[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 72 (Tuesday, April 15, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 21125-21126]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-08372]


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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

14 CFR Parts 1260, 1273, and 1274

RIN 2700-AE06


Removal of Procedures for Closeout of Grants and Cooperative 
Agreements

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is 
issuing a final rule removing from its regulation agency procedures for 
closeout of grants and cooperative agreements. Simultaneous with 
removal of the closeout procedures from the regulation, NASA will issue 
non-regulatory closeout procedures.

DATES: This final rule is effective April 15, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jamiel C. Commodore, NASA 
Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division, 
Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0302; email: 
Jamiel.C.Comodore@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    NASA published a proposed rule at 78FR68375-78FR68376 on November 
14, 2013, to begin an effort to remove agency internal policy, 
practices, and procedures from the regulation that do not have an 
impact on the public. No comments were received on the proposed rule. 
This final rule is published without change to the proposed rule.

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

    NASA 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 this final rule does not impose any additional requirements on 
small entities and, more importantly, this final rule serves to 
deregulate internal agency operating procedures which will eliminate 
unnecessary regulation.

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paper Reduction Act (Pub. L. 104-13) is not applicable because 
the removal of the closeout procedures does not require the submission 
of any information by recipients that requires the approval of the 
Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Parts 1260, 1273, and 1274

    Colleges and universities, Business and industry, Grant programs, 
Grants administration, Cooperative agreements, State and local 
governments, Non-profit organizations, Commercial firms, Recipients, 
Closeout procedures, Recipient reporting.

William P. McNally,
Assistant Administrator for Procurement.

    Accordingly, 14 CFR parts 1260, 1273, and 1274 are amended as 
follows:

PART 1260--GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 1260 is revised to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 51 U.S.C. 20113(e), Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 1003 (31 
U.S.C. 6301, et seq.), and 2 CFR Part 200.


Sec.  1260.77  [Removed and Reserved]

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2. Section 1260.77 is removed and reserved.

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PART 1273--UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND 
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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3. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 1273 is revised to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 51 U.S.C. 20113(e), Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 1003 (31 
U.S.C. 6301, et seq.), and 2 CFR Part 200.


Sec. Sec.  1273.50 and 1273.51  [Removed and Reserved]

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4. Sections 1273.50 and 1273.51 are removed and reserved.

PART 1274--COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH COMMERCIAL FIRMS

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5. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 1274 is revised to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 51 U.S.C. 20113(e), Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 1003 (31 
U.S.C. 6301, et seq.).


Sec. Sec.  1274.803 and 1274.804  [Removed and Reserved]

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6. Sections 1274.803 and 1274.804 are removed and reserved.

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