedures, services 
(including support services), and related resources.
    (3) The term ``information technology'' does not include any 
equipment acquired by a contractor incidental to a contract.
    Supply chain risk means the risk that an adversary may sabotage, 
maliciously introduce unwanted function, or otherwise subvert the 
design, integrity, manufacturing, production, distribution, 
installation, operation, or maintenance of a national security 
system (as that term is defined at 44 U.S.C. 3542(b)) so as to 
surveil, deny, disrupt, or otherwise degrade the function, use, or 
operation of such system.
    (b) The Contractor shall maintain controls in the provision of 
supplies and services to the Government to minimize supply chain 
risk.
    (c) In order to manage supply chain risk, the Government may use 
the authorities provided by section 806 of Public Law 111-383. In 
exercising these authorities, the Government may consider 
information, public and non-public, including all-source 
intelligence, relating to a Contractor's supply chain.
    (d) If the Government exercises the authority provided in 
section 806 of Public Law 111-383 to limit disclosure of 
information, no action undertaken by the Government under such 
authority shall be subject to review in a bid protest before the 
Government Accountability Office or in any Federal court.
    (e) The Contractor shall include the substance of this clause, 
including this paragraph (e), in all subcontracts involving the 
development or delivery of any information technology, whether 
acquired as a service or as a supply.


(End of clause)

[FR Doc. 2013-27311 Filed 11-15-13; 8:45 am]
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