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Title 48 – Federal Acquisition Regulations System–Volume 7


Part


chapter 29 – Department of Labor

2901


chapter 30 – Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR)

3001


chapter 34 – Department of Education Acquisition Regulation

3401


chapter 51 – Department of the Army Acquisition Regulations [Reserved]


chapter 52 – Department of the Navy Acquisition Regulations

5231


chapter 53 – Department of the Air Force Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement [Reserved]


chapter 54 – Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Defense

5416


chapter 57 – African Development Foundation

5706


chapter 61 – Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, General Services Administration

6101


chapter 99 – Cost Accounting Standards Board, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget

9900

CHAPTER 29 – DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

SUBCHAPTER A – GENERAL

PART 2900 [RESERVED]

PART 2901 – DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ACQUISITION REGULATION SYSTEM


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2901.0 – Scope of Subpart

2901.001 Scope of part.

This chapter may be referred to as the Department of Labor Acquisition Regulation or the DOLAR. This subpart sets forth introductory information about the Department of Labor Acquisition Regulation. This subpart explains the relationship of the DOLAR to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and explains the DOLAR’s purpose, authority, applicability, exclusions, and issuance.


Subpart 2901.1 – Purpose, Authority, Issuance

2901.101 Purpose.

(a) Chapter 29, Department of Labor Acquisition Regulation, is established within Title 48 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation System of the Code of Federal Regulations.


(b) The purpose of the DOLAR is to implement the FAR, and to supplement the FAR when coverage is needed for subject matter not covered in the FAR. The DOLAR is not by itself a complete document, as it must be used in conjunction with the FAR.


2901.103 Authority.

The DOLAR is issued pursuant to the authority of the Secretary of Labor under 5 U.S.C. 301 and 40 U.S.C. 486(c). This authority has been delegated to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management under Secretary’s Order 4-76 in accordance with FAR 1.301(d)(3).


2901.105-2 Arrangement of regulations.

(a) Numbering. Where DOLAR implements the FAR, the implementing part, subpart, section or subsection of the DOLAR is numbered and captioned, to the extent feasible, the same as the FAR part, subpart, section or subsection being implemented, except that the section or subsection being implemented is preceded with a 29 or a 290 such that there will always be four numbers to the left of the first decimal. For example, the DOLAR implementation of FAR l.105-l is shown as 290l.105-1 and the DOLAR implementation of FAR subpart 24.1 is shown as DOLAR subpart 2924.1. Material which supplements the FAR is assigned the subsection numbers 70 and up. For example, the DOL regulation governing appointment and termination of contracting officers’ technical representatives is identified as 2901.603-71.


(b) References to FAR materials within the DOLAR will include the acronym FAR and the identifying number, for example, FAR l.104-2(c)(2). References to DOLAR materials within the DOLAR simply cite the identifying number, for example, 2901.104-2(c)(2).


2901.105-3 Copies.

Copies of the DOLAR published in the Federal Register, CD-ROM, or Code of Federal Regulations may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, or from the Government Printing Office Web Page, http://www.gpo.gov/. Requests should reference the DOLAR as chapter 29 of title 48. The Code of Federal Regulations is printed in paperback edition with updates as needed. Additional information on DOL may be obtained on the Internet at www.dol.gov. Other DOL procurement policy documents referenced within the DOLAR may be available when appropriate by mail from the Division of Acquisition Management Services.


Subpart 2901.2 – Administration

2901.201-1 Maintenance of the FAR.

A member of the Division of Acquisition Management Services (DAMS), an organization within the Office of Acquisition and Management Support Services, the Business Operations Center, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), represents the Department of Labor on the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC). DAMS will be responsible for coordination with all interested DOL elements regarding proposed FAR revisions and advocating revisions sought by DOL.


Subpart 2901.3 – Agency Acquisition Regulations

2901.302 Limitations.

DOLAR System issuances are limited to published, codified, Department-wide regulations, which implement or supplement FAR policies and procedures and which affect organizations or individuals seeking to contract with the Department.


2901.304 Agency control and compliance procedures.

(a) The DOLAR is under the direct oversight and control of the Department’s Senior Procurement Executive. Procedures for review and approval of issuances under the DOLAR System comply with FAR subparts 1.3 and 1.4. These procedures are contained in subpart 2901.6.


(b) DOLAR issuances shall comply with the restrictions in FAR 1.304(b).


(c) Heads of Contracting Activity (HCAs) must submit all proposed instructions and materials that implement or supplement the DOLAR to the Director, DAMS. In conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor, DAMS will review all issuances whether or not they will be published in the Federal Register as a part of the DOLAR System. In the case of internal procurement policy instructions, the purpose of the review is to ascertain that such instructions are consistent with the FAR and the DOLAR and that they do not contain information which should be issued under the DOLAR.


Subpart 2901.4 – Deviations From the FAR and DOLAR

2901.403 Individual deviations from the FAR.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive is authorized to approve deviations from FAR provisions (see FAR 1.403) or DOLAR provisions, which affect only one contracting action, unless FAR 1.405(e) is applicable. Requests for deviations shall be submitted through the Director, DAMS.


(b) Requests for deviations under paragraph (a) of this section must be submitted by the HCA and include justification as to why the deviation is required.


(c) A copy of the approved deviation must be included in the contract file.


2901.404 Class deviations.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive is authorized to approve class deviations from FAR or DOLAR provisions which affect more than one contracting action, unless FAR 1.405(e) is applicable. The request for deviation is submitted through the Director, DAMS.


(b) Requests for deviations under paragraph (a) of this section must be submitted by the HCA and include justification as to why the deviation is required and the number of contracting actions which will be affected.


(c) For a FAR class deviation the Director, DAMS will consult with the Chair of the CAAC, as required in FAR 1.404(a)(1), before authorizing the deviation.


(d) A copy of the approved class deviation must be included in each contract file.


(e) Recommended revisions to the FAR and a copy of each approved class FAR deviation will be transmitted to the FAR Secretariat by the Director, DAMS as required in FAR 1.404.


2901.405 Deviations pertaining to treaties and executive agreements.

(a) The Director, DAMS is responsible for transmitting to the FAR Secretariat the information required in FAR 1.405(d).


(b) For deviations not authorized by FAR 1.405(b) or (c), the Director, DAMS, will process the request for deviation through the FAR Secretariat.


Subpart 2901.6 – Career Development, Contracting Authority, and Responsibilities

2901.601 General.

(a) This section deals with contracting authority and responsibilities of the head of the agency as described in 2902.1, FAR subpart 1.6 and this subpart.


(1) The authority and responsibility vested in the Secretary to contract for authorized supplies and services is delegated to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.


(2) The Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management may delegate contracting authority to a bureau or agency within the Department of Labor as he/she delineates in writing.


(b) The Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, acting through the Senior Procurement Executive, may delegate additional procurement authority subject to the issuance of warrants by the Senior Procurement Executive, and reserves the right to rescind any acquisition authority, if it is determined that such action is in the best interest of the Government.


2901.602 Contracting officers.

2901.602-1 Authority.

Contracting warrants, at all levels above the micro-purchase threshold, must be requested by the HCA in writing and signed by the Senior Procurement Executive. Warrants may be accompanied by letters of appointment that may provide requirements for maintaining the warrant (e.g., maintaining current documentation for the FAR, DOLAR, and other guidance, and recurrent training). Copies of the appointment shall be maintained in the Division of Acquisition Management Services. Contracting officers must display the original warrant (and its limitations) in their workspace. A listing of current contracting officers may be available for review on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/oasam/grants/prgms.htm. To modify a contracting officer’s authority, the present appointment must be revoked and a new certificate issued.


2901.602-3 Ratification of unauthorized commitments.

(a) If the HCA agrees that the commitment appears to be without valid authorization, the Division of Acquisition Management Services must be notified by the HCA in accordance with the procedures outlined in this section.


(b) Ratifications – Thresholds. The Department of Labor may only ratify acquisitions that were intended to fulfill a bona fide need and otherwise could have been authorized when made. If the action to be ratified is not approved, then the employee who authorized the work may be liable for the entire cost of the action. Requests received by contracting officers for ratification of commitments made by personnel lacking contracting authority must be processed as follows:


Dollar threshold
Must be approved by (Ratifying official)
Steps to be followed
Below the micro-purchase thresholdHead of the Contracting Office1 through 5 & 7.
Between the micropurchase threshold and the Simplified Acquisition ThresholdHead of Contracting Activity1 through 5 & 7.
Above the Simplified Acquisition ThresholdAssistant Secretary for Administration and Management, after review by the Procurement Review Board1 through 7.

Note: DOL procurement policies require review by the Procurement Review Board of advisory and assistance services acquisitions above $50,000 for competitive acquisitions and at any dollar amount for noncompetitive acquisitions, and waivers for contracts with employees and recently separated employees. Therefore, review by the PRB is required for unauthorized obligations at these lower thresholds.


Step – Instruction

(1) The individual is placed on notice by the contracting officer, in writing, that the purchase may be inappropriate because he did not have a purchasing request, funding, or authority to obligate the Government to make an expenditure of funds.


(i) The individual who made the unauthorized contractual commitment shall furnish the contracting officer all records and documents concerning the commitment and a complete written statement of the facts, including, but not limited to a statement as to why the acquisition office was not used, a description of work to be performed or products to be furnished, an estimated or agreed-upon contract price, citation of appropriation available, and a statement as to whether the contractor has commenced performance.


(ii) In the absence of such an individual, the head of the applicable office will be responsible for providing such information, including an explanation of why the individual who made the unauthorized commitment is unavailable to provide this information.


(2) The individual who made the unauthorized commitment or the head of the applicable office, as appropriate, shall provide a determination and finding (See FAR 1.704) to the contracting officer indicating that:


(i) Supplies or services have been provided to and accepted by the Government, or the Government otherwise has obtained or will obtain a benefit resulting from performance of the unauthorized commitment;


(ii) A procurement request and/or accompanying documentation including a statement signed by the individual that explains why normal acquisition procedures were not followed, explains why the source was selected, lists other sources considered, describes the work, and estimates or states the agreed upon price. (If the DOL employee who made the unauthorized commitment is no longer available, appropriate program personnel must provide the information described in this paragraph); and


(iii) Funds are available and were available at the time of the unauthorized commitment.


(3) The contracting officer reviewing the unauthorized commitment shall determine whether the price is fair and reasonable and if payment is recommended to the ratifying official. (The contracting officer may rely upon written documentation submitted by managing staff above the individual who made the unauthorized commitment, in making his/her determination.)


(4) Legal review is required before ratification by the ratifying official.


(5) The ratifying official shall make an affirmative determination and finding that:


(i) The resulting purchase order or contract would otherwise have been proper if made by an appropriate contracting officer.


(ii) The contracting officer reviewing the unauthorized commitment has determined that the price is fair and reasonable and payment is recommended.


(6) For cases over the simplified acquisition threshold, all documentation for steps (1) through (5) must be forwarded to the Director, Division of Acquisition Management Services, for submission to the Procurement Review Board. However, the ratifying official is responsible for directing the receipt and acceptance for all products and deliverables received by the Government as a result of an unauthorized commitment.


(7) The supervisor of the individual who made the unauthorized commitment shall prepare a corrective action plan to preclude further unauthorized commitments (e.g., ethics, purchase card, or administrative procedures training, or other appropriate action). The ratifying official may approve the corrective action plan. The individual shall report to the ratifying official in writing when the corrective action has been initiated and again after it has been fully implemented.


2901.603 Selection, appointment, and termination of appointment.

2901.603-1 General.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive will develop and manage an acquisition career management program for contracting personnel. Training requirements must conform to Office of Federal Procurement Policy Letters 92-3, 97-01, and the Federal Acquisition Institute’s curriculum. These references are available at:


http://www.arnet.gov/Library/OFPP/PolicyLetters/Letters/PL97-01.html,

http://www.arnet.gov/Library/OFPP/PolicyLetters/Letters/PL92-3.html, and through the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) at:

http://www.faionline.com/fai/campus/index4.htm.

(b) The program must cover all contracting personnel in the following categories:


(1) General Schedule (GS-1102) Contracting Series (See also FAR 1.603);


(2) Contracting officers, regardless of General Schedule Series, with contracting authority above the simplified acquisition threshold;


(3) Purchasing Series (GS-1105), other individuals performing purchasing duties and individuals with contracting authority between the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds.


(4) All Contracting Officer Technical Representatives as identified in 2901.603-71.


2901.603-3 Appointment.

General. In accordance with FAR 1.603-3, appointments will be made in writing on an SF 1402 for all warrants above the micro-purchase threshold. In addition, appointments may be made for specific functions unrelated to dollar threshold, such as indirect cost negotiation, debt management, and closeout functions.


(a) Purchase Cards (micro-purchase threshold). Purchase cardholders will be appointed in accordance with the DOL Guidelines for Purchase Card Use and the Agency/Office procedures approved by the HCA. Agency/Organization Purchase Card Coordinators requesting issuance of a purchase card must be responsible for ensuring that the purchase cardholder has taken an orientation course before issuance and/or use of the purchase card. A list of purchase cardholders is available at: http://www.dol.gov/oasam/foia/hotfoia/citibank-list.htm.


(b) Simplified Acquisition Threshold (currently $100,000). The HCA may request a delegation of procurement authority not to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold based on education, training, and experience in the acquisition field. Effective July 26, 2004, all new appointments must comply with training requirements listed in “OFPP Policy Letter No. 92-3, Procurement Professionalism Program Policy-Training for Contracting Personnel”, dated June 24, 1992.


(c) $500,000. The HCA may request a delegation of procurement authority not to exceed $500,000 based on the individual’s education, training and experience in contracting. Although primarily reserved for those in the GS-1102 series, the HCA may consider business acumen, education, training, and experience. Effective May 27, 2004, all new appointments must comply with training requirements listed in “OFPP Policy Letter No. 92-3, Procurement Professionalism Program Policy-Training for Contracting Personnel”, dated June 24, 1992.


(d) Unlimited. The HCA may request a delegation of procurement authority on an unlimited basis for individuals whose education, training, and experience in contracting warrant such authority. Although primarily reserved for those in the GS-1102 series, the HCA may consider length of service, training, and experience. Effective May 27, 2004, all new appointments must comply with training requirements listed in “OFPP Policy Letter No. 92-3, Procurement Professionalism Program Policy-Training for Contracting Personnel”, dated June 24, 1992.


2901.603-4 Terminations.

Termination of a contracting officer’s appointment will be made in writing unless the warrant contains the basis for the termination (i.e., retirement, reassignment). Terminations may be immediate, but must not operate retroactively.


2901.603-70 Responsibility of other government personnel.

(a) Only DOL personnel with contracting authority shall obligate DOL to any type of contractual obligation and only to the extent of their delegated authority. Responsibility for determining how to buy, the conduct of the buying process, and execution of the contract rests with the contracting officer.


(b) Personnel responsible for determining agency needs should maintain a close and continuous relationship with their contracting officer to ensure that acquisition personnel are made aware of contemplated acquisition actions. This will be mutually beneficial in terms of better planning for acquisition action and more timely, efficient and economical acquisition.


(c) Personnel not delegated contracting authority or insufficient contracting authority may not commit the Government, formally or informally, to any type of contractual obligation. However, DOL personnel who must use the contracting process to accomplish their programs must support the contracting officer to ensure that:


(1) Requirements are clearly defined and specified without being overly restrictive in accordance with FAR 11.002;


(2) Competitive sources are solicited, evaluated, and selected as appropriate;


(3) The FAR and the Competition in Contracting Act requirements for full and open competition are satisfied to the maximum extent practicable. Sole source purchases may only be permitted in accordance with FAR Subpart 6.3 or other applicable provisions of the FAR (e.g. FAR part 8) or federal law;


(4) Quality standards are prescribed, and met;


(5) Performance or delivery is timely;


(6) Files are documented to substantiate the judgments, decisions, and actions taken, including compliance with paragraphs (c)(2) and (3) of this section;


(7) Requirements are written so as to encourage competition and to comply with regulations and federal policy for meeting acquisition goals such as performance-based contracting, HUBZone contractors, etc. The contracting officer will identify these programs to the program office.


2901.603-71 Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives (COTR).

(a) At the time a COTR is to become responsible for a contract, task order, or delivery order, the contracting officer must issue a written letter of delegation informing the individual by name of his or her authority, including a delineation of applicable limitations and responsibilities. This applies to contracts awarded by the Department of Labor and those awarded by other agencies, such as Federal Supply Schedule Contracts or Economy Act transactions. Only the contracting officer cognizant of the contract action may make a COTR delegation. However, a contracting officer at any level above the cognizant contracting officer may sign the delegation letter, following his or her determination of its accuracy, completeness, and sufficiency.


(b) The functions of a COTR typically may include such actions as inspecting, testing, and accepting contract line items, monitoring the contractor’s performance, controlling Government-furnished property, reviewing and approving and/or recommending to the contracting officer approval/disapproval of vouchers/invoices, etc. An individual COTR may have only the duties specifically identified in a written delegation to him or her by name (i.e., COTR duties may not be delegated to a position) and has no authority to exceed them.


(c) Contracting officers may not delegate to the COTR the following authorities:


(1) The authority to issue task or delivery orders against a contract or any of the agreements defined under FAR 16.7;


(2) The authority to change any of the terms and conditions of a contract or any of the agreements defined under FAR 16.7;


(3) The authority to sign contracts or contract modifications;


(4) The authority to write letters to the contractor that will affect the cost or schedule of the contract. The authority to otherwise write letters to a contractor must require the COTR to send a copy of the letters to the contracting officer for the contract file;


(5) The authority to approve contractors’ final invoices under cost-reimbursement contracts. However, the COTR must make a final payment recommendation to the contracting officer; or


(6) The authority to commit the Government to any adjustments to the price or cost of the contract or order (e.g., the contracting officer must sign all pre-negotiation and price negotiation memoranda including those which may be combined into one document for those adjustments valued at $100,000 or less).


(d) The contracting officer’s delegation must include the admonition that the COTR may be personally liable for unauthorized commitments. Contracting officer authority to sign or authorize contractual instruments must not be delegated through a COTR designation or by any means other than a contracting officer warrant.


(e) The contractor must be notified of the COTR designation in writing and a copy of the COTR letter of appointment also must be provided to the contractor. The contracting officer must provide the COTR with a copy of the COTR designation notification that was sent to the contractor.


(f) The letter delegating COTR authority must include the contract number, and must include the following information, at a minimum:


(1) Contracting officer’s and contract specialist’s/administrator’s name and telephone number;


(2) COTR’s specific authority and responsibilities;


(3) COTR’s specific limitations, including the admonition that the COTR may be personally liable for unauthorized commitments;


(4) Detailed description of the types of files and the content of the files to be maintained by the COTR;


(5) Reference to meeting applicable requirements for ethics, procurement integrity, no conflict of interest, and proper standards of conduct, including a copy of FAR part 3, and other regulations, statutes, or directives governing these topics (e.g., 5 CFR part 2635 Standards of Conduct);


(6) A requirement that the COTR acknowledge receipt and acceptance of the letter and return it to the contracting officer;


(7) A description of the training required and information on obtaining such training.


(g) Applicability. The eligibility requirements of this subpart must apply to all individuals who are designated by the contracting officer as COTRs.


(h) Eligibility standards. To be determined eligible for an appointment as a DOL COTR, the following standards must be met:


(1) The candidate must attend and successfully complete a minimum of a 16-hour basic COTR course; and


(2) The candidate must attend a minimum of 1 hour of training specifically in procurement ethics, either through courses offered periodically by the Department of Labor, another federal agency’s program, or a commercial vendor.


(i) Limitations. Effective May 27, 2004, each COTR appointment made by the contracting officer must clearly state that the representative is not an authorized contracting officer and does not have the authority under any circumstances to:


(1) Award, agree to award, or execute any contract, contract modification, notice of intent, or other form of binding agreement;


(2) Obligate, in any manner, the payment of money by the Government;


(3) Make a final decision on any contract matter which is subject to the clause at FAR 52.233-1, Disputes; or


(4) Terminate, suspend, or otherwise interfere with the contractor’s right to proceed, or direct any changes in the contractor’s performance that are inconsistent with or materially change the contract specifications.


(j) Termination. (1) Termination of the COTR’s appointment must be made in writing by a contracting officer and must give the effective date of the termination. The contracting officer must promptly modify the contract once a COTR termination notice has been issued. A termination notice is not required when the COTR’s appointment terminates upon expiration of the contract.


(2) COTRs may be terminated for reasons (not an exhaustive listing) such as exceeding their authorities and limitations, conflicts of interest, unethical conduct, failure to perform, reassignment/resignation/retirement, and upon completion of the contract to which assigned.


(k) Waivers. No individual may serve as a COTR on any contract without the requisite training and signed COTR certificate for the file. In the rare event that there is an urgent requirement for a specific individual to serve as a COTR and the individual has not successfully completed the required training, the HCA may waive the training requirements and authorize the individual to perform the COTR duties.


2901.603-72 Administrative procurement management reviews.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive is responsible for performing administrative procurement reviews for each procurement office in the Department of Labor, except the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The purpose of these reviews is to audit internal controls to ensure compliance with established procurement law, regulations, policies, procedures and applicable directives. The reviews are to emphasize the development and improvement of managerial controls and best practices.


(b) The administrative procurement review system is a three-pronged approach that includes self-assessment, statistical data for validation, and flexible quality reviews and assessment techniques. This system is required to:


(1) Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of office acquisition systems;


(2) Assess the adequacy of policies, procedures and regulations governing the acquisition process; and


(3) Identify and implement changes necessary to improve the systems.


(c) The Senior Procurement Executive shall establish procurement review procedures, which will focus on:


(1) Conformance with policies of the FAR, DOLAR and the Department of Labor Manual Series 2-800 and 2-900.


(2) Conformance with federal reporting requirements for the Department of Labor.


(3) Understanding of new department-wide or government-wide initiatives (e.g., E-Procurement).


(4) Government-wide procedures established by the Office of Management and Budget.


(d) HCAs are responsible for ensuring contracting activity compliance with law and regulations through the review and oversight process.


Subpart 2901.7 – Determinations and Findings

2901.707 Signatory authority.

A class justification for other than full and open competition must be approved in writing by the same approval authority as for individual justifications in accordance with FAR 6.304(a). The approval level must be determined by the estimated total value of the class.


PART 2902 – DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 40 U.S.C. 486(c).

Subpart 2.1 – Definitions

2902.101 Definitions.

(a) Commonly used words and terms are defined in FAR subpart 2.1. This part 2902 gives DOL-specific meanings for some of these words and terms and defines other words and terms commonly used in the DOL acquisition process.


(b) The following words and terms are used as defined in this subpart unless the context in which they are used clearly requires a different meaning, or a different definition is prescribed for a particular part or portion of a part:


Competition Advocate The Competition Advocate for the Department of Labor is appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management and is defined in FAR 6.5 and 2906.5. If the appointee is recused from a procurement action, the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management may designate another official to act in that capacity.


Contracting Activity means an agency or component office within the Department of Labor with specific responsibility for managing contract functions pursuant to one or more warrants signed by the Senior Procurement Executive (or the Office of the Inspector General for its contracting activity).


Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative means the individual appointed by the contracting officer to represent the Department of Labor’s programmatic interests on a Department of Labor contract, task order, or delivery order. This individual is responsible to the contracting officer for overseeing receipt and acceptance of goods/services by the Government, reporting on the contractor’s performance, and approving/disapproving payment to the contractor. Authority is otherwise limited to giving technical direction to the contractor within the framework of the contract (see 2901.603-71). This position may go by other titles, such as: a technical point of contact (TPOC) or Contacting Officer’s Representative (COR).


Head of Agency (also called agency head), for the FAR and DOLAR only, means the Secretary of Labor or his/her designee except that the Secretary of Labor is the Head of Agency for acquisition actions, which by the terms of a statute or delegation must be performed specifically by the Secretary of Labor; the Inspector General is the Head of Agency in all cases for the Office of the Inspector General.


Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) means the official who has overall responsibility for managing the contracting activity, when the contracting activity has more than one person with a warrant issued by the Senior Procurement Executive or, in the case of the Office of the Inspector General, issued by the Inspector General or his/her designee. Each Head of Agency may designate HCA(s) as appropriate to be responsible for managing contracting activities within his or her respective Agency.


Senior Procurement Executive means the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management or his/her designee.


[69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, as amended at 84 FR 45437, Aug. 29, 2019]


PART 2903 – IMPROPER BUSINESS PRACTICES AND PERSONAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2903.1 – Safeguards

2903.101 Standards of conduct.

2903.101-1 General.

The statutory prohibitions and their application to DOL personnel are discussed in the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 CFR part 2635 and the supplemental DOL standards of conduct, 5 CFR part 5201. All DOL personnel involved in acquisitions must become familiar with these statutory prohibitions. Any questions concerning them must be referred to an Agency Ethics Official in the Office of the Solicitor. In addition to criminal penalties, the statutes provide that transactions entered into in violation of these prohibitions are voidable (18 U.S.C. 218). Any suspected violations must be reported promptly to the Office of the Inspector General.


2903.104 Procurement integrity.

2903.104-3 Definitions.

Agency ethics official means the Solicitor or the Associate Solicitor for Legislation and Legal Counsel.


2903.104-5 Disclosure, protection, and marking of contractor bid or proposal information and source selection information.

(a) Government employees serving in the following positions are authorized access to proprietary or source selection information, but only to the extent necessary to perform their official duties:


(1) Personnel participating in technical evaluation panels (i.e., source selection board) or personnel evaluating an offeror’s or bidder’s technical or cost proposal under other competitive procedures, and personnel evaluating protests.


(2) Personnel assigned to the contracting office.


(3) The initiator of the procurement request (to include the official having principal technical cognizance over the requirement).


(4) Small business specialists.


(5) Personnel assigned to the Office of the Solicitor.


(6) Personnel assigned to the Department of Labor’s Division of Cost Determination and the Defense Contract Audit Agency.


(7) Personnel assigned to the Division of Acquisition Management Services.


(8) Members of the Procurement Review Board.


(9) The Office of the Inspector General.


(10) Other Government employees authorized by the contracting officer.


(11) Supervisors, at any level, of the personnel listed in this paragraph (a).


(b) The originator of information that may be source selection information must consult with the contracting officer or the procurement officer, who must determine whether the information is source selection information. DOL personnel responsible for preparing source selection information as defined in FAR 2.101 must assure that the material is marked with the legend in FAR 3.104-4 at the time the material is prepared.


(c) Unless marked with the legend “SOURCE SELECTION INFORMATION – SEE FAR 3.104-4,” draft specifications, purchase descriptions, and statements of work could erroneously be released during a market survey in order to determine the capabilities of potential competitive sources (see FAR 7.1 and FAR 10).


2903.104-7 Violations or possible violations of standards of conduct.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive is the individual designated to receive the contracting officer’s report of violations.


(b) The HCA or designee must refer all information describing an actual or possible violation to the Associate Solicitor for Legislation and Legal Counsel, the Senior Procurement Executive, and Inspector General staff.


Subpart 2903.2 – Contractor Gratuities to Government Personnel

2903.203 Reporting suspected violations of the Gratuities clause.

Contractor gratuities offered to Government personnel are subject to the restriction under the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 CFR part 2635.


2903.204 Treatment of violations.

Any suspected violations of FAR subpart 3.2 and the clause at FAR 52.203-3, Gratuities, must be reported to the Office of the Inspector General. The authority to determine whether a violation of the Gratuities clause by the contractor, its agent, or another representative, has occurred and the appropriate remedies are delegated to the HCA.


Subpart 2903.6 – Contracts With Government Employees or Organizations Owned or Controlled by Them

2903.601 Policy.

In addition to restrictions placed on current Federal government employees, 18 U.S.C. 207 places some restrictions on contracting with former officers, employees, and elected officials of the executive and legislative branches. Under these prohibitions, contracts with former employees are prohibited for a period of one year from the date of severance of duties, unless an exception is granted as set forth in 2903.602.


2903.602 Exceptions.

(a) In accordance with FAR 3.602, only when there is a most compelling reason to do so, is the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management authorized to except a contract from the policy in FAR 3.601, after the Procurement Review Board and the agency ethics official have reviewed and recommended approval of the exception. However, when time does not permit, the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management may unilaterally approve an exception. The exception and information supporting the exception must be provided to the contracting officer for their official records.


(b) When an exception under this subpart is requested, it is submitted through the director of the cognizant program office to the HCA. In the procurement request, the director must describe the basis for the exception from the restrictions of FAR 3.601.


(c) Except as allowed in paragraph (a) of this section, the Department of Labor may enter into a negotiated contract or an amendment to an existing contract with former employees of DOL within one year of separation (or with firms in which former employees are known to have a substantial interest) only after review and recommendation for approval by the agency ethics official, the Procurement Review Board, and written approval by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.


(d) Approval of a decision to grant an exception as provided in this section must be documented by a written findings and determination prepared by the requesting official for signature by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management. The determination and findings must document compliance with FAR 3.603, FAR 9.5 and DOLAR 2909.5; specify the compelling reason(s) for award; and be placed in the contract files and the files of the Policy Review Board.


PART 2904 – ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 40 U.S.C. 486(c).

Subpart 2904.8 – Government Contract Files

2904.800-70 Contents of contract files.

(a) The reports listed in appendix A to this part are applicable to the Department of Labor.


(b) HCAs must be responsible for establishing standard contract files for their contracting activities. The HCA must provide one or more representative contract files to the Director, Division of Acquisition Management Services, as requested for comment.


Appendix A to Part 2904

Title of report
Reference
Date due
Submitted to
Report of Proposed Federal Construction*29 CFR 1.4Annually; 20-AugESA Davis Bacon.
Contractor Report of Government Property*FAR Chapter 45;Annually; 31-OctBusiness Operations Center.
Major Preference Program Goals and Achievements Report*DLMS 2 1000By the 20th of each monthOffice of Small Business Programs.
A-76 & FAIR Act InventoryFAIR ACT & OMB MEMOJune 30th of each yearOffice of Competitive Sourcing.
SF 294, Subcontracting Report for Individual ContractsFAR Subpart 19.7;Semi-annually;Contracting Officer.
SF 294April 30; 30-OctOffice of Small Business Programs.
SF 295, Summary Subcontract ReportFAR Subpart 19.7;Semi-annually March 30; September 30Contracting Officer.
Value Engineering Report*OMB Circular A-131Annually; 7-DecOffice of Acquisition and Management Support Services.
Report on Federal Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit InstitutionsSection 3(a)(7) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ActAnnually; O/A 15-MayUpon request From National Science Foundation.
Procurement Forecast Initial and UpdatePub. L. 100-656;Sept 15 (Init.) and Apr 15 (Update)Division of Acquisition Management Services.

For those reports with an (*), if there was no activity for the period being reported, a negative response for the period must be submitted to the requisitioning office.


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SUBCHAPTER B – ACQUISITION PLANNING

PART 2905 – PUBLICIZING CONTRACT ACTIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2905.1 – Dissemination of Information

2905.101 Methods of disseminating information.

Contracting officers may only use the Government Point of Entry (GPE) for synopsis and dissemination of information concerning procurement actions. The Division of Acquisition Management Services manages the DOL account.


Subpart 2905.2 – Synopsis of Proposed Contract Actions

2905.202 Exceptions.

The Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management is authorized to make the determination prescribed in FAR 5.202(b). A written determination documenting the reasons why advance notice is not appropriate or reasonable must be submitted by the HCA for appropriate action including communication with the officials listed in FAR 5.202(b).


Subpart 2905.4 – Release Of Information

2905.402 General public.

(a) Unless the HCA determines that disclosure would be prejudicial to the interests of DOL, if a list of interested parties is collected in reference to a solicitation, it may be released upon request.


(b) Any request for release of information is subject to the Freedom of Information Act and FAR 24.2.


2905.403 Requests from Members of Congress.

All proposed responses to Congressional inquiries must be prepared and forwarded for coordination with the Office of the Solicitor and the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs to determine whether circumstances exist that will allow the release of additional information. In such instances, the Congressional requestor must be furnished an interim reply providing the information that is releasable. The interim reply must describe the problem that precludes release of any requested materials and describe generally what steps, if any, are being taken to make such information available.


2905.404 Release procedures.

HCAs are authorized to release long-range acquisition estimates under the conditions in FAR 5.404-1.


Subpart 2905.5 – Paid Advertisements

2905.501 Scope.

This subpart provides policies and procedures for the procurement of paid advertising as covered by 5 U.S.C. 302, and 44 U.S.C. 3701, 3702, and 3703.


2905.502 Authority.

When it is deemed necessary to use paid advertisements in newspapers and trade journals, written authority for such publication may be obtained from the HCA or designee.


2905.503 Procedures.

(a) Prior to obtaining HCA approval, an agency should seek legal review to determine whether it has appropriate legal authority for advertising. The HCA exercising the authority delegated by 2905.502 must do so in accordance with the procedures set forth in FAR 5.503 and those in this section.


(b) Requests for procurement of advertising must be accompanied by written authority to advertise or publish which sets forth justification and includes the names of newspapers or journals concerned, frequency and dates of proposed advertisements, estimated cost, and other pertinent information.


PART 2906 – COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2906.3 – Other Than Full and Open Competition

2906.301 Policy.

(a) Department of Labor acquisitions must comply with the Department of Labor Manual Series (DLMS) 2, Chapter 830 (available by mail from the Director, Division of Acquisition Management Services, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20210-0001), or electronically from http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/boc/prb.htm. Any proposed noncompetitive acquisition in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold must be fully justified and, if required by the DLMS, submitted to the DOL Procurement Review Board and approved by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management and, in the case of research and development contracts, also by the Assistant Secretary for Policy.


(b) With the exception of contracts for advisory and assistance services or for research and development, the contracting officer has the authority below the simplified acquisition threshold to approve sole source contracts. The contracting officer is responsible for assuring that proposed acquisitions below the simplified acquisition threshold are in compliance with FAR and DOLAR requirements regarding competition.


2906.303 Justifications.

The authority of the agency head to determine that only specified make and models of technical equipment will satisfy the agency’s need under FAR 6.302-1 is delegated to the HCA.


Subpart 2906.5 – Competition Advocate

2906.501 Requirement.

The Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management must appoint a Competition Advocate for the Department of Labor. The appointment will be predicated on an understanding of the competition requirements in the FAR, and particularly small business programs.


PART 2907 – ACQUISITION PLANNING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2907.1 – Acquisition Plans

2907.105 Contents of written acquisition plans.

The Department of Labor has implemented its acquisition planning system in compliance with FAR 7.1 and internal procedures provided in DLMS 2 section 834. The annual forecast is available for review from: http://www.apps.dol.gov/contract_grant/index.htm.


2907.107 Additional requirements for acquisitions involving bundling.

The FAR requirements for justification, review, and approval of bundling of contract requirements also apply to an order from a Federal Supply Schedule contract, Governmentwide acquisition contracts, or other indefinite-delivery contracts if the requirements consolidated under the order meet the definition of “bundling” at FAR 2.101.


Subpart 2907.3 – Contractor Versus Government Performance

2907.300 Availability of inventory.

The Department of Labor’s FAIR Act inventory of commercial activities performed by federal employees and inherently governmental functions may be accessed on the Internet at: www.dol.gov under “Doing Business with DOL”.


PART 2908 – REQUIRED SOURCES OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).

Subpart 2908.4 – Federal Supply Schedules

2908.404 Using schedules.

Small business considerations, procedures regarding both prime and subcontracting, and clearances specified in DOLAR 2919 apply to GSA Federal Supply Schedule Orders above the simplified acquisition threshold. Procedures to be followed may be modified by the Office of Small Business Program as appropriate in order to comply with GSA Federal Supply Schedule procedures (e.g., first tier contracts may be required to report their commercial subcontracting goals to the DOL Office of Small Business Programs).


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PART 2909 – CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2909.1 – Responsible Prospective Contractors

2909.105 Procedures.

Before awarding a contract, the contracting officer must make a written determination of the otherwise successful bidder’s/offeror’s responsibility in accordance with FAR 9.105. In addition to past performance information, the contracting officer must insure that the proposed contractor, and any subcontractor representing more than $25,000 in goods or services, does not appear in the “List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement” (available on the Internet at www.epls.gov). In addition, contracting officers should base their determination of contractor responsibility on a review of the company’s “Summary or Financial Report” from Dun & Bradstreet (available on the Internet for a fee at http://www.dnb.com/).


Subpart 2909.4 – Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility

2909.402 Policy.

(a) This subpart prescribes DOL policies and procedures governing the debarment and suspension of contractors, the listing of debarred and suspended contractors, contractors declared ineligible (see FAR 9.403) and distribution of the list. This subpart does not apply to Department of Labor debarments or suspensions issued for Davis-Bacon Act and Davis-Bacon Related Act violations, Service Contract Act violations, Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity violations, or violations under other statutes administered by the Department of Labor.


(b) Contracting activity officials shall have the following responsibilities. (1) Heads of contracting activity (HCA) shall:


(i) Provide an effective system to ensure that contracting staffs consult the “List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs” at http://epls.arnet.gov/ before soliciting offers, awarding or extending contracts, or consenting to subcontract.


(ii) Consider debarment or suspension of a contractor when cause, as defined under FAR 9.406-2 for debarment and FAR 9.407-2 for suspension, is shown. Contracting officers should consult with their appropriate legal counsel before making a decision to initiate debarment or suspension proceedings. If a determination is made that available facts do not justify beginning debarment or suspension proceedings, the file should be documented accordingly. This determination is subject to reconsideration if warranted by new information.


(iii) When the decision is made to initiate debarment and/or suspension of a contractor, the Senior Procurement Executive must prepare a notice in accordance with FAR 9.406-3(c) or FAR 9.407-3(c). The draft notice, along with the administrative file containing all relevant facts and analysis, must be forwarded to the Senior Procurement Executive, as the debarring and suspending official, following review by the activity’s legal counsel.


(2) The Senior Procurement Executive shall:


(i) Review the notice and administrative file for sufficiency and provide for review by other DOL officials as considered appropriate;


(ii) In accordance with FAR 9.406-3(c) or FAR 9.407-3(c), if it is determined that action is warranted, give the contractor prompt notice of the proposed debarment or suspension;


(iii) Direct additional fact-finding as necessary when material facts are in dispute;


(iv) Notify the contractor and any affiliates involved of the final decision to debar or suspend, including a decision not to debar or suspend, in accordance with FAR 9.406-3(c) and FAR 9.407-3(c);


(v) Be responsible for accomplishing the actions required in FAR 9.404(c) within five working days after debarring or suspending a contractor or modifying or rescinding such an action;


(vi) Maintain Department-wide records of debarred or suspended contractors in accordance with FAR 9.404.


2909.405 Effect of listing.

(a) Contractors debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment are excluded from receiving contracts, and agencies must not solicit offers from, award contracts to, or consent to subcontract with these organizations, unless the HCA determines in writing that there is a compelling reason for such action and the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management approves such determinations.


(b) Bids received from any listed contractor in response to an invitation for bids must be entered on the abstract of bids, and rejected unless the HCA determines in writing that there is a compelling reason to consider the bid and the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management approves such action.


(c) Proposals, quotations, or offers received from any listed contractor shall not be evaluated for award or included in the competitive range, nor shall discussions be conducted with a listed offeror during a period of ineligibility, unless the HCA determines in writing that there is a compelling reason to do so and the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management approves such action.


2909.405-1 Continuation of current contracts.

(a) At the time an option is being exercised, contracting officers must review the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs. If a contractor or significant subcontractor is identified in the listing, the contracting officer must make a written determination either to proceed or to terminate the contract, and must explain the rationale for the decision. In accordance with FAR 9.405-1, contracting officers may continue contracts or subcontracts in existence at the time a contractor is suspended or debarred, unless it is determined that termination of the contract is in the best interest of the Government. The contracting officer must make such determination in writing, after consulting with the contracting officer’s technical representative and legal counsel. The determination must be approved by the HCA.


(b) Contracting activities must not renew or otherwise extend the duration of current contracts, or consent to subcontracts, with contractors debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment, unless the HCA states, in writing, the compelling reasons for renewal or extension and the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management approves such action.


2909.406 Debarment.

2909.406-1 General.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive is the debarring official for DOL and is authorized to debar a contractor for any of the causes in FAR 9.406-2, using the procedures in 2909.406-3.


(b) The Senior Procurement Executive is authorized to make an exception regarding debarment by another agency debarring official in accordance with the conditions in FAR 9.406-1(c).


2909.406-3 Procedures.

(a) Investigation and referral. Whenever a DOL employee knows a cause for debarment, as listed in FAR 9.406-2, the appropriate HCA affected must be notified. The contracting officer must consult with the Office of the Solicitor and the Office of the Inspector General, as appropriate, and submit a formal recommendation documenting the cause for debarment to the Senior Procurement Executive.


(b) Notice of proposal to debar. Based upon review of the recommendation to debar and consultation with the Office of the Solicitor and Office of the Inspector General, as appropriate, the Senior Procurement Executive must initiate proposed debarment by taking the actions listed in FAR 9.406-3(c) and advising the contractor of DOL’s rules under 2909.4.


(c) Fact-finding proceedings. For actions listed under FAR 9.406-3(b)(2), the Senior Procurement Executive must afford the contractor the opportunity to appear at an informal fact-finding proceeding as required by FAR 9.406-3(b)(2)(i). The proceeding must be conducted by the Office of Administrative Law Judges and must be held at a date and location reasonably convenient to the parties concerned. Subject to the provisions of 29 CFR part 18, entitled “Rules Of Practice And Procedure For Administrative Hearings Before The Office Of Administrative Law Judges”, the contractor and any specifically named affiliates, may be represented by counsel or any duly authorized representative. Either party may call witnesses. The proceedings must be conducted expeditiously and in such a manner that each party will have a full opportunity to present all information considered pertinent to the proposed debarment. A transcript of the proceedings must be made available to the contractor under the conditions in FAR 9.406-3(b)(2)(ii).


(d) Decision and notice. The Senior Procurement Executive shall make a decision on imposing debarment in accordance with the procedures in FAR 9.406-3(d), findings of fact of the Administrative Law Judge, and the conditions in FAR 9.406-4 and 9.406-5. Notice of the decision must be provided to the contractor and any affiliates involved in accordance with the procedures in FAR 9.406-3(e).


2909.407 Suspension.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive is the suspending official for DOL and is authorized to suspend a contractor for any of the causes in FAR 9.407-2, using the procedures in 2909.406-3.


(b) The Senior Procurement Executive is authorized to make an exception, regarding suspension by another agency suspending official under the conditions in FAR 9.407-1(d).


2909.407-1 General.

(a) Investigation and referral. Whenever a DOL employee knows of a cause for suspension, as listed in FAR 9.407-2, the appropriate HCA affected must be notified. The HCA must consult with the Office of the Solicitor and the Office of the Inspector General, as appropriate, and submit a formal recommendation documenting the cause for suspension, to the Senior Procurement Executive.


(b) Notice of suspension. Based upon review of the recommendation to suspend and consultation with the Office of the Solicitor and the Office of the Inspector General, as required, the Senior Procurement Executive will initiate suspension by taking the actions listed in FAR 9.407-3(c) and advising the contractor of DOL’s rules under this subpart.


(c) Fact-finding proceedings. For actions listed under FAR 9.407-3(b)(2), the Senior Procurement Executive must afford the contractor the opportunity to appear at informal proceedings, as required by FAR 9.407-3(b)(2)(i). Either party may call witnesses. The proceedings must be conducted expeditiously and in such a manner that each party will have a full opportunity to present all information considered pertinent to the proposed suspension.


(d) Suspension decisions. The Senior Procurement Executive must make a final decision on suspension as prescribed in FAR 9.407-3(d). Notice of the decision must be provided to the contractor and any affiliates involved, in accordance with the provisions in FAR 9.407-3(d)(4).


Subpart 2909.5 – Organizational and Consultant Conflicts of Interest

2909.503 Waiver.

(a) The Senior Procurement Executive is delegated authority by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management to waive any general rule or procedure in FAR 9.5 when its application in a particular situation would not be in the Government’s best interest.


(b) Requests for waivers must be made by the HCA to the PE. Each request must include:


(1) An analysis of the facts involving the potential or actual conflict including benefits and detriments to the Government and prospective contractors;


(2) A discussion of the factors which preclude avoiding, neutralizing, or mitigating the conflict; and


(3) Identification of the provision(s) in FAR 9.5 to be waived.


(c) In making determinations under this subpart the Senior Procurement Executive must request the opinion of the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Legislation and Legal Counsel.


2909.506 Procedures.

(a) If a prospective contractor disagrees with the decision of a contracting officer regarding an organizational conflict of interest and requests higher level review as referred to in FAR 9.506, the matter must be referred to the Office of the Solicitor, Associate Solicitor for Legislation and Legal Counsel, and the Director, Division of Acquisition Management Services.


(b) Referrals must be made by the HCA concerned and include the contracting officer’s decision and the position of the prospective contractor.


PART 2910 – MARKET RESEARCH


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).

2910.002 Procedures.

(a) In accordance with FAR 6.302-1(c), purchase descriptions must not specify a product, or specific feature of a product, peculiar to a manufacturer unless they are justified to the contracting officer in writing by the office initiating the purchase request. The justification must state that the product, or specific product feature, is essential to the Government’s requirements and other similar products or features will not meet these requirements. This determination must be signed by a representative of the office originating the request and must accompany the purchase requisition submitted to the appropriate contracting office. If such a justification is not made, the contracting officer may assume that another make and model or a generic product could equally meet the DOL requirement.


(b) In accordance with FAR 10.002(b), the requisitioning office must submit to the contracting officer information demonstrating that a variety of products from various commercial sources have been considered. This requirement is not necessary for required sources (See FAR 8.001). Orders to be placed against non-mandatory sources, such as the Federal Supply Schedules, or other Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts, should include product information concerning multiple sources based on research from www.contractdirectory.gov site or other sources. When documented in this manner, the contracting officer may rely on this information in developing a procurement strategy, or for documenting the comparison of catalogs or pricelists.


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PART 2911 – DESCRIBING AGENCY NEEDS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2911.1 – Selecting And Developing Requirements Documents

2911.103 Market acceptance.

The authority of the Head of an Agency under FAR 11.103(a), to require offerors to demonstrate that the items offered have either achieved commercial market acceptance or been satisfactorily supplied to an agency under current or recent contracts for the same or similar requirements, and otherwise meet the item description, specifications, or other criteria prescribed in the public notice and solicitation, is delegated to the HCA.


Subpart 2911.5 – Liquidated Damages

2911.501 Policy.

In accordance with FAR 11.501(d), the authority of the Head of Agency to recommend to the Department of Treasury, Commissioner, Financial Management Services, that the amount of a contractor’s liquidated damages be waived or reduced in whole or in part, is delegated to the HCA.


PART 2912 – ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2912.3 – Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses for the Acquisition of Commercial Items

2912.302 Tailoring of provisions and clauses for the acquisition of commercial items.

In accordance with FAR 12.302(c), a request for waiver to tailor terms inconsistent with customary commercial practice must be documented in a written justification by the contracting officer, and may be approved by the HCA on an individual or class basis.


PART 2913 – SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2913.1 – Procedures

2913.106-3 Soliciting competition, evaluation of quotations or offers, award and documentation.

In accordance with FAR 13.106-3(b), simplified acquisition files must contain documentation of the factors considered in making an award in excess of the micro-purchase threshold. When other than the lowest responsive quotation from a responsible supplier is used as the basis for a purchase, the contracting officer must identify the basis (i.e., best value) of the award and include in the purchase file documentation of the reasons for rejecting any lower quotation and the name of the individual responsible for making the determination to award to other than the lowest priced quotation. The contracting officer has broad discretion in determining the award of a purchase order, which may be based on the factors listed in FAR 13.106-3. This requirement does not necessitate a separate determination if the procurement file contains preprinted standardized classifications for award.


Subpart 2913.2 – Actions at or Below the Micro-Purchase Threshold

2913.201 General.

The Government commercial purchase card must be used in preference to other methods of procurement for purchases up to the micro-purchase threshold. Other small purchase methods (blanket purchase agreements, third party drafts, and purchase orders) may be used in lieu of the Government purchase card when it is more cost-effective or practicable.


Subpart 2913.3 – Simplified Acquisition Methods

2913.301 Governmentwide commercial purchase card.

(a) The Government purchase card has far fewer requirements for documentation than other methods of purchasing. However, the same legal restrictions apply to credit card purchases that apply to other purchases using appropriated funds. If a purchase cardholder has questions about the lawfulness of a particular purchase, he or she must initially consult his or her appropriate office purchase card administrator, who will consult the Office of the Solicitor as necessary.


(b) GAO decisions surrounding the concept of the “availability of appropriations” are often stated in terms of whether appropriated funds are or are not “legally available” for a given expenditure. Restrictions on the purposes for which appropriated funds may be used come from a variety of sources, including the DOL Appropriations Acts, and decisions of the Comptroller General and his predecessor, the Comptroller of the Treasury.


(c) HCAs, administrative officers, and contracting officers are encouraged to review the GAO publication entitled Principles of Federal Appropriations Law. This document must be consulted when developing Office/Agency Purchase/Credit Card Program procedures. A number of the more common restrictions which “accounting officers of the Government” have had frequent occasion to consider and apply include, for example:


(1) Payment of attorney’s fees;


(2) Purchase of food, entertainment or recreation;


(3) Payment of personal membership fees; and


(4) Payment of personal expense items such as gifts for employees, and entry fees for contests.


2913.307 Forms.

(a) In accordance with FAR 13.307, contracting officers are encouraged to use the Standard Form (SF) SF-1449, when executing commercial acquisitions. Agencies may use forms other than the SF-1449 and may print on those forms the clauses considered to be suitable for these purchases. In these instances, alternate forms should conform with the Standard Form to the maximum extent practicable.


(b) The SF-30 is to be used to modify a purchase order.


SUBCHAPTER C – CONTRACTING METHODS AND CONTRACT TYPES

PART 2914 – SEALED BIDDING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2914.4 – Opening of Bids and Award of Contract

2914.404-1 Cancellation of invitations after opening.

The authority of the agency head in FAR 14.404-1(c) and (f) to make a written determination to cancel an invitation for bids and reject all bids after opening and to authorize completion of the acquisition through negotiation is delegated to the HCA.


2914.407-3 Other mistakes disclosed before award.

(a) The authority to make determinations, as conferred by FAR 14.407-3(e) is delegated to the HCA, without power of redelegation, but only after consultation with the Office of the Solicitor. All such determinations shall be documented in the contract file.


(b) The following procedures must be followed when submitting doubtful cases of mistakes in bids to the Comptroller General for an advance decision, as provided by FAR 14.407-3(i).


(1) Requests must be made by the HCA after consultation with the Office of the Solicitor.


(2) Requests must be in writing, dated, signed by the requestor, addressed to the Comptroller General of the United States, General Accounting Office, Washington, DC 20548, and contain the following:


(i) The name and address of the party requesting the decision; and


(ii) A statement of the question to be decided, a presentation of all relevant facts, a statement of the requesting party’s position with respect to the question, and copies of all pertinent records and supporting documentation.


2914.408 Award.

2914.408-1 General.

(a) When only one bid is received in response to an invitation for bids, such bid may be considered and accepted if the contracting officer makes a written determination that:


(1) The specifications used in the invitation were not unduly restrictive;


(2) Adequate competition was solicited and it could have been reasonably assumed that more than one bid would have been submitted;


(3) The price is reasonable; and


(4) The bid is otherwise in accordance with the invitation for bids.


(b) Such a determination must be placed in the contract file.


PART 2915 – CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2915.4 – Contract Pricing

2915.405-70 Determining fair and reasonable price.

(a) Where the contractor insists on a price or demands a profit or fee that the contracting officer considers unreasonable and the contracting officer has taken all authorized actions to resolve the matter (see FAR 15.402), the contract action must be referred to the HCA for final resolution.


(b) Resolution under paragraph (a) of this section must be documented and signed by the HCA and included in the contract file.


Subpart 2915.5 – Preaward, Award, and Postaward Notifications, Protests, and Mistakes

2915.508 Discovery of mistakes.

(a) The HCA is authorized to make the administrative determinations in FAR 15.508 after consultation with the Office of the Solicitor as required by FAR 14.407-4. This authority may not be redelegated.


(b) The contracting officer must process a mistake and prepare a case file in accordance with the requirements of FAR 14.407-4(e)(2). The file must be submitted to the HCA for final determination.


Subpart 2915.6 – Unsolicited Proposals

2915.604 Agency points of contact.

(a) HCAs shall be the preliminary contacts for unsolicited proposals. This responsibility may be delegated.


(b) HCAs must establish within their agencies procedures for handling unsolicited proposals to ensure that unsolicited proposals are controlled, evaluated, safeguarded and disposed of in accordance with FAR 15.6.


(c) The HCA must not forward for consideration an unsolicited proposal, if the proposal resembles an upcoming solicitation or a procurement identified in the current annual acquisition plan.


2915.605 Content of unsolicited proposals.

In addition to the contents required by FAR 15.605, unsolicited proposals for research should contain a commitment by the offeror to include cost-sharing or should represent a significant cost savings to the Department of Labor.


2915.606 Agency procedures.

When an unsolicited proposal is received by an official of the Department of Labor, the recipient of the proposal must forward it to the HCA. The HCA must address the requirements of FAR 15.604. The HCA must determine if there is an office(s) within the Department of Labor whose mission could be impacted by the proposal. If there is, the HCA must designate a recipient within that office as an “assignee”, and take the following action:


(a) Within seven (7) working days of receipt, the HCA must forward the proposal to the assignee along with instructions concerning the security, review and disposition of the document.


(1) Inform the offeror of this transfer in writing (preferably by facsimile or other electronic means).


(2) Within one (1) month of receipt of the unsolicited proposal by the assignee, the office receiving the proposal must determine the merit of the unsolicited proposal.


(i) If the office finds insufficient merit to consider the unsolicited proposal further, then a letter will be sent to inform the offeror that their proposal will not be considered further, and is not being retained.


(ii) If, after a comprehensive evaluation as defined by FAR 15.606-2, the office finds merit in the proposal, it must consult with a Department of Labor contracting officer for direction in complying with FAR 15.607. If not excluded by a condition of FAR 15.607(a), a requisition may be prepared in accordance with FAR 15.607(b). If the requirement exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold inclusive of options then a request must be prepared for the Procurement Review Board in accordance with Department of Labor procedures stated in Department of Labor Manual Series 2-830 (available by mail from the Division of Acquisition Management Services).


(b) If within one (1) month of receipt (by the HCA) no assignee can be identified, the HCA must notify the offeror that the proposal is not being considered further.


PART 2916 – CONTRACT TYPES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

2916.000 Scope of part.

This part describes types of contracts that may be used in acquisitions. It further prescribes policies and procedures for implementing contracts.


Subpart 2916.5 – Indefinite-Delivery Contracts

2916.505 Ordering.

In accordance with FAR 16.505(b)(5), the Department of Labor Task Order and Delivery Order Ombudsman is the DOL Competition Advocate (see DOLAR part 2902).


Subpart 2916.6 – Time-and-Materials, Labor-Hour, and Letter Contracts

Task orders against DOL contracts and orders against multi-agency or Governmentwide contracts for services above the micropurchase threshold must comply with the provisions of FAR 16.505.

2916.603-2 Application.

The HCA is authorized to extend the period for definitization of a letter contract required by FAR 16.603-2(c) in extreme cases where it is determined in writing that such action is in the best interest of the Government.


PART 2917 – SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 31 U.S.C. 1535; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

2917.000 Scope of part.

This part implements polices and procedures stated in FAR part 17.


Subpart 2917.2 – Options

2917.202 Use of options.

The HCA may, in unusual circumstances, approve option quantities in excess of the 50 percent limit prescribed in FAR 17.203(g)(2). The documentation required by FAR 17.205(a) must include a written justification to fully support the need for such action.


2917.207 Exercising options.

The contracting officer must use a standardized determination and finding before exercising an option in accordance with FAR 17.207(f).


Subpart 2917.5 – Interagency Acquisitions Under The Economy Act

2917.500 Scope of subpart.

This subpart establishes DOL policy and procedures to assure the appropriate and consistent use of interagency acquisitions under the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535) as prescribed by FAR 17.5.


2917.501 Definitions.

Interagency Acquisition means a procedure by which a DOL agency obtains needed supplies or services from, or through, another DOL agency or Federal agency, and appropriated funds are obligated.


Interagency Agreement means the legal instrument used for an interagency acquisition to exchange funds or property between two DOL organizations or between a DOL agency and another Federal agency. This instrument is used when the DOL organization meets the definition of either the Requesting Agency or the Servicing Agency. “Interagency Agreement” and “Interagency Acquisition” does not include:


(1) Agreements involving supplies and services acquired from or through mandatory sources, as described in FAR part 8;


(2) Contracts with the Small Business Administration based upon Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act or a HUBZone small business under the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Act of 1997;


(3) Cooperative agreements and grants; or


(4) Any agreement or acquisition where a statute authorizes exception.


Military Interdepartmental Procurement Request (MIPR) means a type of interagency agreement used to place orders for supplies and non-personal services with a military department.


Requesting Agency means the Federal agency that needs the supplies or services, and is obligating the funds to provide for the costs of performance.


Servicing Agency means the Federal agency which is providing the supplies or performing the services, directly or indirectly, and will be receiving the funds to provide for the costs of performance.


2917.502 General.

(a) Policy. It is the policy of DOL to require that interagency agreements are written to assure that the obligation of fiscal year funds is valid, that statutory authority exists to obtain or perform the stated requirements, that the stated requirements are consistent with DOL’s mission responsibilities, and that each agreement complies with applicable laws and regulations.


(b) Applicability. The provisions of this subpart apply to interagency acquisitions and agreements under the Economy Act.


(c) Appropriations principles. The appropriate use of interagency acquisitions embodies several principles of Federal appropriations law.


(1) In order to record a valid obligation of appropriations, 31 U.S.C. 1501 imposes the requirements that interagency agreements be:


(i) A binding written agreement for specific goods or services to meet an existing bona fide need;


(ii) For a purpose authorized by law; and


(iii) Executed and obligated by the receiving agency before the expiration of available funds.


(2) The Economy Act authorizes interagency acquisitions and provides for payment in advance, as well as reimbursement to the appropriation account to which the performance costs have been charged. The Economy Act further authorizes the servicing agency, as an alternative to fulfilling the requirement through internal resources, to obtain the needed supplies or services by contract.


(3) An agreement entered into under the Economy Act is recorded as an obligation by the requesting agency the same as a contract. However, under the Economy Act, the obligated appropriations must be deobligated upon the date of “expiration” of the appropriation account to the extent that the servicing agency has not incurred obligations through charged costs or under a contract.


(4) Within DOL, the DOL agencies have a number of statutory authorities available for entering into interagency agreements. Each DOL agency, in consultation with the Office of the Solicitor, must be responsible for determining those authorities, as well as constraints applicable to the use of advance payments and contractors, and set-up procedures.


2917.503 Determinations and findings requirements.

Applicability. Before the execution of an interagency agreement under the Economy Act, the contracting officer, or other authorized official, must sign the determination required in FAR 17.503 and 31 U.S.C. 1535.


2917.504 Ordering procedures.

(a) Requests for the processing of interagency agreements must be submitted to the procurement office serving the requisitioning office.


(b) The procurement request must state whether the work is to be performed by a DOL organization, a Federal agency other than DOL, or through one of these entities by a contractor.


(c) Where the Economy Act is to be used as the authority for an interagency acquisition, the requisitioning office must include the facts which support the conclusion that it is more economical to obtain the required supplies or services through the proposed interagency agreement, rather than by direct contract with a commercial concern. Current market prices or recent procurement prices may be used in this process.


(d) Orders placed under interagency agreements may take any form that is legally sufficient and reflects the agreement of the parties.


(e) The contracting officer, or authorized official, must assure compliance with the ordering procedures and payment provisions prescribed in FAR 17.504 and FAR 17.505, and require inclusion of the following provisions in all interagency agreements and/or orders placed against them:


(1) Legislative authority;


(2) Period of performance;


(3) Dollar amount of agreement;


(4) Billing provisions, including the name and address of the following offices:


(i) Designated office to receive the required deliverables; and


(ii) Designated office to receive billings and process payments;


(5) Modification and termination provisions; and


(6) Other provisions, as appropriate.


(f) The contracting officer must assure that each interagency agreement or order placed against it includes a reference number assigned by each of the parties. Such numbers must be assigned in accordance with the existing procedures established by the respective organizations.


(g) Modifications to existing interagency agreements may be accomplished through the use of an SF 30, Amendment of Solicitation/Modification of Contract, or through any other format acceptable to the parties.


2917.504-70 Signature authority and internal procedures.

(a) A DOL contracting officer, HCA, Agency Head, or another official designated by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management in accordance with FAR 17.503(c), must sign interagency agreements and/or orders placed against them which will result in a procurement action by the requesting or servicing agency.


(b) Internal procedures (DLMS 3-1700) require DOL Agency Heads to provide notice to the Director, Executive Secretariat of the signing of all new Federal Interagency Agreements and deleting expired agreements.


(c) Agencies should be aware that, in addition to the requirements of this subpart, there are various other internal Departmental procedures that apply to various types of agreements. Agencies should consult with the Office of the Solicitor and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, as appropriate.


SUBCHAPTER D – SOCIOECONOMIC PROGRAMS

PART 2918 [RESERVED]

PART 2919 – SMALL BUSINESS AND SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS CONCERNS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

2919.000 Scope of part.

This part implements FAR part 19 and small business programs at the Department of Labor.


Subpart 2919.2 – Policies

2919.201 General policy.

(a) It is the policy of the Department of Labor to provide maximum practicable opportunities to small businesses in acquisitions.


(b) Management responsibilities for small and disadvantaged business utilization are the responsibility of the Director, Office of Small Business Programs. This individual is responsible for performing all functions and duties prescribed in FAR 19.2 including appointing, as prescribed in FAR 19.201(d)(8), a small business specialist (SBS) for each contract office. The Department of Labor Manual Series (DLMS), Chapter 2 1000, addresses the implementation of the preference programs in procurement including HUBZone, Subcontracting Plans, Standard Form 294 (Subcontracting Report for Individual Contracts), and the report, Standard Form 295 (Summary Subcontracting Report) submission, et al.


(c) All DOL procurements over the simplified acquisition threshold, whether being conducted via open market or by ordering from a pre-existing contract vehicle such as GSA Schedule, must be reviewed and receive a recommendation by the Office of Small Business Programs, the Department of Labor’s Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization, prior to being advertised. The Acquisition Screening and Review Form DL-1-2004 shall be used for this purpose and the statement of work and market survey documentation shall be submitted to Office of Small Business Programs with the request for review.


2919.202 Specific policies.

Contracting officers, administrative officers and program management shall ensure that procurements are structured and conducted to afford small businesses the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in DOL’s prime and subcontracts. Administrative officers will review requisitions that will result in an award of $2 million or more using available information to certify whether the acquisition would constitute a “bundled contract” under the definition provided in FAR 2.101 in accordance with procedures established by the Office of Small Business Programs. Each certification will be submitted to the Division of Acquisition Management Services, and included with the requisition to the contracting officer. Reports will be provided to the Office of Small Business Programs.


2919.202-1 Encouraging small business participation in acquisitions.

During the performance of a contract, the contracting officer will consider performance against subcontracting plan goals, objectives and planned efforts before exercising an optional period of performance. The contracting officer will document the evaluation of the contractor’s actual performance using SF-294 data compared to their approved subcontracting plan goals.


2919.202-2 Locating small business sources.

Any procurement conducted on an unrestricted basis will include solicitations to small businesses of each category with legislatively established government-wide procurement goals (e.g., small, small disadvantaged, women-owned small, HUBZone and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses) to the extent practicable.


Subpart 2919.5 – Set-Asides for Small Business

2919.502 Setting aside acquisitions.

Contracting officers will conduct market surveys specifically to determine whether procurements should be conducted via 8(a) procedures, HUBZone procedures or as small business set-asides. If a reasonable expectation exists that at least two responsible small businesses may submit offers at fair market prices (three responsible small businesses in procurements via GSA Federal Supply Schedule), then the procurement will be set aside for small business. Market surveys will be documented in all procurement actions not reserved for small businesses.


2919.505 Rejecting Small Business Administration recommendations.

When the SBA Procurement Center Representative appeals a “rejection of an SBA recommendation” as referenced in FAR 19.505(b) and (c), the appeal must be referred to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management who is authorized to make a final decision.


Subpart 2919.7 – The Small Business Subcontracting Program

2919.704 Subcontracting plan requirements.

Contracting Officers will refer subcontracting plans to the Office of Small Business Programs for review and recommendation before awarding contracts that require subcontracting plans. Contracting officers will document the substance of any agreement with the contractor that permits performance at less than the stated goals recommended by the Office of the Small Business Programs.


2919.705-1 General support for the program.

Contracting officers will make available a significant number of award points for quality of the subcontracting plan. High-rated subcontract plans will incorporate the highest yield of subcontracting to all categories of small businesses when compared to DOL or separately negotiated agency subcontracting goals on a dollar and percentage basis. Conversely, prime small businesses will be compared favorably to large businesses with subcontract goals, but may also be given the maximum score for qualifying under multiple small business categories. Contracting officers may also make available a significant number of award points for performance against previous subcontracting plan goals and efforts to achieve those goals.


2919.705-5 Awards involving subcontracting plans.

The Office of Small Business Programs will review subcontracting plans and SF 295 submissions for performance against business goals negotiated between the Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration.


2919.705-6 Post-award responsibilities of the contracting officer.

(a) Even when a subcontracting plan was submitted to and approved by the Office of Small Business Programs before award, the contracting officer upon award, amendment, or significant modification of a contract, must forward to the Director, Office of Small Business Programs, a copy of the subcontracting plan that was incorporated into a contract or contract modification.


(b) Each contracting activity must maintain a list of active prime contracts containing subcontracting plans.


2919.706 Responsibilities of the cognizant administrative contracting officer.

Contracting officers must collect annual and semiannual subcontracting reports from contractors with established subcontracting plans. Copies of the report, Standard Form 294 (Subcontracting Report for Individual Contracts), and the report, Standard Form 295 (Summary Subcontracting Report), must be forwarded to the Director, Office of Small Business Programs, not later than the 30th day of the month following the close of the reporting period. If the contractor has not met the goals for the reporting period, the contracting officer will provide an acknowledgement to the contractor and request corrective action to be taken. If goals are not met in subsequent periods, the contracting officer must consider factors that would demonstrate a good faith effort, and take appropriate action including assessing liquidated damages in accordance with FAR 52.219-16, and/or not exercising subsequent option periods.


Subpart 2919.8 – Contracting with the Small Business Administration (The 8(a) Program)

2919.812 Contract administration.

(a) Contracting officers, or designees, must conduct periodic evaluations of the performance of an 8(a) contract at various stages of the contract period of performance. Any problems encountered during the performance evaluation, which cannot be resolved, must be referred to the Office of Small Business Programs for subsequent review and discussion with the appropriate SBA official.


(b) The Office of Small Business Programs and the SBA should be notified at least 45 days before initiating final action to terminate an 8(a) contract.


PARTS 2920-2921 [RESERVED]

PART 2922 – APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2922.1 – Basic Labor Policies

2922.101-3 Reporting labor disputes.

Potential or actual labor disputes that may interfere with contract performance must be reported by the contracting activity to the Office of the Solicitor for legal advice or assistance. It may also become necessary to seek advice or assistance from the National Office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, 2100 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006, or other mediation agencies.


2922.101-4 Removal of items from contractor facilities affected by work stoppages.

Before initiating any action under FAR 22.101-4 for removal of items from contractors’ facilities, the contracting officer must obtain legal advice from the Office of the Solicitor.


2922.103-4 Approvals.

The “agency approving official” as identified in FAR 22.103-4(a) and (b) is a manager, supervisor, or executive responsible for the contracting officer’s technical representative (see 2901.603-71).


Subpart 2922.8 – Equal Employment Opportunity

2922.802 General.

Executive Order 11246, as amended, sets forth the Equal Opportunity clause and requires that the Secretary of Labor promote full realization of equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. No DOL contracting officer may contract for supplies or services in a manner to avoid applicability of the requirements of E.O. 11246.


PART 2923 – ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY, RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 42 U.S.C. 8262(g).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2923.2 – Energy And Water Efficiency and Renewable Energy

2923.271 Purchase and use of environmentally sound and energy efficient products and services.

The Department will implement policies and procedures that comply with the intent and specific goals mandated by the following statutes and executive orders and any other issuances as may be mandated to maximize cost efficient energy management:


(a) The GSA Federal Supply Schedule Products Guide identifies the recycled and recycled-content items available in the GSA FSS supply system. Copies of the guide may be obtained, without cost, from the GSA, Centralized Mailing List Service, P.O. Box 6477, Fort Worth, Texas, 76115, or by calling (817) 334-5215. See also GSA Advantage! at: www.gsaadvantage.gov.


(b) Executive Order 13123, Greening the Government Through Efficient Energy Management, dated June 8, 1999, requires agencies to select for procurement those energy consuming goods or products which are the most life cycle cost-effective (see FAR 7.101). Green purchasing includes the acquisition of recycled content products, environmentally preferable products and services, biobased products, energy- and water-efficient products, alternate fuel vehicles, and products using renewable energy.


(1) To the extent practicable, each program official must require vendors of goods or products to provide appropriate data that can be used to assess the life cycle cost of each good or product, including building energy system components, lighting systems, office equipment and other energy using equipment.


(2) In preparing solicitations and evaluating and selecting offers for award, contracting personnel must consider the life cycle cost data along with other relevant evaluation criteria. If life cycle costing is not used, the contract file must be documented to reflect the rationale for not obtaining and evaluating the data.


(c) Executive Order 13101, Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition, dated September 14, 1998, requires agencies to comply with executive branch policies for the acquisition and use of environmentally preferable products and services and implement cost-effective procurement preference programs favoring the purchase of these products and services.


(d) Executive Order 13148, Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management Systems, dated April 21, 2000. This Executive Order assists with developing an environmental management system. The following sources are provided as references for the subject matter indicated:


(1) The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive provides references to all greening the Government executive orders, web links to other relevant cites, and information on biobased and bioenergy products. http://www.ofee.gov/gp/gp.htm.


(2) The Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines program is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s continued effort to promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste. This listing provides information on products made from recycled materials, such as the carpeting and insulation used in office buildings, or reams of office paper. www.epa.gov/cpg.


(3) ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. See also http://www.eere.energy.gov/femp/procurement. www.energystar.gov.


(4) The Alternative Fuels Data Center is a one-stop shop for agency alternative fuel and vehicle information needs. http://www.afdc.nrel.gov.


(5) The Defense Logistics Agency has created an electronic mall for buying environmentally preferable products. www.emall.dla.mil.


PARTS 2924-2927 [RESERVED]

SUBCHAPTER E – GENERAL CONTRACTING REQUIREMENTS

PART 2928 – BONDS AND INSURANCE


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2928.2 – Sureties and Other Security for Bonds

2928.204 Alternatives in lieu of corporate or individual sureties.

Upon receipt of any of the types of securities listed in FAR 28.20l or FAR 28.203, the contracting officer must verify the validity of the security and coordinate the retention of the security with the Chief Financial Officer. Contracting officers may obtain access to Department of Treasury Circular 570 through the Internet at http://www.fms.treas.gov/c570/index.html.


Subpart 2928.3 – Insurance

2928.305 Overseas workers’ compensation and war hazard insurance.

The authority of the Agency Head to recommend to the Secretary of Labor waiver of the applicability of the Defense Base Act (42 U.S.C. 1651, et seq.) to any contract, subcontract, work location, or classification of employees, is delegated to the HCA.


PART 2929 – TAXES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2929.1 – General

2929.101 Resolving tax problems.

Contract tax problems or questions must be referred by the contracting officer to the Office of the Solicitor for resolution.


Subpart 2929.3 – State and Local Taxes

2929.303 Applications of state and local taxes to Government contractors and subcontractors.

(a) Contractors may only be treated as agents of the Government for the purposes set forth in FAR 29.303(a) upon the written review and approval of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.


(b) Requests for approval under paragraph (a) of this section must be submitted by the HCA through the Office of the Solicitor, to the Division of Acquisition Management Services, for further action.


PART 2930 – COST ACCOUNTING STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2930.2 – CAS Program Requirements

2930.201-5 Waiver.

(a) The HCA is authorized to waive CAS requirements as provided in FAR 30.201-5.


(b) Requests for waivers under paragraph (a) of this subsection must be prepared by the contracting officer as prescribed in FAR 30.201-5(e) and submitted to the HCA.


PART 2931 – CONTRACT COST PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2931.1 – Applicability

2931.101 Objectives.

Individual and class deviations from cost principles in FAR part 31 must be processed as prescribed in DOLAR subpart 2901.4.


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PART 2932 – CONTRACT FINANCING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2932.4 – Advance Payments for Non-Commercial Items

2932.402 General.

The HCA is authorized to approve determinations and findings as well as contract terms for advance payments. The contracting officer must submit a recommendation for approval or disapproval of the contractor’s request to the HCA.


2932.407 Interest.

The HCA may authorize advance payments without interest pursuant to FAR 32.407.


Subpart 2932.7 – Contract Funding

2932.703 Contract funding requirements.

(a) Except in unusual circumstances, the contracting office may not issue solicitations until an approved procurement request (PR), containing a certification that funds are available, has been received. However, the contracting office may take all necessary actions up to the point of contract obligation before receipt of the PR certifying that funds are available when:


(1) The Assistant Secretaries, Inspector General, Bureau Chief, Deputy Under Secretary, Solicitor of Labor, Commissioner, or Director of the Women’s Bureau certifies that such action is necessary to meet critical program schedules for their program area;


(2) The Budget Officer certifies that program authority has been issued and funds to cover the acquisition will be available before the date set for receipt of proposals;


(3) The solicitation includes the clause at FAR 52.232-18, Availability of Funds.


(b) The contracting office may not open bids/close solicitations until a PR, either planning or final, has been received that contains a certification of fund availability. Only the project or program official with the authority to commit funds from the agency that initiated the PR may make that written certification.


(c) The project or program office that initiated the PR is responsible for obtaining required certifications.


PART 2933 – PROTESTS, DISPUTES, AND APPEALS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c); E.O. 12979, 60 FR 55171, 3 CFR, 1995 Comp., p. 417.


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2933.1 – Protests

2933.102 General.

(a) The Division of Acquisition Management Services, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., S-1513 B, Washington, DC 20210-0001, telephone (202) 693-7285, facsimile (202) 693-7290 (or the Office acting in that capacity), is responsible for coordinating procurement protests filed with the General Accounting Office.


(b) The authority of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management under FAR 33.102(b) to determine that a solicitation, proposed award, or award does not comply with the requirements of law or regulation may be delegated to the HCA.


2933.103 Protests to the agency.

(a) In accordance with Executive Order 12979, the following procedures apply to agency protests:


(1) The filing time frames in FAR 33.103(e) apply to agency protests. An agency protest is filed when the protest complaint is received at the location the solicitation designates for serving protests; or if none is designated, when filed with a contracting officer or HCA.


(2) An interested party filing an agency protest may request either that the contracting officer or the Agency Protest Official decide the protest. The “Agency Protest Official” is an individual above the level of the contracting officer and designated by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, such as the Competition Advocate. The deciding official, whether a contracting officer or Agency Protest Official, must work in consultation with the Office of the Solicitor to resolve the protest.


(3) In addition to the information required by FAR 33.103(d)(2), the protest must:


(i) Indicate that it is a protest to the agency;


(ii) Be contemporaneously filed with the contracting officer;


(iii) State whether the protestor chooses to have the contracting officer or the Agency Protest Official decide the protest. If the protest is silent on this matter, the contracting officer will decide the protest.


(b) “Interested Party” means an actual or prospective offeror whose direct economic interest would be affected by the award of a contract or by the failure to award a contract.


(c) If the Agency Protest Official is chosen by the protestor to decide the protest, this is an alternative to a decision by the contracting officer, not an appeal. The Agency Protest Official will not consider appeals from a contracting officer’s decision on an agency protest.


(d) The deciding official should consider conducting a scheduling conference with the protestor within five (5) days after the protest is filed. The scheduling conference will establish deadlines for written arguments in support of the agency protest and for agency officials to present information in response to the protest issues. Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques will be considered if determined appropriate by the deciding official.


(e) Oral conferences may take place either by telephone or in person. Other parties may attend at the discretion of the deciding official.


(f) Apart from its protest document, the protestor will be given only one opportunity to support or explain in writing the substance of its protest. Department of Labor procedures do not provide for any discovery. The deciding official has discretion to request additional information from either the agency or the protestor. However, the deciding official will normally decide protests on the basis of information provided by the protestor and the agency.


(g) The preferred practice is to resolve protests through informal oral discussion.


(h) An interested party may represent itself or be represented by legal counsel. The Department of Labor will not reimburse the protester for any legal fees or costs related to the agency protest.


(i) If an agency protest is received before contract award, the contracting officer may only make award if the HCA makes a determination to proceed under FAR 33.103(f)(1). Similarly, if an agency protest is filed within ten (10) days after award, or within five (5) days of the offer of a debriefing required by FAR 15.505 or 15.506, whichever is later, the contracting officer must suspend performance of the contract unless the HCA makes a determination to proceed under FAR 33.103(f)(3). Any stay of award or suspension of performance remains in effect until the protest is decided, dismissed, or withdrawn.


(j) The deciding official must make a best effort to issue a decision on the protest within twenty (20) days after the filing date. The decision may be oral or written, dependent upon advice of legal counsel.


(k) The deciding official must send a confirming letter within three (3) days after the decision using a means that provides evidence of receipt. The confirming letter must include the following information:


(1) State whether the protest was denied, sustained or dismissed.


(2) Indicate the date the decision was provided.


(3) If the deciding official sustains the protest, relief may consist of any of the following:


(i) Recommendation that the contract be terminated for convenience or cause, or that the solicitation be canceled.


(ii) Recompeting the requirement from the beginning of the solicitation or from the last round of negotiations.


(iii) Amending the solicitation.


(iv) Refraining from exercising contract options.


(v) Awarding a contract consistent with statute, regulation, and the terms of the solicitation.


(vi) Other action that the deciding official determines is appropriate.


(l) If the deciding official sustains a protest, then within 30 days after receiving the official’s recommendations for relief, the contracting officer must either:


(1) Fully implement the recommended relief; or


(2) Notify the deciding official, if the contracting officer was not the deciding official, in writing, if any recommendations have not been implemented and explain why.


(m) If the protest is denied, and contract performance has been suspended under paragraph (i) of this section, the contracting officer will not lift such suspension until five (5) days after the protest decision has been issued, to allow the protester to file a protest with the General Accounting Office, unless the HCA makes a new finding under FAR 33.103(f)(3). The contracting officer shall consider allowing such suspension to remain in effect pending the resolution of any GAO proceeding.


(n) Proceedings on an agency protest may be dismissed or stayed if a protest on the same or similar basis is filed with a protest forum outside of the Department of Labor.


2933.104 Protests to GAO.

(a) General procedures. The HCA has the responsibility to prepare and provide to the General Accounting Office (GAO) the agency report with the information required by FAR 33.104(a). The agency report must be coordinated with the Office of the Solicitor before the report is signed and sent to the GAO.


(b) Protests before award. The authority of the HCA under FAR 33.104(b) to authorize a contract award when the agency has received notice from the GAO of a protest filed directly with the GAO is nondelegable. The HCA has the responsibility to prepare and provide to the GAO the written finding with the information required by FAR 33.104(b)(1). The written finding must be coordinated with Office of the Solicitor before the HCA affirms its approval by signing the written finding and sending it to the GAO. Copies of the signed written finding and the signed written notice to the GAO must be provided to the Senior Procurement Executive within two (2) working days after they are sent to the GAO.


(c) Protests after award. The authority of the HCA under FAR 33.104(c) to authorize contract performance when the agency has received notice from the GAO of a protest filed directly with the GAO is nondelegable. The HCA has the responsibility to prepare and provide to the GAO the written finding with the information required by FAR 33.104(c)(2). The written finding must be coordinated with the Office of the Solicitor before the notice is signed by the HCA and sent to the GAO.


(d) Notice to the GAO. The authority of the HCA under FAR 33.104(g), to report to the GAO the failure to fully implement the GAO recommendations with respect to a solicitation for a contract or an award or a proposed award of a contract within 60 days of receiving the GAO recommendations, is nondelegable. The written notice must be coordinated with the Office of the Solicitor before the notice is signed by the HCA and sent to the GAO. A copy of all notices to the GAO submitted in accordance with FAR 33.104(g) must be provided to the Senior Procurement Executive within (two) working days after they are sent to the GAO.


Subpart 2933.2 – Disputes and Appeals

2933.203 Applicability.

The authority of the Agency Head to determine that the application of the Contract Disputes Act of 1978 to any contract with a foreign government or agency of that government, or an international organization or a subsidiary body of that organization, would not be in the public interest is delegated to the HCA.


2933.209 Suspected fraudulent claims.

The contracting officer must refer all matters relating to suspected fraudulent claims by a contractor under the conditions in FAR 33.209 to the Office of the Inspector General for further action or investigation.


2933.211 Contracting officer’s decision.

The written decision required by FAR 33.211(a)(4) must include, in the paragraph listed under FAR 33.211(a)(4)(v), specific reference to the Department of Labor Board of Contract Appeals (LBCA), 800 K Street, NW, Suite 400 North, Washington, DC 20001-8002.


2933.212 Contracting officer’s duties upon appeal.

(a) When a notice of appeal has been received, the contracting officer must endorse on the appeal the date of mailing (or the date of receipt if the notice was not mailed). The contracting officer must also notify the Solicitor of Labor of the appeal.


(b) The contracting officer should prepare and transmit the administrative file for the Office of the Solicitor and assist with the appeal.


2933.213 Obligation to continue performance.

The contracting officer must include the clause at FAR 52.233-1, Disputes (Alternate I), in contracts where continued performance is necessary pending resolution of any claim arising under or relating to the contract.


2933.270 Department of Labor Board of Contract Appeals.

(a) The Department of Labor Board of Contract Appeals (LBCA) is authorized by the Secretary to consider and determine appeals from decisions of contracting officers arising under a contract, or relating to a contract, made by the Department or any other executive agency when such agency or the Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy has designated the LBCA to decide the appeal.


(b) The LBCA rules of procedure are contained in 41 CFR part 29-60.104, appearing in the July 1, 1983, edition of 41 CFR, subtitle A, chapters 19-100.


PARTS 2934-2935 [RESERVED]

PART 2936 – CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2936.2 – Special Aspects of Contracting for Construction

2936.201 Evaluation of contractor performance.

The HCA must establish procedures to evaluate construction contractor performance and prepare performance reports as required by FAR 36.201.


2936.209 Construction contracts with architect-engineer firms.

As required by FAR 36.209, no contract for construction of a project may be awarded to the firm that designed the project, or to its subsidiaries or affiliates, without the written approval of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management. Any request for approval must include the reason(s) why award to the design firm is required; an analysis of the facts involving potential or actual organizational conflicts of interest including benefits and detriments to the Government and the prospective contractor; and the measures which are to be taken to avoid, neutralize, or mitigate conflicts of interest.


Subpart 2936.5 – Contract Clauses

2936.516 Quality surveys.

The HCA is authorized to make the determination regarding the impracticability of Government performance of original and final surveys as prescribed in FAR 36.516.


Subpart 2936.6 – Architect-Engineer Services

2936.602 Selection of firms for architect-engineer contracts.

2936.602-1 Selection criteria.

HCAs are authorized to approve the use of design competition under the conditions in FAR 36.602-1(b).


2936.602-2 Evaluation boards.

HCAs must establish procedures to provide permanent or ad hoc architect-engineer evaluation boards as prescribed in FAR 36.602-2. Procedures must provide for the appointment of private practitioners of architecture, engineering, or related professions when such action is determined in writing by the HCA to be essential to meeting the Government’s minimum needs.


2936.602-3 Evaluation board functions.

The selection report required in FAR 36.602-3(d) must be prepared for the approval of the HCA.


2936.602-4 Selection Authority.

The HCA is authorized to serve as the designated Selection Authority in accordance with FAR 36.602-1.


2936.602-5 Short selection processes for contracts not to exceed $100,000.

The selection process prescribed in FAR 36.602-5(b) must be used for architect-engineer contracts not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold.


2936.603 Collecting data on and appraising firms’ qualifications.

(a) HCAs who acquire architect-engineer services must establish procedures to comply with the requirements of FAR 36.603.


(b) Copies of procedures established under paragraph (a) of this section must be submitted to the Division of Acquisition Management Services, for review and recommendation for approval to the HCA when updated. These procedures must include a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of offices or boards assigned to maintain architect-engineer qualification data files.


2936.604 Performance evaluation.

(a) The HCA must establish procedures to evaluate architect-engineer contractor performance as required in FAR 36.604. Normally, the performance report must be prepared by the contracting officer’s authorized representative or other official who was responsible for monitoring contract performance and who is qualified to evaluate overall performance. DOL Agency/Office procedures must prescribe instructions for review of the report, before distribution, as prescribed in FAR 36.604(b).


(b) Performance reports must be made using Standard Form 1421, Performance Evaluation (Architect-Engineer) as prescribed in FAR 36.702(c). Details covering unsatisfactory performance, including Government notification to the contractor and written comments by the contractor, must also be attached to the report.


PART 2937 – SERVICE CONTRACTING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2937.1 – Service Contracts-General

2937.103 Contracting officer responsibility.

The HCA is responsible for establishing internal review and approval procedures for service contracts in accordance with OFPP Policy Letter 93-1 (Reissued), “Management Oversight of Service Contracting”. As defined by FAR 37.101, contracts for personal services are permitted under the circumstances in 5 U.S.C. 3109.


2937.103-70 Department of Labor checklist to aid analysis and review of requirements for service contracts.

Contracting specialists and contracting officers must work in close collaboration with the beneficiaries of the services being purchased to ensure that contractor performance meets contract requirements and performance standards.


(a) General. Following is a checklist to aid analysis and review of requirements for service contracts.


(1) Is the statement of work complete, with a clear-cut division of responsibility between the contracting parties?


(2) Is the statement of work discussed in terms the market can satisfy?


(3) Does the statement of work encompass all commercially available services that can meet the actual functional need (eliminates any nonessential preferences that may thwart full and open competition)?


(4) Is the statement of work performance-based to the maximum extent possible (i.e., is the acquisition structured around the purpose of the work to be performed, as opposed to either the manner by which the work is to be performed or a broad and imprecise statement of work)?


(b) Cost effectiveness. If the response to any of the following questions is negative, the agency may not have a valid requirement or not be obtaining the requirement in the most cost effective manner.


(1) Is the statement of work written so that it supports the need for a specific service?


(2) Is the statement of work written so that it permits adequate evaluation of contractor versus in-house cost and performance?


(3) Are the choices of contract type, quality assurance plan, competition strategy, or other related acquisition strategies and procedures in the acquisition plan appropriate to ensure good contractor performance to meet the user’s needs?


(4) If a cost reimbursement contract is contemplated, is the acquisition plan adequate to ensure that the contractor will have the incentive to control costs under the contract?


(5) Is the acquisition plan adequate to address the cost effectiveness of using contractor support (either long-term or short-term) versus in-house performance?


(6) Is the cost estimate or other supporting cost information adequate to enable the contracting office to effectively determine whether costs are reasonable?


(7) Is the statement of work adequate to describe the requirement in terms of “what” is to be performed as opposed to “how” the work is to be accomplished?


(8) Is the acquisition plan adequate to ensure that there is proper consideration given to “quality” and “best value?”


(c) Control. If the response to any of the following questions is negative, there may be a control problem.


(1) Are there sufficient resources to evaluate contractor performance when the statement of work requires the contractor to provide advice, analysis and evaluation, opinions, alternatives, or recommendations that could significantly influence agency policy development or decision-making?


(2) Does the quality assurance plan provide for adequate monitoring of contractor performance?


(3) Is the statement of work written so that it specifies a contract deliverable or requires progress reporting on contractor performance?


(4) Is agency expertise adequate to independently evaluate the contractor’s approach, methodology, results, options, conclusions or recommendations?


(d) Conflicts of interest. If the response to any of the following questions is affirmative, there may be a conflict of interest.


(1) Can the potential offeror perform under the contract to devise solutions or make recommendations that would influence the award of future contracts to that contractor?


(2) If the requirement is for support services (such as system engineering or technical direction), were any of the potential offerors involved in developing the system design specifications or in the production of the system?


(3) Has a potential offeror participated in earlier work involving the same program or activity that is the subject of the present contract, wherein the offeror had access to source selection or proprietary information not available to other offerors competing for the contract?


(4) Will the contractor be evaluating a competitor’s work?


(5) Does the contract allow the contractor to accept its own products or activities on behalf of the Government?


(6) Will the work under this contract put the contractor in a position to influence government decision-making, e.g., developing regulations that will affect the contractor’s current or future business?


(7) Will the work under this contract affect the interests of the contractor’s other clients?


(8) Are any of the potential offerors, or their personnel who will perform the contract, former agency officials who – while employed by the agency – personally and substantially participated in the development of the requirement for, or the procurement of, these services within the past two years?


(e) Competition. If the response to any of the following questions is negative, competition may be unnecessarily limited.


(1) Is the statement of work defined so as to avoid overly restrictive specifications or performance standards?


(2) Is the contract formulated in such a way as to avoid creating a continuous and dependent arrangement with the same contractor?


(3) Is the use of an indefinite quantity or term contract arrangement appropriate to obtain the required services?


(4) Will the requirement be obtained through the use of full and open competition?


Subpart 2937.2 – Advisory and Assistance Services

2937.203 Policy.

(a) HCAs having a requirement for certain advisory and assistance services are required by the Department of Labor Manual Series (See DLMS 2 836) to prepare a written justification for such services. Written justification must be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management for review by the Procurement Review Board, for Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management approval.


(b) Regardless of the type of action planned, the justification in paragraph (a) of this section must include the following:


(1) A statement of need, which certifies that the requested services do not unnecessarily duplicate any previously performed work.


(2) Nature and scope of the need, and the results expected.


(3) Extent to which in-house staff availability was assessed, and the reasons why procurement of outside services is necessary.


(4) Any additional information or data that support the requirement for a contract.


(5) Name(s) and title(s) of official(s) who will be assigned as project officer(s) to work with the contractor, and who can be contacted for additional Information.


(6) A statement that the Government policy on advisory and assistance services has been reviewed and complies with FAR 37.203.


Subpart 2937.6 – Preference for Performance-Based Contracting (PBC)

2937.602 Elements of performance-based contracting.

(a) Performance-based contracting is defined in FAR 37.101 and discussed in FAR 37.6. Although FAR part 37 primarily addresses services contracts, PBC is not limited to these contracts. PBC is the preferred way of contracting for services. (See exceptions listed in FAR 37.102.) Generally, when contract performance risk under a PBC specification can be shifted to the contractor to allow for the operation of objective incentives, a contract type with objectively measurable incentives (e.g., Firm-Fixed-Price, Fixed-Price-Incentive-Fee, or Cost-Plus-Incentive-Fee) is appropriate. However, when contractor performance (e.g., cost control, schedule, or quality/technical) is best evaluated subjectively using qualitative measures, a Cost-Plus-Award-Fee contract may be used.


(b) A labor hour level-of-effort contract is not considered a PBC.


PARTS 2938-2941 [RESERVED]

SUBCHAPTER G – CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

PART 2942 – CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2942.1 – Contract Audit Services

2942.101 Policy.

The OASAM Division of Cost Determination is responsible for establishing billing rates and indirect cost rates as prescribed in FAR 42.7 for the Department of Labor.


Subpart 2942.15 – Contractor Performance Information

2942.1501 Scope.

This subpart provides policies and procedures for evaluating, maintaining, and releasing contractor performance information under DOL contracts.


2942.1502 Policy.

DOL contracting officers are required to use or interface with the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), and specifically the National Institutes of Health’s Contractor Performance System. The HCA is responsible for ensuring that a contractor performance evaluation system is generated to meet the requirements of FAR subpart 42.15, including compliance with subcontracting plans. Contracts, task orders, and delivery orders, exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold, should be formally evaluated in writing. Interim evaluations should be performed on contracts exceeding one year in duration. This will assist contractors with improving marginal performance and identifying any major deficiencies. It will also facilitate performance evaluations at contract completion, as well as determining whether to exercise contract options, if any.


2942.1503 Procedures.

(a) In accordance with FAR 42.1502, the contracting officer will prepare an interim evaluation of a contractor’s performance at least annually for submission to the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), and specifically the Contractor Performance System maintained by the National Institutes of Health.


(b) The contracting officer, or designee, must determine who will evaluate a contractor’s performance. The contracting officer’s technical representative, program manager, contract specialists or administrators, and users are candidates likely to be selected to perform the evaluation.


(c) A contractor’s performance evaluation should be obtained from a person who monitored contractor performance when that individual’s assignment of duties or employment terminates before physical completion of the contract. The areas of performance to be selected for evaluation should be tailored to the type of supplies or services normally acquired by the contracting activities and the type of contract. HCAs must ensure uniformity of the evaluation criteria within their contracting activities.


(d) Release of contractor performance evaluation information.


(1) Requests for performance evaluation information from the public must be processed in accordance with FOIA, as implemented by DOL under 29 CFR part 70.


(2) Release of a contractor’s performance evaluation information to other Federal agencies is subject to FAR 42.1502. When the performance evaluation information is released to other federal agencies, it should be provided with a written statement that it is nonpublic information that must be processed under FOIA principles if a request for its disclosure is received.


(e) Even though the retention period for past performance evaluation information is three years (see FAR 42.1503), the contractor’s performance evaluation, any contractor rebuttal, and final decision become a part of the contract file. Therefore, disposal of the contractor’s evaluation information must be accomplished in accordance with FAR 4.804.


PART 2943 – CONTRACT MODIFICATIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2943.2 – Change Orders

2943.205 Contract clauses.

HCAs may establish procedures, or office policies, when appropriate for authorizing the contracting officer to vary the 30-day period for submission of adjustment proposals to the clauses prescribed by FAR 43.205.


Subpart 2943.3 – Forms

2943.301 Use of forms.

(a) FAR 43.301(a)(1)(vi) requires the use of Standard Form 30 (SF-30) to execute any obligation or deobligation of contract funds after award. FAR 13.307(c)(3) allows, and the Department of Labor prefers, the use of the SF-30 for simplified acquisitions. The SF-30 also must be used to deobligate funds when effecting contract closeout when obligated funds exceed the final contract costs. In such an instance, the SF-30 may be issued as an administrative modification on a unilateral basis if the contractor’s financial release has been separately obtained.


(b) The contracting officer must include, in any unilateral contract modification issued for contract closeout, a statement that the contractor has signed a release of claims and indicate the date the release of claims was signed by the contractor.


PART 2944 – SUBCONTRACTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2944.1 – General

2944.101 Waiver.

The waiver of consent must be in writing, signed by the contracting officer, and included in the contract file. The waiver must include all supporting facts, including the rationale for waiving the consent to subcontract requirements.


Subpart 2944.2 – Consent To Subcontract

2944.201-1 Consent requirements.

In accordance with FAR 44.201-1(b) or FAR 44.201-2, advance notification and agreement are required for all cost-reimbursement, time-and-materials, or labor-hour subcontracts exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold.


2944.202 Contracting officer’s evaluation.

2944.202-2 Considerations.

The review required by FAR 44.202-2(a) must be documented in writing (including supporting facts and rationale), signed by the contracting officer, and included in the contract file.


2944.203 Consent limitations.

Any limitations placed on the consent to subcontract must be documented in writing (including supporting facts and rationale), signed by the contracting officer, and included in the contract file.


Subpart 2944.3 – Contractors’ Purchasing Systems Reviews

2944.302 Requirements.

The authority of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management under FAR 44.302(a), to raise or lower the $25 million review level for a contractor’s purchasing system, may not be delegated. When a contractor’s purchasing system review is required by the contracting officer, the effort must be coordinated with the OASAM Business Operations Center’s Division of Acquisition Management Services and the Division of Cost Determination.


PART 2945 – GOVERNMENT PROPERTY


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2945.1 – General

2945.104 Review and correction of contractors’ property control systems.

When the Government’s property administrator determines that review and approval of the contractor’s property control system rests with DOL, the Government’s property administrator must review the system to determine whether the contractor will be able to meet the requirements of FAR 45.104. The review must be completed, signed by the appointed property administrator, and retained in the contract file.


2945.105 Records of Government property.

Contracting officers must maintain a file on any Government-furnished property (GFP) in the possession of contractors. As a minimum, the file must contain the following:


(a) A copy of the applicable portions of the contract that list the GFP;


(b) Contracting officer’s letters assigning the GFP administrator to the contract;


(c) Written evidence that the contractor’s property control system was reviewed and approved as required by FAR 45.104;


(d) If applicable, documentation of the request and approval or denial of the contractor’s requests to acquire or fabricate special test equipment in accordance with FAR 45.307 or other property;


(e) The contractor’s written notice of receipt of the GFP and any reported discrepancies thereto, as required by FAR 45.502-1 and 45.502-2, respectively;


(f) Any other documents pertaining to or affecting the status of the GFP in the possession of contractors or subcontractors under the contract;


(g) Documentation of the screening and disposal of all GFP as required by FAR 45.6.


Subpart 2945.3 – Providing Government Property to Contractors

2945.302 Providing facilities.

The HCA is authorized to make the determination to provide facilities to a contractor as prescribed in FAR 45.302-1(a)(4).


Subpart 2945.4 – Contractor Use and Rental of Government Property

2945.403 Rental-use and charges clause.

The HCA must make the determination to charge rent on the basis of use under the clause at FAR 52.245-9 when the contracting officer provides access to Government production and research property, as prescribed in FAR 45.403(a).


PARTS 2946-2951 [RESERVED]

SUBCHAPTER H – CLAUSE AND FORMS

PART 2952 – SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2952.2 – Text of Provisions and Clauses

2952.201-70 Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR).

Insert the following clause into contracts requiring COTR representation under 2901.603.71:



Contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR) May 2004


(a) Mr./Ms. (Name) of (Organization) (Room No.), (Building), (Address), (Area Code & Telephone No.), is hereby designated to act as contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR) under this contract.


(b) The COTR is responsible, as applicable, for: receiving all deliverables; inspecting and accepting the supplies or services provided hereunder in accordance with the terms and conditions of this contract; providing direction to the contractor which clarifies the contract effort, fills in details or otherwise serves to accomplish the contractual scope of work; evaluating performance; and certifying all invoices/vouchers for acceptance of the supplies or services furnished for payment.


(c) The COTR does not have the authority to alter the contractor’s obligations under the contract, and/or modify any of the expressed terms, conditions, specifications, or cost of the agreement. If, as a result of technical discussions, it is desirable to alter/change contractual obligations or the scope of work, the contracting officer must issue such changes.


PART 2953 – FORMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486(c).


Source:69 FR 22991, Apr. 27, 2004, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 2953.1 – General

2953.100 Request for Recommendation by Procurement Review Board DL 1-490.

The following form must be used by the requisitioning office to submit a request for review by the Procurement Review Board as specified in DOLAR 2901 and 2943. This form must be submitted through the Assistant Secretary for the program office to the Director, Division of Acquisition Management Services, for scheduling before the Procurement Review Board.






2953.101 Simplified Acquisition Documentation Checklist DL 1-2216.

The following checklist must be used to document all simplified acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.



2953.102 Quotation for Simplified Acquisitions DL 1-2078.

The following form must be used to document all simplified acquisitions above the micro-purchase threshold and below the simplified acquisition threshold. This form may also be used to document commercial acquisitions on a fixed price basis up to $5 million.



2953.103 Acquisition Screening and Review – over $100,000 DL 1-2004.

The requiring organization must complete the following form for all acquisitions above the simplified acquisition threshold. This form will then be submitted through the contracting officer to the Office of Small Business Programs for review.



PARTS 2954-2999 [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 30 – DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, HOMELAND SECURITY ACQUISITION REGULATION (HSAR)

SUBCHAPTER A – GENERAL

PART 3000 [RESERVED]

PART 3001 – FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS SYSTEM


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3001.1 – Purpose, Authority, Issuance

3001.101 Purpose.

The Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) establishes uniform acquisition policies and procedures, which implement and supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).


3001.102 Statement of Guiding Principles for the Federal Acquisition System.

(d) The FAR and this supplement are to be interpreted permissively, if consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements, policy, and sound professional judgment.


3001.103 Authority.

The HSAR is issued by DHS’s Chief Procurement Officer, who is the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE), see 41 U.S.C. 1702 and DHS Delegation Number 0702, under authority of 5 U.S.C. 301-302, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act, Pub. L. No. 93-400, 88 Stat. 796 (1974), including sections 22 and 25, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 1302 and 1303, and (FAR) 48 CFR part 1, subpart 1.3.


[77 FR 50632, Aug. 22, 2012]


3001.104 Applicability.

(a) The following order of precedence applies to resolve any acquisition regulation or procedural inconsistency found within HSAR or the Homeland Security Acquisition Manual (HSAM):


(1) Statute;


(2) FAR or other applicable regulation or Executive Order;


(3) HSAR;


(4) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Directives; and


(5) HSAM.


(b) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) exception to this regulation is authorized by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 (ATSA) (section 101(a) of Public Law 107-71, as implemented at section 114(o) of title 49) for contracts awarded by TSA pursuant to this ATSA authority. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-161, Division E, Title V, section 568 eliminates ATSA section 114(o) effective June 23, 2008. Accordingly, TSA acquisitions initiated after June 22, 2008 are subject to 48 CFR Chapters 1 and 30.


(c) Contracts involving Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities (NAFIs) must contain suitable dispute provisions and may provide for appellate dispute jurisdiction in the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA). However, the contract must not attempt to confer court jurisdiction that does not otherwise exist.


(d) The FAR and HSAR may be followed, where feasible, for:


(1) No-cost contracts;


(2) Concession contracts; and


(3) Contracts on behalf of NAFIs entered into by appropriated fund contracting officers.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25767, May 2, 2006; 72 FR 1297, Jan. 11, 2007; 73 FR 30318, May 27, 2008]


3001.105 Issuance.

3001.105-1 Publication and code arrangement.

(a) The HSAR is published in:


(1) The Federal Register and


(2) Cumulated form in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


3001.105-2 Arrangement of regulations.

(a) General. The HSAR, which encompasses both Department-wide and Component-unique guidance, conforms to the arrangement and numbering system prescribed by (FAR) 48 CFR 1.105-2. Guidance that is unique to a Component contains the organization’s acronym or abbreviation directly following the title. The following acronyms and abbreviations apply:



DHS Management (MGMT), including the Office of Procurement Operations (OPO) and the Office of Selective Acquisitions (OSA);

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA);

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC);

Transportation Security Administration (TSA);

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);


U.S. Coast Guard (USCG);

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP);

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and

U.S. Secret Service (USSS).

[77 FR 50632, Aug. 22, 2012, as amended at 86 FR 17314, Apr. 2, 2021]


3001.105-3 Copies.

Official versions of the HSAR are available in the Code of Federal Regulations, as supplemented and revised from time to time by the Federal Register, both of which are available from the Government Publishing Office in paper form. The HSAR is also available in electronic form at https://www.ecfr.gov/. The Homeland Security Acquisition Manual (HSAM), which complements the HSAR, can also be found at http://www.dhs.gov.


[86 FR 17314, Apr. 2, 2021]


3001.106 OMB Approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

(a) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has assigned the following control numbers that must appear on the upper right-hand corner of the face page of each solicitation, contract, modification, and order:



OMB Control No. 1600-002 (Contract related forms)

OMB Control No. 1600-005 (Offeror submissions)

OMB Control No. 1600-003 (Contractor submissions)

OMB Control No. 1600-004 (Protests)

(b) OMB regulations and OMB’s approval and assignment of control numbers are conditioned upon not requiring more than three copies (including the original) of any document of information. OMB has granted a waiver to permit the Department to require up to eight copies of proposal packages, including proprietary data, for solicitations, provided that contractors who submit only an original and two copies will not be placed at a disadvantage.


Subpart 3001.3 – Agency Acquisition Regulations

3001.301 Policy.

(a)(1) The HSAR is issued for Departmental guidance according to the policy cited in (FAR) 48 CFR 1.301. The HSAR establishes uniform Department of Homeland Security policies and procedures for all acquisition activities within the Department of Homeland Security. Component supplemental acquisition regulations to be inserted in the HSAR as a HSAR supplement regulation must be reviewed and approved by the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) before the CPO authorizes and submits the proposed content for publication in the Federal Register under (FAR) 48 CFR part 1, subparts 1.3 and 1.5.


(2)(i) The CPO is authorized to issue internal agency guidance at any organizational level. Department-wide procedures are contained in the HSAM. The HCA may implement internal procedures or supplement the FAR, HSAR, or HSAM as provided in HSAM 3001.3. The HCA may issue procedures or delegate this authority to any organizational level deemed appropriate. Component procedures may be more restrictive or require higher approval levels than those permitted by the HSAM, unless otherwise specified.


(ii) Individuals granted authority in the HSAR may delegate that authority, unless the FAR or HSAR specifically state that the authority is not delegable.


(b) The Under Secretary of Management established procedures through Management Directive (MD) 0490.1, entitled Federal Register Notice and Rules, to ensure that agency acquisition regulations are published for comment in the Federal Register in conformance with FAR procedures at (FAR) 48 CFR subpart 1.5.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25767, May 2, 2006; 71 FR 48800, Aug. 22, 2006; 77 FR 50632, Aug. 22, 2012]


3001.301-70 Amendment of HSAR.

(a) Requests for changes to the regulation may be recommended by DHS personnel, other Government agencies, or the public. Change requests are to be submitted in the following format to the Department of Homeland Security, Attn: Office of the Under Secretary of Management, Chief Procurement Officer, Washington, DC 20528.


(1) Problem: Succinctly state the problem(s) created by current HSAR requirements or processes and describe the factual or legal reasons for requesting a regulatory change.


(2) Recommendation: Identify the recommended change by using the current language and lining through the words to be deleted and inserting proposed language in brackets. If the change is extensive, deleted language may be displayed by forming a box with diagonal lines connecting the corners.


(3) Discussion: Explain why the change is necessary and how the change will solve the problem. Address any cost or administrative impact on Government activities, offerors, and contractors. Provide any other helpful information and documents such as statutes, legal decisions, regulations, reports, etc.


(4) Point of Contact: Provide a point of contact for answering questions regarding the recommendation, along with a telephone number, e-mail or other method of reaching the contact.


(b) The HSAR is maintained by the CPO through the HSAR/HSAM change process (i.e., input from various Components including representatives specifically designated to formulate Departmental acquisition policies and procedures).


(1) Homeland Security Acquisition Circular (HSAC). HSAC (see (HSAR) 48 Chapter 3001.301-72) will be used to amend (HSAR) 48 Chapter 30.


(2) HSAR Notices will be issued (with a specified expiration date) when interim guidance is necessary under any of the following circumstances:


(i) To promulgate, as rapidly as possible, selected material in a general or narrative manner, in advance of a HSAC issuance;


(ii) To disseminate other acquisition related information; or


(iii) To issue guidance that is expected to be effective for a period of 1 year or less.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25767, May 2, 2006; 71 FR 48800, Aug. 22, 2006; 77 FR 50632, Aug. 22, 2012]


3001.301-71 Effective date.

Unless otherwise stated:


(a) HSAR changes apply to solicitations issued on or after the effective date of the change;


(b) Contracting officers may, at their discretion, amend solicitations issued before the effective date to include HSAR changes, provided award of the resulting contract(s) will occur on or after the effective date of the change; and


(c) When required by law, contracting officers must modify existing contracts to include HSAR changes. Otherwise, and where feasible, contracting officers should consider using the Changes clause or other suitable authority, to modify existing contracts to include HSAR changes.


[71 FR 25767, May 2, 2006, as amended at 77 FR 50632, Aug. 22, 2012]


3001.301-72 HSAC or HSAR Notice numbering.

HSACs and HSAR Notices will be numbered consecutively on a fiscal year basis beginning with number “01” prefixed by the last two digits of the fiscal year (e.g., HSAR Notices 03-01 and 03-02 indicate the first two HSAR Notices issued in fiscal year 2003).


3001.303 Publication and codification.

(a) The HSAR is issued as chapter 30 of Title 48 of the CFR.


(1) The FAR numbering illustrations at (FAR) 48 CFR 1.105-2 apply to the HSAR.


(2) Coverage within HSAR 48 CFR chapter 30 is identified by the prefix “30” followed by the complete FAR cite which may extend downward to the subparagraph level (e.g., (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.101).


(3) Coverage in HSAR chapter 30 that supplements the FAR will use part, subpart, section, and subsection numbers ending in “70” through “89”. A series of numbers beginning with “70” is used for provisions and clauses (e.g., (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.301-70).


(4) Coverage in HSAR 48 CFR chapter 30, other than that identified with a “70” or higher number, which implements the FAR uses the identical number sequence and caption of the FAR segment being implemented which may extend downward to the subparagraph level. Subparagraph numbers/letters may not be shown as sequential, but may be shown by the specific paragraph/subparagraph implemented from the FAR (e.g., (HSAR) 48 CFR 3003.301 contains subparagraphs (a) and (b) because only these subparagraphs, correlating to FAR, are being supplemented by (HSAR) 48 CFR chapter 30).


(5) Component-unique guidance. Supplementary material for which there is no counterpart in the FAR or HSAR shall be identified using chapter, part, subpart, section, or subsection numbers of “90” and up (e.g., the U.S. Coast Guard’s acronym is “USCG”; an USCG-unique clause pertaining to “Inspection and/or Acceptance” would be designated “USCG 3052.246-90”).


(6) References and citations. Cross references to the FAR in the HSAR will be cited by “FAR” followed by the FAR numbered cite, and cross reference to the HSAM in the HSAR will be cited by “HSAM” followed by the HSAM numbered cite.


(7) Department/agency and Component supplements must parallel the FAR and HSAR numbering, except department/agency supplemental numbering uses subsection numbering of 90 and up, instead of 70 and up.


Table 1-1 – HSAR Numbering

FAR
Is implemented as
Is supplemented as
1930193019.70
19.53019.53019.570
19.5013019.5013019.501-70
19.501-13019.501-13019.501-170

[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48800, Aug. 22, 2006; 77 FR 50632, Aug. 22, 2012]


3001.304 Agency control and compliance procedures.

(a) The HSAR is under the direct oversight and control of the DHS, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), which is responsible for evaluation, review, and issuance of all Department-wide acquisition regulations and guidance in accordance with DHS regulatory clearance procedures, as applicable. Each HCA may supplement the HSAR with internal Component issued guidance that does not go beyond internal operating procedures and does not have a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. Supplementation should be kept to a minimum. Any Component that seeks a component-specific regulation or that intends to use a solicitation provision or a contract clause on a repetitive basis must prepare and coordinate a draft rule with Component legal counsel and obtain HCA approval, which is non delegable. The HCA must forward the draft rule to the CPO for concurrence prior to further action in accordance with DHS regulatory clearance procedures. If approved, the CPO or designee, will sign the Component-specific regulation and it will be integrated into the HSAR.


(b) [Reserved]


(c) The CPO is responsible for evaluating all proposed regulatory coverage in the HSAR to determine if the substance could apply to other agencies and to make recommendation for inclusion in the FAR.


[86 FR 17314, Apr. 2, 2021]


Subpart 3001.4 – Deviations from the FAR and HSAR

3001.403 Individual deviations.

Unless precluded by law, executive order, or other regulation, the HCA is authorized to approve individual deviation (except with respect to (FAR) 48 CFR 30.201-3, 30.201-4; the requirements of the Cost Accounting Standards board rules and regulations at 48 CFR chapter 99 (FAR appendix); and part 50). Submit requests per (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.7000, including complete documentation of the justification for the deviations (See HSAM 3001.403).


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006; 77 FR 50632, Aug. 22, 2012]


3001.404 Class deviations.

(a) Unless precluded by law, executive order, or other regulation, the CPO is authorized to approve FAR class deviations, except (FAR) 48 CFR 30.201-3, and 30.201-4 (the requirements of the Cost Accounting Standards Board); 48 CFR chapter 99 (FAR appendix); and part 50. Prior to authorizing a FAR class deviation, the CPO shall consult with the chairperson of the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAA Council), unless the CPO determines that urgency precludes such consultation. FAR class deviation requests shall be submitted to the CPO per (HSAR) 48 CFR subpart 3001.70 including complete documentation of the justification for the deviation, and the estimated number and type of contract actions affected. The CPO will transmit a copy of each approved FAR deviation to the FAR Secretariat.


[71 FR 25767, May 2, 2006]


Subpart 3001.6 – Career Development, Contracting Authority, and Responsibilities

3001.601 General.

DHS Delegation Number 0200.1, Delegation to the Directorate of Management, delegates authority from the Secretary to the Under Secretary of Management to manage the acquisition function. DHS Delegation 0700, Delegation to the Chief Procurement Officer for Acquisition and Financial Assistance Management, delegates this authority from the Under Secretary of Management to the Chief Procurement Officer.


3001.602 Contracting officers.

3001.602-3 Ratification of unauthorized commitments.

DHS policy requires that acquisitions be made only by Government officials having authority to enter into such acquisitions. Acquisitions made by other than authorized personnel are contrary to Departmental policy and may be considered matters of serious misconduct on the part of an employee making an unauthorized commitment, and may result in disciplinary action being taken against an employee who makes an unauthorized commitment.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 77 FR 50633, Aug. 22, 2012]


3001.603 Selection, appointment, and termination of appointment.

3001.603-1 General.

Under DHS Delegations, the Heads of the Contracting Activity (HCA), with authority to redelegate no lower than the Chief of the Contracting Office (COCO), are authorized to select and appoint contracting officers and terminate their appointment.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25767, May 2, 2006]


Subpart 3001.7 – Determinations and Findings

3001.704 Content.

The following format shall be used for all determinations and findings (D&Fs), unless otherwise specified in the FAR or the HSAR. The contracting officer is responsible for preparing D&Fs, and requirements and technical personnel are responsible for the accuracy and adequacy of the supporting factual information, which shall be furnished to the contracting officer.


Insert specific information indicated in brackets.



Determination and Findings

Under [insert citation for appropriate statutory and/or regulatory basis for D&F], the Department of Homeland Security, [insert contracting activity], is granted authority to [insert nature and/or description of the action being approved].


Findings

[Findings that detail the particular circumstances, facts, or reasoning essential to support the determination.]


Determination

[A determination, based on the findings, that the proposed action is justified under the applicable statute or regulation.] [Expiration date of the D&F, if required.]


[Signature of authorized official]

Name and Title

[month, day, and year]

Date

Subpart 3001.70 – Other Determinations, Waivers, Exceptions, Approvals, Reviews, and Submittals

3001.7000 Coordination and approval.

Documents requiring CPO approval. Requests shall be prepared in writing by the contracting officer and submitted through the HCA to the CPO for approval.


3001.7001 Content.

The general format at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.704 shall be used to provide a justification to support the requested determination, waiver, exception or approval.


PART 3002 – DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3002.1 – Definitions

3002.101 Definitions.

Chief Information Officer (CIO) means the Director of the Office of the CIO.


Chief of the Contracting Office (COCO) means the individual(s) responsible for managing the contracting office(s) within a Component.


Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) means the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE).


Component means the following entities for purposes of this chapter:


(1) DHS Management (MGMT), including the Office of Procurement Operations (OPO) and the Office of Selective Acquisitions (OSA);


(2) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA);


(3) Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC);


(4) Transportation Security Administration (TSA);


(5) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);


(6) U.S. Coast Guard (USCG);


(7) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP);


(8) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and


(9) U.S. Secret Service (USSS).


Contracting activity includes all the contracting offices within a Component and is the same as the term “procuring activity.”


Contracting officer means an individual authorized by virtue of position or by appointment to perform the functions assigned by the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation.


Head of the Agency means the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, or, by delegation, the Under Secretary of Management.


Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) means the official who has overall responsibility for managing the contracting activity. For DHS, the HCAs are:


(1) Director, Office of Procurement Operations (OPO);


(2) Director, Office of Selective Acquisitions (OSA);


(3) Director, Office of Acquisition Management (FEMA);


(4) Chief, Procurement Division (FLETC);


(5) Assistant Administrator for Contracting & Procurement (TSA);


(6) Chief, Office of Contracting (USCIS);


(7) Director of Contracting and Procurement (USCG);


(8) Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Acquisition (CBP);


(9) Director, Office of Acquisition Management (ICE); and


(10) Chief, Procurement Operations (USSS).


Legal counsel means the Department of Homeland Security Office of the General Counsel, which includes Component offices providing legal services to the contracting organization.


Legal review means review by legal counsel.


Major system means, for DHS, that combination of elements that will function together to produce the capabilities required to fulfill a mission need, including hardware, equipment, software, or any combination thereof, but excluding construction or other improvements to real property. A DHS major system is one where the total lifecycle costs for the system are estimated to equal or exceed $300M (in constant 2009 dollars), or if the Deputy Secretary has designated a program or project as a major system. This corresponds to a DHS Level 1 or 2 capital investment acquisition.


Micro-purchase threshold is defined as in (FAR) 48 CFR 2.101, except when (HSAR) 48 CFR 3013.7003(a) applies.


Senior Procurement Executive (SPE) for the Department of Homeland Security means the individual appointed pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 1702(c). The SPE is responsible for the management direction of the procurement system of DHS, including implementation of the unique procurement policies, regulations, and standards of DHS. The DHS Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is the SPE for DHS and is the only individual within DHS that bears the title of the CPO.


Sensitive Information, as used in this Chapter, means any information which if lost, misused, disclosed, or, without authorization, is accessed or modified, could adversely affect the national or homeland security interest, the conduct of Federal programs, or the privacy to which individuals are entitled under 5 U.S.C. 552a (the Privacy Act), but which has not been specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive Order or an Act of Congress to be kept secret in the interest of national defense, homeland security or foreign policy. This definition includes the following categories of information:


(1) Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) as set out in the Critical Infrastructure Information Act of 2002 (Title II, Subtitle B, of the Homeland Security Act, Pub. L. 107-296, 196 Stat. 2135), as amended, the implementing regulations thereto (6 CFR part 29) as amended, the applicable PCII Procedures Manual, as amended, and any supplementary guidance officially communicated by an authorized official of the Department of Homeland Security (including the PCII Program Manager or his/her designee);


(2) Sensitive Security Information (SSI), as defined in 49 CFR part 1520, as amended, “Policies and Procedures of Safeguarding and Control of SSI,” as amended, and any supplementary guidance officially communicated by an authorized official of the Department of Homeland Security (including the Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration or his/her designee);


(3) Information designated as “For Official Use Only,” which is unclassified information of a sensitive nature and the unauthorized disclosure of which could adversely impact a person’s privacy or welfare, the conduct of Federal programs, or other programs or operations essential to the national or homeland security interest; and


(4) Any information that is designated “sensitive” or subject to other controls, safeguards or protections in accordance with subsequently adopted homeland security information handling procedures.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25767, May 2, 2006; 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006; 72 FR 1297, Jan. 11, 2007; 73 FR 30318, May 27, 2008; 75 FR 41099, >July 15, 2010; 77 FR 50633, Aug. 22, 2012; 86 FR 17314, Apr. 2, 2021]


Subpart 3002.2 – Abbreviations

3002.270 Abbreviations.

CBCA Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

CFO Chief Financial Officer

CIO Chief Information Officer

COCO Chief of the Contracting Office

COR Contracting Officer’s Representative

CPO Chief Procurement Officer

D&F Determination and Findings

FOIA Freedom of Information Act

HCA Head of the Contracting Activity

J&A Justification and Approval for Other than Full and Open Competition

MD Management Directive

OCPO Office of the Chief Procurement Officer

OIG Office of the Inspector General

OSDBU Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

PCR SBA’s Procurement Center Representative

RFP Request for Proposal

SBA Small Business Administration

SBS Small Business Specialist

SPE Senior Procurement Executive

[72 FR 1297, Jan. 11, 2007, as amended at 77 FR 50633, Aug. 22, 2012; 86 FR 17314, Apr. 2, 2021]


PART 3003 – IMPROPER BUSINESS PRACTICES AND PERSONAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3003.1 – Safeguards

3003.101 Standards of conduct.

3003.101-3 Agency regulations.

The United States Office of Government Ethics has promulgated regulations applicable to the entire Executive Branch that address the conduct matters referenced in (FAR) 48 CFR 3.101-3. See 5 CFR vol. 3, ch. XVI, subch. B. The Department of Homeland Security has also issued a supplemental ethics regulation at 5 CFR part 4601 and Management Directive 0480.1, Ethics/Standards of Conduct.


[77 FR 50633, Aug. 22, 2012, as amended at 86 FR 17314, Apr. 2, 2021]


Subpart 3003.2 – Contractor Gratuities to Government Personnel

3003.203 Reporting suspected violations of the Gratuities clause.

(a) Suspected violations shall be reported to the contracting officer responsible for the acquisition (or the COCO if the contracting officer is suspected of the violation). The contracting officer (or the COCO) shall obtain from the person reporting the violation, and any witnesses to the violation, the following information:


(1) The date, time, and place of the suspected violation;


(2) The name and title (if known) of the individual(s) involved in the violation; and


(3) The details of the violation (e.g., the gratuity offered or intended) to obtain a contract or favorable treatment under a contract.


(4) The person reporting the violation and witnesses (if any) shall be requested to sign and date the information certifying that the information furnished is true and correct.


(b) The contracting officer shall submit the report to the COCO (unless the alleged violation was directly reported to the COCO) and the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) for further action. The COCO and HCA will determine, with the advice of the Component legal counsel, whether the case warrants submission to the OIG, or other investigatory organization.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25768, May 2, 2006; 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


3003.204 Treatment of violations.

(a) The HCA is the official designated to make the determination under (FAR) 48 CFR 3.204(a) whether a gratuities violation has occurred. If the HCA has been personally and substantially involved in the specific procurement, the advice of legal counsel should be sought to determine whether the CPO should designate an alternate decision maker.


(b) The HCA shall ensure that the hearing procedures required by (FAR) 48 CFR 3.204(b) are afforded to the contractor. Legal counsel shall be consulted regarding the appropriateness of the hearing procedures that are established.


(c) If the HCA determines that the alleged gratuities violation occurred the HCA shall consult with legal counsel regarding appropriate action and notify the Office of Inspector General.


[77 FR 50633, Aug. 22, 2012]


Subpart 3003.3 – Reports Of Suspected Antitrust Violations

3003.301 General.

(b) The procedures at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3003.203 shall be followed for suspected antitrust violations, except reports of suspected antitrust violations shall be coordinated with legal counsel for referral to the Department of Justice, if deemed appropriate.


Subpart 3003.4 – Contingent Fees

3003.405 Misrepresentations or violations of the Covenant Against Contingent Fees.

(a) The procedures at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3003.203 shall be followed for misrepresentation or violations of the covenant against contingent fees.


(b)(4) The procedures at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3003.203 shall be followed for misrepresentation or violations of the covenant against contingent fees, except reports of misrepresentation or violations of the covenant against contingent fees shall be coordinated with legal counsel for referral to the Department of Justice, if deemed appropriate.


Subpart 3003.5 – Other Improper Business Practices

3003.502 Subcontractor kickbacks.

3003.502-2 Subcontractor kickbacks.

(g) The DHS OIG shall receive the prime contractor or subcontractors written report.


Subpart 3003.9 – Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees

3003.901 Definitions.

Authorized official of an agency means the Department of Homeland Security’s CPO.


Subpart 3003.10 – Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct


Source:77 FR 50633, Aug. 22, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

3003.1003 Requirements.

(a) Contractor requirements. Contractors making written disclosures under the clause at (FAR) 48 CFR 52.203-13 must use the electronic Contractor Disclosure Form at http://www.oig.dhs.gov or https://www.oig.dhs.gov/reports/publications/annual/contractor-disclosure. Contractors making disclosures under contracts which do not contain the clause at (FAR) 48 CFR 52.203-13 are encouraged to also use this electronic form.


[77 FR 50633, Aug. 22, 2012, as amended at 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


3003.1004 Contract clauses.

(a) The contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.203-70, Instructions for Contractor Disclosure of Violations, in solicitations and contracts containing the clause at (FAR) 48 CFR 52.203-13.


PART 3004 – ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3004.1 – Contract Execution

3004.103 Contract clause.

Insert the clause at (FAR) 48 CFR 52.204-1, Approval of Contract, in each solicitation where approval to award the resulting contract is required above the contracting officer level.


Subpart 3004.4 – Safeguarding Classified and Sensitive Information Within Industry


Source:71 FR 25768, May 2, 2006, unless otherwise noted.

3004.470 Security requirements for access to unclassified facilities, Information Technology resources, and sensitive information.

3004.470-1 Scope.

This section implements DHS’s policies for assuring the security of unclassified facilities, Information Technology (IT) resources, and sensitive information during the acquisition process and contract performance.


3004.470-2 Policy.

(a) DHS’s policies and procedures on contractor personnel security requirements are set forth in various management directives (MDs), Directives, and Instructions. MD 11042.1, Safeguarding Sensitive But Unclassified (For Official Use Only) Information describes how contractors must handle sensitive but unclassified information. The DHS Sensitive Systems Policy Directive 4300A and the DHS 4300A Sensitive Systems Handbook, provide the policies and procedures on security for Information Technology resources. Compliance with these policies and procedures, as amended, is required.


(b) The contractor must not use or redistribute any DHS information processed, stored, or transmitted by the contractor except as specified in the contract.


[71 FR 25768, May 2, 2006, as amended at 77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]


3004.470-3 Contract clauses.

(a) Contracting officers shall insert a clause substantially the same as the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.204-70, Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources, in solicitations and contracts that require submission of an IT Security Plan.


(b) Contracting officers shall insert the basic clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.204-71, Contractor Employee Access, in solicitations and contracts when contractor employees require recurring access to Government facilities or access to sensitive information. Contracting officers shall insert the basic clause with its Alternate I for acquisitions requiring contractor access to IT resources. For acquisitions in which the contractor will not have access to IT resources, but the Department has determined contractor employee access to sensitive information or Government facilities must be limited to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, the contracting officer shall insert the clause with its Alternate II. Neither the basic clause nor its alternates shall be used unless contractor employees will require recurring access to Government facilities or access to sensitive information. Neither the basic clause nor its alternates should ordinarily be used in contracts with educational institutions.


[71 FR 25768, May 2, 2006, as amended at 77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]


Subpart 3004.8 – Government Contract Files

3004.804 Closeout of contract files.

3004.804-5 Procedures for closing out contract files.

3004.804-570 Supporting closeout documents.

(a) When applicable and prior to contract closure, the contracting officer shall obtain the listed DHS and Department of Defense (DOD) forms from the contractor for closeout.


(1) DHS Form 700-3, Contractor’s Release (e.g., see (FAR) 48 CFR 52.216-7);


(2) DHS Form 700-2, Contractor’s Assignment of Refunds, Rebates, Credits and Other amounts (e.g., see (FAR) 48 CFR 52.216-7);


(3) DHS Form 700-1, Cumulative Claim and Reconciliation Statement (e.g., see (FAR) 48 CFR 4.804-5(a)(13)); and


(4) DD Form 882, Report of Inventions and Subcontracts (e.g., see (FAR) 48 CFR 52.227-14).


(b) The forms listed in this section (see (HSAR) 48 CFR part 3053) are used primarily for the closeout of cost-reimbursement, time-and-materials, and labor-hour contracts. The forms may also be used for closeout of other contract types to protect the Government’s interest.


[71 FR 25768, May 2, 2006, as amended at 77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]

SUBCHAPTER B – ACQUISITION PLANNING

PART 3005 – PUBLICIZING CONTRACT ACTIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3005.4 – Release of Information

3005.402 General public.

Requests for other specific records information shall be processed according to the DHS Freedom of Information Act rules and regulations (HSAR) 48 CFR 3024.203.


3005.470 Contractor award announcements, advertisements, and releases.

3005.470-1 Policy.

(a) DHS policy requires its contracting officers to restrict DHS contractors from referring to its DHS contract(s) in commercial advertising in a manner that states or implies the Government approves or endorses the contractor’s products or services or considers them superior to other products or services. The intent of this policy is to prevent the appearance of Government bias toward any product or service.


(b) The Department’s contractors share the responsibility for protecting sensitive and classified information related to efforts under their contracts. For any contract that involves sensitive or classified information, prior to the release of any contract award announcement, advertisement, or other release of information pertaining to the contract, the contractor must obtain the approval of the responsible contracting officer.


[77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]


3005.470-2 Contract clauses.

(a) Insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.205-70, Advertisements, Publicizing Awards, and Releases, in all solicitations and contracts that exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.


(b) Except for research contracts with educational institutions, if the contract involves sensitive or classified information, use the clause with its Alternate I. For research contracts with educational institutions, see (HSAR) 48 CFR 3035.70-2(b).


[77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]


Subpart 3005.90 – Publicizing Contract Actions for Personal Services Contracting

3005.9000 Applicability (USCG).

Contracts awarded by the U.S. Coast Guard using the procedures in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3037.104-91 are expressly authorized for the Coast Guard under 10 U.S.C. 1091, and are exempt from (FAR) 48 CFR part 5.


[71 FR 25768, May 2, 2006, as amended at 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


PART 3006 – COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3006.1 – Full and Open Competition

3006.101 Policy.

3006.101-70 Definitions.

As used in this part:


Agency competition advocate means an individual designated by the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) to perform, at a minimum, the functions under (FAR) 48 CFR 6.502(b) and is synonymous with “Departmental Competition Advocate” and “Senior Competition Advocate (SCA).”


Competition advocate for the procuring activity means the individual who has been designated by the Component to approve Justifications and Approvals (J & A) for other than full and open competition as permitted by the (FAR) 48 CFR 6.304 and to perform the duties and responsibilities assigned under (FAR) 48 CFR 6.502. This term is synonymous with “procuring activity competition advocate.”


[71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


Subpart 3006.2 – Full and Open Competition After Exclusion of Sources

3006.202 Establishing or maintaining alternative sources.

(b)(1) The HCA is delegated authority to approve a D&F in support of a contract action award under the authority of (FAR) 48 CFR 6.202(a). Submit D&F in the format per (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.704.


Subpart 3006.3 – Other Than Full and Open Competition

3006.302 Circumstances permitting other than full and open competition.

3006.302-1 Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

(b)(4) The contracting officer may rely on this exception in the case where only one source is available to provide additional units or replacement items under a specific make and model requirement, but only where the CPO has determined in accordance with the agency’s standardization program that only the specific make(s) and model(s) will satisfy the agency’s needs.


[77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]


3006.302-270 Unusual and compelling urgency.

(d)(1)(iii) For contract awards to facilitate the response to or recovery from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, that relies on this exception, the period of performance shall be limited to the minimum period necessary to meet the urgent and compelling requirements of the work to be performed and to enter into another contract for the required goods or services through the use of competitive procedures, but in no event shall the period of performance exceed 150 days, unless the Head of the Contracting Activity (or higher approval authority if required by (FAR) 48 CFR 6.304 or DHS procedures) determines that exceptional circumstances apply, approving the justification as set forth in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3006.304. The limitation on the period of performance applies to contracts awarded in response to, or to recovery from:


(A) A major disaster or emergency declared by the President under Title IV or Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 5121-5207);


(B) An uncontrolled fire or fire complex, threatening such destruction as would constitute a major disaster, and for which the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a fire management assistance declaration in accordance with regulatory criteria at 44 CFR 204.21; or


(C) An incident for which the National Operations Center (NOC), through the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), coordinates the activation of the appropriate Emergency Support Functions and the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated a Federal Resource Coordinator (FRC) to manage Federal resource support.


[77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012, as amended at 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


3006.302-7 Public interest.

(c)(1)(ii) Requests shall be prepared in writing by the contracting officer, using the format found in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.704, and submitted through the HCA to the CPO for review and transmittal to the Secretary for approval.


3006.303 Justifications.

3006.303-270 Content.

(a)(9)(iv) For a proposed contract subject to the restrictions of (HSAR) 48 CFR 3006.302-270(d)(1)(iii) and where (FAR) 48 CFR 6.302-2 is cited as the authority, the exceptional circumstances allowing for an award for a period of performance in excess of 150 days.


[77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]


3006.304 Approval of justification.

3006.304-70 DHS Approval of justification.

A justification for other than full and open competition that cites (FAR) 48 CFR section 6.302-2 as its authority shall be approved in writing by the HCA (unless a higher approval authority is required in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR section 6.304 or DHS procedures) for a proposed DHS contract to facilitate the response to or recovery from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster with a period of performance in excess of 150 days. The justification should make plain the exceptional circumstances that justify the duration of the contract. This authority may not be redelegated by the HCA.


[77 FR 50634, Aug. 22, 2012]


Subpart 3006.5 – Competition Advocates

3006.501 Requirement.

The DHS Senior Competition Advocate (SCA) is located in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO).


Subpart 3006.90 – Competition Requirements For Personal Services Contracting

3006.9000 Applicability (USCG).

Contracts awarded by the U.S. Coast Guard using the procedures in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3037.104-91 are expressly authorized under Section 1091 of Title 10 U.S.C. as amended, for the Coast Guard and are exempt from the competition requirements of (FAR) 48 CFR part 6.


PART 3007 – ACQUISITION PLANNING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:75 FR 41099, July 15, 2010, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3007.1 – Acquisition Plans

3007.106 Additional Requirements for Major Systems.

3007.106-70 Limitations on Lead System Integrators.

See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570 for policy applicable to acquisition strategies that consider the use of lead system integrators.


PART 3008 – REQUIRED SOURCES OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES [RESERVED]

PART 3009 – CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3009.1 – Responsible Prospective Contractors

3009.108-70 Prohibition on contracts with corporate expatriates.

3009.108-7001 General.

Except as provided in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.108-7004, DHS may not enter into any contract with a foreign incorporated entity which is treated as an inverted domestic corporation under subsection (b) of section 835 of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 395(b), or any subsidiary of such an entity.


[76 FR 70661, Nov. 15, 2011]


3009.108-7002 Definitions.

As used in this subpart –


Expanded Affiliated Group means an affiliated group as defined in section 1504(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (without regard to section 1504(b) of such Code), except that section 1504 of such Code shall be applied by substituting ‘more than 50 percent’ for ‘at least 80 percent’ each place it appears.


Foreign Incorporated Entity means any entity which is, or but for section 835(b) of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 395(b), would be, treated as a foreign corporation for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.


Inverted Domestic Corporation. A foreign incorporated entity shall be treated as an inverted domestic corporation if, pursuant to a plan (or a series of related transactions) –


(1) The entity completes the direct or indirect acquisition of substantially all of the properties held directly or indirectly by a domestic corporation or substantially all of the properties constituting a trade or business of a domestic partnership;


(2) After the acquisition at least 80 percent of the stock (by vote or value) of the entity is held –


(i) In the case of an acquisition with respect to a domestic corporation, by former shareholders of the domestic corporation by reason of holding stock in the domestic corporation; or


(ii) In the case of an acquisition with respect to a domestic partnership, by former partners of the domestic partnership by reason of holding a capital or profits interest in the domestic partnership; and


(3) The expanded affiliated group which after the acquisition includes the entity does not have substantial business activities in the foreign country in which or under the law of which the entity is created or organized when compared to the total business activities of such expanded affiliated group.


Person, domestic, and foreign have the meanings given such terms by paragraphs (1), (4), and (5) of section 7701(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, respectively.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006. Redesignated at 74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009, 74 FR 66584, Dec. 16, 2009]


3009.108-7003 Special rules.

The following special rules shall apply when determining whether a foreign incorporated entity should be treated as an inverted domestic corporation.


(a) Certain stock disregarded. For the purpose of treating a foreign incorporated entity as an inverted domestic corporation these shall not be taken into account in determining ownership:


(1) Stock held by members of the expanded affiliated group which includes the foreign incorporated entity; or


(2) Stock of such entity which is sold in a public offering related to the acquisition described in subsection (b)(1) of section 835 of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 395(b)(1).


(b) Plan deemed in certain cases. If a foreign incorporated entity acquires directly or indirectly substantially all of the properties of a domestic corporation or partnership during the 4-year period beginning on the date which is 2 years before the ownership requirements of section 835(b)(2) of the Act are met, such actions shall be treated as pursuant to a plan.


(c) Certain transfers disregarded. The transfer of properties or liabilities (including by contribution or distribution) shall be disregarded if such transfers are part of a plan a principal purpose of which is to avoid the purposes of this section.


(d) Special rule for related partnerships. For purposes of applying subsection (b) to the acquisition of a domestic partnership, except as provided in regulations, all domestic partnerships which are under common control (within the meaning of section 482 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) shall be treated as a partnership.


(e) Treatment of certain rights. (1) Certain rights shall be treated as stocks to the extent necessary to reflect the present value of all equitable interests incident to the transaction, as follows:


(i) Warrants;


(ii) Options;


(iii) Contracts to acquire stock;


(iv) Convertible debt instruments;


(v) Others similar interests.


(2) Rights labeled as stocks shall not be treated as stocks whenever it is deemed appropriate to do so to reflect the present value of the transaction or to disregard transactions whose recognition would defeat the purpose of section 835 of the Act.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006. Redesignated at 74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009, 74 FR 66584, Dec. 16, 2009]


3009.108-7004 Waivers.

(a) The Secretary shall waive the provisions of (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.108-7001 with respect to any specific contract if the Secretary determines that the waiver is required in the interest of national security.


(b) Contractors shall submit waiver requests to the CPO. A copy of the waiver request or the approved waiver shall be attached with the bid or proposal.


[71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006. Redesignated at 74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009, 74 FR 66584, Dec. 16, 2009; 76 FR 70661, Nov. 15, 2011]


3009.108-7005 Provision.

Insert the provision (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-70, Prohibition on Contracts with Corporate Expatriates, in all solicitations.


[71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006. Redesignated at 74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009, as amended at 74 FR 66584, Dec. 16, 2009; 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


3009.171 Prohibition on Federal Protective Service guard services contracts with business concerns owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a felony.

3009.171-1 General.

Except as provided in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-6 and 3009.171-7, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contracting officers shall not enter into a contract for guard services under the Federal Protective Service (FPS) guard services program with any business concern owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a serious felony.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-2 Definitions.

As used in this subpart –


Business concern means a commercial enterprise and the people who constitute it.


Felony means an offense which, if committed by a natural person, is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.


Convicted of a felony means any conviction of a felony in violation of state or federal criminal statutes, including the Uniform Code of Military Justice, whether entered on a verdict or plea, including a plea of nolo contendere, for which a sentence has been imposed.


Individual means any person, corporation, partnership, or other entity with a legally independent status.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-3 Determination of eligibility for award of FPS guard service contracts.

(a) Contracting officers shall make a determination of eligibility for award of FPS guard service contracts upon identification of the apparent successful offeror as a result of a solicitation for offers.


(b) Contractors shall be required to immediately notify the contracting officer in writing upon any felony conviction of personnel who own, control or operate a business concern as defined in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-4 at any time during the duration of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract, Blanket Purchase Agreements, or other contractual instrument that may result in the issuance of task orders or calls, or exercise of an option or options to extend the term of a contract. Upon notification of a felony conviction, the contracting officer shall review and make a new determination of eligibility prior to the issuance of any task order, call or exercise of an option.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-4 Determination of ownership, control, or operation.

(a) Whether an individual owns, controls, or operates a business concern is determined on the specific facts of the case, with reference to the factors identified in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection. Prior to contract award, such individual must provide any additional documentation to the contracting officer upon the contracting officer’s request for the agency’s use in determining ownership, control, or operation. The refusal to provide or to timely provide such documentation may serve as grounds for the contracting officer to refuse making contract award to the business concern.


(b) Any financial, voting, operational, or employment interest in the business concern of a spouse, child, or other family member of, or person sharing a household with, the individual will be imputed to the individual in determining whether and the extent to which the individual owns, controls, or operates the business concern.


(c) An individual owns, controls, or operates a business concern by fulfilling or holding the following types of roles or interests with respect to the business concern:


(1) Director or officer, including incumbents of boards and offices that perform duties ordinarily performed by a chairman or member of a board of directors, a secretary, treasurer, president, a vice president, or other chief official of a business concern, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, or Chief contracting official.


(2) Officials of comparable function and status to those described in paragraph (c)(1) of this subsection as exist in partnerships of all kind and other business organizations, including sole proprietorships.


(3) A general partner in a general or limited partnership.


(4) An individual with a limited partnership interest of 25% or more.


(5) An individual that has the:


(i) Power to vote, directly or indirectly, 25% or more interest in any class of voting stock of the business concern;


(ii) Ability to direct in any manner the election of a majority of the business concern’s directors or trustees; or


(iii) Ability to exercise a controlling influence over the business concern’s management, policies, or decision making.


(d) Generally, the existence of one or more of the roles or interests set forth in paragraph (c) of this subsection, including roles or interests attributed to the individual, will be sufficient to determine that the individual owns, controls or operates the business concern. However, specific facts of the case may warrant a different determination by the contracting officer, where, for example, an indicator in paragraph (c) of this subsection, in light of all of the facts and circumstances, suggests that the individual lacks sufficient authority or autonomy to exert authority customarily associated with ownership or control or the assertion of operational prerogatives (e.g. the individual is one of twenty on a board of directors, plays no other role, and holds no other interest). Conversely, ownership, control, or the ability to operate the business concern, if it exists in fact, can be reflected by other roles or interests.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-5 Serious felonies prohibiting award.

(a) Only serious felony convictions will prohibit a business concern from being awarded a contract for FPS guard services. Serious felonies that will prohibit contract award are any felonies that involve dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or deliberate violence; that reflect adversely on the individual’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to own, control, or operate a business concern; that cast doubt on the integrity or business ethics of the business concern; or are of a nature that is inconsistent with the mission of FPS, including, without limitation, those felonies listed in paragraphs (b)(1) through (12) of this subsection.


(b) The following is a list of offenses determined by DHS to be serious felonies for purposes of the Federal Protective Service Guard Reform Act of 2008. Except as provided in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-7(f), award of a contract for FPS guard services will not be made to any business that is owned, controlled, or operated by an individual who has been convicted of a felony involving:


(1) Fraud of any type, including those arising out of a procurement contract, cooperative agreement, grant or other assistance relationship with the federal, state or local government, as well as, without limitation, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, false claims or statements, kickbacks, misappropriations of property, unfair or deceptive trade practices, or restraint of trade;


(2) Bribery, graft, or a conflict of interest;


(3) Threatened or actual harm to a government official or family member;


(4) Threatened or actual harm to government property;


(5) A crime of violence;


(6) A threat to national security;


(7) Commercial bribery, counterfeiting, or forgery;


(8) Obstruction of justice, perjury or subornation of perjury, or bribery of a witness;


(9) An attempt to evade or defeat Federal tax;


(10) Willful failure to collect or pay over Federal tax;


(11) Trafficking in illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms, explosives, or other weapons;


(12) Immigration violations (e.g., 8 U.S.C. 1324, 1324c, 1326); and


(13) Any other felony that involves dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or deliberate violence; that reflects adversely on the individual’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to own, control, or operate a business concern; that casts doubt on the integrity or business ethics of the business concern; or is of a nature that is inconsistent with the mission of FPS.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-6 Guidelines for contracting officers.

(a) In accordance with FAR Subpart 9.4 (48 CFR subpart 9.4), a contracting officer may not award a contract for FPS guard services to any business concern that is suspended, debarred or proposed for debarment unless the agency head determines that there is a compelling reason for such action.


(b) The contracting officer shall not award a contract for FPS guard services to any business concern that is otherwise nonresponsible on the same contract.


(c) The contracting officer shall not award an FPS guard services contract to any business concern that is owned, controlled or operated by an individual convicted of a serious felony as defined in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-5 except as provided in under (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-7.


(d) In considering an award request under (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-7, the contracting officer may not review the fact of the conviction itself, but may consider any information provided by the individual or business concern, and any information known to the contracting officer. Factors that the contracting officer may consider include, but are not limited to:


(1) The age of the conviction.


(2) The nature and circumstances surrounding the conviction.


(3) Protective measures taken by the individual or business concern to reduce or eliminate the risk of further misconduct.


(4) Whether the individual has made full restitution for the felony.


(5) Whether the individual has accepted responsibility for past misconduct resulting in the felony conviction.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-7 Contract award approval procedures for contractors with felony convictions.

(a) The HCA has sole discretion to approve a request to permit award of a contract for FPS guard services to a business concern owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a felony, for any reason permitted by this regulation. This authority is not delegable.


(b) A business concern owned, operated or controlled by an individual convicted of any felony (including a serious felony) may submit an award request to the contracting officer. The basis for such request shall be that the subject felony is not a serious felony as defined by this regulation; that such individual does not or no longer owns, controls or operates the business concern; or that the commission of a serious felony no longer poses the contract risk the Act and this regulation were designed to guard against. The business concern shall bear the burden of proof for award requests.


(c) A copy of the award approval request with supporting documentation or a previously approved award request shall be attached with the bid or proposal.


(d) An award approval request shall contain the basis for the request, including, at a minimum, the following information:


(1) Name and date of birth of individual convicted of a felony;


(2) A full description of which roles or interests indicate that the individual owns, controls, or operates, or may own control or operate the business concern;


(3) Date sentenced;


(4) Statute/Charge;


(5) Docket/Case Number;


(6) Court/Jurisdiction;


(7) The nature and circumstances surrounding the conviction;


(8) Protective measures taken by the individual or business concern to reduce or eliminate the risk of further misconduct;


(9) Whether the individual has made full restitution for the felony; and


(10) Whether the individual has accepted responsibility for past misconduct resulting in the felony conviction.


(e) If the contracting officer is unable to affirmatively determine that the subject felony is not a serious felony as defined in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-5; that such individual no longer owns, controls or operates the business concern; or that the commission of a serious felony no longer calls into question the individual or business concern’s integrity or business ethics and would be consistent with the mission of FPS, then the contracting officer shall deny the award approval request and not forward such request to the HCA.


(f) For a felony that meets any of the following conditions, the contracting officer shall refer the award request, with a copy of the contracting officer’s determination, to the HCA with a recommendation for approval:


(1) The subject felony is not a serious felony as defined by this regulation;


(2) The convicted individual does not or no longer owns, controls or operates the business concern; or


(3) The commission of a serious felony no longer calls into question the individual or business concern’s integrity or business ethics and that an award would be consistent with the mission of the FPS.


(g) The HCA shall make a final written decision on the award approval request following referral and after any necessary additional inquiry.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-8 Ineligible contractors.

Any business concern determined to be ineligible for award under (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-5 to 3009.171-7 shall be ineligible to receive a contract for guard services under the FPS guard program until such time as:


(a) The concern demonstrates that it has addressed and resolved the issues that resulted in the determination of ineligibility, and


(b) The HCA approves an award request under (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-7.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


3009.171-9 Clause.

Insert the clause (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-76, Prohibition on Federal Protective Service guard services contracts with business concerns owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a felony, in all solicitations and contracts for FPS guard services.


[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009]


Subpart 3009.4 – Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility

3009.470 Reserve Officer Training Corps and military recruiting on campus.

3009.470-1 Definition.

Institution of higher education as used in this section, means an institution that meets the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 1001 and includes all sub-elements of such an institution.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


3009.470-2 Policy.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, 10 U.S.C. 983 prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from providing funds by contract or grant to an institution of higher education if the Secretary of Defense determines that the institution has a policy or practice that prohibits or in effect prevents –


(1) The Secretary of a military department from maintaining, establishing, or operating a unit of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at that institution;


(2) A student at that institution from enrolling in a unit of the Senior ROTC at another institution of higher education;


(3) The Secretary of a military department or the Secretary of Homeland Security from gaining entry to campuses, or access to students on campuses, for purposes of military recruiting; or


(4) Military recruiters from accessing certain information pertaining to students enrolled at that institution.


(b) The prohibition in paragraph (a) of this subsection does not apply to an institution of higher education if the Secretary of Defense determines that –


(1) The institution (and each subelement of that institution) has ceased the policy or practice described in paragraph (a) of this subsection; or


(2) The institution involved has a long-standing policy of pacifism based on historical religious affiliation.


3009.470-3 Procedures.

Whenever the Secretary of Defense determines that an institution of higher education (including any subelement of such institution) is ineligible and the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 983 apply:


(a) The Secretary of Defense will list the institution on the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs published by the General Services Administration (also see (FAR) 48 CFR 9.404 and 32 CFR part 216); and


(b) The Department of Homeland Security –


(1) Shall not solicit offers from, award contracts to, or consent to subcontracts with the institution;


(2) Shall make no further payments under existing contracts with the institution; and


(3) Shall terminate existing contracts with the institution.


3009.470-4 Contract clause.

Insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-71, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus, in all solicitations and contracts with institutions of higher education.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006]


Subpart 3009.5 – Organizational and Consultant Conflicts of Interest

3009.507 Solicitation provision and contract clause. [Reserved]

3009.507-1 Solicitation clause.

The contracting officer shall insert a clause substantially the same as (HSAR) 3052.209-72, Organizational Conflict of Interest, in solicitations and contracts where a potential organizational conflict of interest exists and mitigation may be possible. The contracting officer shall ensure the conditions enumerated in (FAR) 48 CFR subpart 9.5 warrant inclusion. The contracting officer shall include the information required by (FAR) 48 CFR 9.507-1 and (HSAR) 3052.209-72(a).


[71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006, as amended at 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


3009.507-2 Contract clause.

The contracting officer shall insert a clause substantially the same as the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-73, Limitation of Future Contracting, in solicitations and contracts when a potential organizational conflict of interest exists and mitigation is not feasible.


[71 FR 25769, May 2, 2006]


3009.570 Limitations on contractors acting as lead system integrators.

3009.570-1 Definitions.

“Direct Financial Interest,” as used in this section, is defined in the clause at HSAR 48 CFR 3052.209-75, Prohibited Financial Interests for Lead System Integrators.


“Lead system integrator,” as used in this section, is defined in the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-75, Prohibited Financial Interests for Lead System Integrators.


[75 FR 41099, July 15, 2010]


3009.570-2 Policy.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, under 6 U.S.C. 396, no entity performing lead system integrator functions in the acquisition of a major system (See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3002.101) by DHS may have any direct financial interest in the development or construction of any individual system or element of any system of systems under the program in which the entity is performing lead system integrator functions.


(b) The prohibition in paragraph (a) of this subsection does not apply if –


(1) The Secretary of Homeland Security certifies to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation of the Senate that –


(i) The entity was selected by DHS as a contractor to develop or construct the system or element concerned through the use of competitive procedures, and


(ii) DHS took appropriate steps to prevent any organizational conflict of interest in the selection process; or


(2) The entity was selected by a subcontractor to serve as a lower-tier subcontractor, through a process over which the entity exercised no control.


(c) CONSTRUCTION – Nothing in this section 3009.570 shall be construed to preclude an entity described in paragraph (a) of this subsection from performing work necessary to integrate two or more individual systems or elements of a system of systems with each other.


[75 FR 41099, July 15, 2010]


3009.570-3 Procedures.

In making a responsibility determination before awarding a contract for the acquisition of a major system, the contracting officer shall –


(a) Determine whether the prospective contractor meets the definition of “lead system integrator”;


(b) Consider all information regarding the prospective contractor’s direct financial interests in view of the prohibition at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570-2(a); and


(c) Apply the following procedures:


(1) After assessing the offeror’s direct financial interests in the development or construction of any individual system or element of any system of systems, if the offeror –


(i) Has no direct financial interest in such systems, the contracting officer shall document the contract file to that effect and may then further consider the offeror for award of the contract;


(ii) Has a direct financial interest in such systems, but the exception in (HSAR) 3009.570-2(b)(2) applies, the contracting officer shall document the contract file to that effect and may then further consider the offeror for award of the contract;


(iii) Has a direct financial interest in such systems and the exception in (HSAR) 3009.570-2(b)(2) does not apply, but the conditions in (HSAR) 3009.570-2(b)(1)(i) and (ii) do apply, the contracting officer –


(A) Shall document the contract file to that effect;


(B) May, in coordination with program officials, request an exception for the offeror from the Secretary of Homeland Security, in accordance with Homeland Security Acquisition Manual section 3009.570; and


(C) Shall not award to the offeror unless the Secretary of Homeland Security grants the exception and provides the required certification to Congress; or


(iv) Has a direct financial interest in such systems and the exceptions in (HSAR) 3009.570-2(b)(1) and (2) do not apply, the contracting officer shall not award to the offeror.


[75 FR 41099, July 15, 2010]


3009.570-4 Solicitation provision and contract clause.

(a) Use the provision at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-74, Limitations on Contractors Acting as Lead System Integrators, in solicitations for the acquisition of a major system when the acquisition strategy envisions the use of a lead system integrator.


(b) Use the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-75, Prohibited Financial Interests for Lead System Integrators –


(1) In solicitations that include the provision at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-74; and


(2) In contracts when the contractor will fill the role of a lead system integrator for the acquisition of a major system.


[75 FR 41099, July 15, 2010]


PART 3010 – MARKET RESEARCH [RESERVED]

PART 3011 – DESCRIBING AGENCY NEEDS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3011.1 – Selecting and Developing Requirements Documents

3011.103 Market acceptance.

(a) Contracting officers may act on behalf of the head of the agency in this subpart only. Contracting officers may, under appropriate circumstances, require offerors to make the required demonstrations.


Subpart 3011.2 – Using and Maintaining Requirements Documents

3011.204-70 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

The contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.211-70, Index for Specifications, when an index or table of contents may be furnished with the specification.


Subpart 3011.5 – Liquidated Damages

3011.501 Policy.

(d) The HCA may reduce or waive the amount of liquidated damages assessed under a contract, if the Commissioner, Financial Management Service, or designee approves.


Subpart 3011.6 [Reserved]

PART 3012 – ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:77 FR 50635, Aug. 22, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3012.3 – Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses for the Acquisition of Commercial Items

3012.301 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the acquisition of commercial items.

(f) Solicitation provisions and contract clauses. Insert (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.212-70, Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to DHS Acquisition of Commercial Items, in any solicitation or contract for commercial items when any of the provisions or clauses listed therein applies and where incorporation by reference of each selected provision or clause is, to the maximum extent practicable, consistent with customary commercial practice. If necessary, tailor this clause.


SUBCHAPTER C – CONTRACT METHODS AND CONTRACT TYPES

PART 3013 [RESERVED]

PART 3014 – SEALED BIDDING [RESERVED]

PART 3015 – CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3015.2 – Solicitation and Receipt of Proposals and Information

3015.204-3 Contract clauses.

The contracting officer shall insert clause (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.215-70, Key Personnel or Facilities, in solicitations and contracts when the selection for award is substantially based on the offeror’s possession of special capabilities regarding personnel or facilities.


3015.207-70 Handling proposals and information.

(b) Proposals and information may be released outside the Government for evaluation and similar purposes if qualified personnel are not available to thoroughly evaluate or analyze proposals or information. The contracting officer shall document the file in such cases.


Subpart 3015.6 – Unsolicited Proposals

3015.602 Policy.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourages new and innovative proposals and ideas that will sustain or enhance the DHS mission.


[71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006]


3015.603 [Reserved]

3015.604 Agency points of contact.

(a) The DHS does not have a central clearinghouse for distributing information or assistance regarding unsolicited proposals. Each HCA is responsible for disseminating the information required at (FAR) 48 CFR 15.604(a). General information concerning DHS’s scope of responsibilities and functions is available at http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/.


3015.606 Agency procedures.

(a) The agency authority to establish procedures for receiving, reviewing and evaluating, and timely disposing of unsolicited proposals, consistent with the requirements of (FAR) 48 CFR 15.6 and this subpart, is delegated to each HCA.


(b) The agency authority to establish points of contact (see (FAR) 48 CFR 15.604) to coordinate the receipt and handling of unsolicited proposals is delegated to each HCA. Contracting offices are designated as the receiving point for unsolicited proposals. Persons within DHS (e.g., technical personnel) who receive proposals shall forward them to their cognizant contracting office.


3015.606-1 Receipt and initial review.

(a) The agency contact point shall make an initial review determination within seven calendar days after receiving a proposal.


(b) If the proposal meets the requirements at (FAR) 48 CFR 15.606-1(a), the agency contact point shall acknowledge receipt within three calendar days after making the initial review determination and advise the offeror of the general timeframe for completing the evaluation.


(c) If the proposal does not meet the requirements of (FAR) 48 CFR 15.606-1(a), the agency contact point shall return the proposal within three calendar days after making the determination. The offeror shall be informed, in writing, of the reasons for returning the proposal.


3015.606-2 Evaluation.

(a) Comprehensive evaluations should be completed within sixty calendar days after making the initial review determination. If additional time is needed, then the agency contact point shall advise the offeror accordingly and provide a new evaluation completion date. The evaluating office shall neither reproduce nor disseminate the proposal to other offices without the consent of the contracting office from which the proposal was received for evaluation. If the evaluating office requires additional information from the offeror, the evaluator shall convey this request to the responsible contracting office. The evaluator shall not directly contact the proposal originator.


(b) If the evaluators recommend accepting the proposal, the responsible contracting officer shall ensure compliance with all of the requirements of (FAR) 48 CFR 15.607.


PART 3016 – TYPES OF CONTRACTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3016.1 – Selecting Contract Types


Source:75 FR 41100, July 15, 2010, unless otherwise noted.

3016.170 Contracts with Lead System Integrators.

The contracting officer should negotiate the most appropriate contract type and fee structure based on risks inherent in the work to be performed, in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR 16.103(a). Contract type and fee structure should be commensurate with the work to be performed and the risks assumed. Worthwhile existing guidance on contract type selection, pricing, and fee structures, such as exists in Vol. I, Ch. 4 of the Contract Reference Pricing Guides [http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/cpf/docs/contract_pricing_finance_guide/vol4_ch1.pdf] can be consulted to determine the appropriate contract type and fee structure for use in varied contracts with lead system integrators in the production, fielding and sustainment of complex systems.


Subpart 3016.2 – Fixed-Price Contracts

3016.203 Fixed price contracts with economic price adjustments.

3016.203-4 Contract clauses.

(d)(2) Any clause using this method shall be prepared and approved by the contracting officer.


3016.203-470 Solicitation provision.

The contracting officer shall insert a provision substantially the same as (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.216-70, Evaluation of Offers Subject to an Economic Price Adjustment Clause, in solicitations containing an economic price adjustment clause.


Subpart 3016.4 – Incentive Contracts

3016.406 Contract clauses.

(e)(1)(i) The contracting officer shall insert a clause substantially the same as (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.216-71, Determination of Award Fee, in solicitations and contracts that include an award fee.


(ii) The contracting officer shall insert a clause substantially the same as (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.216-72, Performance Evaluation Plan, in all solicitations and contracts that include an award fee.


(iii) The contracting officer shall insert a clause substantially the same as (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.216-73, Distribution of Award Fee, in all solicitations and contracts that include an award fee.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006]


Subpart 3016.5 – Indefinite-Delivery Contracts

3016.505 Ordering.

(b)(5) The Component Competition Advocate is designated as the Component Task and Delivery Order Ombudsman, unless otherwise provided in Component procedures.


(i) If any corrective action is needed after reviewing complaints from contractors on task and delivery order contracts, the Component Ombudsman shall provide a written determination of such action to the contracting officer.


(ii) Issues that cannot be resolved within the Component shall be forwarded to the DHS Task and Delivery Order Ombudsman, who is also the DHS Senior Competition Advocate, for review and resolution.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006; 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


Subpart 3016.6 – Time-and-Materials, Labor-Hour, and Letter Contracts

3016.603 Letter contracts.

3016.603-4 Contract clauses.

The contracting officer shall insert a clause substantially the same as (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.216-74, Settlement of Letter Contract, in all definitized letter contracts.


PART 3017 – SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3017.2 – Options

3017.202 Use of options.

(a) Contracting officers shall not use unpriced options.


3017.204 Contracts.

3017.204-90 Detention Facilities and Services (ICE).

The ICE Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA), without delegation, may enter into contracts of up to fifteen years’ duration for detention or incarceration space or facilities, including related services.


[71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006]


Subpart 3017.4 – Leader Company Contracting

3017.402 Limitations.

(a)(4) Submit requests per (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.7000.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


Subpart 3017.90 – Fixed Price Contracts for Vessel Repair, Alteration or Conversion

3017.9000 Clauses (USCG).

For the U.S. Coast Guard, the following clauses are to be used in specific solicitations and contracts:


(a) The clauses in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-90 through (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-93 and (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-95 through (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-99 shall be included and clause (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-94 may be included in sealed bid fixed-price solicitations and contracts for vessel repair, alteration, or conversion which are to be performed within the United States, its possessions, or Puerto Rico. The contracting officer may, in whole or in part (such as after incidents), increase the dollar amounts in the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-95(b)(6) and (c)(1) consistent with contract size, inflation, and other circumstances.


(b) Unless inappropriate, the clauses in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-90 through (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-93 and (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-95 through (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-99 should be included and (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-94 may be included in negotiated solicitations and contracts to be performed outside the United States. The contracting officer may, in whole or in part (such as after incidents), increase the dollar amounts in the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-95(b)(6) and (c)(1) consistent with contract size, inflation, and other circumstances.


(c) The clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-100, Guarantee, shall be used where general guarantee provisions are deemed desirable by the contracting officer.


(1) When inspection and acceptance tests will afford full protection to the Government in ascertaining conformance to specifications and the absence of defects and deficiencies, no guarantee clause for that purpose shall be included in the contract.


(2) The customary guarantee period, to be inserted in the first sentence of the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-100, Guarantee, is 60 days. However, in certain instances, the contracting officer may desire to include a clause in a contract for a guarantee period of more than 60 days. In such instances:


(i) Where, after full inquiry, it has been determined that such longer guarantee period will not involve increased costs, a longer guarantee period may be substituted by the contracting officer for the usual 60 days; or


(ii) Where the full inquiry discloses that such longer guarantee period will involve, or is reasonably expected to involve, increased costs, such facts and the reasons for the need for such longer period shall be set forth in letter form to the COCO, requesting approval for use of guarantee period in excess of 60 days. Upon approval, the longer period may be inserted by the contracting officer in the first sentence of the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.217-100, Guarantee.


PART 3018 – EMERGENCY ACQUISITIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:77 FR 50635, Sept. 21, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3018.1 – Available Acquisition Flexibilities

3018.109 Priorities and allocations.

DHS Components may assign priority ratings on contracts and orders as authorized by the Defense Priorities and Allocation System (DPAS).


[77 FR 50635, Sept. 21, 2012, as amended at 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


SUBCHAPTER D – SOCIOECONOMIC PROGRAMS

PART 3019 – SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3019.2 – Policies

3019.201 General policy.

(d) DHS is committed to a unified team approach involving senior management, small business specialists, acquisition personnel and program staff to support both critical homeland security missions and meet public policy objectives concerning small business participation in departmental procurements. The Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, is responsible for the implementation and execution of programs to assist small businesses, veteran owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and women-owned small business concerns as required by the Small Business Act.


[71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006]


Subpart 3019.7 – The Small Business Subcontracting Program

3019.705 Responsibilities for the contracting officer under the subcontracting program.

3019.705-1 General support for the program.

In any solicitation where subcontracting plans will be required for one or more offerors, contracting officers may include evaluation factors that consider the quality of proposed subcontracting plans and past performance under previous subcontracting plans. Contracting officers must ensure that these factors do not penalize companies not required to submit subcontracting plans.


[71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006]


3019.708 Contract clauses.

3019.708-70 Solicitation provision and contract clauses.

(a) The contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.219-71, DHS Mentor-Protégé Program in all solicitations that anticipate the need for a subcontracting plan.


(b) The contracting officer shall insert the provision at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.219-72, Evaluation of Prime Contractor Participation in the DHS Mentor-Protégé Program, in all solicitations containing (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.219-71, DHS Mentor-Protégé Program and (FAR) 48 CFR 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006; 83 FR 67124, Dec. 28, 2018]


PART 3020-3021 [RESERVED]

PART 3022 – APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3022.1 – Basic Labor Policies

3022.101 Labor relations.

3022.101-70 Admittance of union representatives to DHS installations.

(a) Admittance of union representatives to Transportation Security Administration or United States Secret Service installations and work sites is not governed by this rule, but by laws, rules, regulations, Executive Orders and policies applicable to those Components. It is the policy of DHS to admit non-employee labor union representatives of contractor employees to DHS installations to visit work sites and transact labor union business with contractors, their employees, and union stewards pursuant to existing union collective bargaining agreements. Their presence must not interfere with the contractor’s work under a DHS contract nor violate safety or security regulations that may be applicable to persons visiting the installation. However, if there have been incidents of vandalism, illegal work stoppages, or interference with work, the non-employee labor union representatives may be subject to access limitations. Non-employee labor union representatives will not be permitted to conduct meetings, collect union dues, or make speeches concerning union matters while visiting a work site during working hours.


(b) Whenever a non-employee labor union representative is denied entry to a work site, the person denying entry shall make a written report to the DHS labor advisor and Component labor advisor, if any, within two working days after the request for entry is denied. The report shall include the reason(s) for the denial, the name of the representative denied entry, the union affiliation and number, and the name and title of the person that denied the entry.


[71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006; 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


3022.101-71 Contract clauses.

(a) The contracting officer, may, when applicable, insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.222-70, Strikes or Picketing Affecting Timely Completion of the Contract Work, in solicitations and contracts.


(b) The contracting officer may, when applicable, insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.222-71, Strikes or Picketing Affecting Access to a DHS Facility, in solicitations and contracts.


Subpart 3022.4 – Labor Standards for Contracts Involving Construction

3022.406 Administration and enforcement.

3022.406-9 Withholding from or suspension of contract payments.

(c) Disposition of contract payments withheld or suspended.


(1) Forwarding wage underpayments to the Secretary of Labor. The contracting officer shall ensure that a completed DHS Form 700-4, Employee Claim for Wage Restitution, is obtained from each employee claiming restitution under the contract.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 77 FR 50635, Aug. 22, 2012; 86 FR 17315, Apr. 2, 2021]


Subpart 3022.90 – Local Hire (USCG)

3022.9000 Policy (USCG).

As required by 14 U.S.C. 666, the U.S. Coast Guard shall include a provision for local hire in each contract for construction or services to be performed in whole or in part in a State that has an unemployment rate in excess of the national average rate of unemployment as determined by the Secretary of Labor.


3022.9001 Contract clause (USCG).

For the U.S. Coast Guard, the contracting officer shall insert the USCG clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.222-90, Local Hire (USCG), Local Hire Provision, in all solicitations and contracts as stated in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3022.9000.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006]


PART 3023 – ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY, RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3023.3 – Hazardous Material Identification and Material Safety Data

3023.303 Contract clause.

The contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.223-70, Removal or Disposal of Hazardous Substances – Applicable Licenses and Permits, in solicitations and contracts involving the removal or disposal of hazardous waste material.


Subpart 3023.5 – Drug-Free Workplace

3023.501 Applicability.

(d) The head of any Component may issue a determination under (FAR) 48 CFR 23.501(d) to exclude the Drug-Free Workplace requirements of FAR subpart 23.5 in contracts supporting undercover law enforcement operations.


[71 FR 25770, May 2, 2006, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


3023.506 Suspension of payments, termination of contract, and debarment and suspension actions.

(e) Submit requests per (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.7000.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


Subpart 3023.10 – Federal Compliance With Right-to-Know Laws and Pollution Requirements

3023.1004 Requirements.

DHS Directive 023-02, Environmental Management Program, provides guidance and direction for compliance with environmental laws, regulations and executive orders. DHS Directive 025-01, Sustainable Practices, provides guidance and direction for compliance with sustainable acquisition and other sustainable practices. Contracting officers shall ensure that solicitations and contracts contain appropriate sustainable practices requirements, provisions and clauses. Contractors shall comply with the DHS sustainable acquisition and environmental policy by taking appropriate actions to eliminate or reduce their impacts on the environment.


[86 FR 17316, Apr. 2, 2021]


Subpart 3023.90 – Safety Requirements for USCG Contracts

3023.9000 Contract clause (USCG).

For the U.S. Coast Guard, where all or part of a contract will be performed on Government-owned or leased property, the contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.223-90, Accident and Fire Reporting.


PART 3024 – PROTECTION OF PRIVACY AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3024.1 – Protection of Individual Privacy

3024.102-70 General.

Procedures for implementing the Privacy Act of 1974 are contained in Departmental regulations under 6 CFR part 5, subpart B, Privacy Act.


Subpart 3024.2 – Freedom of Information Act

3024.203 Policy.

(a) The Department’s implementation of the Freedom of Information Act is codified in regulations 6 CFR part 5, subpart B, FOIA. Information requests concerning awards beyond those routinely handled by contracting officers (e.g., identification of successful offerors, public announcements, debriefings, surety notices under HSAR 3028.106-6) shall be submitted to the FOIA Office of the Component making the award. The FOIA office for the DHS Office of Operations only, is Departmental Disclosure Officer (DDO), DHS, Washington, DC 20528 or [email protected]


(b) See (FAR) 48 CFR 15.207(b) on safeguarding proposals.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006; 86 FR 17316, Apr. 2, 2021]


PART 3025 – FOREIGN ACQUISITION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:74 FR 41349, Aug. 17, 2009, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3025.70 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Restrictions on Foreign Acquisition

3025.7000 Scope of subpart.

This subpart contains restrictions on the acquisition of certain foreign textile products imposed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on contracts, exercising of an option and orders entered into on or after August 16, 2009 with funds appropriated or otherwise provided on or before February 17, 2009.


3025.7001 Definitions.

As used in this subpart –


(a) “Commercial,” as applied to an item described in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1, means an item of supply, whether an end product or component, that meets the definition of “commercial item” set forth in (FAR) 48 CFR 2.101.


(b) “Component” means any item supplied to the Government as part of an end product or of another component.


(c) “End product” means supplies delivered under a line item of a contract.


(d) “Non-commercial,” as applied to an item described in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1, means an item of supply, whether an end product or component, that does not meet the definition of “commercial item” set forth in (FAR) 48 CFR 2.101.


(e) “Item directly related to national security interests” means an item intended for use in a Department of Homeland Security action protecting the nation from internal or external threats, including protecting the nation’s borders, transportation system, maritime domain or critical infrastructure, as determined by the contracting officer.


3025.7002 Restrictions on clothing, fabrics, and related items.

3025.7002-1 Restrictions.

The following restrictions implement section 604 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and they apply to all types of actions, orders, exercising of an option and contracts. Except as provided in subsection (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-2, do not acquire, either as end products or components, any item listed in paragraphs (a) or (b) of this section, if the item is directly related to the national security interests of the United States and the item has not been grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States:


(a) Commercial or non-commercial items – (1) Clothing and the materials and components thereof, other than sensors, electronics, or other items added to, and not normally associated with, clothing (and the materials and components thereof); or


(2) Tents, tarpaulins, covers, textile belts, bags, protective equipment (such as body armor), sleep systems (sleeping bags), load carrying equipment (such as fieldpacks), textile marine equipment, parachutes or bandages.


(b) Non-commercial items –


(1) Cotton and other natural fiber products.


(2) Woven silk or woven silk blends.


(3) Spun silk yarn for cartridge cloth.


(4) Synthetic fabric or coated synthetic fabric (including all textile fibers and yarns that are for use in such fabrics).


(5) Canvas products.


(6) Wool (whether in the form of fiber or yarn or contained in fabrics, materials, or manufactured articles).


(7) Any item of individual equipment manufactured from or containing any of the fibers, yarns, fabrics, or materials listed in this paragraph (b).


3025.7002-2 Exceptions.

Acquisitions in the following categories are not subject to the restrictions in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1:


(a) Acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.


(b) Acquisition of items not directly related to national security interests of the United States.


(c) Acquisitions of any of the items otherwise covered by (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1, if the Chief Procurement Officer determines that the item grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States cannot be acquired as and when needed in a satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity at United States market prices. When this exception is used –


(1) Only the DHS Chief Procurement Officer is authorized to make the domestic nonavailability determination.


(2) The DHS Component, not later than 7 days after the award of the contract, must post a notification that the exception has been applied on the Government-wide point of entry, which may be combined with any synopsis of award.


(3) The supporting documentation for the CPO determination prepared by the DHS Component(s) shall include –


(i) An analysis of alternatives that would not require a domestic nonavailability determination; and


(ii) A written justification by the requiring activity, with specificity, why such alternatives are unacceptable.


(d) Acquisitions of items listed in FAR 48 CFR 25.104.


(e) Emergency acquisitions by activities located outside the United States.


(f) Acquisitions by vessels in foreign waters.


(g) Acquisitions of incidental amounts of cotton, other natural fibers, wool or other item covered by (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1(a)-(b) incorporated in an end product, for which the estimated value of the item so covered is not more than 10 percent of the total price of the end product.


(h) Acquisitions of items otherwise covered by (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1(a) and (b) for which restricting a procurement of the items to those that have been grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States would be inconsistent with United States obligations under international agreements. Acquisitions of products that are eligible products per (FAR) 48 CFR subpart 25.4 are not covered by these restrictions; see (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7003-2 for specific application of trade agreements.


3025.7002-3 Specific application of trade agreements.

(a) For covered items entitled to non-discriminatory treatment under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA), or any Free Trade Agreement (FTA) listed in (FAR) 48 CFR subpart 25.4, this subpart is applied as follows –


(1) For solicitations, orders, exercising of an option and contracts issued by any component other than Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in which any covered items will be procured with a value that is both above the simplified acquisition threshold, and below the applicable trade agreement threshold in (FAR) 48 CFR 25.402, apply (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1. Section 3025.7002-2(h) will exclude eligible products of designated countries with FTA thresholds beneath the simplified acquisition threshold from coverage of section 604.


(2) For solicitations, orders, exercising of an option and contracts issued by any component other than Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in which any covered items will be procured with a value exceeding $194,000 (or the superseding threshold upon updating of (FAR) 48 CFR 25.402), (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1 does not apply if the items are eligible products per FAR 48 CFR subpart 25.4; follow (FAR) 48 CFR part 25 instead.


(3) For solicitations, orders, exercising of an option and contracts issued by TSA in which any covered items will be procured with a value exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold, (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002 applies to all covered items except those from Mexico, Canada or Chile because TSA is listed as a covered governmental entity in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement but TSA is excluded from all other trade agreements.


(b) For covered items from a country that is not entitled to non-discriminatory treatment under the WTO GPA, or any FTA listed in (FAR) 48 CFR subpart 25.4, apply the restrictions of (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002 to all solicitations, orders, exercising of an option and contracts exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold in place of the Buy America Act policies at (FAR) 48 CFR subpart 25.1.


3025.7003 Contract clauses.

Unless an exception under (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-2(a), (b), (e) or (f) applies, insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.225-70, Requirement for Use of Certain Domestic Commodities, in solicitations, exercising of an option, contract modifications that add new items (or which make a cardinal change) and contracts with a value exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold when procuring any item covered under (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7002-1(a) or (b).


PART 3026 – OTHER SOCIOECONOMIC PROGRAMS [RESERVED]

PART 3027 – PATENTS, DATA, AND COPYRIGHTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3027.2 – Patents

3027.205 Adjustment of royalties.

(a) Reports shall be made to Component legal counsel. Contracting Officers shall coordinate actions with the COCO and HCA.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


3027.208 Use of patented technology under the North American Free Trade Agreements.

(f) Contracting officers shall ensure compliance.


Subpart 3027.3 – Patent Rights under Government Contracts

3027.304-1 General.

Interim and final invention reports and notification of all subcontracts for experimental, developmental, or research work (FAR) 48 CFR 27.304-1(e)(2)(ii) may be submitted on DD Form 882, Report of Inventions and Subcontracts.


3027.304-5 Appeals.

(a) Contracting officers are authorized to take the specified actions.


(b) Appeals shall be made to the CPO.


3027.305 Administration of Patent Rights Clauses.

3027.305-4 Conveyance of invention rights acquired by the Government.

The contracting officer shall ensure that solicitations and contracts which include a patent rights clause include a means for the contractor to report inventions made in the course of contract performance and at contract completion. This requirement may be fulfilled by requiring the contractor to submit a DD Form 882, Report of Inventions and Subcontract.


3027.306 Licensing background patent rights to third parties.

(b) The CPO shall make the required determinations and notifications under this subpart.


Subpart 3027.4 – Rights in Data and Copyrights

3027.404 Basic rights in data clause.

(f)(1)(iii) The DHS will use Alternate IV of the (FAR) 48 CFR clause 52.227-14 in all contracts containing the basic clause, unless the HCA approves an exclusion. Approval at a level above the contracting officer is required for the contract to exclude items or categories of data from Alternative IV.


3027.409 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

Alternate IV of the (FAR) 48 CFR clause 52.227-14 shall be included in solicitations and contracts containing the basic clause unless the HCA approves an exclusion. Additional non-conflicting alternates may be used.


PART 3028 – BONDS AND INSURANCE


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3028.1 – Bonds and Other Financial Protections

3028.106 Administration.

3028.106-6 Furnishing information.

(b) The contracting officer shall, upon request, furnish the name and address of the prime contractor’s surety or sureties to employees, suppliers, and subcontractors having a contractual or employment relationship with prime contractors, subcontractors or suppliers. When furnishing surety information, the inquirer may also be informed that:


(1) Persons believing that they have legal remedies under the Miller Act are cautioned to consult their own legal advisor regarding the proper steps to take to obtain remedies.


(2) On construction contracts exceeding $2,000, if the contracting officer is informed (through routine compliance checking, a complaint, or a request for information) that a laborer, mechanic, apprentice, trainee, watchman, or guard employed by the contractor or subcontractor at any tier may have been paid wages less than those required by the applicable labor standards provisions of the contract, the contracting officer shall promptly initiate an investigation in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR subpart 22.4, irrespective of the employee’s rights under the Miller Act. When an employee’s request for information is involved, the contracting officer shall inform the inquirer that such investigation will be made. Such investigation is required pursuant to the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act, Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, and Copeland (Anti-Kickback) Act for assuring proper payment to such employees.


(c) When furnishing a copy of a payment bond and contract in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR 28.106-6(c), the requirement for a copy of the contract may be satisfied by furnishing a machine-duplicate copy of the contract’s cover page, showing the contract number and date, the contractor’s name and signature, the contracting officer’s signature, and the description of the contract work. The contracting officer furnishing the copies shall place the statement “Certified to be a true and correct copy” followed by a signature, title and name of the Component. The fee for furnishing the requested certified copies shall be determined according to the DHS Freedom of Information Act regulation, 6 CFR part 5, subpart B.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006; 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


3028.106-70 Execution and administration of bonds.

(a) The contracting officer shall notify the surety within 30 days, of the contractor’s failure to perform in accordance with the terms of the contract.


(b) When a partnership is a principal on a bond, the names of all the members of the firm shall be listed in the bond following the name of the firm, and the phrase “a partnership composed of.” If a principal is a corporation, the state of incorporation shall also appear on the bond.


(c) Performance or payment bond(s) other than an annual bond shall not predate the contract to which it pertains.


(d) Bonds may be filed with the original contract to which they apply, or all bonds can be separately maintained and reviewed quarterly for validity. If separately maintained, each contract file shall cross-reference the applicable bonds.


3028.106-490 Contract clause (USCG).

For the U.S. Coast Guard, the contracting officer shall insert the USCG clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-90, Notification of Miller Act Payment Bond Protection (USCG), in solicitations and contracts, and shall require its first-tier subcontractors to insert the clause in all of their subcontracts, when payment bonds are required.


[71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006]


Subpart 3028.3 – Insurance

3028.306 Insurance under fixed-price contracts.

3028.306-90 Contracts for lease of aircraft (USCG).

(a) For the U.S. Coast Guard, the contracting officer shall insert the clauses at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-91 through 3052.228-93, unless otherwise indicated by the specific instructions for their use, in any contract for the lease of aircraft (including aircraft used in out-service flight training).


(b) For the U.S. Coast Guard, the contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-91, Loss of or Damage to Leased Aircraft, in any contract for the lease of aircraft, except in the following circumstances:


(1) When the hourly rental rate does not exceed $250 and the total rental cost for any single transaction is not in excess of $2,500:


(2) When the cost of hull insurance does not exceed 10 percent of the contract rate; or


(3) When the lessor’s insurer does not grant a credit for uninsured hours, thereby preventing the lessor from granting the same to the Government.


(c) For the U.S. Coast Guard, the contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-92, Fair Market Value of Aircraft, when fair market value of the aircraft can be determined.


(d) 49 U.S.C. 44112, as amended, provides that no lessor of an aircraft under a bona fide lease of 30 days or more shall be liable by reason of his interest as lessor or title-holder of the aircraft for any injury to or death of persons, or damage to or loss of property, unless such aircraft is in the actual possession or control of such person at the time of such injury, death, damage or loss. On short-term or intermittent-use leases, however, the owner may be liable for damage caused by operation of the aircraft. It is usual for the aircraft owner to retain insurance covering this liability during the term of such lease. Such insurance can, often for little or no increase in premium, be made to cover the Government’s exposure to liability as well. In order to take advantage of this coverage, the Risks and Indemnities clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-93 prescribed in paragraph (d)(1) of this section shall be used.


(1) For the U.S. Coast Guard, the contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-93, Risk and Indemnities, in any contract for out-service flight training or for the lease of aircraft when the Government will have exclusive use of the aircraft for a period of less than thirty days.


(2) For the U.S. Coast Guard, any contract for out-service flight training shall include a clause in the contract schedule stating substantially that the contractor’s personnel shall at all times during the course of the training be in command of the aircraft and that at no time shall other personnel be permitted to take command of the aircraft.


3028.307 Insurance under cost-reimbursement contracts.

3028.307-1 Group insurance plans.

Plans shall be submitted to the contracting officer, who must obtain the advice of legal counsel.


3028.310 Contract clause for work on a Government installation.

3028.310-70 Contract clause.

Insert a clause substantially similar to (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-70, “Insurance,” in all solicitations and contracts that contain the clause at (FAR) 47 CFR 52.228-5.


3028.311 Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability insurance under cost-reimbursement contracts.

3028.311-1 Contract clause.

Insert a clause substantially similar to (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.228-70, “Insurance,” in all solicitations and contracts that contain the clause at (FAR) 48 CFR 52.228-7, unless waived by an official one level above the contracting officer.


SUBCHAPTER E – GENERAL CONTRACTING REQUIREMENTS

PART 3029 – TAXES [RESERVED]

PART 3030 – COST ACCOUNTING STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3030.2 – CAS Program Requirements

3030.201 Contract requirements.

3030.201-5 Waiver.

(a) The CPO is authorized to waive the applicability of the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) under (FAR) 48 CFR 30.201-5(b). This authority may not be redelegated.


(c) Waiver requests must conform to (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.70.


[71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006]


PART 3031 – CONTRACT COST PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3031.2 – Contracts with Commercial Organizations

3031.205 Selected costs.

3031.205-32 Precontract costs.

(a) The decision to incur precontract costs is that of the contractor. DHS employees may not authorize, demand, or require a contractor to incur precontract costs. The contracting officer must advise the prospective contractor that any costs incurred before contract award are incurred at the contractor’s sole risk and that if negotiations fail to result in a binding contract, payment of these costs will not be made by the Government. See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3031.205-32(b) regarding exception due to reconciliation of costs.


(b) When the contracting officer determines that incurring precontract costs was necessary to meet the proposed contract delivery schedule of a cost-reimbursement contract, the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.231-70, Precontract Costs, may be inserted in the resultant contract.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006; 71 FR 48801, Aug. 22, 2006]


PART 3032 – CONTRACT FINANCING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3032.000 – Scope of Part

3032.003 Simplified acquisition procedures financing.

Contract financing may be permitted for purchases made under the authority of (FAR) 48 CFR part 13. This authority is delegated to COCO and may not be redelegated.


3032.006 Reduction or suspension of contract payments upon finding of fraud.

3032.006-2 Definition.

The CPO is the DHS remedy coordination official (RCO).


3032.006-3 Responsibilities.

(a) The CPO is authorized to establish specific procedures.


(b) Reports shall be made through the HCA to the CPO.


Subpart 3032.11 – Electronic Funds Transfer

3032.1110 Solicitation provision and contract clauses.

(a)(1) Contracting officer shall insert FAR 48 CFR 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer – Central Contractor Registration, in all proposed solicitations and contracts.


PART 3033 – PROTESTS, DISPUTES, AND APPEALS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3033.1 – Protests


Source:77 FR 50635, Aug. 22, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

3033.102 General.

3033.102-90 Protests on classified solicitations (OSA).

To ensure that classified information is protected and appropriate security measures are coordinated as required, protests involving classified solicitations issued by the Office of Selective Acquisitions (OSA) shall be submitted directly to the contracting officer for further transmission to the GAO, the United States Court of Federal Claims, or for internal resolution in the case of agency protests. Specific instructions will be provided in Section L of the solicitation.


Subpart 3033.2 – Disputes and Appeals

3033.201 Definitions.

Agency Board of Contract Appeals means the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA).


[72 FR 1297, Jan. 11, 2007]


3033.211 Contracting officer’s decision.

For DHS contracts, the Board of Contract Appeals (BCA) noted in (FAR) 48 CFR 33.211 is the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA). The Board’s address for each method of filing is as follows:


(a) For e-file: [email protected]


(b) U.S. Postal Service Mail: 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405.


(c) Overnight or Courier Delivery: 1800 M Street NW, Room 600 South, Washington, DC 20036.


[86 FR 17316, Apr. 2, 2021]


3033.214 Alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

(c) The Administrative Dispute Resolution Act (ADRA) of 1996, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 571, et seq., authorizes and encourages agencies to use mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and other techniques for the prompt and informal resolution of disputes, and for other purposes. CBCA guidance on ADR may be obtained at http://www.gsbca.gsa.gov/CBCA-17712-v1-CBCA_ADR_INFORMATION.pdf or from the CBCA upon request. ADR procedures may be used –


(1) When there is mutual consent by the parties to participate in the ADR process (with consent being obtained either before or after an issue in controversy has arisen);


(2) Prior to the submission of a claim; and


(3) In resolution of a formal claim.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006; 72 FR 1297, Jan. 11, 2007]


PART 3034 – MAJOR SYSTEM ACQUISITION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:75 FR 41100, July 15, 2010, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3034.0 – General

3034.0 General

3034.004 Acquisition strategy.

See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570 for policy applicable to acquisition strategies that consider the use of lead system integrators.


SUBCHAPTER F – SPECIAL CATEGORIES OF CONTRACTING

PART 3035 – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3035.000 – Scope of Part

3035.003 Policy.

(b) Cost sharing shall be determined on a case by case basis. Components may establish procedures for cost sharing.


(c) Recoupment shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. Recoupment not otherwise required by law should be structured to address factors such as recovering the Department’s fair share of its investment in nonrecurring costs related to the items acquired. Advice of legal counsel shall be obtained prior to establishing cost sharing policies and recoupment mechanisms under (FAR) 48 CFR 35.003(b) and (c).


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48802, Aug. 22, 2006]


3035.008 Evaluation for award.

See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570 for limitations on the award of contracts to contractors acting as lead system integrators.


[75 FR 41100, July 15, 2010]


3035.017 Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.

(a) In accordance with section 309(b) of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 189(b), DHS may be a joint sponsor under a multiple agency sponsorship arrangement with the Department of Energy (DOE) of one or more DOE national laboratories or sites. DOE shall be the primary sponsor under any multiple agency sponsorship arrangement with DOE laboratories or sites. Work performed by a DOE national laboratory or site under a joint sponsorship arrangement with DHS Components shall comply with policy on the use of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in (FAR) 48 CFR 35.017.


[71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006, as amended at 71 FR 48802, Aug. 22, 2006]


Subpart 3035.70 – Information Dissemination by Educational Institutions

3035.70-1 Policy.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) desires widespread dissemination of the results of funded non-sensitive research. The Contractor, therefore, may publish (subject to the provisions of the “Data Rights” and “Patent Rights” clauses of the contract) research results in professional journals, books, trade publications, or other appropriate media.


[77 FR 50635, Aug. 22, 2012]


3035.70-2 Contract clause.

(a) The contracting officer shall use the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.235-70, Dissemination of Information – Educational Institutions, in contracts with educational institutions for research that is not sensitive or classified.


(b) If the contract involves sensitive or classified research, the contracting officer shall prepare and insert a Special Contract Requirement that conditions dissemination upon the approval of a designated Government official.


[77 FR 50635, Aug. 22, 2012]


PART 3036 – CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3036.1 – General

3036.104 Policy.

3036.104-90 Authority for one-step turn-key design-build contracting for the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

The Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) of the U.S. Coast Guard may use one-step turn-key selection procedures to enter into fixed-price design-build contracts in accordance with 14 U.S.C. 677.


[73 FR 24883, May 6, 2008]


Subpart 3036.2 – Special Aspects of Contracting for Construction [Reserved]

Subpart 3036.5 – Contract Clauses

3036.570 Special precautions for work at operating airports.

Where any acquisition will require work at an operating airport, insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.236-70, Special Precautions for Work at Operating Airports, in solicitations and contracts.


PART 3037 – SERVICE CONTRACTING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3037.1 – Service Contracts – General

3037.103 [Reserved]

3037.104 Personal services contracts.

3037.104-70 Personal service contracts.

(b) Authorization to acquire the personal services of experts and consultants is included in section 832 of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 392. This section includes authority to use personal service contracts, including authority to contract without regard to the pay limitation of 5 U.S.C. 3109 when the services are necessary due to an urgent homeland security need.


[71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006]


3037.104-90 Personal services contracts (USCG).

The U.S. Coast Guard HCA may enter into medical personal services contracts in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1091.


[71 FR 25771, May 2, 2006]


3037.104-91 Personal services contracts with individuals under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 1091 (USCG).

(a) Health care personal services contracts awarded to individuals shall be selected through procedures established in this section. Selections made using the procedures in this section are exempt by statute from (HSAR) 48 CFR part 3006 competition requirements (see (HSAR) 48 CFR 3006.9000 (USCG)) and from (FAR) 48 CFR part 6 competition requirements.


(b) The contracting officer shall provide adequate advance notice of contracting opportunities to individuals residing in the area of the facility. The notice should include the qualification criteria against which individuals responding shall be evaluated. Contracting officers shall solicit offerors through the most effective means of seeking competition, such as a local publication, which serves the area of the facility. Acquisitions of health care services using personal services contracts are exempt from posting and synopsis requirements of (FAR) 48 CFR part 5.


(c) The contracting officer shall provide the qualifications of individuals responding to the notice to the representative(s) responsible for evaluation and ranking according to the evaluation procedures. Individuals shall be considered solely on the professional qualifications established for the particular health care services being acquired and the Government’s estimate of reasonable rates, fees, or costs. The representative(s) responsible for the evaluation and ranking shall provide the contracting officer with rationale for the ranking of the individuals consistent with the required qualifications.


(d) Upon receipt of the ranked listing of offerors, the contracting officer shall either:


(1) Enter into negotiations with the highest ranked offeror. If a mutually satisfactory contract cannot be negotiated, the contracting officer shall terminate negotiations with the highest ranked offeror and enter into negotiations with the next highest, or;


(2) Enter into negotiations with all qualified offerors and select on the basis of qualifications and rates, fees, or other costs.


(e) In the event only one individual responds to an advertised requirement, the contracting officer is authorized to negotiate the contract award. In this case, the individual must still meet the minimum qualifications of the requirement and the contracting officer must be able to make a determination that the price is fair and reasonable.


(f) If a fair and reasonable price cannot be obtained from a qualified individual, the requirement should be canceled and acquired using procedures other than those set forth in this section.


(g) The total amount paid to an individual in any year for health care services under a personal services contract shall not exceed the paycap in COMDTINST M4200.19 (series), Coast Guard Acquisition Procedures.


(h) The contract may provide for the same per diem and travel expenses authorized for a Government employee, including actual transportation and per diem in lieu of subsistence for travel between home or place of business and official duty station and only for travel outside the local area in support of the statement of work.


(i) Coordinate benefits, taxes and maintenance of records with the appropriate office(s).


(j) The contracting officer shall insure that contract funds are sufficient to cover all contingency items that may be cited in the statement of work for health care services.


PART 3038 – FEDERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULE CONTRACTING [RESERVED]

PART 3039 – ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY [RESERVED]

PART 3040 [RESERVED]

PART 3041 – ACQUISITION OF UTILITY SERVICES [RESERVED]

SUBCHAPTER G – CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

PART 3042 – CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3042.15 – Contractor Performance Information

3042.1502 Policy.

(a) Components shall use the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) or other performance reporting system as designated by the DHS Chief Procurement Officer for evaluating contractor performance in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR sections 42.1502 and 42.1503.


(e) Components shall use the Construction Contractor Appraisal Support System (CCASS) module of CPARS, or other performance reporting system as designated by the DHS Chief Procurement Officer for evaluating construction contractor performance in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR sections 42.1502 and 42.1503.


(f) Components shall use the Architect-Engineer Contract Administration Support System (ACASS) module of CPARS or other performance reporting system as designated by the DHS Chief Procurement Officer for evaluating architect-engineer contractor performance in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR sections 42.1502 and 42.1503.


[77 FR 50635, Aug. 22, 2012]


Subpart 3042.70 – Contracting Officer’s Representative

3042.7000 Contract clause.

The contracting officer shall insert the clause at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.242-72, Contracting Officer’s Representative, in solicitations and contracts when it is intended that a representative will be assigned to the contract to perform functions of a technical nature.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 86 FR 17316, Apr. 2, 2021]


PART 3043 – CONTRACT MODIFICATIONS [RESERVED]

PART 3044 – SUBCONTRACTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES [RESERVED]

PART 3046 – QUALITY ASSURANCE


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3046.7 – Warranties

3046.702 [Reserved]

3046.790 Use of warranties in major systems acquisitions by the USCG (USCG).

3046.790-1 Scope (USCG).

This subpart provides the policy for the USCG to use in obtaining warranties from contractors when contracting for the acquisition of a major system.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003. Redesignated and amended at 71 FR 25772, May 2, 2006]


3046.790-2 Definitions (USCG).

As used in this part:


At no additional cost to the Government means without an increase in price for firm-fixed-price contracts, without an increase in target or ceiling price for fixed-price incentive contracts (see (FAR) 48 CFR 46.707).


Defect means any condition or characteristic in any supplies or services furnished by the contractor under the contract that is not in compliance with the requirements of the contract.


Design and manufacturing requirement means structural and engineering plans and manufacturing particulars, including precise measurements, tolerances, materials and finished product tests for the major system being produced.


Performance requirements means the operating capabilities, maintenance, and reliability characteristics of a system that are determined to be necessary for it to fulfill the requirement for which the system is designed.


[71 FR 25772, May 2, 2006, as amended at 86 FR 17316, Apr. 2, 2021]


3046.790-3 Policy (USCG).

(a) Major Systems. The use of warranties by the USCG in the procurement of major systems valued at $10,000,000 or higher is mandatory, unless waived (see (HSAR) 48 CFR 3046.790-4).


(b) Any warranty on major system acquisitions shall not apply in the case of any system or component thereof which has been furnished by the Government to a contractor except as indicated in paragraph (c)(4) of this section.


(c) When drafting warranty provisions/clauses for major systems acquisitions, the contracting officer shall ensure that the items listed at the Homeland Security Acquisition Manual (HSAM) Chapter 3046 have been considered. The warranty shall also meet the following requirements:


(1) For systems or components that are commercially available, such warranty as is normally provided by the manufacturer or supplier shall be obtained in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR 46.703(d) and 46.710(b)(2).


(2) For systems or components provided in accordance with either design and manufacturing or performance requirements as specified in the contract or any modification to that contract, a warranty of compliance with the stated requirements shall be obtained.


(3) Any warranty obtained shall specifically exclude coverage for combat damage.


(4) A contractor for a major systems acquisition shall not be required to provide the warranties specified in this section on any property furnished to that contractor by the Government except for defects in installation.


[71 FR 25772, May 2, 2006]


3046.790-4 Waiver (USCG).

(a) The Secretary of Homeland Security may waive the requirement for a warranty for USCG major system acquisitions when the waiver is in the interest of national defense or if the warranty obtained would not be cost beneficial. A waiver may be granted provided that the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries of the House of Representatives are notified, in writing, of the Secretary’s intention to waive the warranty requirements and the reasons supporting such a determination, prior to granting the waiver.


The request for Secretarial waiver shall include, as a minimum:


(1) A brief description of the major system and its stage of production (e.g., the number of units delivered and anticipated to be delivered during the life of the program);


(2) The specific waiver requested, the duration of the waiver if it is to involve more than one contract, and the rationale for the waiver; and


(3) All documentation supporting the request for waiver, such as a cost-benefit analysis.


(b) The waiver request shall be forwarded to the Secretary, via the CPO. The USCG shall maintain a written record of each waiver granted and the Congressional notification and report made, together with supporting documentation.


[71 FR 25772, May 2, 2006]


3046.791-1 Policy (USCG).

The USCG shall include a warranty in all contracts for major systems acquisitions. When drafting warranty provisions/clauses for major systems acquisitions, the contracting officer shall ensure that the items listed at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3046.706 have been considered. The warranty shall also meet the following requirements:


(a) For systems or components which are commercially available, such warranty as is normally provided by the manufacturer or supplier shall be obtained in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR 46.703(d) and (FAR) 48 CFR 46.710(b)(2).


(b) For systems or components provided in accordance with either design and manufacturing or performance requirements as specified in the contract or any modification to that contract, a warranty of compliance with the stated requirements shall be obtained.


(c) The warranty provided under paragraph (b) of this section shall provide that in the event the major system or any component thereof fails to meet the terms of the warranty provided, the contracting officer may:


(1) Require the contractor to promptly take such corrective action as the contracting officer determines to be necessary at no additional cost to the Government, including repairing or replacing all parts necessary to achieve the requirements set forth in the contract;


(2) Require the contractor to pay costs reasonably incurred by the United States in taking necessary corrective action; or


(3) Equitably reduce the contract price.


(d) Any warranty shall specifically exclude coverage of combat damage.


3046.791-2 Tailoring warranty terms and conditions (USCG).

(a) As the objectives and circumstances vary considerably among major systems acquisition programs, contracting officers shall appropriately tailor the warranty on a case-by-case basis, including remedies, exclusions, limitations and durations, provided the tailoring is consistent with the specific requirements of this subpart and (FAR) 48 CFR 46.706.


(b) Contracting officers of major systems acquisitions may exclude from the terms of the warranty certain defects for specified supplies (exclusions) and may limit the contractor’s liability under the terms of the warranty (limitations), as appropriate, if necessary to derive a cost-effective warranty in light of the technical risk, contractor financial risk, or other program uncertainties.


(c) Contracting officers are encouraged to structure a broader and more comprehensive warranty where such is advantageous. Likewise, the contracting officer may narrow the scope of a warranty when appropriate (e.g., where it would be inequitable to require a warranty of all performance requirements because a contractor had not designed the system).


(d) Contracting officers shall not include in a warranty clause any terms that require the contractor to incur liability for loss, damage, or injury to third parties.


3046.791-3 Warranties on Government-furnished property (USCG).

A contractor for a major systems acquisition shall not be required to provide the warranties specified in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3046.790-1 on any property furnished to that contractor by the Government except for:


(a) Defects in installation; and


(b) Installation or modification in such a manner that invalidates a warranty provided by the manufacturer of the property.


3046.792 Cost benefit analysis (USCG).

If a specific warranty is considered not to be cost beneficial by the contracting officer, a waiver request shall be initiated in accordance with guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3046.793.


3046.793 Waiver and notification procedures (USCG).

(a) The Secretary of Homeland Security, without delegation, may waive the requirement for a warranty for USCG major system acquisitions when the waiver is in the interest of national defense or if the warranty obtained would not be cost beneficial. A waiver may be granted provided that the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries of the House of Representatives are notified, in writing, of the Secretary’s intention to waive the warranty requirements and the reasons supporting such a determination prior to granting the waiver. The request for Secretarial waiver shall include, as a minimum:


(1) A brief description of the major system and its stage of production (e.g., the number of units delivered and anticipated to be delivered during the life of the program);


(2) The specific waiver requested, the duration of the waiver if it is to involve more than one contract, and the rationale for the waiver; and


(3) All documentation supporting the request for waiver, such as a cost-benefit analysis.


(b) The waiver request shall be forwarded to the Secretary, via the CPO. The USCG shall maintain a written record of each waiver granted and the Congressional notification and report made, together with supporting documentation.


PART 3047 – TRANSPORTATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3047.3 – Transportation in Supply Contracts

3047.305 Solicitation provisions, contract clauses, and transportation factors.

3047.305-70 Solicitation provisions.

The contracting officer shall insert the following provisions in solicitations, as applicable:


(a) (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.247-70, F.o.b. Origin Information, with Alternates I or II, as applicable, shall be inserted in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR 47.305-3(b);


(b) (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.247-71, F.o.b. Origin Only, shall be inserted in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR 47.305-3(e); and


(c) (HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.247-72, F.o.b. Destination Only, shall be inserted in accordance with (FAR) 48 CFR 47.305-4(b).


PART 3048 – VALUE ENGINEERING [RESERVED]

PART 3049 – TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS [RESERVED]

PART 3050 – EXTRAORDINARY CONTRACTUAL ACTIONS [RESERVED]

PART 3051 – USE OF GOVERNMENT SOURCES BY CONTRACTORS [RESERVED]

SUBCHAPTER H – CLAUSES AND FORMS

PART 3052 – SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3052.1 – Instructions for Using Provisions and Clauses

3052.101 Using part 3052.

(b) Numbering.


(2)(i) Provisions or clauses that supplement the FAR.


(A) Agency-prescribed provisions and clauses permitted by HSAR and used on a standard basis (i.e., normally used in two or more solicitations or contracts regardless of contract type) shall be prescribed and contained in the HSAR. Component desiring to use a provision or a clause on a standard basis shall submit a request containing a copy of the clause(s), justification for its use, and evidence of legal counsel review to the CPO in accordance with (HSAR) 48 CFR 3001.304 for possible inclusion in the HSAR.


(B) Provisions and clauses used on a one-time basis (i.e., non-standard provisions and clauses) may be approved by the contracting officer, unless a higher level is designated by the Component. This authority is subject to:


(1) Evidence of legal counsel review in the contract file;


(2) Inserting these clauses in the appropriate sections of the uniform contract format; and


(3) Ensuring the provisions and clauses do not deviate from the requirements of the FAR and HSAR.



Note to 3052.101:

The solicitation provisions and contract clauses matrix referencing all HSAR provisions and clauses is available at https://www.dhs.gov/publication/hsar-provision-and-clause-matrix.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48802, Aug. 22, 2006; 77 FR 50636, Aug. 22, 2012; 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


Subpart 3052.2 – Text of Provisions and Clauses

3052.203-70 Instructions for Contractor Disclosure of Violations.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3003.1004(a), insert the following clause:



Instructions for Contractor Disclosure of Violations (SEP 2012)

When making a written disclosure under the clause at FAR 52.203-13, paragraph (b)(3), the Contractor may submit the disclosure to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General using the methods described at https://www.oig.dhs.gov/hotline or https://www.oig.dhs.gov/reports/publications/annual/contractor-disclosure, and submit the disclosure electronically to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. The Contractor shall provide a copy of the disclosure to the Contracting Officer by email or facsimile on the same business day as the submission to the Office of Inspector General. The Contractor shall provide the Contracting Officer a concurrent copy of any supporting materials submitted to the Office of Inspector General.


(End of clause)


[86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.204-70 Security requirements for unclassified information technology resources.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3004.470-3, insert a clause substantially the same as follows:



Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources (JUN 2006)

(a) The Contractor shall be responsible for Information Technology (IT) security for all systems connected to a DHS network or operated by the Contractor for DHS, regardless of location. This clause applies to all or any part of the contract that includes information technology resources or services for which the Contractor must have physical or electronic access to sensitive information contained in DHS unclassified systems that directly support the agency’s mission.


(b) The Contractor shall provide, implement, and maintain an IT Security Plan. This plan shall describe the processes and procedures that will be followed to ensure appropriate security of IT resources that are developed, processed, or used under this contract.


(1) Within __ [“insert number of days”] days after contract award, the contractor shall submit for approval its IT Security Plan, which shall be consistent with and further detail the approach contained in the offeror’s proposal. The plan, as approved by the Contracting Officer, shall be incorporated into the contract as a compliance document.


(2) The Contractor’s IT Security Plan shall comply with Federal laws that include, but are not limited to, the Computer Security Act of 1987 (40 U.S.C. 1441 et seq.); the Government Information Security Reform Act of 2000; and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002; and with Federal policies and procedures that include, but are not limited to, OMB Circular A-130.


(3) The securitplan shall specifically include instructions regarding handling and protecting sensitive information at the Contractor’s site (including any information stored, processed, or transmitted using the Contractor’s computer systems), and the secure management, operation, maintenance, programming, and system administration of computer systems, networks, and telecommunications systems.


(c) Examples of tasks that require security provisions include –


(1) Acquisition, transmission or analysis of data owned by DHS with significant replacement cost should the contractor’s copy be corrupted; and


(2) Access to DHS networks or computers at a level beyond that granted the general public (e.g., such as bypassing a firewall).


(d) At the expiration of the contract, the contractor shall return all sensitive DHS information and IT resources provided to the contractor during the contract, and certify that all non-public DHS information has been purged from any contractor-owned system. Components shall conduct reviews to ensure that the security requirements in the contract are implemented and enforced.


(e) Within 6 months after contract award, the contractor shall submit written proof of IT Security accreditation to DHS for approval by the DHS Contracting Officer. Accreditation will proceed according to the criteria of the DHS Sensitive System Policy Publication, 4300A (Version 2.1, July 26, 2004) or any replacement publication, which the Contracting Officer will provide upon request. This accreditation will include a final security plan, risk assessment, security test and evaluation, and disaster recovery plan/continuity of operations plan. This accreditation, when accepted by the Contracting Officer, shall be incorporated into the contract as a compliance document. The contractor shall comply with the approved accreditation documentation.


(End of clause)

[71 FR 25772, May 2, 2006]


3052.204-71 Contractor employee access.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3004.470-3(b), insert a clause substantially the same as follows with appropriate alternates:



Contractor Employee Access (SEP 2012)

(a) Sensitive Information, as used in this clause, means any information, which if lost, misused, disclosed, or, without authorization is accessed, or modified, could adversely affect the national or homeland security interest, the conduct of Federal programs, or the privacy to which individuals are entitled under section 552a of title 5, United States Code (the Privacy Act), but which has not been specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive Order or an Act of Congress to be kept secret in the interest of national defense, homeland security or foreign policy. This definition includes the following categories of information:


(1) Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) as set out in the Critical Infrastructure Information Act of 2002 (Title II, Subtitle B, of the Homeland Security Act, Pub. L. 107-296, 196 Stat. 2135), as amended, the implementing regulations thereto (Title 6, Code of Federal Regulations, part 29) as amended, the applicable PCII Procedures Manual, as amended, and any supplementary guidance officially communicated by an authorized official of the Department of Homeland Security (including the PCII Program Manager or his/her designee);


(2) Sensitive Security Information (SSI), as defined in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 1520, as amended, “Policies and Procedures of Safeguarding and Control of SSI,” as amended, and any supplementary guidance officially communicated by an authorized official of the Department of Homeland Security (including the Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration or his/her designee);


(3) Information designated as “For Official Use Only,” which is unclassified information of a sensitive nature and the unauthorized disclosure of which could adversely impact a person’s privacy or welfare, the conduct of Federal programs, or other programs or operations essential to the national or homeland security interest; and


(4) Any information that is designated “sensitive” or subject to other controls, safeguards or protections in accordance with subsequently adopted homeland security information handling procedures.


(b) “Information Technology Resources” include, but are not limited to, computer equipment, networking equipment, telecommunications equipment, cabling, network drives, computer drives, network software, computer software, software programs, intranet sites, and internet sites.


(c) Contractor employees working on this contract must complete such forms as may be necessary for security or other reasons, including the conduct of background investigations to determine suitability. Completed forms shall be submitted as directed by the Contracting Officer. Upon the Contracting Officer’s request, the Contractor’s employees shall be fingerprinted, or subject to other investigations as required. All Contractor employees requiring recurring access to Government facilities or access to sensitive information or IT resources are required to have a favorably adjudicated background investigation prior to commencing work on this contract unless this requirement is waived under Departmental procedures.


(d) The Contracting Officer may require the Contractor to prohibit individuals from working on the contract if the Government deems their initial or continued employment contrary to the public interest for any reason, including, but not limited to, carelessness, insubordination, incompetence, or security concerns.


(e) Work under this contract may involve access to sensitive information. Therefore, the Contractor shall not disclose, orally or in writing, any sensitive information to any person unless authorized in writing by the Contracting Officer. For those Contractor employees authorized access to sensitive information, the Contractor shall ensure that these persons receive training concerning the protection and disclosure of sensitive information both during and after contract performance.


(f) The Contractor shall include the substance of this clause in all subcontracts at any tier where the subcontractor may have access to Government facilities, sensitive information, or resources.


(End of clause)

Alternate I (SEP 2012) When the contract will require Contractor employees to have access to Information Technology (IT) resources, add the following paragraphs:



(g) Before receiving access to IT resources under this contract the individual must receive a security briefing, which the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) will arrange, and complete any nondisclosure agreement furnished by DHS.


(h) The Contractor shall have access only to those areas of DHS information technology resources explicitly stated in this contract or approved by the COR in writing as necessary for performance of the work under this contract. Any attempts by Contractor personnel to gain access to any information technology resources not expressly authorized by the statement of work, other terms and conditions in this contract, or as approved in writing by the COR, is strictly prohibited. In the event of violation of this provision, DHS will take appropriate actions with regard to the contract and the individual(s) involved.


(i) Contractor access to DHS networks from a remote location is a temporary privilege for mutual convenience while the Contractor performs business for the DHS Component. It is not a right, a guarantee of access, a condition of the contract, or Government Furnished Equipment (GFE).


(j) Contractor access will be terminated for unauthorized use. The Contractor agrees to hold and save DHS harmless from any unauthorized use and agrees not to request additional time or money under the contract for any delays resulting from unauthorized use or access.


(k) Non-U.S. citizens shall not be authorized to access or assist in the development, operation, management or maintenance of Department IT systems under the contract, unless a waiver has been granted by the Head of the Component or designee, with the concurrence of both the Department’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) or their designees. Within DHS Headquarters, the waiver may be granted only with the approval of both the CSO and the CIO or their designees. In order for a waiver to be granted:


(1) There must be a compelling reason for using this individual as opposed to a U.S. citizen; and


(2) The waiver must be in the best interest of the Government.


(l) Contractors shall identify in their proposals the names and citizenship of all non-U.S. citizens proposed to work under the contract. Any additions or deletions of non-U.S. citizens after contract award shall also be reported to the Contracting Officer.


(End of clause)

Alternate II (JUN 2006) When the Department has determined contract employee access to sensitive information or Government facilities must be limited to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, but the contract will not require access to IT resources, add the following paragraphs:



(g) Each individual employed under the contract shall be a citizen of the United States of America, or an alien who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence as evidenced by a Permanent Resident Card (USCIS I-551). Any exceptions must be approved by the Department’s Chief Security Officer or designee.


(h) Contractors shall identify in their proposals, the names and citizenship of all non-U.S. citizens proposed to work under the contract. Any additions or deletions of non-U.S. citizens after contract award shall also be reported to the Contracting Officer.


(End of clause)

[71 FR 25773, May 2, 2006, as amended at 71 FR 48802, Aug. 22, 2006; 77 FR 50636, Aug. 22, 2012; 77 FR 54836, Sept. 6, 2012; 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.205-70 Advertisements, Publicizing Awards, and Releases.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3005.470-2, insert the following clause:



Advertisements, Publicizing Awards, and Releases (SEP 2012)

The Contractor shall not refer to this contract in commercial advertising or similar promotions in such a manner as to state or imply that the product or service provided is endorsed or preferred by the Federal Government or is considered by the Government to be superior to other products or services.


(End of clause)


Alternate I (SEP 2012). If a contract involves sensitive or classified information, designate the paragraph in the base clause as (a) and add the following paragraph (b) to the clause:


(b) All advertisements, releases, announcements, or other publication regarding this contract or the agency programs and projects covered under it, or the results or conclusions made pursuant to performance, must be approved by the Contracting Officer. Under no circumstances shall the Contractor, or anyone acting on behalf of the Contractor, refer to the supplies, services, or equipment furnished pursuant to the provisions of this contract in any publicity, release, or commercial advertising without first obtaining explicit written consent to do so from the Contracting Officer.


(End of clause)

[77 FR 50636, Aug. 22, 2012]


3052.209-70 Prohibition on contracts with corporate expatriates.

As prescribed at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.108-7005, insert the following provision:



Prohibition on Contracts With Corporate Expatriates (JUN 2006)

(a) Prohibitions. Section 835 of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 395, prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from entering into any contract with a foreign incorporated entity which is treated as an inverted domestic corporation as defined in this provision, or with any subsidiary of such an entity. The Secretary shall waive the prohibition with respect to any specific contract if the Secretary determines that the waiver is required in the interest of national security.


(b) Definitions. As used in this provision:


Expanded Affiliated Group means an affiliated group as defined in section 1504(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (without regard to section 1504(b) of such Code), except that section 1504 of such Code shall be applied by substituting ‘more than 50 percent’ for ‘at least 80 percent’ each place it appears.


Foreign Incorporated Entity means any entity which is, or but for subsection (b) of section 835 of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 395, would be, treated as a foreign corporation for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.


Inverted Domestic Corporation. A foreign incorporated entity shall be treated as an inverted domestic corporation if, pursuant to a plan (or a series of related transactions) –


(1) The entity completes the direct or indirect acquisition of substantially all of the properties held directly or indirectly by a domestic corporation or substantially all of the properties constituting a trade or business of a domestic partnership;


(2) After the acquisition at least 80 percent of the stock (by vote or value) of the entity is held –


(i) In the case of an acquisition with respect to a domestic corporation, by former shareholders of the domestic corporation by reason of holding stock in the domestic corporation; or


(ii) In the case of an acquisition with respect to a domestic partnership, by former partners of the domestic partnership by reason of holding a capital or profits interest in the domestic partnership; and


(3) The expanded affiliated group which after the acquisition includes the entity does not have substantial business activities in the foreign country in which or under the law of which the entity is created or organized when compared to the total business activities of such expanded affiliated group.


Person, domestic, and foreign have the meanings given such terms by paragraphs (1), (4), and (5) of section 7701(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, respectively.


(c) Special rules. The following definitions and special rules shall apply when determining whether a foreign incorporated entity should be treated as an inverted domestic corporation.


(1) Certain stock disregarded. For the purpose of treating a foreign incorporated entity as an inverted domestic corporation these shall not be taken into account in determining ownership:


(i) stock held by members of the expanded affiliated group which includes the foreign incorporated entity; or


(ii) Stock of such entity which is sold in a public offering related to an acquisition described in section 835(b)(1) of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 395(b)(1).


(2) Plan deemed in certain cases. If a foreign incorporated entity acquires directly or indirectly substantially all of the properties of a domestic corporation or partnership during the 4-year period beginning on the date which is 2 years before the ownership requirements of subsection (b)(2) are met, such actions shall be treated as pursuant to a plan.


(3) Certain transfers disregarded. The transfer of properties or liabilities (including by contribution or distribution) shall be disregarded if such transfers are part of a plan a principal purpose of which is to avoid the purposes of this section.


(d) Special rule for related partnerships. For purposes of applying section 835(b) of the Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 395(b) to the acquisition of a domestic partnership, except as provided in regulations, all domestic partnerships which are under common control (within the meaning of section 482 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) shall be treated as a partnership.


(e) Treatment of Certain Rights.


(1) Certain rights shall be treated as stocks to the extent necessary to reflect the present value of all equitable interests incident to the transaction, as follows:


(i) Warrants;


(ii) Options;


(iii) Contracts to acquire stock;


(iv) Convertible debt instruments;


(v) Others similar interests.


(2) Rights labeled as stocks shall not be treated as stocks whenever it is deemed appropriate to do so to reflect the present value of the transaction or to disregard transactions whose recognition would defeat the purpose of section 835.


(f) Disclosure. The offeror under this solicitation represents that [Check one]:


_ it is not a foreign incorporated entity that should be treated as an inverted domestic corporation pursuant to the criteria of (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.108-7000 through 3009.108-7003;


_ it is a foreign incorporated entity that should be treated as an inverted domestic corporation pursuant to the criteria of (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.108-7000 through 3009.108-7003, but it has submitted a request for waiver pursuant to 3009.108-7004, which has not been denied; or


_ it is a foreign incorporated entity that should be treated as an inverted domestic corporation pursuant to the criteria of (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.108-7000 through 3009.108-7003, but it plans to submit a request for waiver pursuant to 3009.108-7004.


(g) A copy of the approved waiver, if a waiver has already been granted, or the waiver request, if a waiver has been applied for, shall be attached to the bid or proposal.


(End of provision)

[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25774, May 2, 2006; 76 FR 70661, Nov. 15, 2011; 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.209-71 Reserve Officer Training Corps and military recruiting on campus.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.470-4, use the following clause:



Reserve Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus (DEC 2003)

(a) Definitions. Institution of higher education, as used in this clause, means an institution that meets the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 1001 and includes all sub-elements of such an institution.


(b) Limitation on contract award. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this clause, an institution of higher education is ineligible for contract award if the Secretary of Defense determines that the institution has a policy or practice (regardless of when implemented) that prohibits or in effect prevents –


(1) The Secretary of a military department from maintaining, establishing, or operating a unit of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) (in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 654 and other applicable Federal laws) at that institution;


(2) A student at that institution from enrolling in a unit of the Senior ROTC at another institution of higher education;


(3) The Secretary of a military department or the Secretary of Homeland Security from gaining entry to campuses, or access to students (who are 17 years of age or older) on campuses, for purposes of military recruiting; or


(4) Military recruiters from accessing, for purposes of military recruiting, the following information pertaining to students (who are 17 years of age or older) enrolled at that institution:


(i) Name.


(ii) Address.


(iii) Telephone number.


(iv) Date and place of birth.


(v) Educational level.


(vi) Academic major.


(vii) Degrees received.


(viii) Most recent educational institution enrollment.


(c) Exception. The limitation in paragraph (b) of this clause does not apply to an institution of higher education if the Secretary of Defense determines that –


(1) The institution has ceased the policy or practice described in paragraph (b) of this clause; or


(2) The institution has a long-standing policy of pacifism based on historical religious affiliation.


(d) Agreement. The Contractor represents that it does not now have, and agrees that during performance of this contract it will not adopt, any policy or practice described in paragraph (b) of this clause, unless the Secretary of Defense has granted an exception in accordance with paragraph (c)(2) of this clause.


(e) Notwithstanding any other clause of this contract, if the Secretary of Defense determines that the Contractor misrepresented its policies and practices at the time of contract award or has violated the agreement in paragraph (d) of this clause –


(1) The Contractor will be ineligible for further payments under this and any other contracts with the Department of Homeland Security; and


(2) The Government will terminate this contract for default for the Contractor’s material failure to comply with the terms and conditions of award.


(End of clause)

[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.209-72 Organizational conflict of interest.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.507-1, insert the following clause:



Organizational Conflict of Interest (JUN 2006)

(a) Determination. The Government has determined that this effort may result in an actual or potential conflict of interest, or may provide one or more offerors with the potential to attain an unfair competitive advantage. The nature of the conflict of interest and the limitation on future contracting ___[”contracting officer shall insert description here”].___


(b) If any such conflict of interest is found to exist, the Contracting Officer may (1) disqualify the offeror, or (2) determine that it is otherwise in the best interest of the United States to contract with the offeror and include the appropriate provisions to avoid, neutralize, mitigate, or waive such conflict in the contract awarded. After discussion with the offeror, the Contracting Officer may determine that the actual conflict cannot be avoided, neutralized, mitigated or otherwise resolved to the satisfaction of the Government, and the offeror may be found ineligible for award.


(c) Disclosure: The offeror hereby represents, to the best of its knowledge that:


_(1) It is not aware of any facts which create any actual or potential organizational conflicts of interest relating to the award of this contract, or

_(2) It has included information in its proposal, providing all current information bearing on the existence of any actual or potential organizational conflicts of interest, and has included a mitigation plan in accordance with paragraph (d) of this clause.

(d) Mitigation. If an offeror with a potential or actual conflict of interest or unfair competitive advantage believes the conflict can be avoided, neutralized, or mitigated, the offeror shall submit a mitigation plan to the Government for review. Award of a contract where an actual or potential conflict of interest exists shall not occur before Government approval of the mitigation plan. If a mitigation plan is approved, the restrictions of this clause do not apply to the extent defined in the mitigation plan.


(e) Other Relevant Information: In addition to the mitigation plan, the Contracting Officer may require further relevant information from the offeror. The Contracting Officer will use all information submitted by the offeror, and any other relevant information known to DHS, to determine whether an award to the offeror may take place, and whether the mitigation plan adequately neutralizes or mitigates the conflict.


(f) Corporation Change. The successful offeror shall inform the Contracting Officer within thirty (30) calendar days of the effective date of any corporate mergers, acquisitions, and/or divestures that may affect this clause.


(g) Flow-down. The contractor shall insert the substance of this clause in each first tier subcontract that exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold.


(End of clause)

[71 FR 25774, May 2, 2006, as amended at 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.209-73 Limitation of future contracting.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.507-2, the contracting officer may insert a clause substantially as follows in solicitations and contracts:



Limitation of Future Contracting (JUN 2006)

(a) The Contracting Officer has determined that this acquisition may give rise to a potential organizational conflict of interest. Accordingly, the attention of prospective offerors is invited to FAR Subpart 9.5 – Organizational Conflicts of Interest.


(b) The nature of this conflict is [describe the conflict].


(c) The restrictions upon future contracting are as follows:


(1) If the Contractor, under the terms of this contract, or through the performance of tasks pursuant to this contract, is required to develop specifications or statements of work that are to be incorporated into a solicitation, the Contractor shall be ineligible to perform the work described in that solicitation as a prime or first-tier subcontractor under an ensuing DHS contract. This restriction shall remain in effect for a reasonable time, as agreed to by the Contracting Officer and the Contractor, sufficient to avoid unfair competitive advantage or potential bias (this time shall in no case be less than the duration of the initial production contract). DHS shall not unilaterally require the Contractor to prepare such specifications or statements of work under this contract.


(2) To the extent that the work under this contract requires access to proprietary, business confidential, or financial data of other companies, and as long as these data remain proprietary or confidential, the Contractor shall protect these data from unauthorized use and disclosure and agrees not to use them to compete with those other companies.


(End of clause)

[71 FR 25774, May 2, 2006]


3052.209-74 Limitations on contractors acting as lead system integrators.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570-4(a), use the following provision:



Limitations on Contractors Acting as Lead System Integrators (JUL 2010)

(a) Definitions. “Direct financial interest,” “lead system integrator,” “lead system integrator with system responsibility,” and “lead system integrator without system responsibility,” as used in this provision, have the meanings given in the clause of this solicitation entitled “Prohibited Financial Interests for Lead System Integrators” ((HSAR) 48 CFR 3052.209-75).


(b) General. Unless an exception is granted, no contractor performing lead system integrator functions in the acquisition of a major system by the Department of Homeland Security may have any direct financial interest in the development or construction of any individual system or element of any system of systems.


(c) Representations. (1) The offeror represents that it does [ ] does not [ ] propose to perform this contract as a lead system integrator with system responsibility.


(2) The offeror represents that it does [ ] does not [ ] propose to perform this contract as a lead system integrator without system responsibility.


(3) If the offeror answered in the affirmative in paragraph (c)(1) or (2) of this provision, the offeror represents that it does [ ] does not [ ] have any direct financial interest in the development or construction of any system(s), subsystem(s), system of systems, element of any system of systems, or services it proposes or intends to seek to satisfy this solicitation.


(d) If the offeror answered in the affirmative in paragraph (c)(3) of this provision, the offeror should contact the Contracting Officer for guidance on whether an exception may apply and what responsibilities the offeror may have in qualifying for an exception.


(e) If the offeror does have a direct financial interest, the offeror shall be prohibited from receiving an award under this solicitation, unless:


(1) The offeror submits to the Contracting Officer appropriate evidence that the offeror was selected by a subcontractor to serve as a lower-tier subcontractor through a process over which the offeror exercised no control; or


(2) the conditions described in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570-2(b)(1)(i) and (ii) exist, after an opportunity is afforded to the offeror to provide information or commitments as may be necessary to meet (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570-2(b)(1)(ii), assuming any such information or commitment will allow DHS to meet that standard.


(f) This provision implements the requirements of 6 U.S.C. 396, as added by Section 6405 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, And Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (Pub. L. 110-28).


(End of provision)

[75 FR 41100, July 15, 2010]


3052.209-75 Prohibited financial interests for lead system integrators.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.570-4(b), use the following clause:



Prohibited Financial Interests for Lead System Integrators (JUL 2010)

(a) Definitions. As used in this clause –


(1) “Direct financial interest,” for the purpose of this clause and contract, and subject to exceptions set forth 6 U.S.C. 396(b) as implemented, means:


(i) Developing or constructing any individual system or element of any system of systems for which the Contractor is the lead system integrator;


(ii) Owning or being in a position to exert corporate control over a subcontractor at any level under the prime contract;


(iii) Owning, or being in a position to exert corporate control over an entity that either –


(A) Is a subcontractor at any level under the prime contract, or


(B) Owns or is in a position to control another entity that is a subcontractor at any level under the prime contract; and


(iv) Participating or sharing in the profits of another firm’s development or construction of any individual system or element of any system of systems for which the Contractor is the lead system integrator or agreeing to participate in the profits of the firm from such development or construction.


(2) “Lead system integrator” includes “lead system integrator with system responsibility” and “lead system integrator without system responsibility.”


(3) “Lead system integrator with system responsibility” means a prime contractor for the development or production of a major system, if the prime contractor is not expected at the time of award to perform a substantial portion of the work on the system and the major subsystems.


(4) “Lead system integrator without system responsibility” means a prime contractor under a contract for the procurement of services, the primary purpose of which is to perform acquisition functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions (see section 7.503(d) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation) with regard to the development or production of a major system.


(5) The phrase “substantial portion of the work,” as used in the definition of “lead system integrator with system responsibility,” may relate to the dollar value of the effort or to the criticality of the effort performed.


(b) Limitations. The Contracting Officer has determined that the Contractor meets the definition of lead system integrator with [ ] without [ ] system responsibility. Unless an exception is granted, the Contractor shall not have any direct financial interest in the development or construction of any individual system or element of any system of systems while performing lead system integrator functions in the acquisition of a major system by the Department of Homeland Security under this contract.


(c) Agreement. The Contractor agrees that during performance of this contract it will not acquire any direct financial interest as described in paragraph (b) of this clause, or, if it does acquire or plan to acquire such interest, it will immediately notify the Contracting Officer. The Contractor further agrees to provide to the Contracting Officer all relevant information regarding the change in financial interests so that the Contracting Officer can determine whether an exception applies or whether the Contractor will be allowed to continue performance on this contract. If an organizational conflict of interest in the performance of this contract that is attributable to the Contractor’s direct financial interest cannot be avoided, eliminated, or mitigated to the Contracting Officer’s satisfaction, the Contracting Officer may terminate this contract for default or may take other remedial measures as appropriate in the Contracting Officer’s sole discretion.


(d) Notwithstanding any other clause of this contract, if the Contracting Officer determines that the Contractor misrepresented its financial interests at the time of award or has violated the agreement in paragraph (c) of this clause, the Government may terminate this contract for default or may take other remedial measures as appropriate in the Contracting Officer’s sole discretion.


(e) This clause implements the requirements of 6 U.S.C. 396, as added by Section 6405 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, And Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (Pub. L. 110-28).


(End of clause)

[75 FR 41100, July 15, 2010]


3052.209-76 Prohibition on Federal Protective Service guard services contracts with business concerns owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a felony.

As prescribed at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-9, insert the following clause:



Prohibition on Federal Protective Service Guard Services Contracts With Business Concerns Owned, Controlled, or Operated by an Individual Convicted of a Felony (DEC 2009)

(a) Prohibitions. Section 2 of the Federal Protective Service Guard Contracting Reform Act of 2008, Public Law 110-356, generally prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from entering into a contract for guard services under the Federal Protective Service (FPS) guard services program with any business concern owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a serious felony.


(b) Definitions. As used in this clause:


Business concern means a commercial enterprise and the people who constitute it.


Felony means an offense which, if committed by a natural person, would be punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.


Individual means any person, corporation, partnership, or other entity with a legally independent status.


Convicted of a felony means any conviction of a felony in violation of state or federal criminal statutes, including the Uniform Code of Military Justice, whether entered on a verdict or plea, including a plea of nolo contendere, for which a sentence has been imposed.


(c) A business concern that is owned, controlled, or operated by an individual who has been convicted of any felony, and that wishes to submit a bid, proposal, or other offer on a solicitation to obtain a FPS contract for guard services, must submit with its offer an award request as specified in paragraph (d) of this clause.


(1) A financial, voting, operational, or employment interest in the business concern of the individual’s spouse, child, or other family member, or person with whom the individual shares his or her household, will be imputed to the individual in determining whether the individual owns, controls, or operates a business concern.


(2) An individual owns, controls, or operates a business concern by fulfilling or holding the following types of roles or interests with respect to the business concern:


(i) Director or officer, including incumbents of boards and offices that perform duties ordinarily performed by a chairman or member of a board of directors, a secretary, treasurer, president, a vice president, or other chief official of a business concern, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, or Chief contracting official.


(ii) Officials of comparable function and status to those described in paragraph (c)(2)(i) of this clause as exist in partnerships of all kind and other business organizations, including sole proprietorships.


(iii) A general partner in a general or limited partnership.


(iv) An individual with a limited partnership interest of 25% or more.


(v) An individual that has the:


(A) Power to vote, directly or indirectly, 25% or more interest in any class of voting stock of the business concern;


(B) Ability to direct in any manner the election of a majority of the business concern’s directors or trustees; or


(C) Ability to exercise a controlling influence over the business concern’s management and policies.


(3) Generally, the existence of one or more of the roles or interests set forth in paragraph (c)(2) of this clause, including roles or interests attributed to the individual, will be sufficient to determine that the individual owns, controls or operates the business concern. However, specific facts of the case may warrant a different determination by Government in light of all of the facts and circumstances. Conversely, ownership, control, or the ability to operate the business concern, if it exists in fact, can be reflected by other roles or interests, and the offeror or contractor should reveal the existence of felony convictions if there is doubt as to whether the individual owns, controls or operates the business concern.


(d) Award request. (1) A business concern owned, operated or controlled by an individual convicted of any felony may submit an award request to the Contracting Officer. The basis for such request shall be either that the subject felony is not a serious felony as defined in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-5; that such individual no longer owns, controls or operates the business concern; or that commission of the serious felony no longer calls into question the individual or business concern’s integrity or business ethics and that an award would be consistent with the mission of FPS. The business concern shall bear the burden of proof for award requests.


(2) If the Contracting Officer in his or her sole discretion, is unable to affirmatively determine that the subject felony is not a serious felony as defined in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171-5 or that such individual no longer owns, controls or operates the business concern, then the Contracting Officer shall deny the award request.


(3) The Head of the Contracting Activity has sole discretion to approve an award request.


(4) A copy of the award request with supporting documentation or a copy of a previously approved award request shall be attached with the bid or proposal.


(5) An award request shall contain the basis for the request (i.e., that the subject felony is not a serious felony as defined by this regulation; that the convicted individual does not or no longer owns, controls or operates the business concern; or that the commission of a serious felony no longer calls into question the individual or business concern’s integrity or business ethics and that an award would be consistent with the mission of FPS). The award request shall contain, at a minimum, the following information:


(i) Name and Date of Birth of Individual Convicted of a felony.


(ii) A full description of which roles or interests indicate that the individual owns, controls, or operates or may own control or operate the business concern.


(iii) Date sentenced.


(iv) Statute/Charge.


(v) Docket/Case Number.


(vi) Court/Jurisdiction.


(vii) The nature and circumstances surrounding the conviction.


(viii) Protective measures taken by the individual or business concern to reduce or eliminate the risk of further misconduct.


(ix) Whether the individual has made full restitution for the felony.


(x) Whether the individual has accepted responsibility for past misconduct resulting in the felony conviction.


(6) Upon the request of the Contracting Officer, and prior to contract award, in addition to information described in paragraph (d)(5) of this clause, the business concern must provide such other documentation as is requested by the Contracting Officer to use in determining and evaluating ownership, control, or operation; the nature of the felonies committed; and such other information as is needed to make a decision on whether award should be made to the offeror under the Federal Protective Service Guard Contracting Reform Act of 2008. The refusal to timely provide such documentation may serve as grounds to preclude contract award.


(e)(1) Privacy Statement. The offeror shall provide the following statement to any individual whose information will be submitted in an award request pursuant to (d)(5) and (6) of this clause.


(2) Privacy Notice. The collection of this information is authorized by the Federal Protective Service Guard Contracting Reform Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-356) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementing regulations at Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) 48 CFR 3009.171. This information is being collected to determine whether an individual that owns, controls, or operates the business concern submitting this offer has been convicted of a felony that would disqualify the offeror from receiving an award. This information will be used by and disclosed to DHS personnel and contractors or other agents who require this information to determine whether an award request should be approved or denied. Additionally, DHS may share this personal information with the U.S. Justice Department and other Federal and State agencies for collection, enforcement, investigatory, or litigation purposes, or as otherwise authorized. Submission of this information by the individual is voluntary, however, failure to provide it may result in denial of an award to the offeror. Individuals who wish to correct inaccurate information in or to remove their information from an offer that has been submitted should contact the business concern submitting the offer and request correction. Should individuals seek to correct inaccurate information or remove their information from an offer that has been submitted in response to a solicitation for FPS guard services prior to contract award, an authorized representative of the business concern submitting the offer must contact the contracting officer of record and request that the firm’s offer be formally withdrawn or submit a correction to the award request. After contract award, it is recommended that an authorized representative of the business concern that submitted the inaccurate or erroneous information contact the contracting officer of record. The contracting officer will handle such requests on a case by case basis.


(f) Disclosure. The offeror under this solicitation represents that [Check one]:


_It is not a business concern owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a felony.


_It is a business concern owned, controlled, or operated by an individual convicted of a felony, and has submitted an award request pursuant to paragraph (d) of this clause.


(g) If an award request is applied for, the offeror shall attach the request with supporting documentation, to the bid or proposal. The supporting documentation may include copies of prior award requests granted to the offeror.


(h) The notification in this paragraph applies if this is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, blanket purchase agreement, or other contractual instrument that may result in the issuance of task orders, calls or option to extend the terms of a contract. The Contractor must immediately notify the Contracting Officer in writing upon any felony conviction of personnel who own, control or operate a business concern as defined in paragraph (c) of this clause at any time during the performance of this contract. Upon notification of a felony conviction the Contracting Officer will review and make a new determination of eligibility prior to the issuance of any task order, call or exercise of an option.


(End of clause)

[74 FR 58856, Nov. 16, 2009, 74 FR 66584, Dec. 16, 2009]


3052.211-70 Index for specifications.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3011.204-70 insert the following clause:



Index for Specifications (DEC 2003)

If an index or table of contents is furnished in connection with specifications, it is understood that such index or table of contents is for convenience only. Its accuracy and completeness is not guaranteed, and it is not to be considered as part of the specifications. In case of discrepancy between the index or table of contents and the specifications, the specifications shall govern.


(End of clause)


3052.212-70 Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to DHS Acquisition of Commercial Items.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3012.301, insert the following clause:



Contract Terms and Conditions Applicable to DHS Acquisition of Commercial Items (SEP 2012)

The Contractor agrees to comply with any provision or clause that is incorporated herein by reference to implement agency policy applicable to acquisition of commercial items or components. The provision or clause in effect based on the applicable regulation cited on the date the solicitation is issued applies unless otherwise stated herein. The following provisions and clauses are incorporated by reference: [The Contracting Officer should either check the provisions and clauses that apply or delete the provisions and clauses that do not apply from the list. The Contracting Officer may add the date of the provision or clause if desired for clarity.]


(a) Provisions.


__3052.216-70 Evaluation of Offers Subject to An Economic Price Adjustment Clause.

__3052.219-72 Evaluation of Prime Contractor Participation in the DHS Mentor Protégé Program.

__3052.247-70 F.o.B. Origin Information.

__Alternate I

__Alternate II

__3052.247-71 F.o.B. Origin Only.

__3052.247-72 F.o.B. Destination Only.

(b) Clauses.


__3052.203-70 Instructions for Contractor Disclosure of Violations.

__3052.204-70 Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources.

__3052.204-71 Contractor Employee Access.

__Alternate I

__3052.205-70 Advertisement, Publicizing Awards, and Releases.

__Alternate I

__3052.209-72 Organizational Conflicts of Interest.

__3052.209-73 Limitation on Future Contracting.

__3052.215-70 Key Personnel or Facilities.

__3052.216-71 Determination of Award Fee.

__3052.216-72 Performance Evaluation Plan.

__3052.216-73 Distribution of Award Fee.

__3052.217-91 Performance. (USCG)

__3052.217-92 Inspection and Manner of Doing Work. (USCG)

__3052.217.93 Subcontracts. (USCG)

__3052.217.94 Lay Days. (USCG)

__3052.217-95 Liability and Insurance. (USCG)

__3052.217-96 Title. (USCG)

__3052.217.97 Discharge of Liens. (USCG)

__3052.217-98 Delays. (USCG)

__3052.217-99 Department of Labor Safety and Health Regulations for Ship Repair. (USCG)

__3052.217-100 Guarantee. (USCG)

__3052.219-71 DHS Mentor Protégé Program.

__3052.228-70 Insurance.

__3052.228-90 Notification of Miller Act Payment Bond Protection. (USCG)

__3052.228-91 Loss of or Damage to Leased Aircraft. (USCG)

__3052.228.92 Fair Market Value of Aircraft. (USCG)

__3052.228-93 Risk and Indemnities. (USCG)

__3052.236-70 Special Provisions for Work at Operating Airports.

__3052.242-72 Contracting Officer’s Representative.


(End of clause)

[77 FR 50636, Aug. 22, 2012, as amended at 77 FR 54836, Sept. 6, 2012; 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.215-70 Key personnel or facilities.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3015.204-3, insert the following clause:



Key Personnel or Facilities (DEC 2003)

(a) The personnel or facilities specified below are considered essential to the work being performed under this contract and may, with the consent of the contracting parties, be changed from time to time during the course of the contract by adding or deleting personnel or facilities, as appropriate.


(b) Before removing or replacing any of the specified individuals or facilities, the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer, in writing, before the change becomes effective. The Contractor shall submit sufficient information to support the proposed action and to enable the Contracting Officer to evaluate the potential impact of the change on this contract. The Contractor shall not remove or replace personnel or facilities until the Contracting Officer approves the change.


The Key Personnel or Facilities under this Contract:


(specify key personnel or facilities)

(End of clause)


3052.216-70 Evaluation of offers subject to an economic price adjustment clause.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3016.203-470, insert a provision substantially the same as the following:



Evaluation of Offers Subject to an Economic Price Adjustment Clause (JUN 2006)

Offers shall be evaluated without adding an amount for an economic price adjustment. Offers may be rejected which: (1) Increase the stipulated ceiling; (2) limit the downward adjustment; or (3) delete the economic price adjustment clause. If the offer stipulates a ceiling lower than that included in the solicitation, the lower ceiling will be incorporated into any resulting contract.


(End of provision)

[71 FR 25775, May 2, 2006]


3052.216-71 Determination of award fee.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3016.406(e)(1)(i), insert a clause substantially the same as the following:



Determination of Award Fee (SEP 2012)

(a) The Government shall evaluate contractor performance at the end of each specified evaluation period(s) to determine the amount of award. The contractor agrees that the amount of award and the award fee methodology are unilateral decisions to be made at the sole discretion of the Government.


(b) Contractor performance shall be evaluated according to a Performance Evaluation Plan. The contractor shall be periodically informed of the quality of its performance and areas in which improvements are expected.


(c) The contractor shall be promptly advised, in writing, of the determination and reasons why the award fee was or was not earned. The contractor may submit a performance self-evaluation for each evaluation period. The amount of award is at the sole discretion of the Government but any self-evaluation received within ___ (insert number) days after the end of the current evaluation period will be given such consideration, as may be deemed appropriate by the Government.


(End of clause)

[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 77 FR 50637, Aug. 22, 2012]


3052.216-72 Performance evaluation plan.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3016.406(e)(i)(ii), insert a clause substantially the same as the following:



Performance Evaluation Plan (DEC 2003)

(a) A Performance Evaluation Plan shall be unilaterally established by the Government based on the criteria stated in the contract and used for the determination of award fee. This plan shall include the criteria used to evaluate each area and the percentage of award fee (if any) available for each area. A copy of the plan shall be provided to the contractor ___ (insert number) calendar days prior to the start of the first evaluation period.


(b) The criteria contained within the Performance Evaluation Plan may relate to: (1) Technical (including schedule) requirements if appropriate; (2) Management; and (3) Cost.


(c) The Performance Evaluation Plan may, consistent with the contract, be revised unilaterally by the Government at any time during the period of performance. Notification of such changes shall be provided to the contractor ___ (insert number) calendar days prior to the start of the evaluation period to which the change will apply.


(End of clause)


3052.216-73 Distribution of award fee.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3016.406(e)(1)(iii), insert a clause substantially the same as the following:



Distribution of Award Fee (DEC 2003)

(a) The total amount of award fee available under this contract is assigned according to the following evaluation periods and amounts:


Evaluation Period:

Available Award Fee:

(insert appropriate information)

(b) Payment of the base fee and award fee shall be made, provided that after payment of 85 percent of the base fee and potential award fee, the Government may withhold further payment of the base fee and award fee until a reserve is set aside in an amount that the Government considers necessary to protect its interest. This reserve shall not exceed 15 percent of the total base fee and potential award fee or $100,000, whichever is less.


(c) In the event of contract termination, either in whole or in part, the amount of award fee available shall represent a pro rata distribution associated with evaluation period activities or events as determined by the Government.


(d) The Government will promptly make payment of any award fee upon the submission by the contractor to the contracting officer’s authorized representative, of a public voucher or invoice in the amount of the total fee earned for the period evaluated. Payment may be made without using a contract modification.


(End of clause)


3052.216-74 Settlement of letter contract.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3016.603-4, insert a clause substantially the same as the following:



Settlement of Letter Contract (DEC 2003)

(a) This contract constitutes the definitive contract contemplated by letter contract ___ (insert number) issued on ___ (insert effective date). It supersedes the letter contract and its modification numbered ___ (insert number(s)). To the extent there are inconsistencies between the definitive contract and the letter contract, the former governs.


(b) The cost(s) and fee(s), or price(s), established in this definitive contract represents full and complete settlement of letter contract ___ (insert number) and modification numbered ___ (insert number(s)). Payment of the fee agreed upon or profit withheld pending definitization of the letter contract, may start immediately at the rate and times stated within this contract.


(End of clause)


3052.217-90 Delivery and Shifting of Vessel (USCG).

As prescribed in the USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Delivery and Shifting of Vessel (DEC 2003)

The Government shall deliver the vessel to the Contractor at his place of business. Upon completion of the work, the Government shall accept delivery of the vessel at the Contractor’s place of business. The Contractor shall provide, at no additional charge, upon 24 hours’ advance notice, a tug or tugs and docking pilot, acceptable to the Contracting Officer, to assist in handling the vessel between (to and from) the Contractor’s plant and the nearest point in a waterway regularly navigated by vessels of equal or greater draft and length. While the vessel is in the hands of the Contractor, any necessary towage, cartage, or other transportation between ship and shop or elsewhere, which may be incident to the work herein specified, shall be furnished by the Contractor without additional charge to the Government.


(End of clause)


3052.217-91 Performance (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Performance (DEC 2003)

(a) Upon the award of the contract, the Contractor shall promptly start the work specified and shall diligently prosecute the work to completion. The Contractor shall not start work until the contract has been awarded except in the case of emergency work ordered by the Contracting Officer in writing.


(b) The Government shall deliver the vessel described in the contract at the time and location specified in the contract. Upon completion of the work, the Government shall accept delivery of the vessel at the time and location specified in the contract.


(c) The Contractor shall without charge, –


(1) Make available to personnel of the vessel while in dry dock or on a marine railway, sanitary lavatory and similar facilities at the plant acceptable to the Contracting Officer;


(2) Supply and maintain suitable brows and gangways from the pier, dry dock, or marine railway to the vessel;


(3) Treat salvage, scrap or other ship’s material of the Government resulting from performance of the work as items of Government-furnished property, in accordance with the Government Property (Fixed Price Contracts) clause;


(4) Perform, or pay the cost of, any repair, reconditioning or replacement made necessary as the result of the use by the Contractor of any of the vessel’s machinery, equipment or fittings, including, but not limited to, winches, pumps, rigging, or pipe lines; and


(5) Furnish suitable offices, office equipment and telephones at or near the site of the work for the Government’s use.


(d) The contract will state whether dock and sea trials are required to determine whether or not the Contractor has satisfactorily performed the work.


(1) If dock and sea trials are required, the vessel shall be under the control of the vessel’s commander and crew.


(2) The Contractor shall not conduct dock and sea trials not specified in the contract without advance approval of the Contracting Officer. Dock and sea trials not specified in the contract shall be at the Contractor’s expense and risk.


(3) The Contractor shall provide and install all fittings and appliances necessary for dock and sea trials. The Contractor shall be responsible for care, installation, and removal of instruments and apparatus furnished by the Government for use in the trials.


(End of clause)


3052.217-92 Inspection and manner of doing work (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Inspection and Manner of Doing Work (DEC 2003)

(a) The Contractor shall perform work in accordance with the contract, any drawings and specifications made a part of the job order, and any change or modification issued under the Changes clause.


(b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (b)(2) of this clause, and unless otherwise specifically provided in the contract, all operational practices of the Contractor and all workmanship, material, equipment, and articles used in the performance of work under this contract shall be in accordance with the best commercial marine practices and the rules and requirements of all appropriate regulatory bodies including, but not limited to the American Bureau of Shipping, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, in effect at the time of Contractor’s submission of offer, and shall be intended and approved for marine use.


(2) When Navy specifications are specified in the contract, the Contractor shall follow Navy standards of material and workmanship.


(c) The Government may inspect and test all material and workmanship at any time during the Contractor’s performance of the work.


(1) If, prior to delivery, the Government finds any material or workmanship is defective or not in accordance with the contract, in addition to its rights under the Guarantee clause, the Government may reject the defective or nonconforming material or workmanship and require the Contractor to correct or replace it at the Contractor’s expense.


(2) If the Contractor fails to proceed promptly with the replacement or correction of the material or workmanship, the Government may replace or correct the defective or nonconforming material or workmanship and charge the Contractor the excess costs incurred.


(3) As specified in the contract, the Contractor shall provide and maintain an inspection system acceptable to the Government.


(4) The Contractor shall maintain complete records of all inspection work and shall make them available to the Government during performance of the contract and for 90 days after the completion of all work required.


(d) The Contractor shall not permit any welder to work on a vessel unless the welder is, at the time of the work, qualified to the standards established by the U.S. Coast Guard, American Bureau of Shipping, or Department of the Navy for the type of welding being performed. Qualifications of a welder shall be as specified in the contract.


(e) The Contractor shall –


(1) Exercise reasonable care to protect the vessel from fire;


(2) Maintain a reasonable system of inspection over activities taking place in the vicinity of the vessel’s magazines, fuel oil tanks, or storerooms containing flammable materials.


(3) Maintain a reasonable number of hose lines ready for immediate use on the vessel at all times while the vessel is berthed alongside the Contractor’s pier or in dry dock or on a marine railway;


(4) Unless otherwise provided in the contract, provide sufficient security patrols to reasonably maintain a fire watch for protection of the vessel when it is in the Contractor’s custody;


(5) To the extent necessary, clean, wash, and steam out or otherwise make safe, all tanks under alteration or repair.


(6) Furnish the Contracting Officer a “gas-free” or “safe-for-hotwork” certificate before any hot work is done on a tank;


(7) Treat the contents of any tank as Government property in accordance with the Government Property (Fixed-Price Contracts) clause; and


(8) Dispose of the contents of any tank only at the direction, or with the concurrence, of the Contracting Officer.


(9) Be responsible for the proper closing of all openings to the vessel’s underwater structure upon which work has been performed. The contractor additionally must advise the COR of the status of all valves closures and openings for which the contractor’s workers were responsible.


(f) Except as otherwise provided in the contract, when the vessel is in the custody of the Contractor or in dry dock or on a marine railway and the temperature is expected to go as low as 35 Fahrenheit, the Contractor shall take all necessary steps to –


(1) Keep all hose pipe lines, fixtures, traps, tanks, and other receptacles on the vessel from freezing; and


(2) Protect the stern tube and propeller hubs from frost damage.


(g) The Contractor shall, whenever practicable –


(1) Perform the required work in a manner that will not interfere with the berthing and messing of Government personnel attached to the vessel; and


(2) Provide Government personnel attached to the vessel access to the vessel at all times.


(h) Government personnel attached to the vessel shall not interfere with the Contractor’s work or workers.


(i)(1) The Government does not guarantee the correctness of the dimensions, sizes, and shapes set forth in any contract, sketches, drawings, plans, or specifications prepared or furnished by the Government, unless the contract requires that the Contractor perform the work prior to any opportunity to inspect.


(2) Except as stated in paragraph (i)(1) of this clause, and other than those parts furnished by the Government, and the Contractor shall be responsible for the correctness of the dimensions, sizes, and shapes of parts furnished under this agreement.


(j) The Contractor shall at all times keep the site of the work on the vessel free from accumulation of waste material or rubbish caused by its employees or the work. At the completion of the work, unless the contract specifies otherwise, the Contractor shall remove all rubbish from the site of the work and leave the immediate vicinity of the work area “broom clean.”


(End of clause)


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.217-93 Subcontracts (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Subcontracts (DEC 2003)

(a) Nothing contained in the contract shall be construed as creating any contractual relationship between any subcontractor and the Government. The divisions or sections of the specifications are not intended to control the Contractor in dividing the work among subcontractors or to limit the work performed by any trade.


(b) The Contractor shall be responsible to the Government for acts and omissions of its own employees, and of subcontractors and their employees. The Contractor shall also be responsible for the coordination of the work of the trades, subcontractors, and material men.


(c) The Contractor shall, without additional expense to the Government, employ specialty subcontractors where required by the specifications.


(d) The Government or its representatives will not undertake to settle any differences between the Contractor and its subcontractors, or between subcontractors.


(End of clause)


3052.217-94 Lay days (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Lay Days (DEC 2003)

(a) Lay day time will be paid by the Government at the Contractor’s stipulated bid price for this item of the contract when the vessel remains on the dry dock or marine railway as a result of any change that involves work in addition to that required under the basic contract.


(b) No lay day time shall be paid until all items of the basic contract for which a price was established by the Contractor and for which docking of the vessel was required have been satisfactorily completed and accepted.


(c) Days of hauling out and floating, whatever the hour, shall not be paid as lay day time, and days when no work is performed by the Contractor shall not be paid as lay day time.


(d) Payment of lay day time shall constitute complete compensation for all costs, direct and indirect, to reimburse the Contractor for use of dry dock or marine railway.


(End of clause)


3052.217-95 Liability and insurance (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Liability and Insurance (DEC 2003)

(a) The Contractor shall exercise its best efforts to prevent accidents, injury, or damage to all employees, persons, and property, in and about the work, and to the vessel or part of the vessel upon which work is done.


(b) Loss or damage to the vessel, materials, or equipment. (1) Unless otherwise directed or approved in writing by the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall not carry insurance against any form of loss or damage to the vessel(s) or to the materials or equipment to which the Government has title or which have been furnished by the Government for installation by the Contractor. The Government assumes the risks of loss of and damage to that property.


(2) The Government does not assume any risk with respect to loss or damage compensated for by insurance or otherwise or resulting from risks with respect to which the Contractor has failed to maintain insurance, if available, as required or approved by the Contracting Officer.


(3) The Government does not assume risk of and will not pay for any costs of the following:


(i) Inspection, repair, replacement, or renewal of any defects in the vessel(s) or material and equipment due to –


(A) Defective workmanship performed by the Contractor or its subcontractors;


(B) Defective materials or equipment furnished by the Contractor or its subcontractors; or


(C) Workmanship, materials, or equipment which do not conform to the requirements of the contract, whether or not the defect is latent or whether or not the nonconformance is the result of negligence.


(ii) Loss, damage, liability, or expense caused by, resulting from, or incurred as a consequence of any delay or disruption, willful misconduct or lack of good faith by the Contractor or any of its representatives that have supervision or direction of –


(A) All or substantially all of the Contractor’s business; or


(B) All or substantially all of the Contractor’s operation at any one plant.


(4) As to any risk that is assumed by the Government, the Government shall be subrogated to any claim, demand or cause of action against third parties that exists in favor of the Contractor. If required by the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall execute a formal assignment or transfer of the claim, demand, or cause of action.


(5) No party other than the Contractor shall have any right to proceed directly against the Government or join the Government as a codefendant in any action.


(6) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Contractor shall bear the first $5,000 of loss or damage from each occurrence or incident, the risk of which the Government would have assumed under the provision of this paragraph (b).


(c) Indemnification. The Contractor indemnifies the Government and the vessel and its owners against all claims, demands, or causes of action to which the Government, the vessel or its owner(s) might be subject as a result of damage or injury (including death) to the property or person of anyone other than the Government or its employees, or the vessel or its owner, arising in whole or in part from the negligence or other wrongful act of the Contractor, or its agents or employees, or any subcontractor, or its agents or employees.


(1) The Contractor’s obligation to indemnify under this paragraph shall not exceed the sum of $300,000 as a consequence of any single occurrence with respect to any one vessel.


(2) The indemnity includes, without limitation, suits, actions, claims, costs, or demands of any kind, resulting from death, personal injury, or property damage occurring during the period of performance of work on the vessel or within 90 days after redelivery of the vessel. For any claim, etc., made after 90 days, the rights of the parties shall be as determined by other provisions of this contract and by law. The indemnity does apply to death occurring after 90 days where the injury was received during the period covered by the indemnity.


(d) Insurance. (1) The Contractor shall, at its own expense, obtain and maintain the following insurance –


(i) Casualty, accident, and liability insurance, as approved by the Contracting Officer, insuring the performance of its obligations under paragraph (c) of this clause.


(ii) Workers Compensation Insurance (or its equivalent) covering the employees engaged on the work.


(2) The Contractor shall ensure that all subcontractors engaged on the work obtain and maintain the insurance required in paragraph (d)(1) of this clause.


(3) Upon request of the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall provide evidence of the insurance required by paragraph (d) of this clause.


(e) The Contractor shall not make any allowance in the contract price for the inclusion of any premium expense or charge for any reserve made on account of self-insurance for coverage against any risk assumed by the Government under this clause.


(f) The Contractor shall give the Contracting Officer written notice as soon as practicable after the occurrence of a loss or damage for which the Government has assumed the risk.


(1) The notice shall contain full details of the loss or damage.


(2) If a claim or suit is later filed against the Contractor as a result of the event, the Contractor shall immediately deliver to the Government every demand, notice, summons, or other process received by the Contractor or its employees or representatives.


(3) The Contractor shall cooperate with the Government and, upon request, shall assist in effecting settlements, securing and giving evidence, obtaining the attendance of witnesses, and in the conduct of suits. The Government shall reimburse the Contractor for expenses incurred in this effort, other than the cost of maintaining the Contractor’s usual organization.


(4) The Contractor shall not, except at its own expense, voluntarily make any payments, assume any obligation, or incur any expense other than what would be imperative for the protection of the vessel(s) at the time of the event.


(g) In the event of loss of or damage to any vessel(s), material, or equipment which may result in a claim against the Government under the insurance provisions of this contract, the Contractor shall promptly notify the Contracting Officer of the loss or damage. The Contracting Officer may, without prejudice to any right of the Government, either –


(1) Order the Contractor to proceed with replacement or repair, in which event the Contractor shall effect the replacement or repair;


(i) The Contractor shall submit to the Contracting Officer a request for reimbursement of the cost of the replacement or repair together with whatever supporting documentation the Contracting Officer may reasonably require, and shall identify the request as being submitted under the Insurance clause of this contract.


(ii) If the Government determines that the risk of the loss or damage is within the scope of the risks assumed by the Government under this clause, the Government will reimburse the Contractor for the reasonable allowable cost of the replacement or repair, plus a reasonable profit (if the work or replacement or repair was performed by the Contractor) less the deductible amount specified in paragraph (b) of this clause.


(iii) Payments by the Government to the Contractor under this clause are outside the scope of and shall not affect the pricing structure of the contract, and are additional to the compensation otherwise payable to the Contractor under this contract; or


(2) Decide that the loss or damage shall not be replaced or repaired and in that event, the Contracting Officer shall –


(i) Modify the contract appropriately, consistent with the reduced requirements reflected by the unreplaced or unrepaired loss or damage; or


(ii) Terminate the repair of any part or all of the vessel(s) under the Termination for Convenience of the Government clause of this contract.


(End of clause)


3052.217-96 Title (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Title (DEC 2003)

(a) Unless otherwise provided, title to all materials and equipment to be incorporated in a vessel in the performance of this contract shall vest in the Government upon delivery at the location specified for the performance of the work.


(b) Upon completion of the contract, or with the approval of the Contracting Officer during performance of the contract, all Contractor-furnished materials and equipment not incorporated in, or placed on, any vessel, shall become the property of the Contractor, unless the Government has reimbursed the Contractor for the cost of the materials and equipment.


(c) The vessel, its equipment, movable stores, cargo, or other ship’s materials shall not be considered Government-furnished property.


(End of clause)


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.217-97 Discharge of liens (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Discharge of Liens (DEC 2003)

(a) The Contractor shall immediately discharge or cause to be discharged, any lien or right in rem of any kind, other than in favor of the Government, that exists or arises in connection with work done or materials furnished under this contract.


(b) If any such lien or right in rem is not immediately discharged, the Government, at the expense of the Contractor, may discharge, or cause to be discharged, the lien or right.


(End of clause)


3052.217-98 Delays (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Delays (DEC 2003)

When during the performance of this contract the Contractor is required to delay work on a vessel temporarily, due to orders or actions of the Government respecting stoppage of work to permit shifting the vessel, stoppage of hot work to permit bunkering, stoppage of work due to embarking or debarking passengers and loading or discharging cargo, and the Contractor is not given sufficient advance notice or is otherwise unable to avoid incurring additional costs on account thereof, an equitable adjustment shall be made in the price of the contract pursuant to the “Changes” clause.


(End of clause)


3052.217-99 Department of Labor safety and health regulations for ship repairing (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Department of Labor Safety and Health Regulations for Ship Repair (DEC 2003)

Nothing contained in this contract shall relieve the Contractor of any obligations it may have to comply with –


(a) The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 651, et seq.);


(b) The Safety and Health Regulations for Ship Repairing (29 CFR part 1915); or


(c) Any other applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations.


(End of clause)


3052.217-100 Guarantee (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(c), insert the following clause:



Guarantee (USCG) (JUN 2006)

(a) In the event any work performed or materials furnished by the contractor prove defective or deficient within 60 days from the date of redelivery of the vessel(s), the Contractor, as directed by the Contracting Officer and at its own expense, shall correct and repair the deficiency to the satisfaction of the Contracting Officer.


(b) If the Contractor or any subcontractor has a guarantee for work performed or materials furnished that exceeds the 60 day period, the Government shall be entitled to rely upon the longer guarantee until its expiration.


(c) With respect to any individual work item identified as incomplete at the time of redelivery of the vessel(s), the guarantee period shall run from the date the item is completed.


(d) If practicable, the Government shall give the Contractor an opportunity to correct the deficiency.


(1) If the Contracting Officer determines it is not practicable or is otherwise not advisable to return the vessel(s) to the Contractor, or the Contractor fails to proceed with the repairs promptly, the Contracting Officer may direct that the repairs be performed elsewhere, at the Contractor’s expense.


(2) If correction and repairs are performed by other than the Contractor, the Contracting Officer may discharge the Contractor’s liability by making an equitable deduction in the price of the contract.


(e) The Contractor’s liability shall extend for an additional 60-day guarantee period on those defects or deficiencies that the Contractor corrected.


(f) At the option of the Contracting officer, defects and deficiencies may be left uncorrected. In that event, the Contractor and Contracting Officer shall negotiate an equitable reduction in the contract price. Failure to agree upon an equitable reduction shall constitute a dispute under the Disputes clause of this contract.


(End of clause)

[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25775, May 2, 2006]


3052.219-71 DHS mentor-protégé program.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3019.708-70(a), insert the following clause:



DHS Mentor-Protégé Program (JUN 2006)

(a) Large businesses are encouraged to participate in the DHS Mentor-Protégé program for the purpose of providing developmental assistance to eligible small business protégé entities to enhance their capabilities and increase their participation in DHS contracts.


(b) The program consists of:


(1) Mentor firms, which are large prime contractors capable of providing developmental assistance;


(2) Protégé firms, which are small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and women-owned small business concerns; and


(3) Mentor-Protégé agreements, approved by the DHS OSDBU.


(c) Mentor participation in the program means providing business developmental assistance to aid Protégés in developing the requisite expertise to effectively compete for and successfully perform DHS contracts and subcontracts.


(d) Large business prime contractors serving as mentors in the DHS Mentor-Protégé program are eligible for a post-award incentive for subcontracting plan credit. The mentor may receive credit for costs it incurs to provide assistance to a protégé firm. The mentor may use this additional credit towards attaining its subcontracting plan participation goal under the same or another DHS contract. The amount of credit given to a mentor firm for these protégé developmental assistance costs shall be calculated on a dollar for dollar basis and reported in the Summary Subcontract Report via the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) at http://www.esrs.gov. For example, a mentor/large business prime contractor would report a $10,000 subcontract to the protégé/small business subcontractor and $5,000 of developmental assistance to the protégé/small business subcontractor as $15,000. The Mentor and Protégé will submit a signed joint statement agreeing on the dollar value of the developmental assistance and the Summary Subcontract Report.


(e) Contractors interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact the DHS OSDBU for more information.


(End of clause)

[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25775, May 2, 2006;

86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.219-72 Evaluation of prime contractor participation in the DHS mentor-protégé program.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3019.708-70(b), insert the following provision:



Evaluation of Prime Contractor Participation in the DHS Mentor-Protégé Program (JUN 2006)

This solicitation contains a source selection factor or subfactor regarding participation in the DHS Mentor-Protégé Program. In order to receive credit under the source selection factor or subfactor, the offeror shall provide a signed letter of mentor-protégé agreement approval from the DHS Office of Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) before initial evaluation of proposals. The contracting officer may, in his or her discretion, give credit for approvals that occur after initial evaluation of proposals, but before final evaluation.


(End of provision)

[71 FR 25775, May 2, 2006, as amended at 86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.222-70 Strikes or picketing affecting timely completion of the contract work.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3022.101-71(a), insert the following clause:



Strikes or Picketing Affecting Timely Completion of the Contract Work (DEC 2003)

Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, the Contractor is responsible for delays arising out of labor disputes, including but not limited to strikes, if such strikes are reasonably avoidable. A delay caused by a strike or by picketing which constitutes an unfair labor practice is not excusable unless the Contractor takes all reasonable and appropriate action to end such a strike or picketing, such as the filing of a charge with the National Labor Relations Board, the use of other available Government procedures, and the use of private boards or organizations for the settlement of disputes.


(End of clause)


3052.222-71 Strikes or picketing affecting access to a DHS facility.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3022.101-71(b), insert the following clause:



Strikes or Picketing Affecting Access to a DHS Facility (DEC 2003)

If the Contracting Officer notifies the Contractor in writing that a strike or picketing: (a) is directed at the Contractor or subcontractor or any employee of either; and (b) impedes or threatens to impede access by any person to a DHS facility where the site of the work is located, the Contractor shall take all appropriate action to end such strike or picketing, including, if necessary, the filing of a charge of unfair labor practice with the National Labor Relations Board or the use of other available judicial or administrative remedies.


(End of clause)


3052.222-90 Local hire (USCG).

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3022.9001, insert the following clause:



Local Hire (USCG) (JUN 2006)

(a) When performing a contract in whole or in part in a State with an unemployment rate in excess of the national average determined by the Secretary of Labor, the Contractor shall employ, for the purpose of performing the portion of the contract in that State, individuals who are local residents and who, in the case of any craft or trade, possess or would be able to acquire promptly, the necessary skills.


(b) Local resident defined. As used in this section, “local resident” means a resident of, or an individual who commutes daily to, a State described in subsection (a).


(c) The Secretary of Homeland Security may waive the requirements of paragraph (a) the interest of national security or economic efficiency.


(End of clause)

[71 FR 25775, May 2, 2006]


3052.223-70 Removal or disposal of hazardous substances – applicable licenses and permits.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3023.303, insert the following clause:



Removal or Disposal of Hazardous Substances – Applicable Licenses and Permits (JUN 2006)

The Contractor shall have all licenses and permits required by Federal, state, and local laws to perform hazardous substance(s) removal or disposal services. If the Contractor does not currently possess these documents, it shall obtain all requisite licenses and permits within _[“insert days”]_ days after date of award. The Contractor shall provide evidence of said documents to the Contracting Officer or designated Government representative prior to commencement of work under the contract.


(End of clause)

[71 FR 25775, May 2, 2006]


3052.223-90 Accident and fire reporting (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3023.9000(a), insert the following clause:



Accident and Fire Reporting (DEC 2003)

(a) The Contractor shall report to the Contracting Officer any accident or fire occurring at the site of the work that causes:


(1) A fatality or the loss of at least one lost workday on the part of any employee of the Contractor or subcontractor at any tier;


(2) Damage of $1,000 or more to Federal real or personal property; either real or personal;


(3) Damage of $1,000 or more to Contractor or subcontractor owned or leased motor vehicles or mobile equipment; or


(4) Damage for which a contract time extension may be requested.


(b) Accident and fire reports required by paragraph (a) above shall be accomplished by the following means:


(1) Accidents or fires resulting in a death, hospitalization of five or more persons, or destruction of Federal real or personal property, the total value of which is estimated at $100,000 or more, shall be reported immediately by telephone to the Contracting Officer or his/her authorized representative and shall be confirmed by telegram, facsimile or e-mail transmission within 24 hours to the Contracting Officer. Such telegram or facsimile transmission shall state all known facts as to extent of injury and damage and as to cause of the accident or fire.


(2) Other accident and fire reports required by paragraph (a) above may be reported by the Contractor using a state, private insurance carrier, or Contractor accident report form which provides for the statement of:


(i) The extent of injury; and


(ii) The damage and cause of the accident or fire.


Such report shall be mailed or otherwise delivered to the Contracting Officer within 48 hours of the occurrence of the accident or fire.


(c) The Contractor shall assure compliance by subcontractors at all tiers with the requirements of this clause.


(End of clause)


3052.225-70 Requirement for Use of Certain Domestic Commodities.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3025.7003, use the following clause:



Requirement for Use of Certain Domestic Commodities (AUG 2009)

(a) Definitions. As used in this clause –


(1) “Commercial,” as applied to an item described in subsection (b) of this clause, means an item of supply, whether an end product or component, that meets the definition of “commercial item” set forth in (FAR) 48 CFR 2.101.


(2) “Component” means any item supplied to the Government as part of an end product or of another component.


(3) “End product” means supplies delivered under a line item of this contract.


(4) “Non-commercial,” as applied to an item described in subsections (b) or (c) of this clause, means an item of supply, whether an end product or component, that does not meet the definition of “commercial item” set forth in (FAR) 48 CFR 2.101.


(5) “Qualifying country” means a country with a memorandum of understanding or international agreement with the United States under which DHS procurement is covered.


(6) “United States” includes the possessions of the United States.


(b) The Contractor shall deliver under this contract only such of the following commercial or non-commercial items, either as end products or components, that have been grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States:


(1) Clothing and the materials and components thereof, other than sensors, electronics, or other items added to, and not normally associated with, clothing and the materials and components thereof; or


(2) Tents, tarpaulins, covers, textile belts, bags, protective equipment (such as body armor), sleep systems, load carrying equipment (such as fieldpacks), textile marine equipment, parachutes or bandages.


(c) The Contractor shall deliver under this contract only such of the following non-commercial items, either as end products or components, that have been grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States:


(1) Cotton and other natural fiber products.


(2) Woven silk or woven silk blends.


(3) Spun silk yarn for cartridge cloth.


(4) Synthetic fabric or coated synthetic fabric (including all textile fibers and yarns that are for use in such fabrics).


(5) Canvas products.


(6) Wool (whether in the form of fiber or yarn or contained in fabrics, materials, or manufactured articles).


(7) Any item of individual equipment manufactured from or containing any of the fibers, yarns, fabrics, or materials listed in this paragraph (c).


(d) This clause does not apply –


(1) To items listed in (FAR) 48 CFR 25.104, or other items for which the Government has determined that a satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity cannot be acquired as and when needed at United States market prices;


(2) To incidental amounts of cotton, other natural fibers, or wool incorporated in an end product, for which the estimated value of the cotton, other natural fibers, or wool is not more than 10 percent of the total price of the end product; or


(3) To items that are eligible products per (FAR) 48 CFR Subpart 25.4.


(End of clause)

[74 FR 41350, Aug. 17, 2009]


3052.228-70 Insurance.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3028.310-70 and 3028.311-1, insert a clause substantially the same as follows. The contracting officer may specify additional kinds (e.g., aircraft public and passenger liability, vessel liability) or increased amounts of insurance.



Insurance (DEC 2003)

In accordance with the clause entitled “Insurance – Work on a Government Installation” [or Insurance – Liability to Third Persons] in Section I, insurance of the following kinds and minimum amounts shall be provided and maintained during the period of performance of this contract:


(a) Worker’s compensation and employer’s liability. The contractor shall, as a minimum, meet the requirements specified at (FAR) 48 CFR 28.307-2(a).


(b) General liability. The contractor shall, as a minimum, meet the requirements specified at (FAR) 48 CFR 28.307-2(b).


(c) Automobile liability. The contractor shall, as a minimum, meet the requirements specified at (FAR) 48 CFR 28.307-2(c).


(End of clause)


3052.228-90 Notification of Miller Act payment bond protection (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3028.106-490, insert the following clause:



Notification of Miller Act Payment Bond Protection (DEC 2003)

This notice clause shall be inserted by first tier subcontractors in all their subcontracts and shall contain information pertaining to the surety that provided the payment bond under the prime contract.


(a) The prime contract is subject to the Miller Act (40 U.S.C. 270), under which the prime contractor has obtained a payment bond. This payment bond may provide certain unpaid employees, suppliers, and subcontractors a right to sue the bonding surety under the Miller Act for amounts owned for work performed and materials delivery under the prime contract.


(b) Persons believing that they have legal remedies under the Miller Act should consult their legal advisor regarding the proper steps to take to obtain these remedies. This notice clause does not provide any party any rights against the Federal Government, or create any relationship, contractual or otherwise, between the Federal Government and any private party.


(c) The surety which has provided the payment bond under the prime contract is:




(Name)



(Street Address)



(City, State, Zip Code)



(Contact & Tel. No.)


(End of clause)


3052.228-91 Loss of or damage to leased aircraft (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3028.306-90(a) and (b), insert the following clause:



Loss of or Damage to Leased Aircraft (DEC 2003)

(a) The Government assumes all risk of loss of, or damage (except normal wear and tear) to, the leased aircraft during the term of this lease while the aircraft is in the possession of the Government.


(b) In the event of damage to the aircraft, the Government, at its option, shall make the necessary repairs with its own facilities or by contract, or pay the Contractor the reasonable cost of repair of the aircraft.


(c) In the event the aircraft is lost or damaged beyond repair, the Government shall pay the Contractor a sum equal to the fair market value of the aircraft at the time of such loss or damage, which value may be specifically agreed to in clause 3052.228-92, “Fair Market Value of Aircraft,” less the salvage value of the aircraft. However, the Government may retain the damaged aircraft or dispose of it as it wishes. In that event, the Contractor will be paid the fair market value of the aircraft as stated in the clause.


(d) The Contractor agrees that the contract price does not include any cost attributable to hull insurance or to any reserve fund it has established to protect its interest in the aircraft. If, in the event of loss or damage to the leased aircraft, the Contractor receives compensation for such loss or damage in any form from any source, the amount of such compensation shall be:


(1) Credited to the Government in determining the amount of the Government’s liability; or


(2) For an increment of value of the aircraft beyond the value for which the Government is responsible.


(e) In the event of loss of or damage to the aircraft, the Government shall be subrogated to all rights of recovery by the Contractor against third parties for such loss or damage and the Contractor shall promptly assign such rights in writing to the Government.


(End of clause)


3052.228-92 Fair market value of aircraft (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3028.306-90(a) and (c), insert the following clause:



Fair Market Value of Aircraft (DEC 2003)

For purposes of the clause entitled “Loss of or Damage to Leased Aircraft,” the fair market value of the aircraft to be used in the performance of this contract shall be the lesser of the two values set out in paragraphs (a) and (b) below:


(a) $___; or


(b) If the contractor has insured the same aircraft against loss or destruction in connection with other operations, the amount of such insurance coverage on the date of the loss or damage for which the Government may be responsible under this contract.


(End of clause)


3052.228-93 Risk and indemnities (USCG).

As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3028.306-90(a) and (d), insert the following clause:



Risk and Indemnities (DEC 2003)

The Contractor hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Government, its officers and employees from and against all claims, demands, damages, liabilities, losses, suits and judgments (including all costs and expenses incident thereto) which may be suffered by, accrue against, be charged to or recoverable from the Government, its officers and employees by reason of injury to or death of any person other than officers, agents, or employees of the Government or by reason of damage to property of others of whatsoever kind (other than the property of the Government, its officers, agents or employees) arising out of the operation of the aircraft. In the event the Contractor holds or obtains insurance in support of this covenant, evidence of insurance shall be delivered to the Contracting Officer.


(End of clause)


3052.231-70 Precontract costs.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3031.205-32, insert the following clause:



Precontract Costs (DEC 2003)

The Contractor shall be entitled to reimbursement for pre-contract costs incurred on or after ___ in an amount not to exceed $___ that, if incurred after this contract had been entered into, would have been reimbursable under this contract.


(End of clause)


3052.235-70 Dissemination of information – educational institutions.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3035.70-2, insert the following clause:



Dissemination of Information – Educational Institutions (DEC 2003)

(a) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) desires widespread dissemination of the results of funded non-sensitive research. The Contractor, therefore, may publish (subject to the provisions of the “Data Rights” and “Patent Rights” clauses of the contract) research results in professional journals, books, trade publications, or other appropriate media (a thesis or collection of theses should not be used to distribute results because dissemination will not be sufficiently widespread). All costs of publication pursuant to this clause shall be borne by the Contractor and shall not be charged to the Government under this or any other Federal contract.


(b) Any copy of material published under this clause shall contain acknowledgment of DHS’s sponsorship of the research effort and a disclaimer stating that the published material represents the position of the author(s) and not necessarily that of DHS. Articles for publication or papers to be presented to professional societies do not require the authorization of the Contracting Officer prior to release. However, a printed or electronic copy of each article shall be transmitted to the Contracting Officer at least two weeks prior to release or publication.


(c) Publication under the terms of this clause does not release the Contractor from the obligation of preparing and submitting to the Contracting Officer a final report containing the findings and results of research, as set forth in the schedule of the contract.


(End of clause)

[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003. Redesignated and amended at 71 FR 25775, May 2, 2006; 77 FR 50637, Aug. 22, 2012]


3052.236-70 Special precautions for work at operating airports.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3036.570, insert the following clause:



Special Precautions for Work at Operating Airports (DEC 2003)

(a) When work is to be performed at an operating airport, the Contractor must arrange its work schedule so as not to interfere with flight operations. Such operations will take precedence over construction convenience. Any operations of the Contractor which would otherwise interfere with or endanger the operations of aircraft shall be performed only at times and in the manner directed by the Contracting Officer. The Government will make every effort to reduce the disruption of the Contractor’s operation.


(b) Unless otherwise specified by local regulations, all areas in which construction operations are underway shall be marked by yellow flags during daylight hours and by red lights at other times. The red lights along the edge of the construction areas within the existing aprons shall be the electric type of not less than 100 watts intensity placed and supported as required. All other construction markings on roads and adjacent parking lots may be either electric or battery type lights. These lights and flags shall be placed so as to outline the construction areas and the distance between any two flags or lights shall not be greater than 25 feet. The Contractor shall provide adequate watch to maintain the lights in working condition at all times other than daylight hours. The hour of beginning and the hour of ending of daylight will be determined by the Contracting Officer.


(c) All equipment and material in the construction areas or when moved outside the construction area shall be marked with airport safety flags during the day and when directed by the Contracting Officer, with red obstruction lights at nights. All equipment operating on the apron, taxiway, runway, and intermediate areas after darkness hours shall have clearance lights in conformance with instructions from the Contracting Officer. No construction equipment shall operate within 50 feet of aircraft undergoing fuel operations. Open flames are not allowed on the ramp except at times authorized by the Contracting Officer.


(d) Trucks and other motorized equipment entering the airport or construction area shall do so only over routes determined by the Contracting Officer. Use of runways, aprons, taxiways, or parking areas as truck or equipment routes will not be permitted unless specifically authorized for such use. Flag personnel shall be furnished by the Contractor at points on apron and taxiway for safe guidance of its equipment over these areas to assure right of way to aircraft. Areas and routes used during the contract must be returned to their original condition by the Contractor. Airport management shall establish the maximum speed allowed at the airport. Vehicles shall be operated so as to be under safe control at all times, weather and traffic conditions considered. Vehicles must be equipped with head and taillights during the hours of darkness.


(End of clause)


3052.242-70 [Reserved]

3052.242-72 Contracting officer’s representative.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3042.7000, insert the following clause:



Contracting Officer’s Representative (DEC 2003)

(a) The Contracting Officer may designate Government personnel to act as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) to perform functions under the contract such as review or inspection and acceptance of supplies, services, including construction, and other functions of a technical nature. The Contracting Officer will provide a written notice of such designation to the Contractor within five working days after contract award or for construction, not less than five working days prior to giving the contractor the notice to proceed. The designation letter will set forth the authorities and limitations of the COR under the contract.


(b) The Contracting Officer cannot authorize the COR or any other representative to sign documents, such as contracts, contract modifications, etc., that require the signature of the Contracting Officer.


(End of clause)


[86 FR 17317, Apr. 2, 2021]


3052.247-70 F.o.b. origin information.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3047.305-70(a), insert the following provision:



F.O.B. Origin Information (DEC 2003)

The offeror shall furnish information with the offer:


(a) Location of the offeror’s actual shipping point(s) (street address, city, state, and zip code) from which supplies will be delivered to the Government;


(b) Whether the offered shipping point has a private railroad siding, and the name of the rail carrier serving it;


(c) When the offered shipping point does not have a private siding, the names and addresses of the nearest public rail siding and of the carrier serving it; and


(d) The quantity of supplies to be shipped from each shipping point.


(End of provision)

Alternate I (DEC 2003). If delivery is “f.o.b. origin, contractor’s facility,” and the designated facility is not covered by the line-haul transportation rate, add the following paragraph to the basic provision:



(e) The charges required to deliver the shipment to the point where the line-haul rate is applicable.


Alternate II (DEC 2003). When delivery is “f.o.b. origin, freight allowed,” add the following paragraph to the basic provision:



(e) The basis on which transportation charges will be allowed, including the origin and destination from and to which transportation charges will be allowed.


3052.247-71 F.o.b. origin only.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3047.305-70(b), insert the following provision:



F.O.B. Origin Only (DEC 2003)

Offers are invited on the basis of f.o.b. origin only. Offers submitted on any other basis will be rejected as nonresponsive.


(End of provision)


3052.247-72 F.o.b. destination only.

As prescribed in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3047.305-70(c), insert the following provision:



F.O.B. Destination Only (DEC 2003)

Offers are invited on the basis of f.o.b. destination only. Offers submitted on any other basis will be rejected as nonresponsive.


PART 3053 – FORMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301-302, 41 U.S.C. 1303, 41 U.S.C. 1707, 41 U.S.C. 1702, and 48 CFR subpart 1.3.



Source:68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3053.1 – General

3053.101 Requirements for use of forms.

Unless excepted, forms prescribed in (FAR) 48 CFR part 53 and (HSAR) 48 CFR part 3053 are required for use by all Components.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 48802, Aug. 22, 2006]


3053.103 Exceptions.

Requests for exceptions to forms contained in (FAR) 48 CFR part 53 and to DHS forms in (HSAR) 48 CFR part 3053 shall be submitted, as prescribed in (FAR) 48 CFR 53.103, to the CPO.


Subpart 3053.2 – Prescription of Forms

3053.204-70 Administrative matters.

The following forms are prescribed for use in the closeout of applicable contracts, as specified in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3004.804-570:


(a) DHS Form 700-1, Cumulative Claim and Reconciliation Statement. (See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3004.804-570(a)(3).)


(b) DHS Form 700-2, Contractor’s Assignment of Refunds, Rebates, Credits and Other Amounts. (See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3004.804-570(a)(2).)


(c) DHS Form 700-3, Contractor Release. (See (HSAR) 48 CFR 3004.804-570(a)(1).)


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 77 FR 50637, Aug. 22, 2012]


3053.222-70 Application of labor laws to Government acquisitions.

The following form is prescribed for use in connection with the application of labor laws, as specified in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3022.406-9: DHS Form 700-4, Employee’s Claim for Wage Restitution.


[68 FR 67871, Dec. 4, 2003, as amended at 71 FR 25776, May 2, 2006; 77 FR 50637, Aug. 22, 2012]


3053.227-70 Conveyance of invention rights acquired by the Government.

The following form is prescribed for including a means for contractors to report inventions made in the course of contract performance, as specified in (HSAR) 48 CFR 3027.305-4: DD Form 882, Report of Inventions and Subcontracts.


3053.245-70 [Reserved]

Subpart 3053.3 – Illustrations of Forms

3053.303 Agency forms.

This section illustrates agency-specified forms. To access the DHS forms go to https://www.dhs.gov/publication/acquisition-forms.


Form name
Form No.
Cumulative Claim and Reconciliation StatementDHS Form 700-1.
Contractor’s Assignment of Refunds, Rebates, Credits and Other AmountsDHS Form 700-2.
Contractor’s ReleaseDHS Form 700-3.
Employee’s Claim for Wage RestitutionDHS Form 700-4.
Contractor Report of Government PropertyDHS Form 700-5.
Report of Inventions and SubcontractDD 882.

[71 FR 25776, May 2, 2006, as amended at 77 FR 50637, Aug. 22, 2012; 86 FR 17318, Apr. 2, 2021]


PARTS 3054-3099 [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 34 – DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ACQUISITION REGULATION

SUBCHAPTER A – GENERAL

PART 3400 [RESERVED]

PART 3401 – ED ACQUISITION REGULATION SYSTEM


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

3401.000 Scope of part.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation System brings together, in title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the acquisition regulations applicable to all executive agencies of the Federal government. This part establishes a system of Department of Education (Department) acquisition regulations, referred to as the EDAR, for the codification and publication of policies and procedures of the Department that implement and supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).


Subpart 3401.1 – Purpose, Authority, Issuance

3401.104 Applicability.

(a) The FAR and the EDAR apply to all Department contracts, as defined in FAR part 2, except where expressly excluded.


(b) 20 U.S.C. 1018a provides the PBO with procurement authority and flexibility associated with sections (a)-(l) of the statute.


(c) For non-appropriated fund contracts, the FAR and EDAR will be followed to the maximum extent practicable, excluding provisions determined by the contracting officer, with the advice of counsel, not to apply to contracts funded with non-appropriated funds. Adherence to a process similar to those required by or best practices suggested by the FAR will not confer court jurisdiction concerning non-appropriated funds that does not otherwise exist.


3401.105 Issuance.

3401.105-2 Arrangement of regulations.

(c)(5) References and citations. The regulations in this chapter may be referred to as the Department of Education Acquisition Regulation or the EDAR. References to the EDAR are made in the same manner as references to the FAR. See FAR 1.105-2(c).


3401.105-3 Copies.

Copies of the EDAR in the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402. An electronic version of the EDAR is available for viewing at: http://www.ed.gov/policy/fund/reg/clibrary/edar.html.


Subpart 3401.3 – Agency Acquisition Regulations

3401.301 Policy.

(a)(1) Subject to the authorities in FAR 1.301(c) and other statutory authority, the Secretary of Education (Secretary) or delegate may issue or authorize the issuance of the EDAR. It implements or supplements the FAR and incorporates, together with the FAR, Department policies, procedures, contract clauses, solicitation provisions, and forms that govern the contracting process or otherwise control the relationship between the Agency, including its suborganizations, and contractors or prospective contractors. The Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) for FSA may issue supplementary guidelines applicable to FSA.


3401.303 Publication and codification.

(a) The EDAR is issued as chapter 34 of title 48 of the CFR.


(1) The FAR numbering illustrations at FAR 1.105-2 apply to the EDAR.


(2) The EDAR numbering system corresponds with the FAR numbering system. An EDAR citation will include the prefix “34” prior to its corresponding FAR part citation; e.g., FAR 25.108-2 would have corresponding EDAR text numbered as EDAR 3425.108-2.


(3) Supplementary material for which there is no counterpart in the FAR will be codified with a suffix beginning with “70” or, in cases of successive sections and subsections, will be numbered in the 70 series (i.e., 71-79). These supplementing sections and subsections will appear to the closest corresponding FAR citation; e.g., FAR 16.4 (Incentive Contracts) may be augmented in the EDAR by citing EDAR 3416.470 (Award Term) and FAR 16.403 (Fixed-price incentive contracts) may be augmented in the EDAR by citing EDAR 3416.403-70 (Award fee contracts). (Note: These citations are for illustrative purposes only and may not actually appear in the published EDAR). For example:


FAR
Is implemented as
Is augmented as
1534153415.70
15.13415.13415.170
15.1013415.1013415.101-70
15.101-13415.101-13415.101-1-70
15.101-1(b)3415.101-1(b)3415.101-1(b)(70)
15.101-1(b)(1)3415.101-1(b)(1)3415.101-1(b)(1)(70)

(c) Activity-specific authority. Guidance that is unique to an organization with HCA authority contains that activity’s acronym directly preceding the cite. The following activity acronyms apply:


FSA – Federal Student Aid.


3401.304 Agency control and compliance procedures.

(a) The EDAR is issued for Department acquisition guidance in accordance with the policies stated in FAR 1.301. The EDAR is subject to the same review procedures within the Department as other regulations of the Department.


Subpart 3401.4 – Deviations

3401.401 Definition.

A deviation from the EDAR has the same meaning as a deviation from the FAR.


3401.403 Individual deviations.

An individual deviation from the FAR or the EDAR must be approved by the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE).


3401.404 Class deviations.

A class deviation from the FAR or the EDAR must be approved by the Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO).


Subpart 3401.5 – Agency and Public Participation

3401.501 Solicitation of agency and public views.

3401.501-2 Opportunity for public comments.

Unless the Secretary approves an exception, the Department issues the EDAR, including any amendments to the EDAR, in accordance with the procedures for public participation in 5 U.S.C. 553. Comments on proposed Department notices of proposed rulemaking may be made at http://www.regulations.gov.


Subpart 3401.6 – Career Development, Contracting Authority, and Responsibilities

3401.601 General.

(a) Contracting authority is vested in the Secretary. The Secretary has delegated this authority to the CAO. The Secretary has also delegated contracting authority to the SPE, giving the SPE broad authority to perform functions dealing with the management direction of the entire Department’s procurement system, including implementation of its unique procurement policies, regulations, and standards. Limitations to the extent of this authority and successive delegations are set forth in the respective memorandums of delegations.


3401.602-3 Ratification of unauthorized commitments.

(a) Definitions. As used in this subpart, commitment includes issuance of letters of intent and arrangements for free vendor services or use of equipment with the promise or the appearance of commitment that a contract, modification, or order will, or may, be awarded.


(b) Policy.


(1) The HCA or Chief of the Contracting Office may, or may not, later ratify unauthorized commitments made by individuals without contracting authority or by contracting officers acting in excess of the limits of their delegated authority. Law and regulation requires that only individuals acting within the scope of their authority make acquisitions. Within the Department, that authority vests solely with the Contracting Officer. Acquisitions made by other than authorized personnel are matters of serious misconduct. The employee may be held legally and personally liable for the unauthorized commitment.


(2) Ratifications do not require concurrence from legal counsel.


(3) The person who made the unauthorized commitment must prepare the request for approval that must be submitted through the person’s manager to the approving official.


(4) The Chief of the Contracting Office may review and sign or reject ratification requests up to $25,000.


(5) All other ratification requests must be reviewed and signed or rejected by the HCA.


3401.670 Nomination and appointment of contracting officer’s representatives (CORs).

3401.670-1 General.

(a) Program offices must nominate personnel for consideration of a COR appointment in accordance with the Department’s COR Policy Guide.


(b) The contracting officer must determine what, if any, duties will be delegated to a COR.


(c) The contracting officer may appoint as many CORs as is deemed necessary to support efficient contract administration.


(d) Only individuals with a written delegation of authority from a contracting officer may act in any capacity as a representative of that contracting officer, including any alternate, assistant, or back-up duties to the COR.


(e) For all contracts in which an information technology system exists, the System Security Officer for that system will perform all responsibilities necessary for contractor access to the system.


3401.670-2 Appointment.

COR appointments must be in accordance with the Department’s COR Program Guide.


3401.670-3 Contract clause.

Contracting officers must insert a clause substantially the same as the clause at 3452.201-70 (Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)), in all solicitations and contracts for which a COR will be (or is) appointed.


PART 3402 – DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3402.1 – Definitions

3402.101 Definitions.

As used in this chapter –


Chief Acquisition Officer or CAO means the official responsible for monitoring the agency’s acquisition activities, evaluating them based on applicable performance measurements, increasing the use of full and open competition in agency acquisitions, making acquisition decisions consistent with applicable laws, and establishing clear lines of authority, accountability, and responsibility for acquisition decision-making and developing and maintaining an acquisition career management program.


Chief of the Contracting Office means an official serving in the contracting activity (CAM or FSA Acquisitions) as the manager of a group that awards and administers contracts for a principal office of the Department. See also definition of Head of the Contracting Activity or HCA below.


Contracting Officer’s Representative or COR means the person representing the Federal government for the purpose of technical monitoring of contract performance. The COR is not authorized to issue any instructions or directions that effect any increases or decreases in the scope of work or that would result in the increase or decrease of the cost or price of a contract or a change in the delivery dates or performance period of a contract.


Department or ED means the United States Department of Education.


Head of the Contracting Activity or HCA means those officials within the Department who have responsibility for and manage an acquisition organization and usually hold unlimited procurement authority. The Director, Federal Student Aid Acquisitions, is the HCA for FSA. The Director, Contracts and Acquisitions Management (CAM), is the HCA for all other Departmental program offices and all boards, commissions, and councils under the management control of the Department.


Performance-Based Organization or PBO is the office within the Department that is mandated by Public Law 105-244 to carry out Federal student assistance or aid programs and report to Congress on an annual basis. It may also be referred to as “Federal Student Aid.”


Senior Procurement Executive or SPE means the single agency official appointed as such by the head of the agency and delegated broad responsibility for acquisition functions, including issuing agency acquisition policy and reporting on acquisitions agency-wide. The SPE also acts as the official one level above the contracting officer when the HCA is acting as a contracting officer.


3402.101-70 Abbreviations and acronyms.


CAO – Chief Acquisition Officer.

CO – Contracting Officer.

COR – Contracting Officer’s Representative.

FSA – Federal Student Aid.

HCA – Head of the Contracting Activity.

IPv6 – Internet Protocol version 6.

OMB – Office of Management and Budget.

OSDBU – Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

PBO – Performance-Based Organization (Federal Student Aid).

RFP – Request for Proposal.

SBA – Small Business Administration.

SPE – Senior Procurement Executive.

Subpart 3402.2 – Definitions Clause

3402.201 Contract clause.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.202-1 (Definitions – Department of Education) in all solicitations and contracts in which the clause at FAR 52.202-1 is required.


PART 3403 – IMPROPER BUSINESS PRACTICES AND PERSONAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3403.1 – Safeguards

3403.101 Standards of conduct.

3403.101-3 Agency regulations.

The Department’s regulations on standards of conduct and conflicts of interest are in 34 CFR part 73, Standards of Conduct.


Subpart 3403.2 – Contractor Gratuities to Government Personnel

3403.203 Reporting suspected violations of the Gratuities clause.

(a) Suspected violations of the Gratuities clause at FAR 52.203-3 must be reported to the HCA in writing detailing the circumstances.


(b) The HCA evaluates the report with the assistance of the Designated Agency Ethics Officer. If the HCA determines that a violation may have occurred, the HCA refers the report to the SPE for disposition.


Subpart 3403.3 – Reports of Suspected Antitrust Violations

3403.301 General.

Any Departmental personnel who have evidence of a suspected antitrust violation in an acquisition must –


(1) Report that evidence through the HCA to the Office of the General Counsel for referral to the Attorney General; and


(2) Provide a copy of that evidence to the SPE.


Subpart 3403.4 – Contingent Fees

3403.409 Misrepresentation or violations of the covenant against contingent fees.

Any Departmental personnel who suspect or have evidence of attempted or actual exercise of improper influence, misrepresentation of a contingent fee arrangement, or other violation of the Covenant Against Contingent Fees, must report the matter promptly in accordance with the procedures in 3403.203.


Subpart 3403.6 – Contracts with Government Employees or Organizations Owned or Controlled by Them

3403.602 Exceptions.

Exceptions under FAR 3.601 must be approved by the HCA.


SUBCHAPTER B – COMPETITION AND ACQUISITION PLANNING

PART 3405 – PUBLICIZING CONTRACT ACTIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3405.2 – Synopses of Proposed Contract Actions

3405.202 Exceptions.

(a)(15) FSA – Issuance of a synopsis is not required when the firm to be solicited has previously provided a module for the system under a contract that contained cost, schedule, and performance goals and the contractor met those goals.


3405.203 Publicizing and response time.

(c) FSA – Notwithstanding other provisions of the FAR, a bid or proposal due date of less than 30 days is permitted after issuance of a synopsis for acquisitions for noncommercial items. However, if time permits, a bid or proposal due date that affords potential offerors reasonable time to respond and fosters quality submissions should be established.


3405.205 Special situations.

(g) FSA – Module of a previously awarded system. Federal Student Aid must satisfy the publication requirements for sole source and competitive awards for a module of a previously awarded system by publishing a notice of intent on the governmentwide point of entry, not less than 30 days before issuing a solicitation. This notice is not required if a contractor who is to be solicited to submit an offer previously provided a module for the system under a contract that contained cost, schedule, and performance goals, and the contractor met those goals.


3405.207 Preparation and transmittal of synopses.

(c) FSA – In Phase One of a Two-Phase Source Selection as described in 3415.302-70, the contracting officer must publish a notice in accordance with FAR 5.2, except that the notice must include only the following:


(1) Notification that the procurement will be conducted using the specific procedures included in 3415.302-70.


(2) A general notice of the scope or purpose of the procurement that provides sufficient information for sources to make informed business decisions regarding whether to participate in the procurement.


(3) A description of the basis on which potential sources are to be selected to submit offers in the second phase.


(4) A description of the information that is to be required to be submitted if the request for information is made separate from the notice.


(5) Any other information that the contracting officer deems is appropriate.


(h) FSA – When modular contracting authority is being utilized, the notice must invite comments and support if it is believed that modular contracting is not suited for the requirement being procured.


3405.270 Notices to perform market surveys.

(a) If a sole source contract is anticipated, the issuance of a notice of a proposed contract action that is detailed enough to permit the submission of meaningful responses and the subsequent evaluation of the responses by the Federal government constitutes an acceptable market survey.


(b) The notice must include –


(1) A clear statement of the supplies or services to be procured;


(2) Any capabilities or experience required of a contractor and any other factor relevant to those requirements;


(3) A statement that all responsible sources submitting a proposal, bid, or quotation must be considered;


(4) Name, business address, and phone number of the Contracting Officer; and


(5) Justification for a sole source and the identity of that source.


Subpart 3405.5 – Paid Advertisements

3405.502 Authority.

Authority to approve publication of paid advertisements in newspapers is delegated to the HCA.


PART 3406 – COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301; 41 U.S.C. 418(a) and (b); and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

3406.001 Applicability.

(b) FSA – This part does not apply to proposed contracts and contracts awarded based on other than full and open competition when the conditions for successive systems modules set forth in 3417.70 are utilized.


Subpart 3406.3 – Other Than Full and Open Competition

3406.302-5 Authorized or required by statute.

(a) Authority.


(1) Citations: 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


(2) Noncompetitive awards of successive modules for systems are permitted when the conditions set forth in 3417.70 are met.


Subpart 3406.5 – Competition Advocates

3406.501 Requirement.

The Competition Advocate for the Department is the Deputy Director, Contracts and Acquisitions Management.


PART 3408 – REQUIRED SOURCES OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, unless otherwise noted.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3408.8 – Acquisition of Printing and Related Supplies


Authority:44 U.S.C. 501.

3408.870 Printing clause.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.208-71 (Printing) in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders.


3408.871 Paperwork reduction.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.208-72 (Paperwork Reduction Act) in all solicitations and contracts in which the contractor will develop forms or documents for public use.


PART 3409 – CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3409.4 – Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility

3409.400 Scope of subpart.

This subpart implements FAR subpart 9.4 by detailing policies and procedures governing the debarment and suspension of organizations and individuals from participating in ED contracts and subcontracts.


3409.401 Applicability.

This subpart applies to all procurement debarment and suspension actions initiated by ED. This subpart does not apply to nonprocurement debarment and suspension.


3409.403 Definitions.

The SPE is designated as the “debarring official” and “suspending official” as defined in FAR 9.403 and is designated as the agency official authorized to make the decisions required in FAR 9.406 and FAR 9.407.


3409.406 Debarment.

3409.406-3 Procedures.

(b) Decision making process.


(1) Contractors proposed for debarment may submit, in person, in writing, or through a representative, information and argument in opposition to the proposed debarment. The contractor must submit additional information within 30 days of receipt of the notice of proposal to debar, as described in FAR 9.406-3(c).


(2) In actions not based upon a conviction or civil judgment, if the contractor’s submission in opposition raises a genuine dispute over facts material to the proposed debarment, the contractor may request a fact-finding conference. If the Debarring Official determines that there is a genuine dispute of material fact, the Debarring Official will conduct fact-finding and base the decision in accordance with FAR 9.406-3(b)(2) and (d)-(f).


3409.407 Suspension.

3409.407-3 Procedures.

(b) Decision making process.


(1) Contractors suspended in accordance with FAR 9.407 may submit, in person, in writing, or through a representative, information and argument in opposition to the suspension. The contractor must submit this information and argument within 30 days of receipt of the notice of suspension, as described in FAR 9.407-3(c).


(2) In actions not based upon an indictment, if the contractor’s submission in opposition raises a genuine dispute over facts material to the suspension and if no determination has been made, on the basis of Department of Justice advice, that substantial interests of the Government in pending or contemplated legal proceedings based on the same facts as the suspension would be prejudiced, the contractor may request a fact-finding conference. The Suspending Official will conduct fact-finding and base the decision in accordance with FAR 9.407-3(b)(2) and (d) through (e).


Subpart 3409.5 – Organizational and Consultant Conflicts of Interest

3409.502 Applicability.

This subpart applies to all ED contracts except contracts with other Federal agencies. However, this subpart applies to contracts with the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the 8(a) program.


3409.503 Waiver.

The HCA is designated as the official who may waive any general rule or procedure of FAR subpart 9.5 or of this subpart.


3409.506 Procedures.

(a) If the effects of a potential or actual conflict of interest cannot be avoided, neutralized, or mitigated before award, the prospective contractor is not eligible for that award. If a potential or actual conflict of interest is identified after award and the effects cannot be avoided, neutralized, or mitigated, ED will terminate the contract unless the HCA deems continued performance to be in the best interest of the Federal government.


(b) The HCA is designated as the official to conduct reviews and make final decisions under FAR 9.506(b) and (c).


3409.507 Solicitation provision and contract clause.

3409.507-1 Solicitation provision.

The contracting officer must insert the provision in 3452.209-70 (Conflict of interest certification) in all solicitations for services above the simplified acquisition threshold.


3409.507-2 Contract clause.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.209-71 (Conflict of interest) in all contracts for services above the simplified acquisition threshold. The clause is applicable to each order for services over the simplified acquisition threshold under task order contracts.


3409.570 Certification at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.

By accepting any contract, including orders against any Schedule or Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), with the Department at or below the simplified acquisition threshold:


(a) The contractor warrants that, to the best of the contractor’s knowledge and belief, there are no relevant facts or circumstances that would give rise to an organizational conflict of interest, as defined in FAR subpart 2.1, or that the contractor has disclosed all such relevant information.


(b) The contractor agrees that if an actual or potential organizational conflict of interest is discovered after award, the contractor will make an immediate full disclosure in writing to the contracting officer. This disclosure must include a description of actions that the contractor has taken or proposes to take, after consultation with the contracting officer, to avoid, mitigate, or neutralize the actual or potential conflict.


(c) The contractor agrees that:


(1) The Government may terminate this contract for convenience, in whole or in part, if such termination is necessary to avoid an organizational conflict of interest.


(2) The Government may terminate this contract for default or pursue other remedies permitted by law or this contract if the contractor was aware or should have been aware of a potential organizational conflict of interest prior to award, or discovers or should have discovered an actual or potential conflict after award, and does not disclose, or misrepresents, relevant information to the contracting officer regarding the conflict.


(d) The contractor further agrees to insert provisions that substantially conform to the language of this section, including this paragraph (d), in any subcontract or consultant agreement hereunder.


PART 3412 – ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3412.2 – Special Requirements for the Acquisition of Commercial Items

3412.203 Procedures for solicitation, evaluation, and award.

As specified in 3413.003, simplified acquisition procedures for commercial items may be used without regard to any dollar or timeframe limitations described in FAR 13.5 when acquired by the FSA and used for its purposes.


Subpart 3412.3 – Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses for the Acquisition of Commercial Items

3412.302 Tailoring of provisions and clauses for the acquisition of commercial items.

The HCA is authorized to approve waivers in accordance with FAR 12.302(c). The approved waiver may be either for an individual contract or for a class of contracts for the specific item. The approved waiver and supporting documentation must be incorporated into the contract file.


SUBCHAPTER C – CONTRACTING METHODS AND CONTRACT TYPES

PART 3413 – SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

3413.000 Scope of part.

3413.003 Policy.

(c)(1)(iii) FSA – FSA may use simplified acquisition procedures for commercial items without regard to any dollar or timeframe limitations described in FAR 13.5.


(iv) FSA – FSA may use simplified acquisition procedures for non-commercial items up to $1,000,000 when the acquisition is set aside for small businesses, pursuant to 3419.502.


Subpart 3413.3 – Simplified Acquisition Methods

3413.303 Blanket purchase agreements (BPAs).

3413.303-5 Purchases under BPAs.

(b) Individual purchases under blanket purchase agreements for commercial items may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold but shall not exceed the threshold for the test program for certain commercial items in FAR 13.500(a).


PART 3414 – SEALED BIDDING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3414.4 – Opening of Bids and Award of Contract

3414.407 Mistakes in bids.

3414.407-3 Other mistakes disclosed before award.

Authority is delegated to the HCA to make determinations under FAR 14.407-3(a) through (d).


PART 3415 – CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3415.2 – Solicitation and Receipt of Proposals and Information

3415.209 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

(a) The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, may require ED to release data contained in an offeror’s proposal even if the offeror has identified the data as restricted in accordance with the provision in FAR 52.215-1(e). The solicitation provision in 3452.215-70 (Release of restricted data) informs offerors that ED is required to consider release of restricted data under FOIA and Executive Order 12600.


(b) The contracting officer must insert the provision in 3452.215-70, in all solicitations that include a reference to FAR 52.215-1 (Instructions to Offerors – Competitive Acquisitions).


Subpart 3415.3 – Source Selection

3415.302 Source selection objective.

3415.302-70 Two-phase source selection.

(a) FSA – May utilize a two-phase process to solicit offers and select a source for award. The contracting officer can choose to use this optional method of solicitation when deemed beneficial to the FSA in meeting its needs as a PBO.


(b) Phase One.


(1) The contracting officer must publish a notice in accordance with FAR 5.2, except that the notice must include limited information as specified in 3405.207.


(2) Information Submitted by Offerors. Each offeror must submit basic information such as the offeror’s qualifications, the proposed conceptual approach, costs likely to be associated with the approach, and past performance data, together with any additional information requested by the contracting officer.


(3) Selection for participating in second phase. The contracting officer must select the offerors that are eligible to participate in the second phase of the process. The contracting officer must limit the number of the selected offerors to the number of sources that the contracting officer determines is appropriate and in the best interests of the Federal government.


(c) Phase Two.


(1) The contracting officer must conduct the second phase of the source selection consistent with FAR 15.2 and 15.3, except as provided by 3405.207.


(2) Only sources selected in the first phase will be eligible to participate in the second phase.


Subpart 3415.6 – Unsolicited Proposals

3415.605 Content of unsolicited proposals.

(d) Each unsolicited proposal must contain the following certification:



Unsolicited Proposal Certification by Offeror

This is to certify, to the best of my knowledge and belief, that –


a. This proposal has not been prepared under Federal government supervision;


b. The methods and approaches stated in the proposal were developed by this offeror;


c. Any contact with employees of the Department of Education has been within the limits of appropriate advance guidance set forth in FAR 15.604; and


d. No prior commitments were received from Departmental employees regarding acceptance of this proposal.


Date:



Organization:



Name:



Title:



(This certification must be signed by a responsible person authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the organization.)

3415.606 Agency procedures.

(b)(1) The HCA or designee is the contact point to coordinate the receipt, control, and handling of unsolicited proposals.


(2) Offerors must direct unsolicited proposals to the HCA.


PART 3416 – TYPES OF CONTRACTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3416.3 – Cost-Reimbursement Contracts

3416.303 Cost-sharing contracts.

(b) Application. Costs that are not reimbursed under a cost-sharing contract may not be charged to the Federal government under any other grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or other arrangement.


3416.307 Contract clauses.

(a) If the clause at FAR 52.216-7 (Allowable Cost and Payment) is used in a contract with a hospital, the contracting officer must modify the clause by deleting the words “Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)” from paragraph (a) and substituting “34 CFR part 74, appendix E.”


(b) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.216-70 (Additional cost principles) in all solicitations of and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts with nonprofit organizations other than educational institutions, hospitals, or organizations listed in Attachment C to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-122.


Subpart 3416.4 – Incentive Contracts

3416.402 Application of predetermined, formula-type incentives.

3416.402-2 Performance incentives.

(b) Award-term contracting may be used for performance-based contracts or task orders. See 3416.470 for the definition of award-term contracting and implementation guidelines.


3416.470 Award-term contracting.

(a) Definition. Award-term contracting is a method, based upon a pre-determined plan in the contract, to extend the contract term for superior performance and to reduce the contract term for substandard or poor performance.


(b) Applicability. A Contracting Officer may authorize use of an award-term incentive contract for acquisitions where the quality of contractor performance is of a critical or highly important nature. The basic contract term may be extended on the basis of the Federal government’s determination of the excellence of the contractor’s performance. Additional periods of performance, which are referred to herein as “award terms,” are available for possible award to the contractor. As award term(s) are awarded, each additional period of performance will immediately follow the period of performance for which the award term was granted. The contract may end at the base period of performance if the Federal government determines that the contractor’s performance does not reflect a level of performance as described in the award-term plan. Award-term periods may only be earned based on the evaluated quality of the performance of the contractor. Meeting the terms of the contract is not justification to award an award-term period. The use of an award-term plan does not exempt the contract from the requirements of FAR 17.207, with respect to performing due diligence prior to extending a contract term.


(c) Approvals. The Contracting Officer must justify the use of an award-term incentive contract in writing. The award-term plan approving official will be appointed by the HCA.


(d) Disputes. The Federal government unilaterally makes all decisions regarding award-term evaluations, points, methodology used to calculate points, and the degree of the contractor’s success.


(e) Award-term limitations.


(1) Award periods may be earned during the base period of performance and each option period, except the last option period. Award-term periods may not be earned during the final option year of any contract.


(2) Award-term periods may not exceed twelve months.


(3) The potential award-term periods will be priced, evaluated, and considered in the initial contract selection process.


(f) Implementation of extensions or reduced contract terms.


(1) An award term is contingent upon a continuing need for the supplies or services and the availability of funds. Award terms may be cancelled prior to the start of the period of performance at no cost to the Federal government if there is not a continued need or available funding.


(2) The extension or reduction of the contract term is affected by a unilateral contract modification.


(3) Award-term periods occur after the period for which the award term was granted. Award-term periods effectively move option periods to later contract performance periods.


(4) Contractors have the right to decline the award of an award-term period. A contractor loses its ability to earn additional award terms if an earned Award-Term Period is declined.


(5) Changes to the contract award-term plan must be mutually agreed upon.


(g) Clause. Insert a clause substantially the same as the clause at 3452.216-71 (Award-term) in all solicitations and resulting contracts where an award-term incentive contract is anticipated.


Subpart 3416.6 – Time-and-Materials, Labor-Hour, and Letter Contracts

3416.603 Letter contracts.

3416.603-3 Limitations.

If the HCA is to sign a letter contract as the contracting officer, the SPE signs the written determination under FAR 16.603-3.


PART 3417 – SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODS


Authority:31 U.S.C. 1535 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3417.2 – Options

3417.204 Contracts.

(e) Except as otherwise provided by law, contract periods that exceed the five-year limitation specified in FAR 17.204(e) must be approved by –


(1) The HCA for individual contracts; or


(2) The SPE for classes of contracts.


3417.207 Exercise of options.

If a contract provision allows an option to be exercised within a specified timeframe after funds become available, it must also specify that the date on which funds “become available” is the actual date funds become available to the contracting officer for obligation.


(f)(2) The Federal government may accept price reductions offered by contractors at any time during contract performance. Acceptance of price reductions offered by contractors will not be considered renegotiations as identified in this subpart if they were not initiated or requested by the Federal government.


Subpart 3417.5 – Interagency Acquisitions Under the Economy Act

3417.502 General.

No other Federal department or agency may purchase property or services under contracts established or administered by FSA unless the purchase is approved by SPE for the requesting Federal department or agency.


Subpart 3417.7 – Modular Contracting

3417.70 Modular contracting.

(a) FSA – May incrementally conduct successive procurements of modules of overall systems. Each module must be useful in its own right or useful in combination with the earlier procurement modules. Successive modules may be procured on a sole source basis under the following circumstances:


(1) Competitive procedures are used for awarding the contract for the first system module; and


(2) The solicitation for the first module included the following:


(i) A general description of the entire system that was sufficient to provide potential offerors with reasonable notice of the general scope of future modules;


(ii) Other sufficient information to enable offerors to make informed business decisions to submit offers for the first module; and


(iii) A statement that procedures, i.e., the sole source awarding of follow-on modules, could be used for the subsequent awards.


SUBCHAPTER D – SOCIOECONOMIC PROGRAMS

PART 3419 – SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3419.2 – Policies

3419.201 General policy.

3419.201-70 Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Office of the Deputy Secretary, is responsible for facilitating the implementation of the Small Business Act, as described in FAR 19.201. The OSDBU develops rules, policy, procedures, and guidelines for the effective administration of ED’s small business program.


Subpart 3419.5 – Set-Asides for Small Business

3419.502 Setting aside acquisitions.

3419.502-4 Methods of conducting set-asides.

(a) Simplified acquisition procedures as described in FAR part 13 for the procurement of noncommercial services for FSA requirements may be used under the following circumstances:


(1) The procurement does not exceed $1,000,000;


(2) The procurement is conducted as a small business set-aside pursuant to section 15(a) of the Small Business Act;


(3) The price charged for supplies associated with the services are expected to be less than 20 percent of the total contract price;


(4) The procurement is competitive; and


(5) The procurement is not for construction.


PART 3422 – APPLICATION OF LABOR LAWS TO GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 Subpart 3422.10 – Service Contract Act of 1965, as Amended


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3422.10 – Service Contract Act of 1965, as Amended

3422.1002 Statutory requirements.

3422.1002-1 General.

Consistent with 29 CFR 4.145, Extended term contracts, the five-year limitation set forth in the Service Contract Act of 1965, as amended (Service Contract Act), applies to each period of the contract individually, not the cumulative period of base and option periods. Accordingly, no contract subject to the Service Contract Act issued by the Department of Education will have a base period or option period that exceeds five years.


PART 3424 – PROTECTION OF PRIVACY AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3424.1 – Protection of Individual Privacy

3424.103 Procedures.

(a) If the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act) applies to a contract, the contracting officer must specify in the contract the disposition to be made of the system or systems of records upon completion of performance. For example, the contract may require the contractor to completely destroy the records, to remove personal identifiers, to turn the records over to ED, or to keep the records but take certain measures to keep the records confidential and protect the individual’s privacy.


(b) If a notice of the system of records has not been published in the Federal Register, the contracting officer may proceed with the acquisition but must not award the contract until the notice is published, unless the contracting officer determines, in writing, that portions of the contract may proceed without maintaining information subject to the Privacy Act. In this case, the contracting officer may –


(1) Award the contract, authorizing performance only of those portions not subject to the Privacy Act; and


(2) After the notice is published and effective, authorize performance of the remainder of the contract.


3424.170 Protection of human subjects.

In this subsection, “Research” means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. (34 CFR 97.102(d)) Research is considered to involve human subjects when a researcher obtains information about a living individual through intervention or interaction with the individual or obtains personally identifiable private information about an individual. Some categories of research are exempt under the regulations, and the exemptions are in 34 CFR part 97.


(a) The contracting officer must insert the provision in 3452.224-71 (Notice about research activities involving human subjects) in any solicitation where a resultant contract will include, or is likely to include, research activities involving human subjects covered under 34 CFR part 97.


(b) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.224-72 (Research activities involving human subjects) in any solicitation that includes the provision in 3452.224-71 (Notice about research activities involving human subjects) and in any resultant contract.


Subpart 3424.2 – Freedom of Information Act

3424.201 Authority.

The Department’s regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, are in 34 CFR part 5.


3424.203 Policy.

(a) [Reserved]


(b) The Department’s policy is to release all information incorporated into a contract and documents that result from the performance of a contract to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. The release or withholding of documents requested will be made on a case-by-case basis. Contracting officers must advise offerors and prospective contractors of the possibility that their submissions may be released under the Freedom of Information Act, not withstanding any restrictions that are included at the time of proposal submission. A clause substantially the same as the clause at 3452.224-70 (Release of information under the Freedom of Information Act) must be included in all solicitations and contracts.


PART 3425 – FOREIGN ACQUISITION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3425.1 – Buy American Act – Supplies

3425.102 Exceptions.

The HCA approves determinations under FAR 25.103(b)(2)(i).


SUBCHAPTER E – GENERAL CONTRACTING REQUIREMENTS

PART 3427 – PATENTS, DATA, AND COPYRIGHTS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3427.4 – Rights in Data and Copyrights

3427.409 Solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

(a) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.227-70 (Publication and publicity) in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders.


(b) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.227-71 (Advertising of awards) in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders.


(c) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.227-72 (Use and non-disclosure agreement) in all contracts over the simplified acquisition threshold, and in contracts under the simplified acquisition threshold, as appropriate.


(d) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.227-73 (Limitations on the use or disclosure of Government-furnished information marked with restrictive legends) in all contracts of third party vendors who require access to Government-furnished information including other contractors’ technical data, proprietary information, or software.


PART 3428 – BONDS AND INSURANCE


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3428.3 – Insurance

3428.311 Solicitation provision and contract clause on liability insurance under cost-reimbursement contracts.

3428.311-2 Contract clause.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.228-70 (Required insurance) in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts.


PART 3432 – CONTRACT FINANCING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3432.4 – Advance Payments for Non-Commercial Items

3432.402 General.

The HCA is delegated the authority to make determinations under FAR 32.402(c)(1)(iii). This authority may not be redelegated.


3432.407 Interest.

The HCA is designated as the official who may authorize advance payments without interest under FAR 32.407(d).


Subpart 3432.7 – Contract Funding

3432.705 Contract clauses.

3432.705-2 Clauses for limitation of cost or funds.

(a) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.232-70 (Limitation of cost or funds) in all solicitations and contracts where a Limitation of cost or Limitation of funds clause is utilized.


(b) The contracting officer must insert the provision in 3452.232-71 (Incremental funding) in a solicitation if a cost-reimbursement contract using incremental funding is contemplated.


PART 3433 – PROTESTS, DISPUTES, AND APPEALS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3433.1 – Protests

3433.103 Protests to the agency.

(f)(3) The contracting officer’s HCA must approve the justification or determination to continue performance. The criteria in FAR 33.103(f)(3) must be followed in making the determination to award a contract before resolution of a protest.


SUBCHAPTER F – SPECIAL CATEGORIES OF CONTRACTING

PART 3437 – SERVICE CONTRACTING


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3437.1 – Service Contracts – General

3437.102 Policy.

If a service contract requires one or more end items of supply, FAR Subpart 37.1 and this subpart apply only to the required services.


3437.170 Observance of administrative closures.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.237-71 (Observance of administrative closures) in all solicitations and contracts for services.


Subpart 3437.2 – Advisory and Assistance Services

3437.270 Services of consultants clause.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.237-70 (Services of consultants) in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts that do not provide services to FSA.


Subpart 3437.6 – Performance-Based Acquisition

3437.670 Contract type.

Award-term contracting may be used for performance-based contracts and task orders that provide opportunities for significant improvements and benefits to the Department. Use of award-term contracting must be approved in advance by the HCA.


PART 3439 – ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301 and 20 U.S.C. 1018a.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3439.70 – Department Requirements for Acquisition of Information Technology

3439.701 Internet Protocol version 6.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.239-70 (Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6)) in all solicitations and resulting contracts for hardware and software.


3439.702 Department security requirements.

The contracting officer must include the solicitation provision in 3452.239-71 (Notice to offerors of Department security requirements) and the clause at 3452.239-72 (Department security requirements) when contractor employees will have access to Department-controlled facilities or space, or when the work (wherever located) involves the design, operation, repair, or maintenance of information systems and access to sensitive but unclassified information.


3439.703 Federal desktop core configuration (FDCC) compatibility.

The contracting officer must include the clause at 3452.239-73 (Federal desktop core configuration (FDCC) compatibility) in all solicitations and contracts where software will be developed, maintained, or operated on any system using the FDCC configuration.


SUBCHAPTER G – CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

PART 3442 – CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND AUDIT SERVICES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3442.70 – Contract Monitoring

3442.7001 Litigation and claims clause.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.242-70 (Litigation and claims) in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts.


3442.7002 Delays.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.242-71 (Notice to the Government of delays) in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders.


Subpart 3442.71 – Accessibility of Meetings, Conferences, and Seminars to Persons with Disabilities

3442.7101 Policy and clause.

(a) It is the policy of ED that all meetings, conferences, and seminars be accessible to persons with disabilities.


(b) The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.242-73 (Accessibility of meetings, conferences, and seminars to persons with disabilities) in all solicitations and contracts.


PART 3443 – CONTRACT MODIFICATIONS


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3443.1 – General

3443.107 Contract clause.

The contracting officer must insert a clause substantially the same as 3452.243-70 (Key personnel) in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts in which it will be essential for the contracting officer to be notified that a change of designated key personnel is to take place by the contractor.


PART 3445 – GOVERNMENT PROPERTY


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3445.4 – Contractor Use and Rental of Government Property

3445.405 Contracts with foreign governments or international organizations.

Requests by, or for the benefit of, foreign governments or international organizations to use ED production and research property must be approved by the HCA. The HCA must determine the amount of cost to be recovered or rental charged, if any, based on the facts and circumstances of each case.


PART 3447 – TRANSPORTATION


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3447.7 – Foreign Travel

3447.701 Foreign travel clause.

The contracting officer must insert the clause at 3452.247-70 (Foreign travel) in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts.


SUBCHAPTER H – CLAUSES AND FORMS

PART 3452 – SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301.


Source:76 FR 12796, Mar. 8, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3452.2 – Text of Provisions and Clauses

3452.201-70 Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).

As prescribed in 3401.670-3, insert a clause substantially the same as:



Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) (MAR 2011)

(a) The Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) is responsible for the technical aspects of the project, technical liaison with the contractor, and any other responsibilities that are specified in the contract. These responsibilities include inspecting all deliverables, including reports, and recommending acceptance or rejection to the contracting officer.


(b) The COR is not authorized to make any commitments or otherwise obligate the Government or authorize any changes that affect the contract price, terms, or conditions. Any contractor requests for changes shall be submitted in writing directly to the contracting officer or through the COR. No such changes shall be made without the written authorization of the contracting officer.


(c) The COR’s name and contact information:


(d) The COR may be changed by the Government at any time, but notification of the change, including the name and address of the successor COR, will be provided to the contractor by the contracting officer in writing.


(End of clause)


3452.202-1 Definitions – Department of Education.

As prescribed in 3402.201, insert the following clause in solicitations and contracts in which the clause at FAR 52.202-1 is required.



Definitions – Department of Education (MAR 2011)

(a) The definitions at FAR 2.101 are appended with those contained in Education Department Acquisition Regulations (EDAR) 3402.101.


(b) The EDAR is available via the Internet at http://www.ed.gov/policy/fund/reg/clibrary/edar.html.


(End of clause)


3452.208-71 Printing.

As prescribed in 3408.870, insert the following clause in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders:



Printing (MAR 2011)

Unless otherwise specified in this contract, the contractor shall not engage in, nor subcontract for, any printing (as that term is defined in Title I of the Government Printing and Binding Regulations in effect on the effective date of this contract) in connection with the performance of work under this contract; except that performance involving the duplication of fewer than 5,000 units of any one page, or fewer than 25,000 units in the aggregate of multiple pages, shall not be deemed to be printing. A unit is defined as one side of one sheet, one color only (with black counting as a color), with a maximum image size of 10
3/4 by 14
1/4 inches on a maximum paper size of 11 by 17 inches. Examples of counting the number of units: black plus one additional color on one side of one page counts as two units. Three colors (including black) on two sides of one page count as six units.


(End of clause)


3452.208-72 Paperwork Reduction Act.

As prescribed in 3408.871, insert the following clause in all relevant solicitations and contracts:



Paperwork Reduction Act (MAR 2011)

(a) The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 applies to contractors that collect information for use or disclosure by the Federal government. If the contractor will collect information requiring answers to identical questions from 10 or more people, no plan, questionnaire, interview guide, or other similar device for collecting information may be used without first obtaining clearance from the Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO) or the CAO’s designee within the Department of Education (ED) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Contractors and Contracting Officers’ Representatives shall be guided by the provisions of 5 CFR part 1320, Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public, and should seek the advice of the Department’s Paperwork Clearance Officer to determine the procedures for acquiring CAO and OMB clearance.


(b) The contractor shall obtain the required clearances through the Contracting Officer’s Representative before expending any funds or making public contacts for the collection of information described in paragraph (a) of this clause. The authority to expend funds and proceed with the collection shall be in writing by the contracting officer. The contractor must plan at least 120 days for CAO and OMB clearance. Excessive delay caused by the Government that arises out of causes beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of the contractor will be considered in accordance with the Excusable Delays or Default clause of this contract.


(End of clause)


3452.209-70 Conflict of interest certification.

As prescribed in 3409.507-1, insert the following provision in all solicitations anticipated to result in contract actions for services above the simplified acquisition threshold:



Conflict of Interest Certification (MAR 2011)

(a)(1) The contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant, by signing the form in this clause, certifies that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, there are no relevant facts or circumstances that could give rise to an organizational or personal conflict of interest, (see FAR Subpart 9.5 for organizational conflicts of interest) (or apparent conflict of interest), for the organization or any of its staff, and that the contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant has disclosed all such relevant information if such a conflict of interest appears to exist to a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts (or if such a person would question the impartiality of the contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant). Conflicts may arise in the following situations:


(i) Unequal access to information. A potential contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant has access to non-public information through its performance on a government contract.


(ii) Biased ground rules. A potential contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant has worked, in one government contract, or program, on the basic structure or ground rules of another government contract.


(iii) Impaired objectivity. A potential contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant, or member of their immediate family (spouse, parent, or child) has financial or other interests that would impair, or give the appearance of impairing, impartial judgment in the evaluation of government programs, in offering advice or recommendations to the government, or in providing technical assistance or other services to recipients of Federal funds as part of its contractual responsibility. “Impaired objectivity” includes but is not limited to the following situations that would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question a person’s objectivity:


(A) Financial interests or reasonably foreseeable financial interests in or in connection with products, property, or services that may be purchased by an educational agency, a person, organization, or institution in the course of implementing any program administered by the Department;


(B) Significant connections to teaching methodologies or approaches that might require or encourage the use of specific products, property, or services; or


(C) Significant identification with pedagogical or philosophical viewpoints that might require or encourage the use of a specific curriculum, specific products, property, or services.


(2) Offerors must provide the disclosure described above on any actual or potential conflict of interest (or apparent conflict of interest) regardless of their opinion that such a conflict or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest) would not impair their objectivity.


(3) In a case in which an actual or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest) is disclosed, the Department will take appropriate actions to eliminate or address the actual or potential conflict, including but not limited to mitigating or neutralizing the conflict, when appropriate, through such means as ensuring a balance of views, disclosure with the appropriate disclaimers, or by restricting or modifying the work to be performed to avoid or reduce the conflict. In this clause, the term “potential conflict” means reasonably foreseeable conflict of interest.


(b) The contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant agrees that if “impaired objectivity”, or an actual or potential conflict of interest (or apparent conflict of interest) is discovered after the award is made, it will make a full disclosure in writing to the contracting officer. This disclosure shall include a description of actions that the contractor has taken or proposes to take to avoid, mitigate, or neutralize the actual or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest).


(c) Remedies. The Government may terminate this contract for convenience, in whole or in part, if it deems such termination necessary to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. If the contractor was aware of a potential conflict of interest prior to award or discovered an actual or potential conflict after award and did not disclose or misrepresented relevant information to the contracting officer, the Government may terminate the contract for default, or pursue such other remedies as may be permitted by law or this contract. These remedies include imprisonment for up to five years for violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001 and fines of up to $5000 for violation of 31 U.S.C. 3802. Further remedies include suspension or debarment from contracting with the Federal government. The contractor may also be required to reimburse the Department for costs the Department incurs arising from activities related to conflicts of interest. An example of such costs would be those incurred in processing Freedom of Information Act requests related to a conflict of interest.


(d) In cases where remedies short of termination have been applied, the contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant agrees to eliminate the organizational conflict of interest, or mitigate it to the satisfaction of the contracting officer.


(e) The contractor further agrees to insert in any subcontract or consultant agreement hereunder, provisions that conform substantially to the language of this clause, including specific mention of potential remedies and this paragraph (e).


(f) Conflict of Interest Certification.


The offeror, [insert name of offeror], hereby certifies that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, there are no present or currently planned interests (financial, contractual, organizational, or otherwise) relating to the work to be performed under the contract or task order resulting from Request for Proposal No. [insert number] that would create any actual or potential conflict of interest (or apparent conflicts of interest) (including conflicts of interest for immediate family members: spouses, parents, children) that would impinge on its ability to render impartial, technically sound, and objective assistance or advice or result in it being given an unfair competitive advantage. In this clause, the term “potential conflict” means reasonably foreseeable conflict of interest. The offeror further certifies that it has and will continue to exercise due diligence in identifying and removing or mitigating, to the Government’s satisfaction, such conflict of interest (or apparent conflict of interest).


Offeror’s Name

RFP/Contract No.

Signature

Title

Date

(End of clause)


3452.209-71 Conflict of interest.

As prescribed in 3409.507-2, insert the following clause in all contracts for services above the simplified acquisition threshold:



Conflict of Interest (MAR 2011)

(a)(1) The contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant, has certified that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, there are no relevant facts or circumstances that could give rise to an organizational or personal conflict of interest (see FAR Subpart 9.5 for organizational conflicts of interest) (or apparent conflict of interest) for the organization or any of its staff, and that the contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant has disclosed all such relevant information if such a conflict of interest appears to exist to a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts (or if such a person would question the impartiality of the contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant). Conflicts may arise in the following situations:


(i) Unequal access to information – A potential contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant has access to non-public information through its performance on a government contract.


(ii) Biased ground rules – A potential contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant has worked, in one government contract, or program, on the basic structure or ground rules of another government contract.


(iii) Impaired objectivity – A potential contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant, or member of their immediate family (spouse, parent, or child) has financial or other interests that would impair, or give the appearance of impairing, impartial judgment in the evaluation of government programs, in offering advice or recommendations to the government, or in providing technical assistance or other services to recipients of Federal funds as part of its contractual responsibility. “Impaired objectivity” includes but is not limited to the following situations that would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question a person’s objectivity:


(A) Financial interests or reasonably foreseeable financial interests in or in connection with products, property, or services that may be purchased by an educational agency, a person, organization, or institution in the course of implementing any program administered by the Department;


(B) Significant connections to teaching methodologies that might require or encourage the use of specific products, property, or services; or


(C) Significant identification with pedagogical or philosophical viewpoints that might require or encourage the use of a specific curriculum, specific products, property, or services.


(2) Offerors must provide the disclosure described above on any actual or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest) of interest regardless of their opinion that such a conflict or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest) would not impair their objectivity.


(3) In a case in which an actual or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest) is disclosed, the Department will take appropriate actions to eliminate or address the actual or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest), including but not limited to mitigating or neutralizing the conflict, when appropriate, through such means as ensuring a balance of views, disclosure with the appropriate disclaimers, or by restricting or modifying the work to be performed to avoid or reduce the conflict. In this clause, the term “potential conflict” means reasonably foreseeable conflict of interest.


(b) The contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant agrees that if “impaired objectivity”, or an actual or potential conflict of interest (or apparent conflict of interest) is discovered after the award is made, it will make a full disclosure in writing to the contracting officer. This disclosure shall include a description of actions that the contractor has taken or proposes to take, after consultation with the contracting officer, to avoid, mitigate, or neutralize the actual or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest).


(c) Remedies. The Government may terminate this contract for convenience, in whole or in part, if it deems such termination necessary to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. If the contractor was aware of a potential conflict of interest prior to award or discovered an actual or potential conflict (or apparent conflict of interest) after award and did not disclose or misrepresented relevant information to the contracting officer, the Government may terminate the contract for default, or pursue such other remedies as may be permitted by law or this contract. These remedies include imprisonment for up to five years for violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001 and fines of up to $5,000 for violation of 31 U.S.C. 3802. Further remedies include suspension or debarment from contracting with the Federal government. The contractor may also be required to reimburse the Department for costs the Department incurs arising from activities related to conflicts of interest. An example of such costs would be those incurred in processing Freedom of Information Act requests related to a conflict of interest.


(d) In cases where remedies short of termination have been applied, the contractor, subcontractor, employee, or consultant agrees to eliminate the organizational conflict of interest, or mitigate it to the satisfaction of the contracting officer.


(e) The contractor further agrees to insert in any subcontract or consultant agreement hereunder, provisions that conform substantially to the language of this clause, including specific mention of potential remedies and this paragraph (e).


(End of clause)


3452.215-70 Release of restricted data.

As prescribed in 3415.209, insert the following provision in solicitations:



Release of Restricted Data (MAR 2011)

(a) Offerors are hereby put on notice that regardless of their use of the legend set forth in FAR 52.215-1(e), Restriction on Disclosure and Use of Data, the Government may be required to release certain data contained in the proposal in response to a request for the data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Government’s determination to withhold or disclose a record will be based upon the particular circumstance involving the data in question and whether the data may be exempted from disclosure under FOIA. In accordance with Executive Order 12600 and to the extent permitted by law, the Government will notify the offeror before it releases restricted data.


(b) By submitting a proposal or quotation in response to this solicitation:


(1) The offeror acknowledges that the Department may not be able to withhold or deny access to data requested pursuant to FOIA and that the Government’s FOIA officials shall make that determination;


(2) The offeror agrees that the Government is not liable for disclosure if the Department has determined that disclosure is required by FOIA;


(3) The offeror acknowledges that proposals not resulting in a contract remain subject to FOIA; and


(4) The offeror agrees that the Government is not liable for disclosure or use of unmarked data and may use or disclose the data for any purpose, including the release of the information pursuant to requests under FOIA.


(c) Offerors are cautioned that the Government reserves the right to reject any proposal submitted with:


(1) A restrictive legend or statement differing in substance from the one required by the solicitation provision in FAR 52.215-1(e), Restriction on Disclosure and Use of Data, or


(2) A statement taking exceptions to the terms of paragraphs (a) or (b) of this provision.


(End of provision)


3452.216-70 Additional cost principles.

Insert the following clause in solicitations and contracts as prescribed in 3416.307(b):



Additional Cost Principles (MAR 2011)

(a) Bid and Proposal Costs. Bid and proposal costs are the immediate costs of preparing bids, proposals, and applications for potential Federal and non-Federal grants, contracts, and other agreements, including the development of scientific, cost, and other data needed to support the bids, proposals, and applications. Bid and proposal costs of the current accounting period are allowable as indirect costs; bid and proposal costs of past accounting periods are unallowable as costs of the current period. However, if the organization’s established practice is to treat these costs by some other method, they may be accepted if they are found to be reasonable and equitable. Bid and proposal costs do not include independent research and development costs or pre-award costs.


(b) Independent research and development costs. Independent research and development is research and development that is not sponsored by Federal and non-Federal grants, contracts, or other agreements. Independent research and development shall be allocated its proportionate share of indirect costs on the same basis as the allocations of indirect costs of sponsored research and development. The costs of independent research and development, including its proportionate share of indirect costs, are unallowable.


(End of clause)


3452.216-71 Award-Term.

As prescribed in 3416.470, insert a clause substantially the same as the following in all solicitations and contracts where an award-term arrangement is anticipated:



Award-Term (MAR 2011)

(a) The initial [insert initial contract term] contract term or ordering period may be extended or reduced on the basis of contractor performance, resulting in a contract term or an ordering period lasting at least [insert minimum contract term] years from the date of contract award, to a maximum of [insert maximum contract term] years after the date of contract award.


(b) The contractor’s performance will be measured against stated standards by the performance monitors, who will report their findings to the Award Term Determining Official (or Board).


(c) Bilateral changes may be made to the award-term plan at any time. If agreement cannot be made within 60 days, the Government reserves the right to make unilateral changes prior to the start of an award-term period.


(d) The contractor will submit a brief written self-evaluation of its performance within X days after the end of the evaluation period. The self-evaluation report shall not exceed seven pages, and it may be considered in the Award Term Review Board’s (ATRB’s) (or Term Determining Official’s) evaluation of the contractor’s performance during this period.


(e) The contract term or ordering period may be unilaterally modified to reflect the ATRB’s decision. If the contract term or ordering period has one year remaining, the operation of the contract award-term feature will cease and the contract term or ordering period will not extend beyond the maximum term stated in the contract.


(f) Award terms that have not begun may be cancelled (rather than terminated), should the need for the items or services no longer exists. No equitable adjustments to the contract price are applicable, as this is not the same procedure as a termination for convenience.


(g) The decisions made by the ATRB or Term Determining Official may be made unilaterally. Alternate Dispute Resolution procedures shall be utilized when appropriate.


(End of clause)


3452.224-70 Release of information under the Freedom of Information Act.

As prescribed in 3424.203, insert the following clause in solicitations and contracts.



Release of Information Under the Freedom of Information Act (MAR 2011)

By entering into a contract with the Department of Education, the contractor, without regard to proprietary markings, approves the release of the entire contract and all related modifications and task orders including, but not limited to:


(1) Unit prices, including labor rates;


(2) Statements of Work/Performance Work Statements generated by the contractor;


(3) Performance requirements, including incentives, performance standards, quality levels, and service level agreements;


(4) Reports, deliverables, and work products delivered in performance of the contract (including quality of service, performance against requirements/standards/service level agreements);


(5) Any and all information, data, software, and related documentation first provided under the contract;


(6) Proposals or portions of proposals incorporated by reference; and


(7) Other terms and conditions.


(End of clause)


3452.224-71 Notice about research activities involving human subjects.

As prescribed in 3424.170, insert the following provision in any solicitation where a resultant contract will include, or is likely to include, research activities involving human subjects covered under 34 CFR part 97:



Notice About Research Activities Involving Human Subjects (MAR 2011)

(a) Applicable Regulations. In accordance with Department of Education regulations on the protection of human subjects, title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, part 97 (“the regulations”), the contractor, any subcontractors, and any other entities engaged in covered (nonexempt) research activities are required to establish and maintain procedures for the protection of human subjects.


(b) Definitions. (1) The regulations define research as “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” (34 CFR 97.102(d)). If an activity follows a deliberate plan designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, it is research. Research includes activities that meet this definition, whether or not they are conducted under a program considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.


(2) The regulations define a human subject as a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or obtains identifiable private information. (34 CFR 97.102(f)). The definition of a human subject is met if an activity involves obtaining –


(i) Information about a living person by –


(A) Manipulating that person’s environment, as might occur when a new instructional technique is tested; or


(B) Communicating or interacting with the individual, as occurs with surveys and interviews; or


(ii) Private information about a living person in such a way that the information can be linked to that individual (the identity of the subject is or may be readily determined by the investigator or associated with the information). Private information includes information about behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place, and information that has been provided for specific purposes by an individual and that an individual can reasonably expect will not be made public (for example, a school health record).


(c) Exemptions. The regulations provide exemptions from coverage for activities in which the only involvement of human subjects will be in one or more of the categories set forth in 34 CFR 97.101(b)(1)-(6). However, if the research subjects are children, the exemption at 34 CFR 97.101(b)(2) (i.e., research involving the use of educational tests, survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior) is modified by 34 CFR 97.401(b), as explained in paragraph (d) of this provision. Research studies that are conducted under a Federal statute that requires without exception that the confidentiality of the personally identifiable information will be maintained throughout the research and thereafter, e.g., the Institute of Education Sciences confidentiality statute, 20 U.S.C. 9573, are exempt under 34 CFR 97.101(b)(3)(ii).


(d) Children as research subjects. Paragraph (a) of 34 CFR 97.402 of the regulations defines children as “persons who have not attained the legal age for consent to treatments or procedures involved in the research, under the applicable law of the jurisdiction in which the research will be conducted.” Paragraph (b) of 34 CFR 97.401 of the regulations provides that, if the research involves children as subjects –


(1) The exemption in 34 CFR 97.101(b)(2) does not apply to activities involving –


(i) Survey or interview procedures involving children as subjects; or


(ii) Observations of public behavior of children in which the investigator or investigators will participate in the activities being observed.


(2) The exemption in 34 CFR 97.101(b)(2) continues to apply, unmodified by 34 CFR 97.401(b), to –


(i) Educational tests; and


(ii) Observations of public behavior in which the investigator or investigators will not participate in the activities being observed.


(e) Proposal Instructions. An offeror proposing to do research that involves human subjects must provide information to the Department on the proposed exempt and nonexempt research activities. The offeror should submit this information as an attachment to its technical proposal. No specific page limitation applies to this requirement, but the offeror should be brief and to the point.


(1) For exempt research activities involving human subjects, the offeror should identify the exemption(s) that applies and provide sufficient information to allow the Department to determine that the designated exemption(s) is appropriate. Normally, the narrative on the exemption(s) can be provided in one paragraph.


(2) For nonexempt research activities involving human subjects, the offeror must cover the following seven points in the information it provides to the Department:


(i) Human subjects’ involvement and characteristics: Describe the characteristics of the subject population, including their anticipated number, age range, and health status. Identify the criteria for inclusion or exclusion of any subpopulation. Explain the rationale for the involvement of special classes of subjects, such as children, children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, persons with mental disabilities, pregnant women, institutionalized individuals, or others who are likely to be vulnerable.


(ii) Sources of materials: Identify the sources of research material obtained from or about individually identifiable living human subjects in the form of specimens, records, or data.


(iii) Recruitment and informed consent: Describe plans for the recruitment of subjects and the consent procedures to be followed.


(iv) Potential risks: Describe potential risks (physical, psychological, social, financial, legal, or other) and assess their likelihood and seriousness. Where appropriate, discuss alternative treatments and procedures that might be advantageous to the subjects.


(v) Protection against risk: Describe the procedures for protecting against or minimizing potential risks, including risks to confidentiality, and assess their likely effectiveness. Where appropriate, discuss provisions for ensuring necessary medical or professional intervention in the event of adverse effects to the subjects. Also, where appropriate, describe the provisions for monitoring the data collected to ensure the safety of the subjects.


(vi) Importance of knowledge to be gained: Discuss why the risks to the subjects are reasonable in relation to the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result.


(vii) Collaborating sites: If research involving human subjects will take place at collaborating site(s), name the sites and briefly describe their involvement or role in the research. Normally, the seven-point narrative can be provided in two pages or less.


(3) If a reasonable potential exists that a need to conduct research involving human subjects may be identified after award of the contract and the offeror’s proposal contains no definite plans for such research, the offeror should briefly describe the circumstances and nature of the potential research involving human subjects.


(f) Assurances and Certifications. (1) In accordance with the regulations and the terms of this provision, all contractors and subcontractors that will be engaged in covered human subjects research activities shall be required to comply with the requirements for Assurances and Institutional Review Board approvals, as set forth in the contract clause 3452.224-72 (Research activities involving human subjects).


(2) The contracting officer reserves the right to require that the offeror have or apply for the assurance and provide documentation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of the research prior to award.


(g)(1) The regulations, and related information on the protection of human research subjects, can be found on the Department’s protection of human subjects in research Web site: http://ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/humansub.html.


(2) Offerors may also contact the following office to obtain information about the regulations for the protection of human subjects and related policies and guidelines: Protection of Human Subjects Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Management Operations, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4331, Telephone: (202) 245 8090.


(End of provision)


3452.224-72 Research activities involving human subjects.

As prescribed in 3424.170, insert the following clause in any contract that includes research activities involving human subjects covered under 34 CFR part 97:



Research Activities Involving Human Subjects (MAR 2011)

(a) In accordance with Department of Education regulations on the protection of human subjects in research, title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, part 97 (“the regulations”), the contractor, any subcontractors, and any other entities engaged in covered (nonexempt) research activities are required to establish and maintain procedures for the protection of human subjects. The definitions in 34 CFR 97.102 apply to this clause. As used in this clause, covered research means research involving human subjects that is not exempt under 34 CFR 97.101(b) and 97.401(b).


(b) If ED determines that proposed research activities involving human subjects are covered (i.e., not exempt under the regulations), the contracting officer or contacting officer’s designee will require the contractor to apply for the Federal Wide Assurance from the Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, if the contractor does not already have one on file. The contracting officer will also require that the contractor obtain and send to the Department documentation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval of the research.


(c) In accordance with 34 CFR part 97, all subcontractors and any legally separate entity (neither owned nor operated by the contractor) that will be engaged in covered research activities under or related to this contract shall be required to comply with the requirements for assurances and IRB approvals. The contractor must include the substance of this clause, including paragraph (c) of this clause, in all subcontracts, and must notify any other entities engaged in the covered research activities of their responsibility to comply with the regulations.


(d) Under no condition shall the contractor conduct, or allow to be conducted, any covered research activity involving human subjects prior to the Department’s receipt of the certification that the research has been reviewed and approved by the IRB. (34 CFR 97.103(f).) No covered research involving human subjects shall be initiated under this contract until the contractor has provided the contracting officer (or the contracting officer’s designee) a properly completed certification form certifying IRB review and approval of the research activity, and the contracting officer or designee has received the certification. This restriction applies to the activities of each participating entity.


(e) In accordance with 34 CFR 97.109(e), an IRB must conduct continuing reviews of covered research activities at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk, but not less than once a year. Covered research activities that are expected to last one year or more are therefore subject to review by an IRB at least once a year.


(1) For each covered activity under this contract that requires continuing review, the contractor shall submit an annual written representation to the contracting officer (or the contracting officer’s designee) stating whether covered research activities have been reviewed and approved by an IRB within the previous 12 months. The contractor may use the form titled “Protection of Human Subjects: Assurance Identification/Certification/Declaration of Exemption” for this representation. For multi-institutional projects, the contractor shall provide this information on its behalf and on behalf of any other entity engaged in covered research activities for which continuing IRB reviews are required.


(2) If the IRB disapproves, suspends, terminates, or requires modification of any covered research activities under this contract, the contractor shall immediately notify the contracting officer in writing of the IRB’s action.


(f) The contractor shall bear full responsibility for performing as safely as is feasible all activities under this contract involving the use of human subjects and for complying with all applicable regulations and requirements concerning human subjects. No one (neither the contractor, nor any subcontractor, agent, or employee of the contractor, nor any other person or organization, institution, or group of any kind whatsoever) involved in the performance of such activities shall be deemed to constitute an agent or employee of the Department of Education or of the Federal government with respect to such activities. The contractor agrees to discharge its obligations, duties, and undertakings and the work pursuant thereto, whether requiring professional judgment or otherwise, as an independent contractor without imputing liability on the part of the Government for the acts of the contractor and its employees.


(g) Upon discovery of any noncompliance with any of the requirements or standards stated in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this clause, the contractor shall immediately correct the deficiency. If at any time during performance of this contract, the contracting officer determines, in consultation with the Protection of Human Subjects Coordinator, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, or the sponsoring office, that the contractor is not in compliance with any of the requirements or standards stated in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this clause, the contracting officer may immediately suspend, in whole or in part, work and further payments under this contract until the contractor corrects such noncompliance. Notice of the suspension may be communicated by telephone and confirmed in writing.


(h) The Government may terminate this contract, in full or in part, for failure to fully comply with any regulation or requirement related to human subjects involved in research. Such termination may be in lieu of or in addition to suspension of work or payment. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the Government’s right to terminate the contract for failure to fully comply with such requirements.


(i) The regulations, and related information on the protection of human research subjects, can be found on the Department’s protection of human subjects in research Web site: http://ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/humansub.html.


Contractors may also contact the following office to obtain information about the regulations for the protection of human subjects and related policies and guidelines: Protection of Human Subjects Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Management Operations, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4331, Telephone: (202) 245-8090.


(End of clause)


3452.227-70 Publication and publicity.

As prescribed in 3427.409, insert the following clause in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders:



Publication and Publicity (MAR 2011)

(a) Unless otherwise specified in this contract, the contractor is encouraged to publish and otherwise promote the results of its work under this contract. A copy of each article or work submitted by the contractor for publication shall be promptly sent to the contracting officer’s representative. The contractor shall also inform the representative when the article or work is published and furnish a copy in the published form.


(b) The contractor shall acknowledge the support of the Department of Education in publicizing the work under this contract in any medium. This acknowledgement shall read substantially as follows:


“This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education under contract number [Insert number]. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.”


(End of clause)


3452.227-71 Advertising of awards.

As prescribed in 3427.409, insert the following clause in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders:



Advertising of Awards (MAR 2011)

The contractor agrees not to refer to awards issued by, or products or services delivered to, the Department of Education in commercial advertising in such a manner as to state or imply that the product or service provided is endorsed by the Federal government or is considered by the Federal government to be superior to other products or services.


(End of clause)


3452.227-72 Use and Non-Disclosure Agreement.

As prescribed in 3427.409, insert the following clause in all contracts over the simplified acquisition threshold, and in contracts under the simplified acquisition threshold as appropriate:



Use and Non-Disclosure Agreement (MAR 2011)

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this clause, proprietary data, technical data, or computer software delivered to the Government with restrictions on use, modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, or disclosure may not be provided to third parties unless the intended recipient completes and signs the use and non-disclosure agreement in paragraph (c) of this clause prior to release or disclosure of the data.


(1) The specific conditions under which an intended recipient will be authorized to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose proprietary data or technical data subject to limited rights, or computer software subject to restricted rights must be stipulated in an attachment to the use and non-disclosure agreement.


(2) For an intended release, disclosure, or authorized use of proprietary data, technical data, or computer software subject to special license rights, modify paragraph (c)(1)(iv) of this clause to enter the conditions, consistent with the license requirements, governing the recipient’s obligations regarding use, modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, or disclosure of the data or software.


(b) The requirement for use and non-disclosure agreements does not apply to Government contractors that require access to a third party’s data or software for the performance of a Government contract that contains the 3452.227-73 clause, Limitations on the use or disclosure of Government-furnished information marked with restrictive legends.


(c) The prescribed use and non-disclosure agreement is:


Use and Non-Disclosure Agreement

The undersigned, [Insert Name], an authorized representative of the [Insert Company Name], (which is hereinafter referred to as the “recipient”) requests the Government to provide the recipient with proprietary data, technical data, or computer software (hereinafter referred to as “data”) in which the Government’s use, modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, or disclosure rights are restricted. Those data are identified in an attachment to this agreement. In consideration for receiving such data, the recipient agrees to use the data strictly in accordance with this agreement.


(1) The recipient shall –


(i) Use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose data marked with Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) data rights legends only for government purposes and shall not do so for any commercial purpose. The recipient shall not release, perform, display, or disclose these data, without the express written permission of the contractor whose name appears in the restrictive legend (the contractor), to any person other than its subcontractors or suppliers, or prospective subcontractors or suppliers, who require these data to submit offers for, or perform, contracts with the recipient. The recipient shall require its subcontractors or suppliers, or prospective subcontractors or suppliers, to sign a use and non-disclosure agreement prior to disclosing or releasing these data to such persons. Such an agreement must be consistent with the terms of this agreement.


(ii) Use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose proprietary data or technical data marked with limited rights legends only as specified in the attachment to this agreement. Release, performance, display, or disclosure to other persons is not authorized unless specified in the attachment to this agreement or expressly permitted in writing by the contractor.


(iii) Use computer software marked with restricted rights legends only in performance of contract number [insert contract number(s)]. The recipient shall not, for example, enhance, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer the software; time share; or use a computer program with more than one computer at a time. The recipient may not release, perform, display, or disclose such software to others unless expressly permitted in writing by the licensor whose name appears in the restrictive legend.


(iv) Use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose data marked with special license rights legends [To be completed by the contracting officer. See paragraph (a)(2) of this clause. Omit if none of the data requested is marked with special license rights legends].


(2) The recipient agrees to adopt or establish operating procedures and physical security measures designed to protect these data from inadvertent release or disclosure to unauthorized third parties.


(3) The recipient agrees to accept these data “as is” without any Government representation as to suitability for intended use or warranty whatsoever. This disclaimer does not affect any obligation the Government may have regarding data specified in a contract for the performance of that contract.


(4) The recipient may enter into any agreement directly with the contractor with respect to the use, modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, or disclosure of these data.


(5) The recipient agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Government, its agents, and employees from every claim or liability, including attorneys fees, court costs, and expenses arising out of, or in any way related to, the misuse or unauthorized modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, or disclosure of data received from the Government with restrictive legends by the recipient or any person to whom the recipient has released or disclosed the data.


(6) The recipient is executing this agreement for the benefit of the contractor. The contractor is a third party beneficiary of this agreement who, in addition to any other rights it may have, is intended to have the rights of direct action against the recipient or any other person to whom the recipient has released or disclosed the data, to seek damages from any breach of this agreement, or to otherwise enforce this agreement.


(7) The recipient agrees to destroy these data, and all copies of the data in its possession, no later than 30 days after the date shown in paragraph (8) of this agreement, to have all persons to whom it released the data do so by that date, and to notify the contractor that the data have been destroyed.


(8) This agreement shall be effective for the period commencing with the recipient’s execution of this agreement and ending upon [Insert Date]. The obligations imposed by this agreement shall survive the expiration or termination of the agreement.


[Insert business name.]


Recipient’s Business Name


[Have representative sign.]


Authorized Representative


[Insert date.]


Date


[Insert name and title.]


Representative’s Typed Name and Title


(End of clause)


3452.227-73 Limitations on the use or disclosure of Government-furnished information marked with restrictive legends.

As prescribed in 3427.409, insert the following clause in all contracts of third party vendors who require access to Government-furnished information including other contractors’ technical data, proprietary information, or software:



Limitations on The Use Or Disclosure of Government-Furnished Information Marked With Restrictive Legends (MAR 2011)

(a) For contracts under which data are to be produced, furnished, or acquired, the terms limited rights and restricted rights are defined in the rights in data – general clause (FAR 52.227-14).


(b) Proprietary data, technical data, or computer software provided to the contractor as Government-furnished information (GFI) under this contract may be subject to restrictions on use, modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, or further disclosure.


(1) Proprietary data with legends that serve to restrict disclosure or use of data. The contractor shall use, modify, reproduce, perform, or display proprietary data received from the Government with proprietary or restrictive legends only in the performance of this contract. The contractor shall not, without the express written permission of the party who owns the data, release, or disclose such data or software to any person.


(2) GFI marked with limited or restricted rights legends. The contractor shall use, modify, reproduce, perform, or display technical data received from the Government with limited rights legends or computer software received with restricted rights legends only in the performance of this contract. The contractor shall not, without the express written permission of the party whose name appears in the legend, release or disclose such data or software to any person.


(3) GFI marked with specially negotiated license rights legends. The contractor shall use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, or display proprietary data, technical data, or computer software received from the Government with specially negotiated license legends only as permitted in the license. Such data or software may not be released or disclosed to other persons unless permitted by the license and, prior to release or disclosure, the intended recipient has completed the use and non-disclosure agreement. The contractor shall modify paragraph (c)(1)(iii) of the use and non-disclosure agreement (3452.227-72) to reflect the recipient’s obligations regarding use, modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, and disclosure of the data or software.


(c) Indemnification and creation of third party beneficiary rights.


(1) The contractor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Government, its agents, and employees from every claim or liability, including attorneys fees, court costs, and expenses, arising out of, or in any way related to, the misuse or unauthorized modification, reproduction, release, performance, display, or disclosure of proprietary data, technical data, or computer software received from the Government with restrictive legends by the contractor or any person to whom the contractor has released or disclosed such data or software.


(2) The contractor agrees that the party whose name appears on the restrictive legend, in addition to any other rights it may have, is a third party beneficiary who has the right of direct action against the contractor, or any person to whom the contractor has released or disclosed such data or software, for the unauthorized duplication, release, or disclosure of proprietary data, technical data, or computer software subject to restrictive legends.


(End of clause)


3452.228-70 Required insurance.

As prescribed in 3428.311-2, insert the following clause in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts:



Required Insurance (MAR 2011)

(a) The contractor shall procure and maintain such insurance as required by law or regulation, including but not limited to the requirements of FAR Subpart 28.3. Prior written approval of the contracting officer shall be required with respect to any insurance policy, the premiums for which the contractor proposes to treat as a direct cost under this contract, and with respect to any proposed qualified program of self-insurance. The terms of any other insurance policy shall be submitted to the contracting officer for approval upon request.


(b) Unless otherwise authorized in writing by the contracting officer, the contractor shall not procure or maintain for its own protection any insurance covering loss or destruction of, or damage to, Government property.


(End of clause)


3452.232-70 Limitation of cost or funds.

The following clause shall be inserted in all contracts that include a Limitation of cost or Limitation of funds clause in accordance with 3432.705-2:



Limitation of Cost or Funds (MAR 2011)

(a) Under the circumstances in FAR 32.704(a)(1), the contractor shall submit the following information in writing to the contracting officer:


(1) Name and address of the contractor.


(2) Contract number and expiration date.


(3) Contract items and amounts that will exceed the estimated cost of the contract or the limit of the funds allotted.


(4) The elements of cost that changed from the original estimate (for example: labor, material, travel, overhead), furnished in the following order:


(i) Original estimate.


(ii) Costs incurred to date.


(iii) Estimated cost to completion.


(iv) Revised estimate.


(v) Amount of adjustment.


(5) The factors responsible for the increase.


(6) The latest date by which funds must be available to the contractor to avoid delays in performance, work stoppage, or other impairments.


(b) A fixed fee provided in a contract may not be changed if a cost overrun is funded. Changes in a fixed fee may be made only to reflect changes in the scope of work that justify an increase or decrease in the fee.


(End of clause)


3452.232-71 Incremental funding.

As prescribed in 3432.705-2, insert the following provision in solicitations if a cost-reimbursement contract using incremental funding is contemplated:



Incremental Funding (MAR 2011)

Sufficient funds are not presently available to cover the total cost of the complete project described in this solicitation. However, it is the Government’s intention to negotiate and award a contract using the incremental funding concepts described in the clause titled “Limitation of Funds” in FAR 52.232-22. Under that clause, which will be included in the resultant contract, initial funds will be obligated under the contract to cover an estimated base performance period. Additional funds are intended to be allotted to the contract by contract modification, up to and including the full estimated cost of the entire period of performance. This intent notwithstanding, the Government will not be obligated to reimburse the contractor for costs incurred in excess of the periodic allotments, nor will the contractor be obligated to perform in excess of the amount allotted.


(End of provision)


3452.237-70 Services of consultants.

As prescribed in 3437.270, insert the following clause in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts that do not provide services to FSA:



Services of Consultants (MAR 2011)

Except as otherwise expressly provided elsewhere in this contract, and notwithstanding the provisions of the clause of the contract entitled “Subcontracts” (FAR 52.244-2), the prior written approval of the contracting officer shall be required –


(a) If any employee of the contractor is to be paid as a “consultant” under this contract; and


(b)(1) For the utilization of the services of any consultant under this contract exceeding the daily rate set forth elsewhere in this contract or, if no amount is set forth, $800, exclusive of travel costs, or if the services of any consultant under this contract will exceed 10 days in any calendar year.


(2) If that contracting officer’s approval is required, the contractor shall obtain and furnish to the contracting officer information concerning the need for the consultant services and the reasonableness of the fee to be paid, including, but not limited to, whether fees to be paid to any consultant exceed the lowest fee charged by the consultant to others for performing consultant services of a similar nature.


(End of clause)


3452.237-71 Observance of administrative closures.

As prescribed in 3437.170, insert the following clause in all solicitations and service contracts:



Observance of Administrative Closures (MAR 2011)

(a) The contract schedule identifies all Federal holidays that are observed under this contract. Contractor performance is required under this contract at all other times, and compensated absences are not extended due to administrative closures of Government facilities and operations due to inclement weather, Presidential decree, or other administrative issuances where Government personnel receive early dismissal instructions.


(b) In cases of contract performance at a Government facility when the facility is closed, the vendor may arrange for performance to continue during the closure at the contractor’s site, if appropriate.


(End of clause)


3452.239-70 Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6).

As prescribed in 3439.701, insert the following clause in all solicitations and resulting contracts for hardware and software:



Internet Protocol Version 6 (MAR 2011)

(a) Any system hardware, software, firmware, or networked component (voice, video, or data) developed, procured, or acquired in support or performance of this contract shall be capable of transmitting, receiving, processing, forwarding, and storing digital information across system boundaries utilizing system packets that are formatted in accordance with commercial standards of Internet protocol (IP) version 6 (IPv6) as set forth in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFC) 2460 and associated IPv6-related IETF RFC standards. In addition, this system shall maintain interoperability with IPv4 systems and provide at least the same level of performance and reliability capabilities of IPv4 products.


(b) Specifically, any new IP product or system developed, acquired, or produced must –


(1) Interoperate with both IPv6 and IPv4 systems and products; and


(2) Have available contractor/vendor IPv6 technical support for development and implementation and fielded product management.


(c) Any exceptions to the use of IPv6 require the agency’s CIO to give advance, written approval.


(End of clause)


3452.239-71 Notice to offerors of Department security requirements.

As prescribed in 3439.702, include the following provision in solicitations when the offeror’s employees would have access to Department-controlled facilities or space, or when the work (wherever located) would involve the design, operation, repair, or maintenance of information systems and access to sensitive but unclassified information:



Notice to Offerors of Department Security Requirements (MAR 2011)

(a) The offeror and any of its future subcontractors will have to comply with Department security policy requirements as set forth in the “Bidder’s Security Package: Security Requirements for Contractors Doing Business with the Department of Education” at: http://www.ed.gov/fund/contract/about/bsp.html.


(b) All contractor employees must undergo personnel security screening if they will be employed for 30 days or more, in accordance with Departmental Directive OM:5-101, “Contractor Employee Personnel Security Screenings,” available at: http://www.ed.gov/fund/contract/about/acs/acsom5101.doc.


(c) The offeror shall indicate the following employee positions it anticipates to employ in performance of this contract and their proposed risk levels based on the guidance provided in Appendix I of Departmental Directive OM:5-101:


High Risk (HR): [Specify HR positions.].


Moderate Risk (MR): [Specify MR positions.].


Low Risk (LR): [Specify LR positions.].


(d) In the event the Department disagrees with a proposed risk level assignment, the issue shall be subject to negotiation. However, if no agreement is reached, the Department’s risk level assignment shall be used. The type of screening and the timing of the screening will depend upon the nature of the contractor position, the type of data to be accessed, and the type of information technology (IT) system access required. Personnel security screenings will be commensurate with the risk and magnitude of harm the individual could cause.


(End of provision)


3452.239-72 Department security requirements.

As prescribed in 3439.702, include the following clause in contracts when the contractor’s employees will have access to Department-controlled facilities or space, or when the work (wherever located) would involve the design, operation, repair, or maintenance of information systems and access to sensitive but unclassified information:



Department Security Requirements (MAR 2011)

(a) The contractor and its subcontractors shall comply with Department security policy requirements as set forth in the “Bidder’s Security Package: Security Requirements for Contractors Doing Business with the Department of Education” at http://www.ed.gov/fund/contract/about/bsp.html.


(b) The following are the contractor employee positions required under this contract and their designated risk levels:


High Risk (HR): [Specify HR positions.]


Moderate Risk (MR): [Specify MR positions.]


Low Risk (LR): [Specify LR positions.]


(c) All contractor employees must undergo personnel security screening if they will be employed for 30 days or more, in accordance with Departmental Directive OM:5-101, “Contractor Employee Personnel Security Screenings.” The type of screening and the timing of the screening will depend upon the nature of the contractor position, the type of data to be accessed, and the type of information technology (IT) system access required. Personnel security screenings will be commensurate with the risk and magnitude of harm the individual could cause.


(d) The contractor shall –


(1) Ensure that all non-U.S. citizen contractor employees are lawful permanent residents of the United States or have appropriate work authorization documents as required by the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Appeals, to work in the United States.


(2) Ensure that no employees are assigned to high risk designated positions prior to a completed preliminary screening.


(3) Submit all required personnel security forms to the contracting officer’s representative (COR) within 24 hours of an assignment to a Department contract and ensure that the forms are complete.


(4) Ensure that no contractor employee is placed in a higher risk position than that for which he or she was previously approved, without the approval of the contracting officer or the COR, the Department personnel security officer, and the Department computer security officer.


(5) Ensure that all contractor employees occupying high-risk designated positions submit forms for reinvestigation every five years for the duration of the contract or if there is a break in service to a Department contract of 365 days or more.


(6) Report to the COR all instances of individuals seeking to obtain unauthorized access to any departmental IT system, or sensitive but unclassified and/or Privacy Act protected information.


(7) Report to the COR any information that raises an issue as to whether a contractor employee’s eligibility for continued employment or access to Department IT systems, or sensitive but unclassified and/or Privacy Act protected information, promotes the efficiency of the service or violates the public trust.


(8) Withdraw from consideration under the contract any employee receiving an unfavorable adjudication determination.


(9) Officially notify each contractor employee if he or she will no longer work on a Department contract.


(10) Abide by the requirements in Departmental Directive OM:5-101, “Contractor Employee Personnel Security Screenings.”


(e) Further information including definitions of terms used in this clause and a list of required investigative forms for each risk designation are contained in Departmental Directive OM:5-101, “Contractor Employee Personnel Security Screenings” available at the Web site listed in the first paragraph of this clause.


(f) Failure to comply with the contractor personnel security requirements may result in a termination of the contract for default.


(End of clause)


3452.239-73 Federal desktop core configuration (FDCC) compatibility.

As prescribed in 3439.703, insert the following clause in all solicitations and contracts where software will be developed, maintained, or operated on any system using the FDCC configuration:



Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) Compatibility (MAR 2011)

(a) (1) The provider of information technology shall certify applications are fully functional and operate correctly as intended on systems using the Federal desktop core configuration (FDCC). This includes Internet Explorer 7 configured to operate on Windows XP and Windows Vista (in Protected Mode on Vista).


(2) For the Windows XP settings, see: http://csrc.nist.gov/itsec/guidance_WinXP.html, and for the Windows Vista settings, see: http://csrc.nist.gov/itsec/guidance_vista.html.


(b) The standard installation, operation, maintenance, update, or patching of software shall not alter the configuration settings from the approved FDCC configuration. The information technology should also use the Windows Installer Service for installation to the default “program files” directory and should be able to silently install and uninstall.


(c) Applications designed for normal end users shall run in the standard user context without elevated system administration privileges.


(End of clause)


3452.242-70 Litigation and claims.

As prescribed in 3442.7001, insert the following clause in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts:



Litigation and Claims (MAR 2011)

(a) The contractor shall give the contracting officer immediate notice in writing of –


(1) Any legal action, filed against the contractor arising out of the performance of this contract, including any proceeding before any administrative agency or court of law, and also including, but not limited to, the performance of any subcontract hereunder; and


(2) Any claim against the contractor for cost that is allowable under the “allowable cost and payment” clause.


(b) Except as otherwise directed by the contracting officer, the contractor shall immediately furnish the contracting officer copies of all pertinent papers received under that action or claim.


(c) If required by the contracting officer, the contractor shall –


(1) Effect an assignment and subrogation in favor of the Government of all the contractor’s rights and claims (except those against the Government) arising out of the action or claim against the contractor; and


(2) Authorize the Government to settle or defend the action or claim and to represent the contractor in, or to take charge of, the action.


(d) If the settlement or defense of an action or claim is undertaken by the Government, the contractor shall furnish all reasonable required assistance. However, if an action against the contractor is not covered by a policy of insurance, the contractor shall notify the contracting officer and proceed with the defense of the action in good faith.


(e) To the extent not in conflict with any applicable policy of insurance, the contractor may, with the contracting officer’s approval, settle any such action or claim.


(f)(1) The Government shall not be liable for the expense of defending any action or for any costs resulting from the loss thereof to the extent that the contractor would have been compensated by insurance that was required by law, regulation, contract clause, or other written direction of the contracting officer, but that the contractor failed to secure through its own fault or negligence.


(2) In any event, unless otherwise expressly provided in this contract, the contractor shall not be reimbursed or indemnified by the Government for any cost or expense of liability that the contractor may incur or be subject to by reason of any loss, injury, or damage, to the person or to real or personal property of any third parties as may arise from the performance of this contract.


(End of clause)


3452.242-71 Notice to the Government of delays.

As prescribed in 3442.7002, insert the following clause in all solicitations and contracts other than purchase orders:



Notice to The Government Of Delays (MAR 2011)

The contractor shall notify the contracting officer of any actual or potential situation, including but not limited to labor disputes, that delays or threatens to delay the timely performance of work under this contract. The contractor shall immediately give written notice thereof, including all relevant information.


(End of clause)


3452.242-73 Accessibility of meetings, conferences, and seminars to persons with disabilities.

As prescribed in 3442.7101(b), insert the following clause in all solicitations and contracts:



Accessibility of Meetings, Conferences, and Seminars to Persons With Disabilities (MAR 2011)

The contractor shall assure that any meeting, conference, or seminar held pursuant to the contract will meet all applicable standards for accessibility to persons with disabilities pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794) and any implementing regulations of the Department.


(End of clause)


3452.243-70 Key personnel.

As prescribed in 3443.107, insert a clause substantially the same as the following in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts in which it will be essential for the contracting officer to be notified that a change of designated key personnel is to take place by the contractor:



Key Personnel (MAR 2011)

(a) The personnel designated as key personnel in this contract are considered to be essential to the work being performed hereunder. Prior to diverting any of the specified individuals to other programs, or otherwise substituting any other personnel for specified personnel, the contractor shall notify the contracting officer reasonably in advance and shall submit justification (including proposed substitutions) in sufficient detail to permit evaluation of the impact on the contract effort. No diversion or substitution shall be made by the contractor without written consent of the contracting officer; provided, that the contracting officer may ratify a diversion or substitution in writing and that ratification shall constitute the consent of the contracting officer required by this clause. The contract shall be modified to reflect the addition or deletion of key personnel.


(b) The following personnel have been identified as Key Personnel in the performance of this contract:


Labor category
Name
[Insert category.][Insert name.]

(End of clause)


3452.247-70 Foreign travel.

As prescribed in 3447.701, insert the following clause in all solicitations and resultant cost-reimbursement contracts:



Foreign Travel (MAR 2011)

Foreign travel shall not be undertaken without the prior written approval of the contracting officer. As used in this clause, foreign travel means travel outside the Continental United States, as defined in the Federal Travel Regulation. Travel to non-foreign areas (including the States of Alaska and Hawaii, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the territories and possessions of the United States) is considered “foreign travel” for the purposes of this clause.


(End of clause)


PARTS 3453-3499 [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 51 – DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY ACQUISITION REGULATIONS [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 52 – DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY ACQUISITION REGULATIONS

PARTS 5200-5215 [RESERVED]

PART 5231 – CONTRACT COST PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 10 U.S.C. 2501, 10 U.S.C. 7315, DoD Directive 5000.35.


Source:62 FR 66827, Dec. 22, 1997, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 5231.2 – Contracts With Commercial Organizations

5231.205 Selected costs.

5231.205-90 Shipbuilding capability preservation agreements.

(a) Scope and authority. Where it would facilitate the achievement of the policy objectives set forth in 10 U.S.C. 2501(b), the Navy may enter into a shipbuilding capability preservation agreement with a contractor. As authorized by section 1027 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (Public Law 105-85), such an agreement permits the contractor to claim certain indirect costs attributable to its private sector work as allowable costs on Navy shipbuilding contracts.


(b) Definition. Incremental indirect cost, as used in this subsection, means an additional indirect cost that results from performing private sector work described in a shipbuilding capability preservation agreement.


(c) Purpose and guidelines. The purpose of a shipbuilding capability preservation agreement is to broaden and strengthen the shipbuilding industrial base by providing an incentive for a shipbuilder to obtain new private sector work, thereby reducing the Navy’s cost of doing business. The Navy will use the following guidelines to evaluate requests for shipbuilding capability preservation agreements:


(1) The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition must make a determination that an agreement would facilitate the achievement of the policy objectives set forth in 10 U.S.C. 2501(b). The primary consideration in making this determination is whether an agreement would promote future growth in the amount of private sector work that a shipbuilder is able to obtain.


(2) An agreement generally will be considered only for a shipbuilder with little or no private sector work.


(3) The agreement shall apply to prospective private sector work only, and shall not extend beyond 5 years.


(4) The agreement must project an overall benefit to the Navy, including net savings. This would be achieved by demonstrating that private sector work will absorb costs that otherwise would be absorbed by the Navy.


(d) Cost-reimbursement rules. If the Navy enters into a shipbuilding capability preservation agreement with a contractor, the following cost-reimbursement rules apply:


(1) The agreement shall require the contractor to allocate the following costs to private sector work:


(i) The direct costs attributable to the private sector work;


(ii) The incremental indirect costs attributable to the private sector work; and


(iii) The non-incremental indirect costs to the extent that the revenue attributable to the private sector work exceeds the sum of the costs specified in paragraphs (d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii) of this subsection.


(2) The agreement shall require that the sum of the costs specified in paragraphs (d)(1)(ii) and (d)(1)(iii) of this subsection not exceed the amount of indirect costs that would have been allocated to the private sector work in accordance with the contractor’s established accounting practices.


(3) The Navy may agree to modify the amount calculated in accordance with paragraph (d)(1) of this subsection if it determines that a modification is appropriate to the particular situation. In so doing, the Navy may agree to the allocation of a smaller or larger portion of the amount calculated in accordance with paragraph (d)(1) of this subsection, to private sector work.


(i) Any smaller amount shall not be less than the sum of the costs specified in paragraphs (d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii) of this subsection.


(ii) Any larger amount shall not exceed the sum of the costs specified in paragraph (d)(1)(i) of this subsection and the amount of indirect costs that would have been allocated to the private sector work in accordance with the contractor’s established accounting practices.


(iii) In determining whether such a modification is appropriate, the Navy will consider factors such as the impact of pre-existing firm-fixed-price Navy contracts on the amount of costs that would be reimbursed by the Navy, the impact of pre-existing private sector work on the cost benefit that would be received by the contractor, and the extent to which allocating a smaller or larger portion of costs to private sector work would provide a sufficient incentive for the contractor to obtain additional private sector work.


(e) Procedure. A contractor may submit a request for a shipbuilding capability preservation agreement, together with appropriate justification, through the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ships, to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, who has approval or disapproval authority. The contractor should also provide an informational copy of any such request to the cognizant administrative contracting officer.


PARTS 5242-5299 [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 53 – DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION SUPPLEMENT [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 54 – DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

PARTS 5400-5415 [RESERVED]

PART 5416 – TYPES OF CONTRACTS


Authority:Fixed Price Contracts


Source:64 FR 41835, Aug. 2, 1999, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 5416.2 – Fixed Price Contracts

5416.203 Fixed-price contracts with economic price adjustment.

5416.203-1 Description.

(a)(S-90) Adjustments based on established prices. Established prices may reflect industry-wide and/or geographically based market price fluctuations for commodity groups, specific supplies or services, or contract end items.


(c)(S-90) Adjustments based on cost indexes of labor or materials. These price adjustments may also be based on increases or decreases in indexes for commodity groups, specific supplies or services, or contract end items.


5416.203-3 Limitations.

(S-90) A fixed price contract with economic price adjustment may also be used to provide for price adjustments authorized in this section.


5416.203-4 Contract clauses.

(S-90) When the contracting officer determines that an existing EPA clause is not appropriate, the contracting officer may develop and use another EPA clause in accordance with 5416.203-1 (a)(S-90) or (c)(S-90). Established prices and cost indexes need not reflect changes in the costs or established prices of a specific contractor. The established price or cost index may be derived from sales prices in the marketplace, quotes, or assessments as reported or made available in a consistent manner in a publication, electronic database, or other form, by an independent trade association, Governmental body, or other third party independent of the contractor. More than one established price or cost index may be combined in a formula for economic price adjustment purposes in the absence of an appropriate single price or cost index.


PART 5433 – PROTESTS, DISPUTES AND APPEALS


Authority:10 U.S.C. Chapter 137.

5433.214. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

The contracting officer shall insert the provision in 5452.233 in all solicitations unless the conditions at FAR 33.203(b) apply.


[66 FR 27474, May 17, 2001]


PART 5452 – SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES


Authority:5 U.S.C. 301, 10 U.S.C. 2202, 48 CFR part 1, subpart 1.3 and 48 CFR part 201, subpart 201.3

Subpart 5452.2 – Texts of Provisions and Clauses

5452.233-9001 Disputes: Agreement To Use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

As prescribed in 5433.214, insert the following provision:



Disputes: Agreement To Use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) (APR 2001) – DLAD

(a) The parties agree to negotiate with each other to try to resolve any disputes that may arise. If unassisted negotiations are unsuccessful, the parties will use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques to try to resolve the dispute. Litigation will only be considered as a last resort when ADR is unsuccessful or has been documented by the party rejecting ADR to be inappropriate for resolving the dispute.


(b) Before either party determines ADR inappropriate, that party must discuss the use of ADR with the other party. The documentation rejecting ADR must be signed by an official authorized to bind the contractor (see FAR 52.233-1), or, for the Agency, by the contracting officer, and approved at a level above the contracting officer after consultation with the ADR Specialist and with legal counsel. Contractor personnel are also encouraged to include the ADR Specialist in their discussions with the contracting officer before determining ADR to be inappropriate.


(c) If you wish to opt out of this clause, check here [ ]. Alternate wording may be negotiated with the contracting officer.


[66 FR 27474, May 17, 2001]


5452.249 Allocation.

The Defense Fuel Supply Center is authorized to use the following clause in domestic and overseas petroleum solicitations/contracts, including those for Canal Zone and Puerto Rico, when a fixed-price contract is contemplated and the contract amount is expected to exceed the small purchase limitation.



Allocation (DFSC 1995) (Deviation) (9F01)

(a) Reduced Supplies. If, for any cause beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of the Contractor, the total supply of crude oil and/or refined petroleum product is reduced below the level that would have otherwise been available to the Contractor, the Contractor allocates to its regular customers its remaining available supplies of crude oil or product, then the Contractor may also allocate to the U.S. Government supplies to be delivered under this contract, provided –


(1) Prompt notice of and evidence substantiating the necessity to allocate and describing the allocation rate for all the Contractor’s customers are submitted to the Contracting Officer;


(2) Allocation among the Contractor’s regular customers is made on a fair and reasonable basis (except where allocation on a different basis is required by a governmental authority, agency or instrumentality); and


(3) Reduction of the quantity of product due the Government under this contract shall not exceed the pro rata amount by which the Contractor reduces delivery to its other contractual customers.


(b) Additional Supplies. If, after the event causing the shortage of crude oil and/or refined petroleum product as described in (a) above, additional supply becomes available to the Contractor, the Contracting Officer may choose any one of the following three possible courses of action:


(1) Accept an updated pro rata reduction as outlined in (a);


(2) Determine that continuance of the contract with the quantities as originally stated in the Schedule is in the best interests of the Government; or


(3) Terminate the contract as permitted in (d) below.


(c) Reduced Deliveries. If the Contractor believes that a law, regulation, or order of a foreign government requires the Contractor to deliver less than the quantity set forth in the Schedule for any location within that country, the Contractor may request allocation in accordance with (a) above. In addition to the criteria in (a) above, the Contractor’s request shall cite –


(1) The law, regulation or order, furnishing copies of the same;


(2) The authority under which is imposed; and


(3) The nature of the Government’s waiver, exception, and enforcement procedure.


The Contracting Officer will promptly review the matter and advise the Contractor whether or not the need to allocate has been substantiated. If the law, regulation, or order requiring the Contractor to reduce deliveries ceases to be effective, the Contractor shall resume deliveries in accordance with the original Schedule.


(d) If, as a result of reduced deliveries permitted by (a), (b), or (c) above, the Contracting Officer decides that continuation of this contract is no longer in the best interests of the Government, the Government may terminate this contract or any quantity thereunder, by written notice, at no cost to the Government. However, the Government shall not be relieved of its obligation to pay for supplies actually delivered to and accepted by it.


(e) Except as otherwise stated in (b) above, any volumes omitted pursuant to (a) or (b) above shall be deleted from this contract, and the Contractor shall have no continuing obligation, so far as this contract is concerned, to make up such omitted supplies.


(f) For Posts, Camps, and Stations contracts, Department of Energy priority orders and allocation regulations will take precedence over any conflicting provisions of this clause.


(g) For Bulk Fuels contracts, the provisions contained in (a) and (b) above shall be inoperative when the Secretary of Defense makes a written determination that it is essential to the National Defense that the Defense Fuel Supply Center be provided contract volumes exceeding the pro rata amount of product to which it would otherwise be entitled. However, in no case will the Contractor be required, under this contract, to supply more than 100% of the quantity specified in the Schedule.


(End of clause)

[60 FR 21992, May 4, 1995]


PARTS 5453-5499 [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 57 – AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

SUBCHAPTER B – ACQUISITION PLANNING

PARTS 5700-5705 [RESERVED]

PART 5706 – COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS


Authority:40 U.S.C. 474.

Subpart 5706.3 – Other Than Full and Open Competition

5706.302-70 Impairment of foreign aid programs.

(a) Full and open competition need not be obtained when it would impair or otherwise have an adverse effect on programs conducted for the purposes of foreign aid, relief and rehabilitation.


(b) Application. This authority may be used for:


(1) An award under section 506(a)(5) of the African Development Foundation Act involving a personal service contractor serving abroad;


(2) An award of $100,000 or less for audit, evaluation or program support services to be provided abroad;


(3) An award for which the President of the Foundation makes a formal written determination, with supporting findings, that compliance with full and open competition procedures would impair foreign assistance objectives, and would be inconsistent with the fulfillment of the Foundation program.


(c) Limitation. (1) Offers shall be requested from as many potential offerors as is practicable under the circumstances.


(2) The contract file must include an appropriate explanation and support justifying award without full and open competition, as provided in FAR 6.303, except that determinations made under paragraph (b)(3) of this section will not be subject to the requirement for contracting officer certification or to approvals in accord with FAR 6.304.


[53 FR 5578, Feb. 25, 1988]


PARTS 5707-5799 [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 61 – CIVILIAN BOARD OF CONTRACT APPEALS, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

PART 6100 [RESERVED]

PART 6101 – RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE CIVILIAN BOARD OF CONTRACT APPEALS


Authority:41 U.S.C. 7101-7109.



Source:83 FR 41010, Aug. 17, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

6101.1 General information; definitions [Rule 1].

(a) Scope. The rules of this chapter govern cases filed with the Board on or after September 17, 2018, and all further proceedings in cases then pending, unless the Board decides that using the rules in this part in a case pending on their effective date would be inequitable or infeasible. The Board may alter these procedures on its own initiative or on request of a party to promote the just, informal, expeditious, and inexpensive resolution of a case.


(b) Definitions.


Appeal; appellant. “Appeal” means a contract dispute filed with the Board under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), 41 U.S.C. 7101-7109, or under a disputes clause in a non-CDA contract that allows for Board review. An “appellant” is the contractor filing an appeal.


Appeal file. “Appeal file” means the submissions to the Board under Rule 4 (48 CFR 6101.4).


Application; applicant. “Application” means a submission to the Board under Rule 30 (48 CFR 6101.30) of a request for an award of fees and other expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 5 U.S.C. 504, or another provision authorizing such an award. An “applicant” is a party filing an application.


Attorney. “Attorney” means a person licensed to practice law in a State, commonwealth, or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia.


Board judge; judge. “Board judge” or “judge” means a member of the Board.


Business days and hours. The Board’s business days are days other than Saturdays, Sundays, Federal holidays, days on which the Board is required to close before 4:30 p.m., or days on which the Board does not open for any reason, such as inclement weather. The Board’s business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


Case. “Case” means an appeal, petition, or application.


Clerk of the Board. The “Clerk” of the Board receives filings, dockets cases, and prepares official correspondence for the Board.


Efile; efiling. The Clerk accepts electronic filings (“efilings”), meaning documents submitted through the Board’s email system (“efiled”). Parties may efile documents by sending an email (usually with attachments) to [email protected], except for documents that are classified or submitted in camera or under protective order (Rule 9). Efiling occurs upon receipt by the Board’s email server, except that attachments must be in .pdf format and 18 megabytes (MB) or smaller or they will be rejected.


Electronically stored information. “Electronically stored information” means information created, manipulated, communicated, stored, and best used in digital form with computer hardware and software.


Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 5 U.S.C. 504. This statute governs applications for awards of fees and other expenses in certain cases.


Facsimile (fax) transmissions. The Board sends and accepts facsimile transmissions. A document is filed by fax at the time the Board receives all of it. The Board does not automatically extend filing deadlines if its fax machine is busy or otherwise unavailable.


Filing. A notice of appeal or application is filed upon the earlier of its receipt by the Clerk or, if mailed through the United States Postal Service (USPS), the date it is mailed to the Board. A USPS postmark is prima facie evidence of a mailing date. Any other document is filed upon receipt by the Clerk.


Party. “Party” means an appellant, applicant, petitioner, or respondent.


Petition; petitioner. “Petition” means a request that the Board direct a contracting officer to issue a written decision on a claim. A “petitioner” is a party submitting a petition.


Receipt. The Board deems a party’s “receipt” of a document to occur upon the earlier of the emailing of the document to the party’s email address of record (without notice of delivery failure) or the party’s possession of a document sent by other means.


Respondent. A “respondent” is the government agency whose decision, action, or inaction is the subject of an appeal, petition, or application.


(c) Construction. The Board construes this part to promote the just, informal, expeditious, and inexpensive resolution of every case. The Board may apply principles of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (28 U.S.C. App.) to resolve issues not covered by this part.


(d) Panels. The Board assigns each case to a panel of three judges, one of whom presides. The presiding judge sets the case schedule, oversees discovery, and conducts conferences, hearings, and other proceedings. The presiding judge may without participation by other panel members decide any appeal under the small claims procedure of Rule 52, any nondispositive motion, or any petition, and may dismiss a case as permitted by Rule 12(c) (48 CFR 6101.12(c)). The Board decides all other matters by majority vote of a panel unless the full Board decides a matter under Rule 28 (48 CFR 6101.28). Only panel and full Board decisions are precedential.


(e) Location and addresses. The Board’s physical and mailing address is 1800 M Street NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. The mailing address is 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. The Clerk’s telephone number is (202) 606-8800. The Clerk’s fax number is (202) 606-0019. The Clerk’s email address for efiling is [email protected] The Board’s website is http://www.cbca.gov.


(f) Clerk’s office hours. The Clerk’s office is open to the public and for physical deliveries during business hours (Rule 1(b) (48 CFR 6101.1(b)). Efilings received after midnight are considered filed the next business day. The Clerk’s office is closed when the Board’s physical address is closed for any reason, including any closure of the Federal Government in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.


[83 FR 41010, Aug. 17, 2018, as amended at 85 FR 5335, Jan. 30, 2020]


6101.2 Filing appeals, petitions, and applications; consolidation [Rule 2].

(a) Filing an appeal. A notice of appeal shall be in writing; signed by the appellant, the appellant’s attorney, or an authorized representative (see Rule 5 (48 CFR 6101.5)); and filed with the Board, with a copy to the contracting officer who received or issued the claim, or the successor contracting officer. A notice of appeal should include:


(1) The name, telephone number, and mailing and email addresses of the appellant and/or its attorney or authorized representative;


(2) The contract number;


(3) The name of the contracting officer who received or issued the claim, with that person’s telephone number, mailing address, and email address;


(4) A copy of the claim with any certification; and


(5) A copy of the contracting officer’s decision on the claim or a statement that the appeal is from a failure to issue a decision (“a deemed denial”).


(b) Filing a petition. A petition shall be in writing; signed by the petitioner, the petitioner’s attorney, or an authorized representative (see Rule 5 (48 CFR 6101.5)); and filed with the Board, with a copy to the contracting officer who received the claim, or the successor contracting officer. A petition shall ask the Board to order the contracting officer to issue a decision and should include:


(1) The name, telephone number, and mailing and email addresses of the petitioner and/or its attorney or authorized representative;


(2) The contract number;


(3) The name of the contracting officer who received the claim, with that person’s telephone number, mailing address, and email address; and


(4) A copy of the claim with any certification.


(c) Filing an EAJA application. See Rule 30 (48 CFR 6101.30).


(d) Time limits. (1) Under the CDA, a notice of appeal must be filed within 90 calendar days after the date of receipt of a contracting officer’s decision on a claim.


(2) Alternatively, under the CDA, a contractor may appeal when a contracting officer has not issued a decision on a claim within the time allowed by the CDA or the time set by a tribunal acting on a petition.


(3) Under the CDA, a petition may be filed in the period between –


(i) Receipt of notice from a contracting officer, within 60 days after the submission of a claim, that the contracting officer intends to issue a decision on the claim more than 60 days after its submission, and


(ii) The due date stated by the contracting officer.


(4) Under EAJA, an application must be filed within 30 days after the date that the decision in the underlying appeal becomes no longer subject to appeal.


(e) Notice of docketing. Upon receipt of a notice of appeal, a petition, or an application, the Clerk issues a written notice of docketing to all parties.


(f) Consolidation. The Board may consolidate cases wholly or in part if they involve common questions of law or fact.


6101.3 Computing and extending time [Rule 3].

(a) Computing time. Consistent with Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: In computing any time period, omit the day of the event from which the period begins to run. Omit nonbusiness days only if the period is less than 11 days; otherwise include them. A period ends on a business day. If a computed period would otherwise end on a nonbusiness day, it ends on the next business day.


(b) Extensions. Parties should act sooner than required whenever practicable. However, the Board extends time when appropriate. A motion for an extension shall be in writing and shall state the other party’s position on the motion or describe the movant’s effort to learn the other party’s position. The Board cannot extend statutory deadlines.


6101.4 Appeal file [Rule 4].

(a) Filing. Within 30 days after receiving the Board’s docketing notice, the respondent shall file and serve all documents relevant to the appeal, including:


(1) The contracting officer’s decision on the claim;


(2) The contract, including all pertinent specifications, amendments, plans, drawings, and incorporated proposals or parts thereof;


(3) All correspondence between the parties relevant to the appeal;


(4) The claim with any certification;


(5) Relevant affidavits, witness statements, or transcripts of testimony taken before the appeal;


(6) All documents relied on by the contracting officer to decide the claim; and


(7) Relevant internal memoranda, reports, and notes.


(b) Organization of electronic appeal file. (1) Unless otherwise ordered, parties shall file the appeal file and supplements thereto in an electronic storage medium (e.g., hard disk or solid state drive, compact disc (CD), or digital versatile disc (DVD)), labeled with the docket number, case name, and range of exhibit numbers.


(2) A party may efile an appeal file or a supplement thereto by permission of the Board.


(3) Appeal file exhibits shall be in .pdf format or will be rejected. The appeal file index and each exhibit shall be separate documents, without embedded documents.


(4) Appeal file exhibits shall be complete, legible, arranged in chronological order, numbered, and indexed. Parties shall avoid filing duplicative exhibits and shall number exhibits continuously and consecutively from one filing to the next, so that a complete appeal file consists of one set of consecutively numbered exhibits.


(5) Parties shall number the pages of each exhibit consecutively, unless an exhibit is already paginated in another logical manner.


(6) The appeal file index shall describe each exhibit by date and content.


(7) Parties may file documents in camera only by permission of the Board.


(c) Organization of paper appeal file. (1) Appeal files and supplements thereto may be filed on paper only by permission of the Board.


(2) Appeal file exhibits shall be complete, legible, arranged in chronological order, tabbed, and indexed. Parties shall avoid filing duplicative exhibits and shall number exhibits continuously and consecutively from one filing to the next, so a complete appeal file consists of one set of consecutively tabbed exhibits.


(3) Parties shall number the pages of each paper exhibit consecutively, unless an exhibit is already paginated in another logical manner.


(4) Parties shall file exhibits in 3-ring binders with spines no wider than 3 inches, labeled on the cover and spine with the name of the appeal, CBCA number, and tab numbers in each binder. Include in each binder the index of the entire filing.


(5) The appeal file index shall describe each exhibit by date and content.


(6) Parties shall separately file and index documents submitted in camera or under a protective order. However, documents may be submitted in camera only by permission of the Board.


(d) Supplements. Within 30 days after the respondent files the appeal file, the appellant may file non-duplicative documents relevant to the claim, organized as instructed in Rule 4(b) or (c) (paragraph (b) or (c) of this section), starting with the next available exhibit number.


(e) Classified or protected material. Neither classified nor protected material may be efiled.


(f) Submission by order. The Board may order a party to supplement the appeal file, including by filing an exhibit in another format.


(g) Status of exhibits. The Board considers appeal file exhibits part of the record for decision under Rule 9(a) unless a party objects to an exhibit within the time set by the Board and the Board sustains the objection.


(h) Other procedures. The Board may postpone or waive the filing of an appeal file.


6101.5 Appearing; notice of appearance [Rule 5].

(a) Appearing before the Board – (1) Appellant; petitioner; applicant. An appellant, petitioner, or applicant may appear before the Board through an attorney. An individual appellant, petitioner, or applicant may appear for himself or herself. A corporation, trust, or association may appear by one of its officers. A limited liability corporation, partnership, or joint venture may appear by one of its members. Each individual appearing on behalf of an appellant, petitioner, or applicant must have legal authority to appear.


(2) Respondent. A respondent may appear before the Board through an attorney or, if allowed by the agency, by the contracting officer or the contracting officer’s authorized representative.


(3) Others. The Board may permit a special or limited appearance of or for a nonparty, such as an amicus curiae.


(b) Notice of appearance. The Board deems the person who signed a notice of appeal, petition, or application to have appeared for the appellant, petitioner, or applicant. The Board deems the head of the respondent’s litigation office to have appeared for the respondent unless otherwise notified. Other participating attorneys shall file notices of appearance including all of the information required by the sample notice of appearance posted on the Board’s website. Attorneys representing parties before the Board shall list their bar numbers or other identifying data for each State bar to which they are admitted.


(c) Withdrawal of appearance. Anyone who has filed a notice of appearance and wishes to withdraw from a case must file a motion identifying by name, telephone number, mailing address, and email address the person who will assume responsibility for representing the party in question. The motion must state grounds for withdrawal, unless the motion represents that the party in question will meet the existing case schedule.


6101.6 Pleadings; amending pleadings [Rule 6].

(a) Complaint. Within 30 days after receiving the notice of docketing, the appellant shall file a complaint stating in simple, concise, and direct terms the factual basis for each claim and the amount in controversy. Alternatively, the appellant or the Board may designate as a complaint the notice of appeal, a claim submission, or any other document containing the information required in a complaint. The Board may in its discretion order a respondent asserting a claim to file a complaint.


(b) Answer. Within 30 days after receiving the complaint or a designation of a complaint, the respondent (or the appellant, if so ordered) shall file an answer stating in simple, concise, and direct terms its responses to the allegations of the complaint and any affirmative defenses it chooses to assert.


(c) Amendments. A party may amend a pleading once, before a responsive pleading is filed, with permission of the other party. Amending a pleading restarts the time to respond, if any. The Board may allow a party to amend a pleading in other circumstances.


(d) Motion in lieu of answer. The Board may allow a party to file a dispositive motion or to move for a more definite statement in lieu of filing an answer.


6101.7 Service of documents [Rule 7].

A party filing any document not submitted in camera (see Rule 9(c)(2) (48 CFR 6101.9(c)(2)) shall send a copy to the other party by a method at least as fast as the filing method. The filing party shall indicate the method and address of service, otherwise the Board may consider a document not served and not properly filed.


6101.8 Motions [Rule 8].

(a) Generally. A party may make a motion for a Board action orally on the record in the presence of the other party or in a written filing. A written motion shall be a document titled as a motion and shall state the relief sought and the legal basis (see Rule 23(b) (48 CFR 6101.23(b)). Except for joint or dispositive motions, all motions shall represent that the movant tried to resolve the motion with the other party before filing. The Board may hold oral argument on a motion.


(b) Jurisdictional motions. A party challenging the Board’s jurisdiction should file such a motion promptly.


(c) Procedural motions. A party may move for an extension of time (Rule 3(b) (48 CFR 6101.3(b)). The Board may in its discretion consider motions on other procedural matters. A procedural motion shall state the other party’s position on the motion or describe the movant’s effort to learn the other party’s position.


(d) Discovery motions. See Rule 13(e) (48 CFR 6101.13(e)).


(e) Motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim. A party may move to dismiss all or part of a claim for failure to state grounds on which the Board could grant relief. In deciding such motions, the Board looks to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for guidance.


(f) Summary judgment motions. A party may move for summary judgment on all or part of a claim or defense if the party believes in good faith it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law based on undisputed material facts. In deciding motions for summary judgment, the Board looks to Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for guidance.


(1) Statement of undisputed material facts. The movant shall file with its summary judgment motion a separate document titled, “Statement of Undisputed Material Facts.” This document shall set forth facts supporting the motion in separate, numbered paragraphs, citing appeal file exhibits, admissions in pleadings, and/or evidence filed with the motion.


(2) Statement of genuine issues. The opposing party shall file with its opposition a separate document titled, “Statement of Genuine Issues.” This document shall respond to specific paragraphs of the movant’s Statement of Undisputed Material Facts by identifying material facts in genuine dispute, citing appeal file exhibits, admissions in pleadings, and/or evidence filed with the opposition.


(g) Briefing. A party may file a brief in opposition to a motion under Rule 26, Rule 27, Rule 28, or Rule 29 (48 CFR 6101.26, 6101.27, 6101.28, or 6101.29) only by permission of the Board. Unless otherwise ordered, a brief in opposition to any other nonprocedural motion is due 30 days after receipt of the motion, and a movant’s reply brief is due 15 days after receipt of an opposition brief. A nonmovant may file a surreply only by permission of the Board. Unless otherwise ordered, a brief in opposition to a procedural motion is due 5 days after receipt of the motion, and there shall be no reply.


(h) Effect of pending motion. Unless otherwise stated in this part, the filing of a motion does not affect a party’s obligations under the Board’s rules or orders.


6101.9 Record; content and access[Rule 9].

(a) Record for decision. The record on which the Board will decide a case includes the following:


(1) Evidence. Evidence in a case includes:


(i) Rule 4 (48 CFR 6101.4) appeal file exhibits other than those to which an objection is sustained;


(ii) Other documents or parts thereof admitted as evidence;


(iii) Tangible things admitted as evidence;


(iv) Transcripts or recordings of testimony before the Board; and


(v) Factual stipulations and factual admissions.


(2) Other material. The Board may also rely on to decide a case:


(i) The notice of appeal, petition, or application;


(ii) The complaint, answer, and amendments thereto;


(iii) Motions and briefs on motions;


(iv) Other briefs;


(v) Demonstrative hearing exhibits; and


(vi) Anything else the Board may expressly admit or take notice of.


(b) Other contents of case file. The Board’s administrative record may be broader than the record for decision. Material in the Board’s case file that is not listed in Rule 9(a) (48 CFR 6101.9(a)) is part of the administrative record but is not part of the record for decision.


(c) Enlarging or reopening the record. The Board may enlarge or reopen the record for decision on terms fair to the parties.


(d) Protected and in camera submissions. The Board may limit access to specified material in a record for decision.


(1) Protective orders. The Board may limit access to specified material in a record for decision if the Board finds good cause to treat the material as privileged, confidential, or otherwise sensitive.


(2) In camera submissions. The Board may allow a party to submit a document solely for the Board’s review in camera if:


(i) The party submits the document to explain a discovery dispute;


(ii) The Board denies a motion for protective order, and the movant asks that the record include a document that the party would have used in the case with a protective order, for possible later review of the Board’s denial; or


(iii) Good cause exists to find that in camera review may limit or prevent needless harm to a party, witness, or other person.


(3) Status in record. A document submitted and accepted under a protective order or in camera is part of the record for decision. If the Board’s decision is judicially reviewed, the Board will endeavor to preserve the protected or in camera nature of the document to the extent consistent with judicial review.


(e) Review and copying. The Clerk makes records for decision, except evidence submitted under a protective order or in camera, available for review on reasonable notice during business hours, and provides copies of such available documents for a reasonable fee. The Clerk will not relinquish possession of material in the Board’s files.


6101.10 Admissibility of evidence[Rule 10].

The Board may in its discretion receive any evidence to which no party objects. In ruling on evidentiary objections, the Board is guided but not bound by the Federal Rules of Evidence, except that the Board generally admits hearsay unless the Board finds it unreliable.


6101.11 Conferences [Rule 11].

The Board may order a conference of the parties for any purpose. Conferences are usually telephonic and are rarely recorded or transcribed. No one may record a conference by any means without Board approval. If the Board issues a memorandum or order memorializing a conference, a party has 5 days from receipt of the memorandum or order to object in writing to the memorialization.


6101.12 Stays and dismissals [Rule 12].

(a) Stays. The Board may stay a case for a specific duration, or until a specific event, for good cause.


(b) Dismissals – (1) Generally. The Board may dismiss a case or part of a case either on motion of a party or after permitting a response to an order to show cause. Dismissal is with prejudice unless a Board order or other applicable law provides otherwise.


(2) Voluntary dismissal. Subject to Rule 12(b)(3) (paragraph (b)(3) of this section), the Board will dismiss all or part of a case on the terms requested if the appellant, petitioner, or applicant moves for dismissal with prejudice or moves jointly with the respondent for dismissal with or without prejudice.


(3) For lack of jurisdiction. If the Board finds that it lacks jurisdiction to decide all or part of a case, the Board will dismiss the case or the part of the case, regardless of the parties’ positions on jurisdiction or dismissal.


(4) For failure to prosecute. The Board may dismiss all or part of a case for failure to prosecute.


(c) Dismissal orders and decisions. The presiding judge acting alone may stay a case or grant voluntary dismissal with or without prejudice. A panel or the full Board may dismiss a case on other grounds.


(d) Admonition. Dismissal of a party’s case without prejudice does not necessarily mean that the party may later refile the case at the Board or in another forum under the jurisdictional and procedural laws applicable to the case.


6101.13 Discovery generally [Rule 13].

(a) Methods. Parties may obtain discovery by depositions, interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admission.


(b) Scope. Unless otherwise ordered, the scope of discovery is the same as under Rule 26(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


(c) Limits. The Board may limit the frequency or extent of discovery for a reason stated in Rule 26(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


(d) Timing. The Board encourages parties to agree on a discovery plan that the Board may adopt in a scheduling order. The Board may modify an agreed discovery plan.


(e) Disputes – (1) Objections. A party objecting to a written discovery request must make the objection in writing no later than the date that its response to the discovery request is due.


(2) Duty to cooperate. Parties shall try in good faith to resolve objections to discovery requests without involving the Board. The Board may impose an appropriate sanction under Rule 35 (48 CFR 6101.35) on a party that does not meet its discovery obligations.


(3) Motions to compel. A party may move to compel a response or a supplemental response to a discovery request. The movant shall attach to its motion a copy of each discovery request and response at issue, and shall represent in the motion that the movant complied with Rule 13(e)(2) (paragraph (e)(2) of this section).


(f) Subpoenas. A party may request a subpoena under Rule 16 (48 CFR 6101.16).


6101.14 Interrogatories; requests for production; requests for admission[Rule 14].

(a) Generally. Interrogatories, requests for production, requests for admission, and responses thereto shall be in writing and served on the other party.


(b) Interrogatories. Interrogatories shall be answered or objected to separately in writing, under signed oath, within 30 days of service. A party may answer an interrogatory by specifying records from which the answer may be derived or ascertained when that response would be allowed under Rule 33(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


(c) Requests for production. Responses and objections to requests for production, inspection, and/or copying of documents, electronically stored information, or tangible things are due within 30 days of service of the requests and shall state when and how the responding party will make responsive material available.


(d) Requests for admission – (1) Content. A party may serve requests for admission that would be proper under Rule 36(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


(2) Responses and failure to respond. Responses and objections shall comply with Rule 36(a)(4) and (5) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If the served party does not respond within 30 days of service of a request, the Board may on motion deem a matter admitted and conclusively established solely for the pending case.


(3) Relief from admission. The Board may allow a party to withdraw or amend an admission for good cause.


(e) Altering time to respond. The parties may agree to alter deadlines to respond to discovery requests. The Board may alter the deadlines to meet the needs of a case.


(f) Supplementing and correcting responses. A party must supplement or correct a response to a discovery request if and when this action would be required by Rule 26(e)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


6101.15 Depositions [Rule 15].

(a) Generally. Unless otherwise ordered, parties may take depositions after service of the answer. If the parties agree in writing on the deponent, time, place, recording method, and maximum duration of a deposition, no formal deposition notice is needed. The Board may order a deposition on motion under Rule 8 (48 CFR 6101.8) or by subpoena under Rule 16 (48 CFR 6101.16).


(b) Use. Parties may use deposition testimony in a case to the extent that would be permitted by Rule 32(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


(c) To perpetuate testimony. If the Board has decided a case, and either the time to appeal has not expired or an appeal has been taken, the Board may for good cause grant leave to take a deposition as if the case were still before the Board in order to preserve testimony for possible further proceedings before the Board.


6101.16 Subpoenas [Rule 16].

(a) Expectation of cooperation in lieu of subpoena. Subpoenas should rarely be necessary, as the Board expects parties to respond cooperatively to discovery requests and to try in good faith to secure the cooperation of third parties who have or may have evidence responsive to discovery requests.


(b) Generally. The Board may issue a subpoena for a purpose for which a United States district court may issue a subpoena under Rule 45(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Parties and the Board shall take all reasonable steps to avoid imposing undue burden on a person subject to a subpoena.


(c) How requested; form. A party may ask the Board to issue a subpoena by motion under Rule 8 (48 CFR 6101.8), substantially before the proposed compliance date. The movant shall attach to its motion a completed subpoena form for signing by a Board judge, and shall explain in the motion why the proposed subpoena scope is reasonable and how the evidence sought is relevant to the case.


(d) Production cost. The Board’s policy is to require a requesting party to advance a subpoenaed person the reasonable cost of producing subpoenaed material.


(e) Service. The requesting party shall serve a subpoena and provide proof of service as would be required by Rule 45(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


(f) Motion to quash or modify. On or before the date specified for compliance, a subpoenaed person may file a motion to quash or modify the subpoena for a reason stated in Rule 45(d)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Board may rule on the motion any time after the party that served the subpoena receives the motion.


(g) Enforcement. As necessary, the Board may ask the Attorney General of the United States to petition a United States district court to enforce a Board subpoena.


(h) Letter rogatory in lieu of subpoena. If a person to be subpoenaed resides in a foreign country, the Board may facilitate the issuance of a letter rogatory to the person by the United States Department of State under 28 U.S.C. 1781-1784.


6101.17 Exhibits [Rule 17].

(a) Marking exhibits. Unless otherwise ordered, parties shall, to the fullest extent practicable, submit exhibits for inclusion in the appeal file before a hearing starts under Rule 20 (48 CFR 6101.20) or before the first brief is filed when a case is submitted on the written record under Rule 19 (48 CFR 6101.19). Parties shall mark any exhibits offered in evidence thereafter as sequential additions to the appeal file. Such exhibits shall become part of the appeal file if admitted as evidence.


(b) Copies. The Board expects all document exhibits to be true, complete, and legible copies rather than originals. The Board may order a party to substitute a better copy or to make an original document available for inspection.


(c) Withdrawal. The Board may allow a party to withdraw an exhibit from the appeal file and the record for decision on terms fair to the other party.


(d) Disposition. Unless the Board advises the parties of another deadline, the Board may discard physical (non-electronic) exhibits in its possession 90 days after the time to appeal the Board’s decision in the case expires.


6101.18 Election of hearing or record submission [Rule 18].

(a) Generally. The Board will hold a hearing in a case if the Board must find facts and either party elects a hearing. A party may elect to submit its case for decision on the written record under Rule 19 (48 CFR 6101.19). The presiding judge will set the deadline for an election under this rule.


(b) Hybrid election. A party may elect to submit its case on the written record under Rule 19 (48 CFR 6101.19) and also elect to appear at a hearing, solely to cross-examine the other party’s witnesses and to object to evidence offered at the hearing.


6101.19 Record submission without a hearing [Rule 19].

(a) Generally. If a party elects to submit its case on the record without a hearing, the Board will set a schedule for the parties to complete the evidentiary record and file briefs.


(b) Evidence and objections. When a party elects submission on the record without a hearing, that party may submit material for inclusion in the record no later than the date the party files its initial brief. Unless otherwise ordered, the other party may object to the admission of such material as evidence within 5 days after receiving the submission. If one party elects a hearing and the other party elects record submission (or makes a hybrid election under Rule 18(b) (48 CFR 6101.18(b)), the evidentiary record shall close at the end of the hearing. The Board may rule on objections either before or in its decision.


(c) Briefs and argument. The Board may receive briefs and/or oral argument on a record submission. If one party elects a hearing and the other party elects record submission, the first brief of the party submitting its case on the record shall be due no later than the start of the hearing.


6101.20 Scheduling hearings [Rule 20].

(a) Generally. The Board will set the time, place, duration, and subject matter of a hearing in a written order after consulting with the parties.


(b) Subject matter. The Board may schedule for hearing all or some of the claims or issues in a case, or all or some of the claims, issues, or questions of fact or law common to more than one case.


(c) Unexcused absence. If a party fails without good excuse to appear at a hearing of which it received notice under this rule, the Board will deem that party to have elected to submit its case on the record under Rule 19.


6101.21 Hearing procedures [Rule 21].

(a) Generally. The Board generally holds hearings in public hearing rooms. Except as necessary under a protective order or in camera procedures, hearings are open to the public. The Board entrusts the conduct of hearings to the discretion of the presiding judge.


(b) Witnesses, evidence, other exhibits. A party that intends to offer testimony, other evidence, or other material for the record at a hearing shall arrange for the witness, evidence, or other material to be present in the hearing room. The Board may in its discretion allow testimony by telephone or video.


(c) Exclusion of witnesses. The Board may exclude witnesses from a hearing, other than one designated representative for each party or a person authorized by statute to be present, so that witnesses are not influenced by the testimony of other witnesses.


(d) Sworn testimony. Hearing witnesses shall testify under oath or affirmation. If a person called as a witness refuses to so swear or affirm, the Board may receive the person’s testimony under penalty of making a materially false statement in a Federal proceeding under 18 U.S.C. 1001. Alternatively, the Board may disallow the testimony and may draw inferences from the person’s refusal to swear or affirm.


6101.22 Transcripts [Rule 22].

The Board arranges transcription of hearings, other than hearings under the small claims procedure of Rule 52 (48 CFR 6101.52). The Board may, but generally does not, arrange transcription of conferences or other proceedings. No one may record or transcribe a Board proceeding without the Board’s permission. The Board may order or acknowledge corrections to an official transcript. Each party is responsible for obtaining its own copy of a transcript.


6101.23 Briefs [Rule 23].

(a) Generally. The Board may order or invite briefs on any issue in a case at any time. Briefs shall be formatted for 8.5 by 11-inch paper, double spaced, with body and footnote text no smaller than 13 point.


(b) Prehearing, post-hearing, and other briefs. Prehearing and post-hearing briefs, briefs filed under Rule 19, and briefs on non-procedural motions shall cite record evidence for factual statements and legal authority for legal arguments.


6101.24 Closing the record [Rule 24].

(a) Closing the evidentiary record. Unless otherwise ordered, the evidence as defined in Rule 9(a)(1) (48 CFR 6101.9(a)(1)) is closed at the end of a hearing under Rule 20 or at the start of merits briefing when a case is submitted on the record under Rule 19 (48 CFR 6101.19).


(b) Closing the record for decision. Unless otherwise ordered, the record for decision as defined in Rule 9(a) (48 CFR 6101.9(a)) is closed when the Board receives the final scheduled brief on the matters to be decided.


6101.25 Decisions and settlements[Rule 25].

(a) Decisions. The Board issues decisions in writing, except as allowed by Rule 52 (48 CFR 6101.52). The Board will send a copy of a decision to each party, requesting confirmation of receipt (see Rule 1 (48 CFR 6101.1)), and will post the decision on its website. If a decision reserves any part of a case for later proceedings, it is conclusive as to the matters it resolves, except as provided in Rules 26 and 28 (48 CFR 6101.26 and 6101.28).


(b) Settlements. Parties may settle a case by stipulating to an award. The Board may issue a decision making the stipulated award if:


(1) The Board is satisfied that it has jurisdiction; and


(2) The stipulation states that no party will seek reconsideration of, seek relief from, or appeal the Board’s decision.


6101.26 Reconsideration [Rule 26].

(a) Grounds. The Board may on motion reconsider a decision or order for a reason recognized in Rule 59 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Arguments and evidence previously presented are not grounds for reconsideration.


(b) Time limit for motion. A party may move for reconsideration of a decision or order on an appeal or petition within 30 days after that party receives the decision or order. A party may move for reconsideration of a decision or order on an application within 7 days after receiving the decision or order. The Board does not extend these time limits.


(c) Effect of motion. A pending reconsideration motion does not affect any obligation to comply with a decision or order.


6101.27 Relief from decision or order [Rule 27].

(a) Grounds. The Board may grant relief, for a reason recognized in Rule 60 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, from a decision or order that, alone or in conjunction with prior decisions or orders, resolves all of an appeal, petition, or application.


(b) Time limit for motion. A party may move for relief under this rule within 120 days after that party receives the decision or order at issue.


(c) Effect of motion. A pending motion for relief under this rule does not affect any obligation to comply with a decision or order.


6101.28 Full Board consideration[Rule 28].

(a) By motion. The full Board may consider a decision or order when necessary to maintain uniformity of Board decisions or if the matter is exceptionally important. Motions for full Board consideration are disfavored and are decided by a majority of the Board. A party may move for full Board consideration within 10 days after that party receives the decision or order at issue. An order granting full Board consideration will include concurring or dissenting opinions, if any.


(b) By Board initiative. A majority of the Board may initiate full Board consideration of any matter in a case, up to 10 days after a judge or panel issues a decision or order on that matter. The full Board will inform the parties by order of the matter or matters to be considered. The order will include concurring or dissenting opinions, if any.


(c) Full Board decision. The full Board decides matters by majority vote. A full Board decision will include concurring or dissenting opinions, if any.


(d) Effect of motion. A pending motion for full Board consideration does not affect any obligation to comply with a decision or order.


6101.29 Clerical mistakes; harmless error [Rule 29].

(a) Clerical mistakes. The Board may correct clerical mistakes while a case is pending, or within 60 days thereafter if a decision has not been appealed. If a Board decision is appealed, the Board may correct clerical mistakes only by leave of the appellate Court.


(b) Harmless error. The Board disregards errors that do not affect a substantive right of a party. No error in a ruling, order, or decision of the Board will be grounds for a new hearing or for vacating, reconsidering, modifying, or otherwise disturbing a decision or order unless refusing to correct the error will prejudice a party or work a substantial injustice.


6101.30 Award of fees and other expenses [Rule 30].

(a) Application for fees and other expenses. A party in an appeal may apply for an award of fees and other expenses as permitted under EAJA or any other provision that may entitle the party to such an award.


(b) Time for filing. A party may file an application for fees and other expenses only after the time to seek appellate review of a Board decision has expired. A party may file an application within 30 calendar days after that date.


(c) Application requirements. An application for fees and other expenses shall:


(1) Specify the applicant, appeal, and amount sought;


(2) Explain why the applicant is legally eligible for an award;


(3) Provide a schedule of fees and expenses with supporting documentation;


(4) Be signed by the applicant or a person appearing for the applicant, with a declaration under penalty of perjury that the information in the application is correct;


(5) Provide evidence of the applicant’s small business status or net worth; and


(6) Justify any request for attorney fees exceeding the statutory rate.


(d) Proceedings. (1) Within 30 days after receiving an application, the respondent may file an answer with any objections to the award requested, supported by facts and legal analysis.


(2) The Board may order further proceedings if necessary for a full and fair resolution of issues arising from an application.


(e) Decision. The Board will issue a written decision on an application.


6101.31 Payment of award [Rule 31].

When permitted by law, Board awards under contracts may be paid from the permanent indefinite judgment fund under 31 U.S.C. 1304 and 31 CFR part 256. An EAJA award is paid from funds of the respondent.


6101.32 Appeal from Board decision[Rule 32].

(a) Notice. A party filing a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (or with a district court in an admiralty case) shall provide a copy of the notice to the Board.


(b) Record on review. The record on appellate review is the record for decision under Rule 9(a) (48 CFR 6101.9(a)) and any other material in a case file that the appellate Court may require.


(c) Certified list. The Clerk will provide the clerk of the appellate Court a certified list as required by the Court’s rules.


(d) Inspection or copying of record. The Clerk will make a record on appeal available for inspection and copying in accordance with the rules of the appellate Court.


6101.33 Remand from appellate Court [Rule 33].

If a Court remands a case to the Board for further proceedings, each party shall, within 30 days of receipt of the appellate mandate, recommend procedures to comply with the remand order. The Board will then issue an order on further proceedings.


6101.34 Ex parte communications[Rule 34].

No member of the Board or of the Board’s staff will communicate with a party about any material issue in a case outside of the presence of the other party, and no one shall attempt such communications on behalf of a party. This rule does not bar such communications about the Board’s administrative functions or procedures.


6101.35 Standards of conduct; sanctions [Rule 35].

(a) Standards of conduct. All parties and their representatives, attorneys, and any expert or consultant retained by them or their attorneys shall obey directions and orders of the Board and adhere to standards of conduct applicable to such parties and persons. Standards applying to an attorney include the rules of professional conduct and ethics of the jurisdictions in which the attorney is licensed to practice, to the extent that those rules are relevant to conduct affecting the integrity of the Board, its process, or its proceedings.


(b) Sanctions. If a party or its representative, attorney, expert, or consultant fails to comply with any direction or order of the Board (including an order to provide or permit discovery) or engages in misconduct affecting the Board, its process, or its proceedings, the Board may make such orders as are just, including the imposition of appropriate sanctions. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to:


(1) Taking the facts pertaining to the matter in dispute to be established for the purpose of the case in accordance with the contention of the party who is not at fault;


(2) Forbidding the challenge of the accuracy of any evidence;


(3) Refusing to allow the party to support or oppose designated claims or defenses;


(4) Prohibiting the party from introducing into evidence designated claims or defenses;


(5) Striking pleadings or parts thereof, or staying further proceedings until the order is obeyed;


(6) Dismissing the case or any part thereof;


(7) Enforcing the protective order and disciplining individuals subject to such order for violation thereof, including disqualifying a party’s representative, attorney, expert, or consultant from further participation in the case;


(8) Drawing evidentiary inferences adverse to the party; or


(9) Imposing such other sanctions as the Board deems appropriate.


(c) Denial of access to protected material. The Board may in its discretion deny access to protected material to any person found to have previously violated a protective order, regardless of who issued the order.


(d) Disciplinary proceedings – (1) Sanctions. The Board may discipline individual party representatives, attorneys, experts, or consultants for violating any Board order, direction, or standard of conduct if the violation seriously affects the integrity of the Board, its process, or its proceedings. Sanctions may be public or private, and may include admonishment, reprimand, disqualification from a particular matter, referral to an appropriate licensing authority, or other action that circumstances may warrant.


(2) Suspension. The Board may suspend an individual from appearing before the Board as a party representative, attorney, expert, or consultant, if, after affording such individual notice and opportunity to be heard, a majority of the members of the full Board determine such a sanction is warranted.


6101.36 Board seal [Rule 36].

The seal of the Board is a circular logo with “Civilian Board of Contract Appeals” on the outer margin. The seal is a means of authenticating records, notices, orders, dismissals, opinions, subpoenas, and certificates issued by the Board.


6101.37-6101.50 [Reserved]

6101.51 Alternative procedures [Rule 51].

An appellant in an eligible case may elect the small claims procedure under Rule 52 (48 CFR 6101.52) or the accelerated procedure under Rule 53 (48 CFR 6101.53). Parties may jointly elect alternative dispute resolution under Rule 54 (48 CFR 6101.54).


6101.52 Small claims procedure [Rule 52].

(a) Election. The small claims procedure is available solely at an appellant’s election and is limited to appeals in which there is a monetary amount in dispute and the requirements for expedited disposition set forth in the Contract Disputes Act, 41 U.S.C. 7106(b), are met. An appellant may elect the small claims procedure up to 30 days after receiving the respondent’s answer.


(b) Procedure. The respondent may object to an election, on the grounds that Rule 52(a) (paragraph (a) of this section) is not satisfied, within 10 days after receiving the election. If the small claims procedure is used, the Board will set a schedule for timely resolution of the appeal. The schedule may restrict or eliminate pleadings, discovery, and other prehearing activities.


(c) Decision. The presiding judge may issue a decision in summary form. A decision is final and conclusive, shall not be set aside except for fraud, and is not precedential. If possible, the Board will resolve the appeal within 120 days after the appellant elects the small claims procedure. The Board may extend the appeal schedule if an appellant does not adhere to the established schedule.


6101.53 Accelerated procedure [Rule 53].

(a) Election. The accelerated procedure is available solely at an appellant’s election and is limited to appeals in which there is a monetary amount in dispute and the requirements for accelerated disposition set forth in the Contract Disputes Act, 41 U.S.C. 7106(a), are met. The appellant may elect the accelerated procedure up to 30 days after receiving the respondent’s answer.


(b) Procedure. The respondent may object to an election, on the grounds that Rule 53(a) (paragraph (a) of this section) is not satisfied, within 10 days after receiving the election. If the accelerated procedure is used, the Board will set a schedule for timely resolution of the appeal. The schedule may restrict or eliminate pleadings, discovery, and other prehearing activities.


(c) Decision. The presiding judge may issue a decision with the concurrence of at least one panel member. If the presiding judge and a panel member disagree, the panel will decide the appeal. If possible, the Board will resolve the appeal within 180 days after the appellant elects the accelerated procedure. The Board may extend the appeal schedule if an appellant does not adhere to the established schedule.


6101.54 Alternative dispute resolution [Rule 54].

(a) Availability. The CDA requires boards of contract appeals to provide to the fullest extent practicable informal, expeditious, and inexpensive resolution of disputes. Resolution of a dispute at the earliest stage feasible, by the fastest and least expensive method possible, benefits both parties. The Board provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services for pre-claim and pre-final decision matters, as well as appeals pending before the Board. The Board may also conduct ADR proceedings for any Federal agency. The use of ADR proceedings does not toll any statutory time limits.


(b) Procedures for requesting ADR. Parties may jointly ask the Board Chair to appoint a judge as an ADR Neutral. The parties may request a particular judge or judges, to include the presiding judge. To facilitate full, frank, and open participation, a Neutral will not discuss the substance of the case or the parties’ conduct in ADR with other Board personnel, and a Neutral who participates in a nonbinding ADR procedure that does not resolve the dispute is recused from further participation in the matter unless the parties agree otherwise in writing and the Board concurs.


(c) Confidentiality. Written material prepared for use in ADR, oral presentations made in ADR, and all discussions between the parties and the Neutral are confidential, subject to 5 U.S.C. 574, and, unless otherwise specifically agreed by the parties, inadmissible as evidence in any Board proceeding, although evidence otherwise admissible before the Board is not rendered inadmissible merely because of its use in ADR.


(d) ADR agreement. Parties shall agree in writing to an ADR method and the procedures and requirements for implementing it. The ADR agreement shall provide that the parties and counsel will not subpoena the Neutral in any legal action or administrative proceeding of any kind to provide documents or testimony relating to the ADR.


(e) Types of ADR. Parties and the Board may agree on any type of binding or nonbinding ADR suited to a dispute.


PART 6102 – CROP INSURANCE CASES


Authority:7 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.; 41 U.S.C. 438(c)(2).



Source:83 FR 41010, 41017, Aug. 17, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

6102.201 Scope of rules [Rule 201].

These procedures govern the Board’s resolution of disputes between insurance companies and the Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) involving actions of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). Prior to the creation of this Board, the Department of Agriculture Board of Contract Appeals resolved this variety of dispute pursuant to statute, 7 U.S.C. 1501 et seq. (the Federal Crop Insurance Act), and regulation, 7 CFR 24.4(b) and 400.169. The Board has this authority under an agreement with the Secretary of Agriculture, as permitted under section 42(c)(2) of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act, 41 U.S.C. 438(c)(2).


6102.202 Rules for crop insurance cases [Rule 202].

The rules of procedure for these cases are the same as the rules of procedure for Contract Disputes Act appeals, with these exceptions:


(a) Rule 1(b)(48 CFR 6101.1(b)). (1) The term “appeal” means a dispute between an insurance company that is a party to a Standard Reinsurance Agreement (or other reinsurance agreement) and the RMA, and the term “appellant” means the insurance company filing an appeal.


(2) A notice of appeal is filed upon its receipt by the Office of the Clerk of the Board, not when it is mailed.


(3) The terms “petition” and “petitioner” do not apply to FCIC cases.


(b) Rule 2 (48 CFR 6101.2). (1) Rule 2(a) (48 CFR 6101.2(a)) is replaced with the following for FCIC cases: A notice of appeal shall be in writing and shall be signed by the appellant or by the appellant’s attorney or authorized representative. If the appeal is from a determination by the Deputy Administrator of Insurance Services regarding an action alleged not to be in accordance with the provisions of a Standard Reinsurance Agreement (or other reinsurance agreement), or if the appeal is from a determination by the Deputy Administrator of Compliance concerning a determination regarding a compliance matter, the notice of appeal should describe the determination in enough detail to enable the Board to differentiate that decision from any other; the appellant can satisfy this requirement by attaching to the notice of appeal a copy of the Deputy Administrator’s determination. If an appeal is taken from the failure of the Deputy Administrator to make a timely determination, the notice of appeal should describe in detail the matter that the Deputy Administrator has failed to determine; the appellant can satisfy this requirement by attaching to the notice of appeal a copy of the written request for a determination it sent to the Deputy Administrator.


(2) In Rule 2(a) (48 CFR 6101.2(a)), the references to “contracting officer” are references to “Deputy Administrator.”


(3) Rule 2(b) (48 CFR 6101.2(b)) does not apply to FCIC cases.


(4) In Rule 2(d)(1) (48 CFR 6101.2(d)(1)), an appeal from a determination of a Deputy Administrator shall be filed no later than 90 calendar days after the date the appellant receives that determination. The Board is authorized to resolve only those appeals that are timely filed.


(5) In Rule 2(d)(2) (48 CFR 6101.2(d)(2)), an appeal may be filed with the Board if the Deputy Administrator fails or refuses to issue a determination within 90 days after the appellant submits a request for a determination.


(c) Rule 4 (48 CFR 6101.4). (1) In Rule 4, the references to “contracting officer” are references to “Deputy Administrator.”


(2) In Rule 4(a), paragraphs (1) through (7) (48 CFR 6101.4(a)(1) through (7)), describing materials included in the appeal file, are replaced by the following:


(i) The determination of the Deputy Administrator that is