DoD Seeks Comments on Removal of DFARS Contract Clauses

The Department of Defense is seeking input on Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement solicitation provisions and contract clauses that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.

Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, issued February 24, 2017, directed agencies to establish a regulatory reform task force. The task forces are instructed to evaluate existing regulations and “make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification.”

Further, the task forces are instructed to identify regulations that: eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies.

Pursuant to section 3(e) of E.O. 13777, which calls on the task forces to “seek input and other assistance, as permitted by law, from entities significantly affected by [f]ederal regulations,” the DFARS Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force is seeking public input on the DFARS Part 252 solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

DoD will not respond to each individual comment, but it may follow-up with respondents to clarify comments.

Submit comments referencing “DFARS-RRTF-2017-01” by August 21, 2017.

For the text of the notice, see 82 FR 28041.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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