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DoD's interim rule to buy para-aramid fibers & yarns
Feb '09
Department of Defense (DoD) has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a determination made by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics with regard to the acquisition of items containing para-aramid fibers and yarns manufactured in a foreign country.

The determination authorizes DoD to acquire articles containing para-aramid fibers and yarns manufactured in foreign countries that have entered into a defense memorandum of understanding with the United States.

DATES: Effective date: December 18, 2008.

Comment date: Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before February 17, 2009, to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DFARS Case 2008-D024, using any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

E-mail: dfars@osd.mil. Include DFARS Case 2008-D024 in the subject line of the message.
Fax: 703-602-7887.
Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Amy Williams, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062.

Hand Delivery/Courier: Defense Acquisition Regulations
System, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402.

A. Background
10 U.S.C. 2533a restricts DoD procurement of foreign synthetic fabric or coated synthetic fabric, including textile fibers and yarns for use in such fabrics. Section 807 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (Pub. L. 105-261) provides authority for DoD to waive the restriction at 10 U.S.C. 2533a with regard to para-aramid fibers and yarns. On February 12, 1999, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology waived the restriction at 10 U.S.C. 2533a for para-aramid fibers and yarns manufactured in the Netherlands. On August 15, 2008, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics expanded the existing waiver to permit the acquisition of para-aramid fibers and yarns manufactured in any qualifying country listed in DFARS 225.872-1.

This interim rule amends DFARS text addressing the acquisition of para-aramid fibers and yarns to implement the Under Secretary's August 15, 2008 determination. In addition, the rule clarifies the definition of ``qualifying country'' at DFARS 225.003 and 252.225-7012 by including a list of the qualifying countries within the definition instead of referring to the list at DFARS 225.872-1.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

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