[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 18106-18108]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5797]


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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Part 1852

RIN 2700-AD70


Award Fee for Service and End-Item Contracts

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: NASA has adopted, without change, a final rule amending the 
NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to update the Award Fee for Service Contracts 
clause (NFS 1852.216-76) to clarify that the amount of award fee held 
in reserve, if any, shall not exceed $100,000 for the contract, and add 
similar language to the Award Fee for End-Item Contracts clause (NFS 
1852.216-77) to allow the contracting officer to withhold fee payments, 
at a not-to-exceed amount of $100,000 for the contract, in reserve to 
protect the Government's interests relative to an orderly and timely 
closeout of the contract.

DATES: Effective: April 26, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Roets, NASA, Office of 
Procurement, Contract Management Division, Room 5G86; (202) 358-4483; 
email: william.roets-1@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    A proposed rule was published on September 15, 2011 (76 FR 57014) 
updating NFS clause 52.216-76 to clarify that the amount of withheld 
award fee shall not exceed $100,000 for the contract revising paragraph 
(d) of this clause. As currently written, the clause specified a not-
to-exceed amount of 15 percent of the contract's potential award fee, 
and on large multi-million dollar procurements, this reserve could 
total millions of dollars which would be excessive for the intended 
purpose of this reserve. By capping this reserve at $100,000, NASA will 
set the appropriate maximum dollar amount for this potential reserve 
and will align this clause with similar language in FAR clauses 52.216-
8, Fixed-Fee, and 52.216-10, Incentive Fee. Similar language relative 
to withholding a reserve amount of fee, not to exceed $100,000, to 
protect the Government's interests relative to an orderly and timely 
closeout of the contract, is also being added to the Award Fee for End 
Item Contracts clause (NFS 1852.216-77). NASA received no comments on 
the proposed rule and has adopted the proposed rule as a final rule 
without change.

B. 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.

C. 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, at 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., 
because it merely updates, for clarification purposes, the maximum 
amount of award fee that can be withheld on a contract which will 
provide a benefit to all entities both large and small. In addition, 
award fee contracts are largely the province of large businesses with 
large dollar contracts and the changes promulgated in this final rule 
do not directly affect the current processes of Federal contractors. No 
comments from small entities were submitted in reference to the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act request under the proposed rule.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L., 104-13) does not apply 
because this final rule does not contain 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 1852

    Government procurement.

Sheryl Goddard,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Procurement.
    Accordingly, 48 CFR part 1852 is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 1852 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2455(a), 2473(c)(1).

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PART 1852--SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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2. Section 1852.216-76 is revised to read as follows:


1852.216-76  Award fee for service contracts.

    As prescribed in 1816.406-70(a), insert the following clause:

AWARD FEE FOR SERVICE CONTRACTS (APR 2012)

    (a) The contractor can earn award fee from a minimum of zero 
dollars to the maximum stated in NASA FAR Supplement clause 
1852.216-85, ``Estimated Cost and Award Fee'' in this contract.
    (b) Beginning 6* months after the effective date of this 
contract, the Government shall evaluate the Contractor's performance 
every 6* months to determine the amount of award fee earned by the 
contractor during the period. The Contractor may submit a self-
evaluation of performance for each evaluation period under 
consideration. These self-evaluations will be considered by the 
Government in its evaluation. The Government's Fee Determination 
Official (FDO) will determine the award fee amounts based on the 
Contractor's performance in accordance with [identify performance 
evaluation plan]. The plan may be revised unilaterally by the 
Government prior to the beginning of any rating period to redirect 
emphasis.
    (c) The Government will advise the Contractor in writing of the 
evaluation results. The [insert payment office] will make payment 
based on [Insert method of authorizing award fee payment, e.g., 
issuance of unilateral modification by contracting officer].
    (d) The Contracting Officer may direct the withholding of earned 
award fee payments until a reserve is set aside in an amount that 
the Contracting Officer considers necessary to protect the 
Government's interest relative to an orderly and timely closeout of 
the contract. This reserve shall not exceed 15 percent of the 
contract's total potential award fee or $100,000, whichever is less.
    (e) The amount of award fee which can be awarded in each 
evaluation period is limited to the amounts set forth at [identify 
location of award fee amounts]. Award fee which is not earned in an 
evaluation period cannot be reallocated to future evaluation 
periods.
    (f)(1) Provisional award fee payments [insert ``will'' or ``will 
not'', as applicable] be made under this contract pending the 
determination of the amount of fee earned for an evaluation period. 
If applicable, provisional award fee payments will be made to the 
Contractor on a [insert the frequency of provisional payments (not 
more often than monthly)] basis. The total amount of award fee 
available in an evaluation period that will be provisionally paid is 
the lesser of [Insert a percent not to exceed 80 percent] or the 
prior period's evaluation score.
    (2) Provisional award fee payments will be superseded by the 
final award fee evaluation for that period. If provisional payments 
exceed the final evaluation score, the Contractor will either credit 
the next payment voucher for the amount of such overpayment or 
refund the difference to the Government, as directed by the 
Contracting Officer.
    (3) If the Contracting Officer determines that the Contractor 
will not achieve a level of performance commensurate with the 
provisional rate, payment of provisional award fee will be 
discontinued or reduced in such amounts as the Contracting Officer 
deems appropriate. The Contracting Officer will notify the 
Contractor in writing if it is determined that such discontinuance 
or reduction is appropriate.
    (4) Provisional award fee payments [insert ``will'' or ``will 
not'', as appropriate] be made prior to the first award fee 
determination by the Government.
    (g) Award fee determinations are unilateral decisions made 
solely at the discretion of the Government.
    * [A period of time greater or lesser than 6 months may be 
substituted in accordance with 1816.405-272(a).]


(End of clause)

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3. Section 1852.216-77 is revised to read as follows:


1852.216-77  Award fee for end item contracts.

    As prescribed in 1816.406-70(b), insert the following clause:

AWARD FEE FOR END ITEM CONTRACTS (APR 2012)

    (a) The contractor can earn award fee, or base fee, if any, from 
a minimum of zero dollars to the maximum stated in NASA FAR 
Supplement clause 1852.216-85, ``Estimated Cost and Award Fee'' in 
this contract. All award fee evaluations, with the exception of the 
last evaluation, will be interim evaluations. At the last 
evaluation, which is final, the Contractor's performance for the 
entire contract will be evaluated to determine total earned award 
fee. No award fee or base fee will be paid to the Contractor if the 
final award fee evaluation is ``poor/unsatisfactory.''
    (b) Beginning 6* months after the effective date of this 
contract, the Government will evaluate the Contractor's interim 
performance every 6* months to monitor Contractor performance prior 
to contract completion and to provide feedback to the Contractor. 
The evaluation will be performed in accordance with [identify 
performance evaluation plan] to this contract. The Contractor may 
submit a self-evaluation of performance for each period under 
consideration. These self-evaluations will be considered by the 
Government in its evaluation. The Government will advise the 
Contractor in writing of the evaluation results. The plan may be 
revised unilaterally by the Government prior to the beginning of any 
rating period to redirect emphasis.
    (c)(1) Base fee, if applicable, will be paid in [Insert 
``monthly'', or less frequent period] installments based on the 
percent of completion of the work as determined by the Contracting 
Officer.
    (2) Interim award fee payments will be made to the Contractor 
based on each interim evaluation. The amount of the interim award 
fee payment is limited to the lesser of the interim evaluation score 
or 80 percent of the fee allocated to that period less any 
provisional payments made during the period. All interim award fee 
payments will be superseded by the final award fee determination.
    (3) Provisional award fee payments will [insert ``not'' if 
applicable] be made under this contract pending each interim 
evaluation. If applicable, provisional award fee payments will be 
made to the Contractor on a [insert the frequency of provisional 
payments (not more often than monthly) basis. The amount of award 
fee which will be provisionally paid in each evaluation period is 
limited to [Insert a percent not to exceed 80 percent] of the prior 
interim evaluation score (see [insert applicable cite]). Provisional 
award fee payments made each evaluation period will be superseded by 
the interim award fee evaluation for that period. If provisional 
payments made exceed the interim evaluation score, the Contractor 
will either credit the next payment voucher for the amount of such 
overpayment or refund the difference to the Government, as directed 
by the Contracting Officer. If the Government determines that (i) 
the total amount of provisional fee payments will apparently 
substantially exceed the anticipated final evaluation score, or (ii) 
the prior interim evaluation is ``poor/unsatisfactory,'' the 
Contracting Officer will direct the suspension or reduction of the 
future payments and/or request a prompt refund of excess payments as 
appropriate. Written notification of the determination will be 
provided to the Contractor with a copy to the Deputy Chief Financial 
Officer (Finance).
    (4) All interim (and provisional, if applicable) fee payments 
will be superseded by the fee determination made in the final award 
fee evaluation. The Government will then pay the Contractor, or the 
Contractor will refund to the Government the difference between the 
final award fee determination and the cumulative interim (and 
provisional, if applicable) fee payments. If the final award fee 
evaluation is ``poor/unsatisfactory'', any base fee paid will be 
refunded to the Government.
    (5) Payment of base fee, if applicable, will be made based on 
submission of an invoice by the Contractor. Payment of award fee 
will be made by the [insert payment office] based on [Insert method 
of making award fee payment, e.g., issuance of a unilateral 
modification by the Contracting Officer].
    (d) The Contracting Officer may direct the withholding of 
interim award fee payments until a reserve is set aside in an amount 
that the Contracting Officer considers necessary to protect the 
Government's interest relative to an orderly and timely closeout of 
the contract. This reserve shall not exceed 15 percent of the 
contracts total potential award fee or $100,000, whichever is less.

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    (e) Award fee determinations are unilateral decisions made 
solely at the discretion of the Government.
    * [A period of time greater or lesser than 6 months may be 
substituted in accordance with 1816.405-272(a).]


(End of clause)

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