Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
On 7/20/2012 (77 FR 42701-42702), 7/27/2012 (77 FR 44220), and 8/17/2012 (77 FR 49784), the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notices of proposed additions to the Procurement List.
After consideration of the material presented to it concerning capability of qualified nonprofit agencies to provide the products and services and impact of the additions on the current or most recent contractors, the Committee has determined that the products and services listed below are suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 8501-8506 and 41 CFR 51-2.4.
I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were:
1. The action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will furnish the products and services to the Government.
2. The action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the products and services to the Government.
3. There are no known regulatory alternatives which would accomplish the objectives of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (41 U.S.C. 8501-8506) in connection with the products and services proposed for addition to the Procurement List.
Accordingly, the following products and services are added to the Procurement List:
A commercial contractor submitted comments indicating its opposition to adding the services to the AbilityOne Procurement List. The contractor states that having the services provided by AbilityOne® Program nonprofit agencies will result in higher costs to the Government. The contractor argues that the services should be acquired through a competitive procurement involving small businesses.
The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee) administers the AbilityOne Program in accordance with 41 U.S.C. 8501
Information was also submitted from a representative of the Army contracting command headquarters responsible for this project. The representative provided information from the Performance Work Statement (PWS) for this project, including identification of specific services required in the PWS, and recommended that the Committee cite these in its description of the services to be added to the Procurement List.
When the Committee considers service projects for addition to the Procurement List, the PWS is among the documents provided for their consideration. Accordingly, the Committee has specific PWS information on the services and locations of the proposed project. The Committee's practice in describing a service requirement by name is to sufficiently inform the public and the applicable Federal agency that will procure the service, without identifying specific functions or tasks in that name. However, the service provided is defined more specifically within the Committee's records and is bounded by the Government's requirement as defined in the relevant PWS.