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DoD is proposing to revise the DFARS to eliminate the requirement to utilize an “F” in the 9th position of the procurement instrument identification number (PIIN) to identify awards to certain vendors, including AbilityOne and Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR), and to other Government organizations. These vendors are uniquely identified today by their DUNS number and/or CAGE code and, therefore, associated contract actions are easily tracked. There is no longer any need for DoD to uniquely identify contract actions with these vendors. Under the proposed rule, contract actions with these vendors will be treated and identified in the same manner as those with any other vendor. This change proposes to limit the use of “F” in the 9th position of the PIIN to those task and delivery orders issued under a non-DoD issued contract or agreement. It is anticipated that this proposed change, which further standardizes DoD procedures, will also reduce data errors and interoperability problems throughout the Department's business processes.
DoD is proposing the following changes to the DFARS:
• Revise 204.7003, Basic PII number, paragraph (a)(3), Position 9, by—
Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning and
DoD does not expect this proposed rule to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601,
This proposed rule would affect how DoD contracting officers assign Procurement Instrument Identification Numbers (PIINs) to procurement actions. The proposed rule does not impact small entities as it only impacts the internal operating procedures of the Government by specifying how the assigned PIIN is constructed for certain procurement actions. This change would limit the use of “F” in the 9th position to those calls or orders issued under non-DoD issued contracts, basic ordering agreements, or blanket purchase agreements. As a result of the proposed rule, new awards under the AbilityOne program and the Federal Prison Industries program would no longer reflect an “F” in the PIIN.
The rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other Federal rules. There are no significant alternatives to accomplish the stated objectives of this rule. DoD invites comments from small business concerns and other interested parties on the expected impact of this rule on small entities.
DoD will also consider comments from small entities concerning the existing regulations in subparts affected by this rule in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 610 (DFARS Case 2012-D040) in the correspondence.
The rule does not contain any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).
Therefore, 48 CFR part 204 is proposed to be amended as follows:
1. The authority citation for 48 CFR part 204 continues to read as follows:
41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1.
2. Section 204.7003(a)(3) is amended by revising paragraphs (iii) and (vi) to read as follows:
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(iii) Contracts of all types except indefinite-delivery contracts, sales contracts, and short form research contracts. Do not use this code for contracts or agreements with provisions for orders or calls—C
(vi) Calls against blanket purchase agreements and orders under contracts (including Federal Supply Schedules, Governmentwide acquisition contracts, and multi-agency contracts) and basic ordering agreements issued by departments or agencies outside DoD. Do not use the F designation on DoD-issued purchase orders, contracts, agreements, or orders placed under DoD-issued contracts or agreements—F
3. Section 204.7004(d)(2) is amended by revising paragraph (ii) to read as follows:
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(ii) If an office is placing calls against blanket purchase agreements or orders under non-DoD issued contracts (including Federal Supply Schedules, Governmentwide acquisition contracts, and multi-agency contracts), or basic ordering agreements, the office shall identify the instrument with a 13 position supplementary PII number using an F in the 9th position. Do not use the same supplementary PII number with an F in the 9th position on more than one order. Modifications to these calls or orders shall be numbered in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section.